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    Good people, as you wil recall from my previous forays here, I am a typical end-user of computers, so I need some assistance, please.

    I need a desktop and am unsure of what the exact specs should be. How does one go about determining what the requirements would be in terms of the PC?

    Thanks

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    Hey blu w/b! How much do you have and what do you need to do with it? Do you have a monitor etc?
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    /falls off chair. WB Blu!

    As cerebus says, budget and usage. Typicallly it helps to know what software you will run on it, guidline is the minimum spec for Windows 7 of which version is largely determined by the desktop being on a company domain or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drake2007 View Post
    /falls off chair. WB Blu!
    +1 . Remember netbooks and nettops are not something to consider as a primary pc.

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    I have approx R 10 000 to spend, and this should include the OS and the MS Office software. Do not have a monitor - will have to buy everything.

    It will be used in a small (one man) business.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blunomore View Post
    I have approx R 10 000 to spend, and this should include the OS and the MS Office software. Do not have a monitor - will have to buy everything.

    It will be used in a small (one man) business.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks guys!
    WB Blu.
    What type of work do you want to do on the computer...? Just normal office work or are there specific applications that you will be running on the system...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenbaas View Post
    WB Blu.
    What type of work do you want to do on the computer...? Just normal office work or are there specific applications that you will be running on the system...?
    Normal office work, mainly using the MS Office applications as well as e-mail and internet. Nothing out of the ordinary

    We do work with large documents though, so I would need a sizable memory.

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    Hm for r10k how about an iMac?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cerebus View Post
    Hm for r10k how about an iMac?
    +1, then bootcamp if you need Windows. At least when complaints are aimed... They are aimed at the Mac forum.
    Last edited by DJNgoma; 04-01-2010 at 01:27 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerebus View Post
    Hm for r10k how about an iMac?
    8 post to the first flame bait nice going....

    joking

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    Any thoughts on what my specs should be guys?

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    If its only for a normal office machine and not a gaming machine then you don't need anything too high spec'd.

    I'd go for a dual core 2.5 with min 2gb ram. You can always get another 2gb is you really have huge documents to open.

    You can go for less specs but I wouldnt bother - your not going to be saving much. Everything else is pretty much standard, dvd writer, k/b, mouse, 300gb drive, graphics card doesn't need to be too fancy.

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    Well really the iMac is a good bet - I used one in my previous job. But ok if we're going PC....

    So 10k has to include everything? let's see how's about this:

    Win 7 Premium: r1,400 (yes it's a rip-off)
    MS Office 2007 student: r900 (ditto)
    Samsung 2333SW: r1900
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 (2.66Ghz, 4MB L2 Cache) @ R1724
    Asus P5KPL-AM SE G31 @ R471
    Radeon hd4670 @ R800
    4gb ddr2800: r600 or so
    Seagate Barracuda 1.5tb @ R1200
    Cooler Master Elite 310 RC-310-BWN1 @ R446
    Vantec ioN2+A van-550A 550watt @ R722
    DVD-RW - r250

    =11000 roughly

    Areas to save money on:
    Graphics card if you don't plan on doing graphical work - 4350 perhaps?
    monitor say 22" should be fine - W2234S @ r1500
    Hard drive - 1tb@900
    Odin 470w - r375

    that should round your build down to r10k
    Last edited by cerebus; 04-01-2010 at 01:45 PM.
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    My advice, and most people will disagree is to get a tier 1 machine, e.g. HP, Dell. You can get an HP machine, E8400 processor, 2GB RAM, 320 gb HDD for around R6000. You can add a Samsung 23 inch monitor and Office 2007 and still be in budget.

    The benefits are an industry proven lower chance of failure (1-5 years), and a full 3 year warranty. Although the specs are lower than a clone, the reliability is higher - which is what you need for business....

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    +1 to that

    You're a business not an enthusiast - you wouldn't know what to do if something broke. Get a business solution.
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