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New Office Computer - Web Browsing, Word Processing, etc


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#1 cai24

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 05:10 PM

I need to purchase a new computer for business use.  I would like a good, reliable desktop that will handle typical business needs: web browsing, word processing, Quickbooks, etc.

 

I normally have always bought Dell and was thinking about an Optiplex.  However, I saw the following computer at BestBuy for $249: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-pavilion-slimline-desktop-4gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive-black/5815013.p?id=1219194065871&skuId=5815013

 

Is this a decent computer?  I'd prefer to spend $500 or less, if possible.  I have a 24" ViewSonic monitor, which I assume I can use with the new computer.

 

Can anyone give me any suggestions?  I do often have a lot of windows open at one time, so I assume that extra RAM would be useful.  I am also thinking about adding a second monitor, so I would like for the system to be able to accomodate that.

 

I appreciate any input!



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Posted 23 January 2015 - 10:24 PM

If this is purely for business use, it will work very well.  It is true that you may want to add more RAM, but you can test it first with what it comes with to see if it is enough.

I am not sure if you will be able to use two monitors, but if you cannot with the stock computer, you can always add a better video card that supports multiple monitors.



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 11:27 AM

Should I pay extra and get a PC with an i5 processor?  I don't really understand the difference, and I wasn't sure if it would give me any noticeable benefit.



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 03:13 PM

An i5 will make a noticeable difference from the computer you posted.  The one you posted has a very bad processor.






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