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Looking to buy a new desktop for my Dad


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#1 Sepulcher

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 04:14 AM

Hey BP, long time no see. I was helped at the start of this year by someone who is still active in this section to buy a laptop.

My Dad wants a home desktop with a lot of memory but he doesn't want high graphics (i3 or i5?). He normally just checks his emails, surfs the web and creates excel spreadsheets for properties (homes) on costs. He's a Doctor and investor.
He specifically told me he wanted something with a lot of memory, but I don't know if I should get him a 1TB HD as that is A LOT.

I am not too sure about brands. I don't trust Dell too much on laptops but am unsure how they are on desktops. I am from Australia so I can't use NewEgg.

Thanks guys, and especially killerx525 for choosing a wonderful computer for me :)

If any extra info is needed I am very open to replying

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 07:26 AM

What is the budget? When he said memory, does he means storage space? Also i would strongly recommend you to build one for your dad.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 07:01 PM

Building a PC takes a lot of time and my Dad said he doesn't want anything fancy. I know it costs less but custom built computers are prone to hardware failure more than pre-built right?

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 10:45 PM

Not necessarily...and if a part does go bad te warranties are by the part so instead of having a 2 year warranty over the whole thing there r some parts that may come with lifetime warranties and u don't have to pay extra for them either....hope that made sense lol sort of rambled but I'm with killerx if u can build ure own and IMO a prebuilt has way less upgradablilty and can in some ways be less reliable than a do it ureself build

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:43 AM

Also sometimes if you want to upgrade a pre-built desktop, the upgrade informatio isn't there so you would have to logically guess whereas a custom built desktop is where you have all the information about it and know what you can upgrade.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 25 July 2011 - 05:21 AM

Well, I don't really care too much about upgradability. All he really needs is space, or something that's fast. The budget is $1000. I find it time consuming and annoying to custom build a PC which will only be used for emails, general surfing of the net and office programs. My dad's a doctor, he won't be coding anything. He wants memory though :P

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 08:14 AM

MSY does sell custom built desktop but they also include the extras like monitor etc which goes over $1000. I had a look at PC Case Gear but they don't sell any pre-built desktop. I don't know any other shops but the retailers. My uncle does the same tasks on the computer like your dad and i built him a desktop for $202 from MSY components.

Edited by killerx525, 25 July 2011 - 08:16 AM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 26 July 2011 - 05:41 AM

The problem with MSY is that I heard a few years ago they got into a lot of trouble for giving out fake warranties for their products.

I can build custom PCs with Dell can't I? On their website?

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 05:47 AM

You could also try Umart, I've gotten heaps of stuff from there without any issues! HP's computers are really good as long as you get an extended warranty.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:32 AM

I just had a look at Umart and they seem to be ok but i still prefer PC Case Gear :)

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:37 AM

Umart is great, they're really cheap! And very reliable!!

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:39 AM

They are cheap but i reckon there range isn't that bigger compared to PC Case Gear.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:41 AM

They have quite a good range actually, there are lots of other brisbane based places that are wonderful as well, but that's not much help to you hahah

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:43 AM

There is only 1 Melbourne based store where which is in Mount Waverly and that is a over 1 hour drive <_<

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:45 AM

hahah thats a bit of a treck just for some PC gear hahaha

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