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Old 04-08-2011, 09:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all. Just wanted to say that the computer I built for my roommate turned out awesome. We went intel sandy bridge and hooked the HDMI directly up to his 37'' and it looks great. Now on to my main question. I am looking to build a business computer for my mom's business. She will use it for quick books and general data storage but it needs to be very reliable. She also wants to have a back up drive or multiple back up drives if needed. She will need a tower, keyboard + mouse, and she wants to run dual 19'' or 20'' screens. So basically a reliable business computer that can hold a lot of information and run dual monitors.

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Case: Nothing fancy but something with decent airflow
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Video Card: Something that can run dual monitors and not overheat
HDD: I'm thinking dual 1TB using 1 for main drive and 1 for backup/storage of files/clients
Optical Drive: Basic CD/DVD
Keyboard + Mouse: Nothing fancy
Monitors: Dual 19'' or dual 20"

Just a reliable business computer that can run dual monitors. She is looking at a budget of around $1,200 to $1,500 and will pay a little more if needed. Thanks for the suggestions and I look forward to ordering some more parts!!!
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Im pretty sure everyone here will tell you its cheaper to go with a dell, hp, ect. Not that they would be against building, its just you loose your cost advantage when you go with lower end parts.
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That is true but I am still curious what route to go as well as something that can handle 2 monitors...
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Im pretty sure that any new GPU can handle 2 monitors
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Newegg.com - LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners
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Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - Acer B193WGJbmdh Black 19" 5ms Height Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 50000:1(1000:1) Built-in Speakers
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N954-TR GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Newegg.com - Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 - Keyboards
Newegg.com - Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical - Black
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HDDs: there are better ways of backing up than high capacity internal drives, but the choice is yours
Graphics card: Cheapest I could find with two DVI outputs
Monitors: Cheapest height adjustable over 17". If height adjustment is not important, I suggest something else

Also, you should note that I have been out of the hardware loop for some time, you should wait for more opinions.
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I have that graphics card (from PNY) and I play cod:black ops on a 22" monitor at about 70c. I had a smaller 16" monitor in addition to my 22" a while back and it didn't go above 46 degrees while not playing any games..
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Newegg.com - LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite RC-330-KKR1 Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - Acer B193WGJbmdh Black 19" 5ms Height Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 50000:1(1000:1) Built-in Speakers
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N954-TR GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Newegg.com - Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 - Keyboards
Newegg.com - Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical - Black
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

HDDs: there are better ways of backing up than high capacity internal drives, but the choice is yours
Graphics card: Cheapest I could find with two DVI outputs
Monitors: Cheapest height adjustable over 17". If height adjustment is not important, I suggest something else

Also, you should note that I have been out of the hardware loop for some time, you should wait for more opinions.
Thanks for the info! So instead of going 2 internal drives maybe go with one internal main drive then an external HDD?
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An external HDD, NAS box, server, tape drive, optical drive. Depends on how important the data is and what sort of backups you want.
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Honestly, I would look into a RAID 5 array if she desires redundancy, and performance at the same time, and if needed, a single large external drive for backup purposes.

The only reason I say this, is because when one drive in a Raid 5 array fails, you can still continue to go along, but at a slower rate, and when the new drive gets in, pop it in, and let the computer re-build the array overnight. It is rare for 2 of the 3 disks to fail, but it does happen, hence the reason for an external drive for Ghost/Acronis backups.
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