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Need some budget build help

#1KeeperofthedarkPosted 10/9/2013 1:24:01 PM(edited)
I am the head techie of my highschool's newspaper, and my editor-in-chief has decided that we need some more computers. She gave a soft budget of $1000 for three computers, though I definitely push it up if need be.

The computers should only be handling Internet browsing and word processing, so they don't need to be monsters. They just need to be capable. We can either build or purchase the computers, depending on which is best.

On peripherals, we would need OS's for all the computers, but we do have two monitors, as well as two sets of mice and keyboards.
#2Rogziel2kPosted 10/9/2013 1:49:10 PM
pre builts are going to be the cheapest for low demanding task.....if building cheap AMS APUs are your friend
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#3EStar999Posted 10/9/2013 1:57:13 PM
Do you happen to live near a Micro Center?
#4Keeperofthedark(Topic Creator)Posted 10/9/2013 2:05:58 PM
Unfortunately no. No micro center anywhere near us.
#5NicodimusPosted 10/9/2013 2:11:02 PM
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1MPF1

$325 for that one (with Windows.)

That's pretty much as low as I can get it and be confident that it won't...explode.
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#62Dhas_a_MIGRANEPosted 10/9/2013 2:13:56 PM
Do you need Microsoft office too?
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#7EStar999Posted 10/9/2013 2:15:45 PM
How much can you increase the budget by?
#8Keeperofthedark(Topic Creator)Posted 10/9/2013 5:38:57 PM
Sorry. Yes, Microsoft Office is necessary, and... I'm not sure how much we could get away increasing the budget, but I'd say maybe around $300. It depends on how needed that is.
#9EStar999Posted 10/9/2013 9:38:37 PM
Can't the school's IT department get better discounts for you?
#10phantasyPosted 10/9/2013 10:03:51 PM
I wouldn't recommend building pcs if its being paid for by the school or someone else. There is that small liability issue of anything bad happening. Better to just buy prebuilts just to have your butt covered since the warranty is for the whole entire system and much easier to explain to the principal in case something bad do happens.
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