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#1vh2vandalierPosted 10/18/2013 9:53:51 AM
Looking for a cheap office computer for boss. He knows next to nothing about them and is getting prices all over the place from $600 to $5000 (server computers), etc. Basically, all this computer will be used for is Quickbooks, and potentially our record keeping software (basically just requires 2GB RAM). Only need the tower.

His requirements: "I want it to be fast, I'm impatient. And it has to have Windows 7, I hate Windows 8" So I'm thinking something with an i5, or AMD equivalent (to help with price). Don't need a video card, it'll use integrated video/sound. Just need case, psu, cpu, mobo, memory, hdd/optical etc.

Any suggestions?
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#2este914Posted 10/18/2013 10:01:54 AM
I duno, what about something like this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220407
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#3ShubPosted 10/18/2013 10:05:49 AM
Did you want to build it or did you want a ready-made unit?
As always, building yields the better value except you don't get business-grade support.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Qi7F -- comes with an SSD which is what will give him the "speed" he's looking for more than anything else. It's not like QuickBooks is a crazy CPU-intensive app, quite the opposite.
If you were looking for something prebuilt, I'd look at the Dell Optiplex line. They are business computers with a 3-year warranty backed by Dell business -- not consumer -- support.
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#4este914Posted 10/18/2013 10:11:11 AM
I doubt its even worth wasting time building something for the usage of just running quickbooks and other basic tasks. I mean there's plenty of cheap, decent running systems that will accomplish many basic tasks very easily

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883155690

another fine system
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#5ShubPosted 10/18/2013 10:12:16 AM
Well, like I said, if he wants it to be fast, an SSD will make the biggest difference there, and good luck finding a cheap prebuilt with a decent SSD.
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#6vh2vandalier(Topic Creator)Posted 10/18/2013 10:21:04 AM
We're pretty much all running old Optiplex's up here, from 210's up to 390's with i3's. His pc however an HP he bought from Best Buy with 4gb's and an i5. Basically when he leaves for the day, he logs out, comes back the next morning and it's frozen (have to force shutdown and restart). His computer friend has ran checks on it and says everything is fine. I'm convinced it's probably just ram or hard drive, even though the PC is only 8 or so months old. Basically, instead of letting me just switch out the part he wants to just buy a new pc altogether (or have one built). I'm not enthusiastic about building a desktop for the business, if it were his own personal home pc thats one thing, but if I build it then I'll be the one he expects to fix every little thing that may go wrong with it (I already do anyway ><).

Shub, you're the one who recommended me the Optiplex 390's about a year ago, and they're working great. Could I just throw an SSD in one of those and load Quickbooks on it? Or are they pretty maxed out in the hardware dept.?
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#7ShubPosted 10/18/2013 10:46:59 AM
Glad to know those OptiPlexes are working out for you.
I only have experience with the SFF chassis and am pretty sure it only has space inside for one 3.5" hard drive. If you bought a different, larger chassis, I've never had one in front of me so I don't know what it looks like under the hood, but I would expect a regular minitower to have expansion slots. But even with the SFF chassis, you can just take the hard drive out and install an SSD instead (though I guess you'll need a 2.5"-to-3.5" bracket).
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