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Hey all, I'm not really into the low end of building PC's, My father has recently asked me to build him a desktop computer as his laptop has just pooped it self.

He didn't really give me a budget, But around the $1000 mark is his limit most likely (Tower, Monitor, Windows)

It will be used for Email, General web browsing And all of the Microsoft Office products as well as doing his taxes on.
Build must include the Tower + Windows + Monitor.

He's Requirements are.. Wireless internet availability and he wants it to be fairly responsive/fast system!

Help me out here OCN! smile.gif
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If the computer will be for business, I recommend making sure he has a backup solution. I personally would get 3 500GB drives and do a RAID 5 then a 1TB drive backup smile.gif

From there you can do a nice i3 system (no need for a dedicated card) 8GB of ram, a decent case, decent PSU. If it wasn't so late here, I would get one setup for you. :/ Tomorrow I will give a nice little build.
 
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OP, when you say business, do you mean the computer is for his business, or that he will just be using it for business-type tasks? If it's the former, I would recommend he buy a pre-built computer with a warranty.
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1c2Oj

Here is a computer I think that would do fine for your dad's business.
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ssd for fast and responsive, as for business, why not a 1tb drive raid 1 setup?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

If the computer will be for business, I recommend making sure he has a backup solution. I personally would get 3 500GB drives and do a RAID 5 then a 1TB drive backup smile.gif

From there you can do a nice i3 system (no need for a dedicated card) 8GB of ram, a decent case, decent PSU. If it wasn't so late here, I would get one setup for you. :/ Tomorrow I will give a nice little build.

Depending on what type of business work he does on his PC, raid 5 could be over kill, but I do agree with the idea of some type of redundancy.

@ OP: Can you tell us more about what he will be doing? I can understand the need to keep your dad's work private, but can you tell us if the data he has is critical or not.

Also ask him what kind of screen size he would like, what kind of form factor would he like, how large or small of a mouse would he like, does he use ANY special programs other than MS office (switch him to open office since it is free), would he like multiple monitors, how much storage does he actually need (just figure out what his laptop had), should the PC be silent, or is a little bit of noise ok, and any other question you can think of.

1000 bucks is a fairly healthy budget and there is a lot of potential to make this PC a perfect fit for your dad. The more questions you ask him, the better the build will be for him.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jhaze84 View Post

OP, when you say business, do you mean the computer is for his business, or that he will just be using it for business-type tasks? If it's the former, I would recommend he buy a pre-built computer with a warranty.

He will be using this at home, He owns a courier business, receives emails, calls etc. for jobs who he then passes onto the road couriers.
Quote:
Originally Posted by waslakhani View Post

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1c2Oj

Here is a computer I think that would do fine for your dad's business.

That is a nice build smile.gif thanks for that!
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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

Depending on what type of business work he does on his PC, raid 5 could be over kill, but I do agree with the idea of some type of redundancy.

@ OP: Can you tell us more about what he will be doing? I can understand the need to keep your dad's work private, but can you tell us if the data he has is critical or not.

Also ask him what kind of screen size he would like, what kind of form factor would he like, how large or small of a mouse would he like, does he use ANY special programs other than MS office (switch him to open office since it is free), would he like multiple monitors, how much storage does he actually need (just figure out what his laptop had), should the PC be silent, or is a little bit of noise ok, and any other question you can think of.

1000 bucks is a fairly healthy budget and there is a lot of potential to make this PC a perfect fit for your dad. The more questions you ask him, the better the build will be for him.

As stated above, He works from home, He owns a courier business, receives emails, calls etc. for jobs who he then passes onto the road couriers. The info that is kept on his PC is fairly important due to the fact that if something goes wrong with a package or what not, He has the said information stored on his PC regarding the parcel for the issue to be solved.

He saw some IPS Screens at a local electrical store the other day and is really wanting to get one of them, Anything from 20 - 24" will suit him fine, He's coming from a 17 inch laptop. I'm trying to also aim for a build as small as possible, mATX/mITX, Silence is a key factor in this build.. As for storage, Since using office etc, He almost filled his 750gb laptop hard drive with files from the business, So I'm aiming for around the 2tb mark to keep him in the safe zone.

He does how ever, use a 2tb Desktop external drive for his backups.
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Mini ITX

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1c3xw

Micro ATX

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1c3HE
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gumbie View Post

He will be using this at home, He owns a courier business, receives emails, calls etc. for jobs who he then passes onto the road couriers.
That is a nice build smile.gif thanks for that!
As stated above, He works from home, He owns a courier business, receives emails, calls etc. for jobs who he then passes onto the road couriers. The info that is kept on his PC is fairly important due to the fact that if something goes wrong with a package or what not, He has the said information stored on his PC regarding the parcel for the issue to be solved.

He saw some IPS Screens at a local electrical store the other day and is really wanting to get one of them, Anything from 20 - 24" will suit him fine, He's coming from a 17 inch laptop. I'm trying to also aim for a build as small as possible, mATX/mITX, Silence is a key factor in this build.. As for storage, Since using office etc, He almost filled his 750gb laptop hard drive with files from the business, So I'm aiming for around the 2tb mark to keep him in the safe zone.

He does how ever, use a 2tb Desktop external drive for his backups.
No problem I hope I helped. thumb.gif
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