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post #11 of 32
Agree 100% with others. AMD should without a doubt be your only consideration with a budget that low. An Intel platform isn't justified in your client's case. Also, I would ditch the card reader. He can add that to the computer with some USB device later on--should he decide to.
post #12 of 32
Personally, as suggested, I would go with the AMD route.

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I say go Athlon II x4 with a cheap motherboard, look for combo deals with harddrives and dvd drives I saved $15 this way one time.
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I'm feeling y'all on the AMD advice. Is the chip below the best option for the use it will see? Please consider that longevity is an issue, so I'd like a new-ish CPU socket.

Quote:
Originally Posted by NearFutureTechnology View Post
I have no experience with JetWay products. Can someone comment on their quality and customer support? I'm concerned about BIOS updates and such in addition to warranty issues.

EDIT: Also, Newegg is the preferred source of supply. Other online dealers will be considered, but to conserve shipping costs, one source of supply is preferred. We don't have Microcenter or Fry's locally and their options are considerably less appealing online.
Edited by kremtok - 6/15/11 at 9:31pm
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post #15 of 32
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No can do. It's that 'accounting and office software' that I mentioned earlier. This system has to be Windows-based.

However, he's a college student also and would likely qualify for Microsoft Student Discounts. I just haven't been able to find any full (not upgrade) licenses on their website.
Upgrade should work, it installed fine on my brand new hard drives.
post #16 of 32
Thread Starter 
If AMD, then how about:

Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition $87.99
MSI 880GB-E35 $69.99

That would save $52.00, making the total before shipping $486.90.

Thoughts?
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post #17 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by kremtok View Post
I'm feeling y'all on the AMD advice. Is the chip below the best option for the use it will see? Please consider that longevity is an issue, so I'd like a new-ish CPU socket.



I have no experience with JetWay products. Can someone comment on their quality and customer support? I'm concerned about BIOS updates and such in addition to warranty issues.

EDIT: Also, Newegg is the preferred source of supply. Other online dealers will be considered, but to conserve shipping costs, one source of supply is preferred. We don't have Microcenter or Fry's locally and their options are considerably less appealing online.
As far as your concern for BIOS updates and such, as far as I know we aren't dealing with a hardcore PC user. Just a college student that needs a computer for accounting. Don't get too ahead of ourselves =)
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post #18 of 32
Anyone who tells you need a dedicated GPU, don't listen to them. Your setup is perfectly fine, reliability is the most important factor.
 
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post #19 of 32
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Clairvoyant129 View Post
Anyone who tells you need a dedicated GPU, don't listen to them. Your setup is perfectly fine, reliability is the most important factor.
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post #20 of 32
do you have a microcenter nearby? AMD CPu with free mobo.
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