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ok so I know this has prob been beat to death here a thousand times or more but here is the situation:

I've got a small non profit that needs another computer,
Budget: $500

Needed for:
1) Doing receipts (using donor manager)
2) Checking E-mail
3) Word processing.
4) M$ publisher for their newsletter.

So really it does not need to be any sort of power house, but they were using an aging Win XP P4 1.7ghz machine that has had problem after problem. They really want something that they dont have to sit there and wait on (their internet is 50mb down/10mb up and they've kinda been hamstrung by their old desktop)

so they've decided they want a new computer

Needed:
EVERYTHING! Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Windows (I've tried to talk them into going Linux but the "old ladies" can seem to figure it out) ect the whole 9 yards


I've come accross the following prebuilts:

http://www.microcenter.com/product/401343/Inspiron_660s_Desktop_Computer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227392R

the one at newegg seems to be the better of the 2

so my question is should I just get the prebuilt? or is it possible to do a cheaper build? $500 is the limit but cheaper is always better

If I get the prebuilt that leaves ~$200 for a monitor

so thoughts? opinions? builds that blow this out of the water?
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Honestly you're better off going with something prebuilt from the Dell online store, its out of your hands if anything breaks and has a warranty on it - there are plenty of options that will work perfectly for under $500
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You will always get better value out of a custom built.
For the same price as the 4100-6670 build you could have a more power efficient (but same-performing) A10-5800k build that is also smaller form factor. It's pretty good though given the NZXT Source 210 case and nice heatsink but the outdated N68-VS3 FX motherboard ruins expansion ability. And it'd be new parts, not open box.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

You will always get better value out of a custom built.
For the same price as the 4100-6670 build you could have a more power efficient (but same-performing) A10-5800k build that is also smaller form factor. It's pretty good though given the NZXT Source 210 case and nice heatsink but the outdated N68-VS3 FX motherboard ruins expansion ability. And it'd be new parts, not open box.

ok so I went through part picker

and this is what I got:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lueR

leaving ~$150 for a monitor,

but is that any better than the 4100 prebuilt?

dont get me wrong I love piecing systems together, and having an upgrade path, I just dont know if I'm gonna be around for the needed upgrade.

their last computer was from ~2003 (so 9ish years, were talking AGP slot and IDE hdd here)
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anyone else wanna chime in here>?
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Only thing I have against a pre-built in your case would be the included OS. You can bet it's loaded with bloatware and other crap you really don't need and it can and will slow one down to a crawl in short order.
My suggestion would be go ahead and get one but be ready to wipe and install another OS before too long - When it starts slowing down/crawling, those ladies will begin complaining and you'll have to deal with it.

Your call but that's what you'll be looking at plus I don't think it will come with a Windows disk, just whatever is on the drive with a restore partition and that can make it a real pain to recover if the drive goes bad or the need to do a reinstall arises or something. Viruses can cause the need to wipe and reload to happen too and it will get into the restore part of the drive so that won't be of any use if that happens.
Edited by Kryton - 10/27/12 at 10:11am
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Originally Posted by Kryton View Post

Only thing I have against a pre-built in your case would be the included OS. You can bet it's loaded with bloatware and other crap you really don't need and it can and will slow one down to a crawl in short order.
My suggestion would be go ahead and get one but be ready to wipe and install another OS before too long - When it starts slowing down/crawling, those ladies will begin complaining and you'll have to deal with it.

Your call but that's what you'll be looking at plus I don't think it will come with a Windows disk, just whatever is on the drive with a restore partition and that can make it a real pain to recover if the drive goes bad or the need to do a reinstall arises or something. Viruses can cause the need to wipe and reload to happen too and it will get into the restore part of the drive so that won't be of any use if that happens.

That is a very good point. I have plenty of win 7 install media, and iso files are pretty easy to come by for win 7, I'll prob just reinstall using my own disk to get rid of bloat

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