Basic PC for office work, will this be good enough?

By Pralys ยท 8 replies
Jan 16, 2009
  1. Hi there,

    Can someone help me with this. I've almost decided on these parts and I think they would be suitable for a basic office and internet pc(i've had a bit of a look and can't see why they wouldn't be). I would just like a second opinion. I already have the screen, a keyboard and mouse. just need the actual system. All the prices are from

    Vantec ION2+ Ultra Quiet 450w SLI PSU 135mm Fan $55.00
    Corsair Value Select PC5300 (667) 2048Mb/2Gb Module $55.00
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.6Ghz AM2 Dual Core Retail Box $89.00
    Coolermaster Elite 341 mATX $49.00
    Gigabyte GA-M61PME-S2 AM2 $89.00
    Samsung HD161HJ 160Gb 8Mb SATA II $69.00
    Microsoft Windows XP Home OEM $135.00

    + $45 postage.
    Total $586

    Going for xp home as i'm on a very tight budget and each dollar counts. Hence the cheap parts and small hdd.

    thanks in advance. Any comments would be appreciated.
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 6,908   +10

    Yes, it will be fine.
    But there are much larger hard drives available for less money. Look at,, and
    Consider a Seagate first, or a Western Digital over the Samsung if the price is close enough.
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,397   +36

  4. Pralys

    Pralys TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thankyou both!

    Rage3k: i've already selected the value select ram :confused: lol. Did you suggest it because it's cheaper? If so, the reason i'm buying all parts from the same store is to save on postage. Same goes with the psu. It was the cheapest one that will suit me from that store.

    raybay: yep, i did consider just chucking in the extra money for a 500gb or terrabyte drive. It'd be worth it in the long run. I am using only a 10gb drive at the moment though and it gets me along just fine ;)
  5. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 242

    You'll have better luck with the M3N78-VM (and get more features out of it while you're at it).
  6. Pralys

    Pralys TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks adweston, but i still need to buy these components from Can't see anything there but gigabyte boards. I've just started looking into low powered mini itx boards. Just for the sake of them being nice and compact
  7. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 242

    That's ok. Then Gigabyte it is.

    I can tell you from some personal experience that the Shuttles are pretty good (I'm using one of those for my reception computer at the moment. The thing is the size of a shoebox). Intel makes a pretty decent mini itx board with a built in Atom processor. They're cheap and actually quite quick for a little thing like that. I found they make for great Point of Sale (POS) computers.
  8. Pralys

    Pralys TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm finding it quite hard to get mini-itx boards in australia. Not to mention psu's. The cases also cost a small fortune. Back to the original pc i posted would be the best option now.
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 5,745   +14

    just about any cheap pc will do office productivity. You can build a decent budget system with $300
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