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Build Advice 4 x Budget PC's help

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by FxFu$IoN, 5 Aug 2010.

  1. FxFu$IoN

    FxFu$IoN o.O or O.o Or O.O?

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    Hello all,

    im a lil out my comfort zone hear, i've been asked by my boss to sort out four new pc's for the office due to the fact im the only pc enthusiast that works there, now im normally use to building really high end gaming pc's and havent really been down the other end of the market so im quite confused...

    Ive looked at pre built systems all over the web but i cant help this nagging feeling telling me i could build it myslef alot better.

    The pcs are really only going to be used for office work i.e. Microsoft word, internet, outlook, and a estate agency management software which has the same thirst for cpu power as paint.

    intel or amd im not fussed as longs as its fast and doesn't slow down with a couple programs open.

    Budget Per PC = £320

    Components Needed

    Case - Cheap n cheerfull with an office look if there is one
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    CPU
    RAM - 2gb min
    PSU
    Hard Drive - 160gb - 320gb max
    optical drive - just a good reader

    thats it really, thanks in advance for any advice
     
  2. Sh0cKeR

    Sh0cKeR a=2(s-ut)/t²

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    I think you're going to have to look at the AMD Athlon dual cores and the MSi 770 C45. That should come to under £100. Then, factor in £30 for the Hard Drive, £15 for the optical drive, about £28 for the budget coolermaster case, and then the rest on the Corsair 400w and some 1,333MHz DDR 3 Corsair value select RAM. You can pick up the 2Gb kit for only £42 off Scan, which I imagine would be enough for office programs etc.

    Edit:
    A spec:
    AMD Athlon II 250 £49
    MSi 770 C45 £50
    512Mb XFX HD 5450 £37 - To be able to use a monitor :D
    Corsair Value Select 4Gb £72
    Samsung Spinpoint F1 £30
    Coolermaster case £28-32
    Optical Drive £15
    Corsair 400W £40

    Total:£331 - Just £1 over budget! A cheaper optical drive would knock the price down.

    I got the prices off Scan.
     
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  3. MaverickWill

    MaverickWill Dirty CPC Mackem

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    I'd speak to Dell. Their on-site warranty is going to be a big push in their direction. Plus, you don't want to be stuck servicing all these machines when it goes wrong. Give them a call, though - don't do it online. You should be able to talk them in to some sort of deal for the 4.
     
  4. FxFu$IoN

    FxFu$IoN o.O or O.o Or O.O?

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    sounds good shocker, ill compile a list and throw it on here n see what u guys think, im gona try and source it all from one place either scan or ebuyer

    any ideas on good hard drive? or does it not matter?
     
  5. FxFu$IoN

    FxFu$IoN o.O or O.o Or O.O?

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    yea ive already been on the phone to them ive got a sales rep working on an order, im looking at thier vostro range, seems like the only choice at that price
     
  6. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    Can build a i3 rig with 4gb of ram for that money

    unless you need software in which case you really should stick to a dell or somthing boring.
     
  7. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    +1 Dell, unless if your boss wants to pay you for servicing the PCs. :p
     
  8. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    go for a mobo with on board graphics and you can slice the price of a GPU off the build price
     
  9. Altron

    Altron Minimodder

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    Any software for those bad boys? You need legit Windows keys, which will tack on a significant amount to the price. Unless you're just going to chuck the old computers, in which case you can probably just use their Windows keys, assuming they had XP or Vista on them. You may have to call MS for activation, though. Their online one won't work if there is too big of a hardware change.
     
  10. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Just a quick look at Scan:

    LN11035: 250 GB Hitachi 0A35399/OA33423 Deskstar T7K250, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200 rpm, 8MB Cache, 8.5 ms, NCQ £29.32
    LN26186: Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400, S775 Wolfdale 45nm, 2.7 GHz, 2MB Cache, 13.5x Core Ratio, 65W £48.81
    LN29445: Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE 22x DVD±R, 12x DVD±R, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, SATA, Black, OEM £13.97
    LN27221: 2GB Corsair Value Select, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-18 £34.06 (Today Only)
    LN33398: Asus V6-P5G31E, S775, Intel G31, DDR2 667/800, PCI-E (x16), SATA 3Gb/s, On Board VGA Barebone System £88.11 (Today Only) (case, m/b & psu)
    LN29161: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit, Single, - OEM £75.28

    Total of £289.55 and you get to put it all together :D

    Or buy it already made for £319 incl VAT & Windows 7 HP here: http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/pc/range/icon.html
     
  11. FxFu$IoN

    FxFu$IoN o.O or O.o Or O.O?

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    thanks for the input guys, yea i now have to fit in the cost of a os as well win 7 home premium im likin all the different bundles you guys have thrown together but so far shockers looks most appealing with some slight adjustments Ive manage to get the price down to around 260-270 giving me enough room for the os. im just trying a few different setups with and without a graphics cards be cause ideally if i could fit a small graphics card in there it would be great.
     
  12. Altron

    Altron Minimodder

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    Why? Buy a motherboard with integrated graphics. Save some money. Office use doesn't need anything better.
     
  13. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    My previous post shows a price of £289.55 which includes Windows 7. Two of the items were on Today Only, probably gone by now though.
     
  14. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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    shockers build is too expensive and overkill for office PCs

    Case - Casecom KB-7760 Black - £12.48
    PSU - OCZ 400W stealth - £29.99
    MOBO - Asus P5KPL-AM SE - £34.67
    CPU - E5300 - £50.14
    RAM - Crucial DDR800 (2x1GB) - £34.82 OR Corsair DDR800 (2x2GB) - £66.34
    HDD - 250GB WD - £27.83
    ROM - samsung TS DVD writer - £13.99
    OS - Windows 7 HP 64-bit - £78.08 (bear in mind if its a domain you need pro edition)

    total cost inc VAT (which you claim back anyway) - £282 + £10 for del. or if you go 4GB of RAM its £313.52 + £10 del
     
  15. MaverickWill

    MaverickWill Dirty CPC Mackem

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    Quick check - the Dell Vostro ST 230 with 3 years pro warranty (next-day, on-site, 24/7 service) is £314, excluding VAT and shipping. That's an E6500 and 1GB of DDR3, 160GB hard drive, integrated graphics, DVD-RW drive, Windows 7, and ergonomic keyboard/mouse.

    If you give Dell a call and say you're buying 4, the price will drop. ;)

    I'm emphasising the warranty, because as business use PCs, being down by a machine loses money. It's true that, for the money, you could build 4 better PCs, but then your boss will be wondering why he's without a machine for 2 weeks while it's under RMA for one part.
     
  16. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    ^ tbh this is the way I would go. If you built them, the boss would expect you to fix them. Let Dell worry about that.
     
  17. rollo

    rollo Modder

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    Dell is best aproach here

    if you contact them direct they will get you 4 pcs for the budget
     
  18. Ph4ZeD

    Ph4ZeD What's a Dremel?

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    Fail.
     
  19. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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    ive already spec'd 4 PCs under budget coming in @ £1138 inc del

    budget = £1280 so a saving of £142.

    however the warranty point is a pretty good one unless your prepared to deal with the issues yourself

    i would imagine the 3 years onsite warranty is worth £142 saving even though it will be a pile of crap dell give you and not as good as a custom build
     

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