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Cheapest Office PC Build

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by wolf2009, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. wolf2009 Guest

    a new PC may soon be needed at the place I work.

    since it will be doing office work mostly what can I make cheaply by using parts from previous PC.

    Previous PC is a Dell Gx280 with Pentium 4 processor.

    I'm thinking an AMD build is warranted, just out of notion to support AMD for thinking of us customers like they do not change sockets while bringing new CPU's to the market.

    So basically i need a processor , motherboard and a case. Maybe can use parts from older PC. So what am I looking at ?
  2. kiriakost

    kiriakost New Member

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    Get a laptop .
  3. mrhuggles


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    "I'm thinking an AMD build is warranted, just out of notion to support AMD for thinking of us customers like they do not change sockets while bringing new CPU's to the market."

    what? whatdu mean they dont change sockets... they have a new socket with every minor change now a days :?
  4. Error 404

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    They have had socket AM2 and AM2+ for a while now, and all AMD CPUs made today are compatible with those sockets (except for PII, not sure about that one).

    To the OP: can you please say what you have in your current office PC and what you can use from it, and what you want this office PC to do? That would help a lot of people here think of a properly specced PC to suit your needs.
  5. Polaris573

    Polaris573 Senior Moderator

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    After a lot of searching for a very cost effective way to build a reasonably powerful computer I built someone a computer based around this.



    Was it a top of the line high quality build? No way, but it got the job done without a hiccup and on a very tight budget (I finished off spending only $275 including drives and memory). The only thing I was concerned about was the power supply, but with a low power no nonsense system if the power supply works and the system is stable it's good enough. Although it would be nice to have an 80% efficient PSU. The case, while flimsy, wasn't bad looking.
  6. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    AMD have AM2, AM2+ and AM3. and no they arent always compatible.

    AM2 went up to 125W with the 6000+ and up chips, and most AM2 boards are capped at 95W, only now with phenom II 2+ boards are we seeing boards that can take all of them. Hell the board in my media PC supports phenom II, but it cant even take all the original phenoms.

    Have a looksee at the link in my sig to my media PC for ideas, for an office PC all that really matters is an ok CPU, 2GB of whatever speed ram, and a hard drive big enough to store your files. Video and audio performance dont matter, so onboard is fine.

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