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05-08-2014, 12:27 AM #1
Calling all computer experts
I'm in need of a new office computer. The one I presently run is a custom one I had put together for video editing, but it wasn't getting much use, so I put it to work at my office. It's now slow, and I'm sure everything inside is 6+ years out of date.
I'd say my budget is around $1200. No real specific needs, it will run quickbooks, my invoicing software, Microsoft office, etc. I however run dual 21" monitors. Other than nothing extremely taxing, but again, I want something quality built, that is going to last.
Also, don't have any brand loyalty.
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05-08-2014, 12:59 AM #2
05-08-2014, 06:39 AM #3
Just get an i7, 8Gb+ memory and an ssd, everything else shouldnt really matter as long as it works together. I'm not sure on computer parts prices there but should definitely be doable. I was actually looking at getting an Intel NUC with the above specs and it would still come out to about your prices in our dollars = even cheaper there probably.I’m a hypocrite and if I weren’t I’d be a success story.
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05-08-2014, 03:15 PM #4Junior Member
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05-08-2014, 09:50 PM #5
Something like this: HP ENVY phoneix 810
bump up the ram to 12gb, better graphics card, and add the 16gb SSD and you're under your budget. Support for 4 monitors and should last you another 6 years.
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05-09-2014, 02:56 AM #6
I don't see why you would need to spend even close to $1200 as you won't be using the computer for anything that requires expensive parts (gaming, video editing, etc.) Also, going over 8gb of ram is just overkill.
05-09-2014, 03:04 AM #7
any 400-600 laptop can do everything you need and run 2 screens. I personal would go with Lenovo. But if you insist on getting a desktop same price range applies
05-09-2014, 06:55 AM #8
A medium scale i5 desktop is all you need. You can go a lot more powerful for $1200, but that is like buying a ferrari to never exceed the speed limit. At $1200 ur looking at a decent server for a business, not a normal pc...
05-13-2014, 11:35 AM #9Junior Member
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Like everyone else, for that much money you wouldn't touch the potential of the computer. I wouldn't spend over $800 personally. I'd look at an i5-i7, 8-12Gb of DDR, 60Gb SSD, 1Tb storage, and a decent mobo.
Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K - Newegg.com
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - Newegg.com
SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive) - Newegg.com
HD: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - Newegg.com
The essentials on this add up to: $577
Onboard video could be utilized, and you could salvage the case and be good to go. Always room for improvement adding or deleting component pricing etc..
05-13-2014, 12:08 PM #10Senior Member
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Get a macbook air/pro. A mac mini should suit your needs as well. Best bet is to get a mac mini and get a nice 27 inch display.