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Hey guys,

My dad asked me to build him a work-only desktop for writing/researching. He wants it to be fast, reliable, quiet, and within a reasonable budget.

I was thinking of maybe a small ssd as a boot drive, and another HDD for storage. He doesn't play any video games or won't do any sort of graphics rendering with this desktop. Maybe some animations in powerpoint (lol).

I live about twenty minutes from a MicroCenter, and am fine with ordering off of Newegg or Amazon.

What do you guys recommend?

I'm thinking to keep the budget under 600 USD for the tower. Also I have a copy of Windows 7 Ult. as well as Pro, so no OS is needed.

Also, was thinking of getting him a Das Keyboard Pro S, but am open to other suggestions. (He wants a comfortable to type on keyboard that's not super noisy).

EDIT: I also have a single slot XFX 9800GT sitting in my closet.
Edited by Monsk - 8/8/11 at 11:21am
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post #2 of 27
does this need a monitor too?
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post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by iDaryl View Post
does this need a monitor too?
Monitor will be separate from this, so no.

Just the tower for under 600 USD.
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post #5 of 27
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post #6 of 27
well he isnt gaming right?dual core i3 should do just fine...well if you still have some money to spare try looking up some i5 socket1156....
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post #7 of 27
i3 is actually more than what I would recommend. I have a computer with a Pentium G620 that runs like lightning. But if you can afford it, then the i3 is definitely a better choice.
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post #8 of 27
well he wants it, so he gets it! haha...

maybe they will take the gaming plunge sometime in their pc usage...and it's ready to take them on to the world of minesweeper
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post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
What about the i3 2100 vs the 550? It's 99 bucks at MicroCenter
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post #10 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Monsk View Post
What about the i3 2100 vs the 550? It's 99 bucks at MicroCenter
Get the i3, it's even overkill for the type of usage you're describing. All the parts listed by the above poster w/ the Amazon links is pretty much spot on what you're looking for. One thing though, if you want to save some money, would be to just make it a mATX build. Saves you money on the case and mobo.
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