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  1. #1
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    Question Need help ordering desktop... are these specs ok?

    I'm trying to help someone out. Their 15 yr old computer is finally dead and I need to help them order a new tower only, since they are keeping old monitor. It seems it's impossible to buy computers anymore with windows 7, so I need to order a new tower from dell or HP as it is a REQUIREMENT for it to run windows 7 premium, not 8!!

    They are on a very tight budget. What specs would you guys recommend for basic business use?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Frosty; 10-01-2013 at 04:47 PM.

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    Does this seem like it is decent enough for small business use for $380?

    Processor Intel® Pentium® processor G2030 (3M Cache, 3.0 GHz)
    Operating System Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
    Memory2 4GB3 DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
    Hard Drive 500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
    Video Card Intel® HD Integrated Graphics

    EDIT: I just found this http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-ref...uId=1306611068

    Does that look like it would be an ok desktop? I like the price!
    Last edited by Frosty; 10-01-2013 at 04:56 PM.

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    I would recommend the BestBuy Dell link you posted over the specs you wrote out.

    Besides having slightly better hardware for $160 less, it also has Windows 7 Pro instead of Home Premium which I believe you need to be allowed to use it for business purposes.
    Last edited by Full Ambit Networks; 10-01-2013 at 05:59 PM.

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    Thanks, yes the specs from dell on the lower end desktop are less than impressive. For $150 upgrade I can get the below from dell which includes a 20 inch monitor... is the below better than the http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-ref...uId=1306611068 they have at bestbuy? I'm trying to pick the cheapest best option as they are on tight budget....



    Quote Number: 664584554

    Item Number Quantity Item Description Unit Price Extended Price


    225-2990 1 INSPIRON 660 $479.99 $479.99
    338-BBKB 1 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3330 processor (6M Cache, up to 3.2 GHz)
    319-0061 1 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1600MHz-2X4GB
    331-9333 1 Dell KB113 USB Wired Entry Keyboard, US-English
    320-7810 1 If accessories are purchased, they may ship separately
    331-7181 1 Integrated Intel HD Graphics
    421-7640 1 Dell SRV Software 1506
    342-4464 1 1TB Hard Drive, 3.5", 7200rpm, SATA
    318-2598 1 Inspiron 660 Chassis, MT, Black w/8:1 media card reader
    318-0938 1 Black Bezel
    421-5693 1 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, English, No Media
    330-8652 1 Dell USB Optical Mouse MS111
    430-3628 1 Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
    410-0565 1 Document Reader Included
    318-2074 1 DVD+/-RW Tray Load Drive, 16X, SATA
    331-2594 1 Integrated 5.1
    313-6138 1 No Speaker Requested
    430-4719 1 Dell DW1506 (802.11 b/g/n) WLAN half mini-Card
    331-5795 1 US Power Cord
    331-9255 1 Documents, Inspiron 660, English
    331-9448 1 Placemat,Inspiron,660,Global,WIN8
    331-9880 1 Shipping material for DAO, Inspiron 660
    461-AAAD 1 McAfee Live Safe 12 Month Subscription
    658-BBKT 1 Additional Software
    331-8195 1 LBL,REG,Inspiron 660
    331-7182 1 Dell Resource DVD,BACK-UP,I660
    421-7997 1 No PDVD
    630-AAAV 1 Software: Microsoft Office 2013 Trial, MUI
    939-0813 1 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty, Initial Year
    939-0123 1 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty Plus In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis, Initial Year
    950-3337 1 1 Year Limited Warranty
    950-9797 1 No Warranty, Year 2 and 3
    939-1363 1 Premium Phone Support, 90 days
    420-8878 1 Soft Contracts Dell In-Home Hardware Agreement
    983-3680 1 Warranty Support, Initial Year
    332-0550 1 Dell.com Order
    730-4351 1 Thank You for Choosing Dell
    * -DISCOUNT/COUPON APPL



    320-9775 1 Dell 20 Monitor E2014H, 19.5" $98.99 $98.99




    Subtotal: $578.98
    Shipping & Handling: $0.00
    Tax: $33.65
    Environmental Disposal Fee:
    $0.00

    Total Price w/Discounts: $612.63 total price on this is much higher than what the bestbuy costs, even though it does include monitor.

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    Yes, these specs are significantly better than the previous two systems you pointed out. However, as I said I'm not sure if you can use Windows Home Premium for a small business or not. You may be better off getting the $220 Dell with Windows Pro and spending $200 on a monitor and a RAM upgrade.

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    the only benefit to pro vs premium I see is that you can remote desktop access into pro. Am I incorrect? They mainly just run excel, emails etc. just basic stuff. They have no other use for the computer, so it seems windows 7 premium would work just fine?


    I fail to see why they would require windows 7 pro over premium? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frosty View Post
    the only benefit to pro vs premium I see is that you can remote desktop access into pro. Am I incorrect? They mainly just run excel, emails etc. just basic stuff. They have no other use for the computer, so it seems windows 7 premium would work just fine?


    I fail to see why they would require windows 7 pro over premium? thanks
    You are correct that the differences are minimal and that Home Premium has most of what you'll need (you can find alternatives to RDP). However, I believe the M$ licensing may require that you purchase Pro if you are to use it for business (you mentioned using it for a small business?). So, this is more of a legal concern than it is a concern about the features included. However, I am not an expert on Windows and may be wrong, since I work mostly with *nix.

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    in that case windows 7 premium is plenty sufficient for his use.

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