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    Cheap But Solid-Reliable PC to be used only for Accounts

    A friend's PC has had 2 faulty hard drives in the last 2 years (both maxtor 80GB), on the old machine they use only for quickbooks (they have a seperate one for browsing the web for downloading spyware and viruses).

    2 Hard drives to fail in the same system like that seems too much coincidence, so time to gut the box and get a new everything, especially PSU and mobo which may have caused the hard drives to fail in the first place.

    Can anyone recommend cheap but high quality mobo/cpu/ram/psu on a really low spec!

    I'm a little concearned about getting a cheap CPU - Any reason why they might be lesser quality?

    Should I be considering Intel celeron or AMD sempron?
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    Steer well away from celerons, the E2xxx range is around the same price but beat the pants off the cellys in performance.
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    Re: Cheap But Solid-Reliable PC to be used only for Accounts

    Thanks for the suggestion but that's far too powerful a system - like I said - this will ONLY be used for running quickbooks! so they want to spend as little as possible but have a solid reliable system.

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    Steer well away from celerons, the E2xxx range is around the same price but beat the pants off the cellys in performance.
    celeron is half the price - so if it's half the power, that's fine for this sole accounts machine.

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    Too powerful?.. That's about as low spec/high quality as you can get. Silly cheap as well.
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    Re: Cheap But Solid-Reliable PC to be used only for Accounts

    He could buy enterprise grade disks, which are higher build quality (and usually designed for 24x7 opeartion) - They cost about twice as much as there equivalent home/workstation cpunterparts. He might want to consider RAID 1, although that is no substitute for taking regular backups. Depends if the system is mission critical 24x7 or if backing up the data on a regular basis privides sufficient protection. Bit of risk assessment required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andaho View Post
    celeron is half the price - so if it's half the power, that's fine for this sole accounts machine.
    It's much less than half the power, celerons are just plain horrible, Intel need to hurry up and kill that line off. And unless you can buy a celeron for less than the price of a half decent scientific calculator (which should tell you something).. It doesn't even make financial sense. And again, what you want here is reliability, not super-skin flinting, I spec'ed as such.
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    backing up regularly is sufficiant - he was actually going to buy a £219 acer box from comet and I told him I can get him better quality and more suitable for his requirements.

    I think from reading a little the "AMD AM2 Sempron 3800+ Manila Core, 2.2GHz, 256KB Cache, Retail" will be a good CPU to go for... what mobo to go with that though - for best reliability on the budget - I'm confused with all the different types of AM2 mobo on scan.

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    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=622461

    That'd do, has onboard video. £44
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    Re: Cheap But Solid-Reliable PC to be used only for Accounts

    I assume that he has an XP install disc??

    I specced the following PC from Scan:

    Intel Celeron 430 Socket 775, 1.8GHz, 512KB Cache, Retail £24.57 £28.87
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    Gigabyte GA 946GMX-S2, i946GZ, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667, SATA II, uATX, On Board VGA £31.79 £37.35
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    Net Total £142.41

    Carriage £9.93

    V.A.T. £26.66

    TOTAL £179.00

    If you have free postage it will cost around 168 quid.

    I know people who are accountants and hard disk space and RAM are probably the most important things to consider!!
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    Re: Cheap But Solid-Reliable PC to be used only for Accounts

    Personally, I'd steer clear of the Semipro chips, one of the few things onboard cache is useful for is performing calculations so if he wants to do any data analysis on the figures stored it might come in handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucio View Post
    Personally, I'd steer clear of the Semipro chips, one of the few things onboard cache is useful for is performing calculations so if he wants to do any data analysis on the figures stored it might come in handy.
    At least Semperon chips are half-decent, Celerons are just ridiculously rubbish, even for machines with a tight budget.
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    cananyone comment on this: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=576196

    I've never heard of the NF405 chipset before

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    It's just another nVidia nForce series MCP. Looks like it's aimed for the budget board market.
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    Think I'm gonna go for this:

    AMD AM2 Sempron 3800+ Manila Core, 2.2GHz, 256KB Cache, Retail £32.90

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    TOTAL £165.64


    I think I should sell him a decent PSU, so I'll keep the 400w from the case for myself for a non-critical machine.

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    Re: Cheap But Solid-Reliable PC to be used only for Accounts

    All the ones suggested look nice.

    Although, I would get two hard disks, and keep them mirrored, either by using raid, setting up a regular backup using some software, or by just manually copying and pasting any important stuff onto the second one regularly.

    Maxtor disks are pants, so its no surprise to hear about them dying. Avoid them like the plague. They also run hot. So yeah, get something like what CAT-THE-FIFTH said, and then put a pair of hard disks in it (anything other than maxtor is fine). And also, keep them as well cooled as possible, and they should last a long time - unless you get really unlucky.

    Ideally, if the case has an intake fan on the front, near the hard drive cage, then the fan which sucks cool air into the PC, will also keep those disks cool too.

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    Maxtor disks are pants, so its no surprise to hear about them dying. Avoid them like the plague. They also run hot.
    QFT, it's no wonder Maxtor were bought out, they were beyond horrible.
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