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March 16th, 2012, 02:58 AM #1
Office computer, $300.00 budget
Well, now that I have sooo much experience in putting this new home system together, I just had to brag about it at work. My boss has seen me solve computer problems at work, and now he thinks that I am some sort of techno-master. So of course I can just wave my wand and "poof" those out dated systems would all be working wonders instantly.
He (and me) want the computers to do what they are meant to do. But just upgrading them would not work. Only one of them uses SATA, and the one I use only has a 60 gig HDD. They are a miss mash of Dell and HP brands, so the cases and PSU's are even questionable for keeping. Also the boss wants to use one of these old ones as a front office workstation (quess who gets to be the new training dept?)
Summary: I am trying to put together a single workstation system on a very tight budget. All of the peripherals will be reused (monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, basically everything outside the case.
CPU: Any, as long as it is multi-core. Need it to speed up my work time.
RAM: At least 2 gigs, more if I can...
HDD: 500 gig or more
LAN: Would love a 10/100/1000 (the office network has this, but only the one system there can use the 1000) but need some sort of LAN
Other: CD/DVD, Case, PSU, Mobo(?)
Budget of only $300.00 (anything over would have to come out of me).
Before you ask, I have been looking at the name brands, but they all either are over budget, or very questionable.
Please, any help would probably save my butt at work. (Should learn to keep my big mouth shut.)
March 16th, 2012, 03:03 AM #2
Oops, should mention that the OS and software are all already there, so they will just be re-used.
Also the graphics would be on chip or on board (what is the correct term nowadays?)
(And I really wish I had just kept my big mouth shut!)
March 16th, 2012, 04:45 AM #3
Newegg.com - Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G620
Newegg.com - Open Box: MSI H61M-P23 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.com - Pareema 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model MD313C81609L1
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-J3 460W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply
Newegg.com - Refurbished: Seagate Barracuda ES ST3750640NS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - XION XON-180 Meshed Black/Red Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Newegg.com - LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - CD / DVD Burners
Grand Total: $297.80
March 16th, 2012, 04:54 AM #4
Why does it not surprise me...
Shyguy, you have saved my bacon. Again.
Do have a question, though. I saw a case/psu combo that had me looking
APEVIA X-Gear ATXB5KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420W Power Supply
The big bother to me is that the psu is not named on the specs, and the only listing I found stated it only had 18 amps. had me a little worried, but with the small size of the rest...
March 16th, 2012, 05:03 AM #5
if its an Apevia case, its an Apevia/Aspire PSU and their utter crap.
March 16th, 2012, 05:04 AM #6
meh, pictures show a TurboLink PSU, still junk.
March 16th, 2012, 05:05 AM #7
already looked through the Case/PSU listings and the only one worth anything is the Coolermaster Elite 330 Case (if I remember the model right) it has a Coolermaster 350W PSU in it.
but I had to take shipping costs into effect to keep under budget.
March 16th, 2012, 05:21 AM #8
Got the hint about the Apevia case
Should have known that "deal" was too good to be true.
Went with yur suggestions, but...
Saw a deal on the CPU and DVD bundled.
Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623G850
1x LITE-ON Internal 24x DVD-Writer Black SATA Mode
Only $10 more than your suggestion. And (I think) a better CPU. (Tell me if I am wrong, again).
March 16th, 2012, 06:06 AM #9
if you can swing the extra cost, yeah, its a bit better CPU.
March 16th, 2012, 06:18 AM #10
Done. Just got to get the boss to sign for it in... OK, I've just been up all night and did not realize it. Boss will be in in less than an hour.
Forgot what the internet does to you...
And thanks for all of the help, Shyguy. You are an amazing person to put up with so many of us. Thank you.
March 16th, 2012, 02:52 PM #11
I'd buy a used computer on Craigslist, them upgrade the MB and memory. PS would probably be ok if you don't use a high performance video card.
So you'd get your case, HD, CD rom, PS.. for a few dollars.
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March 16th, 2012, 04:32 PM #12
of which would probably cost just as much in the end, as above, and end up with a lesser performing system.
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