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PC Build for Family member, to be used for Office use only - suggestions please

darkovo Avatar
2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
Hi, my Uncle is wanting to get on the internet and just use MS Office applications (mainly large Excel spreadsheets). He's currently using an 8 year old Tower PC running Windows XP that isn't on the internet, I just want to build him something for around the £300-£350 price tag (not including software). He did get a new Monitor, keyboard and mouse a few years ago so he's happy to re-use these.

I haven't built anything for many years so a bit out of touch with whats good.
We did manage to get one of these cases though, so it has to be built around this - Zalman T4 Mini M-ATX/M-ITX Tower Case, also have a new-ish SATA DVD drive.

The OS will be Windows 8.1 x64, we'll also want a 120GB SSD and ideally 8GB RAM, but don't need a gaming graphics card, so on-board graphics of some kind should be fine.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
darkovo Avatar
2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
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#1
if you just want a PC for Office apps why go to the hassle of building one - just look for an ex-lease business grade PC - loads of them around from mainstream manufacturers - IBM/Lenovo - HP - Dell etc

can be had very cheap and are pretty much bullet proof and many come with OS installed or COA still on the machine, and if you know what you are buying many still have the balance of the 3 year business warranty

for example my current desktop PC is

Dell Optiplex 7010 SFF
Core i5-3470 3.6GHz Processor
12GB RAM
1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD
DVD+/-RW
Windows 7 Pro license

was £300 about a year ago so would be cheaper now and it still has warranty on it !

EliTom

Edited By: elitom on Jun 22, 2014 11:18
#2
elitom
if you just want a PC for Office apps why go to the hassle of building one - just look for an ex-lease business grade PC - loads of them around from mainstream manufacturers - IBM/Lenovo - HP - Dell etc

can be had very cheap and are pretty much bullet proof and many come with OS installed or COA still on the machine, and if you know what you are buying many still have the balance of the 3 year business warranty

for example my current desktop PC is

Dell Optiplex 7010 SFF
Core i5-3470 3.6GHz Processor
12GB RAM
1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD
DVD+/-RW
Windows 7 Pro license

was £300 about a year ago so would be cheaper now and it still has warranty on it !

EliTom

Possibly, have you got any examples on whats available and from where please?
#3
darkovo
elitom
if you just want a PC for Office apps why go to the hassle of building one - just look for an ex-lease business grade PC - loads of them around from mainstream manufacturers - IBM/Lenovo - HP - Dell etc

can be had very cheap and are pretty much bullet proof and many come with OS installed or COA still on the machine, and if you know what you are buying many still have the balance of the 3 year business warranty

for example my current desktop PC is

Dell Optiplex 7010 SFF
Core i5-3470 3.6GHz Processor
12GB RAM
1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD
DVD+/-RW
Windows 7 Pro license

was £300 about a year ago so would be cheaper now and it still has warranty on it !

EliTom

Possibly, have you got any examples on whats available and from where please?

just a very quick search bought this up

ebay item number 360967759686

Dell Optiplex 3010
Processor - i5 3470 3.60GHz
Memory - 8GB
Hard Drive - 500GB SATA
Optical Drives - DVD+RW Drive
Windows 7 License Sticker Attached

warranty till Nov 2016

£300


EliTom

Edited By: elitom on Jun 22, 2014 11:36
#4
I'm trying around with this cheap htpc build atm but should be a base for you too look at.

Get the Samsung evo ssd instead and bolster the ram.

Should come in just under 200.
#6
I'd rather not get off ebay, and also rather get a better processor than the Celeron, I've been checking others on pcpartpicker and come up with the following for an AMD setup:

AMD FX6300 processor (with stock fan) = approx. £75
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 motherboard = approx. £37
Corsair Builder Series CXM 430W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX/EPS PSU = approx. £36
RAM 8GB 1600Mhz = approx. £64
SSD Samsung 840 EVO 120GB = approx. £54

So combined with the case and DVD drive I already have it comes under max budget.

What do you think of this setup?
#7
Seems solid. I'm getting the 6300 soon myself but I'd change the psu for an xfx as there seasonic made the one in my build might be seasonic branded to but I forget.

Only slight downside is mobo is Sata 2 from what u can find but that's just a niggle Tbh
#8
Yeah I can't find a good motherboard in this price range with both USB 3.0 and SATA 3 :(
Not sure if it'll hit the SSD performance too much?
#9
You don't give the specs of his current computer but even if it is 8 years old it could still be very usable if it is something like a core 2 duo or quad. My son has my old PC which is a Q6600 which was bought in early 2007 so is over 7 years old and it not only runs better than many new PC's would but also plays any game you throw at it, usually at high quality or better.

Why not just put a network card in it if it doesn't have one and install windows 7 or even 8 if you like it.

Edited By: ZaphodBeeblebrox on Jun 23, 2014 11:49
#10
darkovo
Yeah I can't find a good motherboard in this price range with both USB 3.0 and SATA 3 :(
Not sure if it'll hit the SSD performance too much?


Shouldn't be to much do I wouldn't worry about it.

You could rearrange the setup to 4300 and use extra cash on mobo.

Tbh if it's just casual use I still think a nice new dual core would do the trick. It's not gaming or anything but with my suggested build you can always upgrade the cpu to any 1155 socket. U would tone it down personally in the cpu department and up the other parts then if it bugs him down the line grab a new cpu with the saved money.
#11
A 6300 is overboard if it's for office work also look on dabs you can get some components which have warranty however returned or damaged packaging etc.
#12
elitom
darkovo
elitom
if you just want a PC for Office apps why go to the hassle of building one - just look for an ex-lease business grade PC - loads of them around from mainstream manufacturers - IBM/Lenovo - HP - Dell etc

can be had very cheap and are pretty much bullet proof and many come with OS installed or COA still on the machine, and if you know what you are buying many still have the balance of the 3 year business warranty

for example my current desktop PC is

Dell Optiplex 7010 SFF
Core i5-3470 3.6GHz Processor
12GB RAM
1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD
DVD+/-RW
Windows 7 Pro license

was £300 about a year ago so would be cheaper now and it still has warranty on it !

EliTom

Possibly, have you got any examples on whats available and from where please?

just a very quick search bought this up

ebay item number 360967759686

Dell Optiplex 3010
Processor - i5 3470 3.60GHz
Memory - 8GB
Hard Drive - 500GB SATA
Optical Drives - DVD+RW Drive
Windows 7 License Sticker Attached

warranty till Nov 2016

£300


EliTom

I know you don't fancy ebay but this kind of thing is pretty good, they are like lightning because they don't have unnecessary components.

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