After 2 computers

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If you get the PC hardware you could go for Linux (Ubuntu). It also has almost all stuff included and it's free.
 

Ben Tusting

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Just office stuff (emails, Word, Excel, Internet) That kind of stuff

I always thought Macs were expensive and not as powerful as a computer.
 
Feb 19, 2007
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the macs you pointed are really expensive for just those things...give me an hour and I will try to come up with something for you
 
Apr 8, 2007
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Ubuntu includes Open Office compatible with MS Office. As for mail you can use Mozilla Thunderbird. Also free.

Best of all, Ubuntu don't require as powerful PC as Windows.
 
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ok some point on yes or no or other (and I might have a better idea)

gaming (occasional on low resolution low/medium setup or old games)?
work?
how many hours will it stay on on average?
what is possible budget?
monitor also?
keyboard mouse speaker?
software also?
place of a bit room/desk or just pile the system on each other to create more place?
 

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At the moment we have 2 mac's(Titanium laptop and a swivel head Mac)
Which werrrrr a lot of time(Very slow).
Computers will be used from 8 - 6 everyday apart from weekends
No Gaming at all
Budget would be the same price as the mac (Top post per computer)
Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse ,Wireless Card, Speaker (Unless it's a tv not a monitor = speakers not needed)
Software = windows 7, Microsoft office

The computers want to be fast ( like my computer = Q6600)
Don't really want a huge case but if the computer is fast then it doesn't matter as much
 
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you do mind form factor of the motherboard / case to be small...and a wireless connection on it?
I have an idea that might work :)


stupid question....working on it :)
 
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after some digging (from misco uk site) I came with the first alternative :)
small/compac with some punch :)

Case: Antec NSK 24800
http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=284443&sku=Q116123

Motherboard: Zotac ItX motherboard
http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=416382&sku=162284

Onboard graphics card (Nvidia 9300) & Wireless

Processor: Core 2 Quad 9400
http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=371624&sku=Q180288

Ram: Kingston PC6400 2 x 2GB DDR2
http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=271166&sku=Q106823

HD: Western Digital Black 640GB
http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=330261&sku=Q146709

Keyboard/mouse: Logitech MX3200 cordless laser
http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=304182&sku=142500

Monitor: Samsung P2370
http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=363717&sku=Q173353

Speaker: Logitech Z230
http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=384108&sku=Q190673

Total price (without delivery cost) £796.13

I might keep searching around of change some things....will see...but this is a good base :)
 
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Personally I would get one of those Rigs you shown Ben in your first post, for the purpose they need to be used for they will be perfect. i3 / i7!