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post #11 of 19
My suggestion:

Cooler Master Centurion 5 $34.99 (Great case)

Intel DG965WH $124.99

Kingston HyperX 2x1GB DDR2-800 $115.49

PC Power and Cooling Silencer 470 $99

8500GT Videocard $84.99

Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200RPM $69.99

Sceptre 20.1" (DVI 1680 x 1050) Monitor
$179.99

That is pretty much the build I did for my uncle, who also needed a business machine.

Be aware that no onboard RAID will actually do RAID1. Onboard RAID offers little to no redundancy in its RAID1. You would need hardware RAID to have true RAID1.

Why not just go with a Dell or ThinkCenter?
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post #12 of 19
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Dell is garbage, they pre-install way too much crap on the machine. I'm aware that onboard RAID does not perform that well for RAID 1, but RAID 1 is very tolerant. If 1 drive dies, all you have to do is disable the RAID and use the remaining drive. I'm aware that there's no nice features like automatic rebuild of the dead drive, so once a drive dies, you're pretty much need to start all over (but you can get the data off the good drive, which is the goal here).

All of our previous office computers are dells/other junk brands. I went to go look at one of the machines because it appeared to have an overheating problem, and it turns out that there's no real active cooling for the CPU, and from the looks of things inside the machine, dell REALLY cheaped out on the components (the computer's only like 2 yrs old, but it still had an AGP mobo/vid card).

As I'm sure most of the people here will agree with me, prebuilts are either grossly overpriced or they have a lot of junk components, and ALL prebuilts have junk software.
post #13 of 19
Why do you want a decent 7 series card in an office machine?
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We had a problem with an AMD computer once, and will never use AMD again
...what can i say? do you realize how much i want to flame you until you are PHYSICALLY damaged from this experience and you stop going on the internet and OCN forever and go cry to your mommy? do you realize that if i didnt have 19 points, and that i would be banned with one more point, how badly i would shred you to pieces? think about what you just said...cmon. you are NOT a noob, now dont act like one
    
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Dell is garbage, they pre-install way too much crap on the machine. I'm aware that onboard RAID does not perform that well for RAID 1, but RAID 1 is very tolerant. If 1 drive dies, all you have to do is disable the RAID and use the remaining drive. I'm aware that there's no nice features like automatic rebuild of the dead drive, so once a drive dies, you're pretty much need to start all over (but you can get the data off the good drive, which is the goal here).

All of our previous office computers are dells/other junk brands. I went to go look at one of the machines because it appeared to have an overheating problem, and it turns out that there's no real active cooling for the CPU, and from the looks of things inside the machine, dell REALLY cheaped out on the components (the computer's only like 2 yrs old, but it still had an AGP mobo/vid card).

As I'm sure most of the people here will agree with me, prebuilts are either grossly overpriced or they have a lot of junk components, and ALL prebuilts have junk software.
Get an open source Dell. And make sure that it is from the small business section and not the home and home office section.
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post #16 of 19
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...what can i say? do you realize how much i want to flame you until you are PHYSICALLY damaged from this experience and you stop going on the internet and OCN forever and go cry to your mommy? do you realize that if i didnt have 19 points, and that i would be banned with one more point, how badly i would shred you to pieces? think about what you just said...cmon. you are NOT a noob, now dont act like one
Well, the problem is with heat, and AMD processors usually run hotter then Intel processors. I'd rather deal w/ a smaller chance for a heat problem rather then a larger chance. It's also easier to install the Intel CPUs now (granted, if you bend the pins on the mobo it's impossible to fix, but I don't switch CPUs in and out, I put it in and it stays in).
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Get an open source Dell. And make sure that it is from the small business section and not the home and home office section.
Hmm, yeah, I think our machines were from the home/home office section, boy are those junk.
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Why do you want a decent 7 series card in an office machine?
Well, by "decent" I mean something that can support 2 monitors, in case there's a need for a second monitor later on. The computer will be used for some web design, and more screen real estate might be wanted in the (near) future.
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