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Windows 7: Considering a new office desktop - build or buy?

18 Jul 2012   #11
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If you build your own:
1) You not only get much better quality parts, but really can build everything exactlly as you want it.
2) You may be able to put more bugdet towards a more powerful component such as a CPU, or invest in better software (such as MS Office for example) with the money you'd save vs buying something similar pre-built

The downside to building your own is that you will be your own customer support and will need to deal directly with the manufacturers of your hardware if problems arise in the future.

Building your own may seem overwhelming at first, but its not as bad as it would seem. In the end its worth it IMO. Plus, you'll end up learnign abit about not only the hardware you have, but Windows itself since you need to set it all up as well.
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18 Jul 2012   #12
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Now a really dumb question if I were to run three monitors I take it I would be running either three different programs or three screens of the same program - sorry but I am clueless with this stuff
You could do both if you wished.

Typically you run multi monitors in 'extended' mode which will allow you to have two or more 'separate' screens. You can drag windows across the screens, have multiple apps open etc

ie Word on one, a browser on another, e-mail on a third and so and so forth.

ie:

Considering a new office desktop - build or buy?-multi-desktop.jpg



The other method is 'cloned' which would display the same image on all screens.


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18 Jul 2012   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
If you build your own:
1) You not only get much better quality parts, but really can build everything exactlly as you want it.
2) You may be able to put more bugdet towards a more powerful component such as a CPU, or invest in better software (such as MS Office for example) with the money you'd save vs buying something similar pre-built

The downside to building your own is that you will be your own customer support and will need to deal directly with the manufacturers of your hardware if problems arise in the future.

Building your own may seem overwhelming at first, but its not as bad as it would seem. In the end its worth it IMO. Plus, you'll end up learnign abit about not only the hardware you have, but Windows itself since you need to set it all up as well.
I essentially agree. My opinion is that if you are pressured for time then get some shop to build one which should be better than one of the mass produced units. If you use quality parts then it's Lego work - look at the system specs of other people on this forum. Here are a couple of very useful links
http://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/hw_guide
http://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/rmp_sg_whirlpoolpcs
This is an Australian site so estimated prices are in Au$ (around parity with US$)

Once you build your own you will be more confident to get your hands in there and make changes. But 4 monitors - wow.
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18 Jul 2012   #14
smarteyeball

 
 

Whilst I agree that building it yourself is is ideal, just keep in mind that not everybody is not comfortable with the idea of doing a full system build.

What we now consider 'easy' can be very daunting to others.
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18 Jul 2012   #15
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Whilst I agree that building it yourself is is ideal, just keep in mind that not everybody is not comfortable with the idea of doing a full system build.

What we now consider 'easy' can be very daunting to others.
Agreed. But it can be great confidence booster if you are prepared to take the risk.
If you are not comfortable with the hardware, the software/OS things will challenge you.
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20 Jul 2012   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

A little of something I found that might be of interest.
Palit GeForce GTX 680 JetStream 2 GB Review | techPowerUp
It's advertised to be able to use 4 monitors at one time.
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21 Jul 2012   #17
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

In addition to all that has been said about a DIY system's advantages, building one for yourself gives you the understanding and confidence to deal with any problems in your system that may popup later. I would not consider taking my machine to any service shop, because I know that I can handle it better and cheaper myself...with a little help every once in a while from forum members.
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21 Jul 2012   #18
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
A little of something I found that might be of interest.
Palit GeForce GTX 680 JetStream 2 GB Review | techPowerUp
It's advertised to be able to use 4 monitors at one time.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball

Alternatively, there is nvidia. The GTX 670/680 can actually run four monitors off one card - however price is a factor as the cheapest GTX 670 is around $400




( For an office role, it would be overkill. )
Already mentioned and cost is too prohibitive
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23 Jul 2012   #19
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My post #6
Do you have a price range to work with?

I can not fine where this question has been answered by the OP.
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23 Jul 2012   #20
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Kemf could you help us here. Are you asking for one computer tower with the ability of plugging in four monitors OR are you looking for for one server tower so you can network 4 work stations with monitors.
It would also help if we new what kind of work this computers is going to be used for. Example. Computer needs for doing photo and movie editing, CAD ect. are not the same as computers doing accounting and spread sheets.
Good point LB because this will also bring into the equation cost, not only of the machine but the software to go with it - something that I think a lot of people (like myself have) not or have not taken into account.

Plus it maybe a good thing to know also for reasons of updating / upgrading the machine later on.

Perhaps a minor issue but running costs in this day and age of rocketing energy prices ahs me at elast thinking of what I shall be doing with my machines.
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