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    new computers

    year started slow but my business is pushing forward
    Time to upgrade the office computers.

    need something that is cheap yet powerful
    with very little power consumption to help
    my generator

    i like this




    GB-BXi3H-4010 GIGABYTE Brix 4th Gen Intel i3-4010U 1.7GHz Compact PC


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    nice low cost solution i think

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    Nice - but looks like you still need memory and a hard drive and an OS - that adds quite a bit to the price.

    What about just buying laptops? Least you get a couple of hours battery life...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pap_sak View Post
    Nice - but looks like you still need memory and a hard drive and an OS - that adds quite a bit to the price.

    What about just buying laptops? Least you get a couple of hours battery life...
    true to get the thing to work will cost me R7500 but so will a normal desktop pc

    yes a desktop pc can do more but it is also big and power hungry i got a quote from
    pc store and it is going for R2800 for CPU and board excluding all the goodies with
    all the goodies like os ram and hdd psu and box it hits the R6500 mark and it eats
    more power

    sh_t if i know if it is a better pc or not but for R1000 more you get a small pc
    that can fit in a safe. laptops cook the batteries eventually i had that before
    replacing a single battery can cost R1800 and if something goes wrong no
    replacement parts. same sh_ty deal if you ask me but i need it to fit in a safe

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    What was the specs on the Desktops, was it I3, I5 or I7, does it have a graphics card. Are you comparing the same amount of ram and hard drive sizes. I cant see how it could be R6500 for the desktops you mentioned. Whats the size of the ram and hard drive you adding to the Compact PC and which operating system are you using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julies View Post
    What was the specs on the Desktops, was it I3, I5 or I7, does it have a graphics card. Are you comparing the same amount of ram and hard drive sizes. I cant see how it could be R6500 for the desktops you mentioned. Whats the size of the ram and hard drive you adding to the Compact PC and which operating system are you using.
    yea made a tiny mistake actually here is the prices from the horses mouth
    piss poor power hungry system nothing really special gpu is onboard

    intel Core i3 4150 3.5 ghz 4th gen R1700.00
    120 Gig ssd hard drive R1400.00
    8 gb ddr3 1600 mhz ram R1200.00
    msi M board R800.00
    thermaltake 550W psu R700.00
    pc case R700.00
    lg dvd/rw R250.00
    win 7 home basic 32/64 Bit R1300.00

    Total = R8050.00 inc os
    Total = R6750.00 exc os

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    Is there a particular reason why you need 8gig Ram and SSD harddrive as well as such an expensive PC case ?

    Can you not reuse the Licence of your old computers.

    For something similar to your specs except with a 500gig Hybrid Harddrive, I get about R7000 each including the OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julies View Post
    Is there a particular reason why you need 8gig Ram and SSD harddrive as well as such an expensive PC case ?

    Can you not reuse the Licence of your old computers.

    For something similar to your specs except with a 500gig Hybrid Harddrive, I get about R7000 each including the OS.
    ram is a must os is a must the case was not my idea
    at all but the apparently it is for better cooling i would
    mount it on a block-o-wood i seriously dont care it
    just needs to work as i understand it the ram is
    shared between os and onboard gpu so it needs to be
    a lot as a gpu pci-e thing cost a sh_t load more

    also again not my idea but ssd is apparently a lot more
    reliable and faster then the old hard drives especially
    because i plan to move it from safe to office and back
    to safe again. my license is xp home and new software
    like coral draw is not willing or able to work with it and is
    partly why i need the f_cking upgrade to begin with

    but i am told any i3 4th gen with onboard gpu and
    8gb or ram can handle coral draw so that small pc
    looks just as good as the big one

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    I won't take an SSD when still running XP as the OS does not support the TRIM feature SSD use. It will shorten the lifespan of the SSD.
    That said it is money well spent IMHO - especially when you run the SSD as boot drive with Windows and programs on it and your data on a normal hard drive. You need only a 120GB SSD for this and it gives sapce for expansion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisjan B View Post
    I won't take an SSD when still running XP as the OS does not support the TRIM feature SSD use. It will shorten the lifespan of the SSD.
    That said it is money well spent IMHO - especially when you run the SSD as boot drive with Windows and programs on it and your data on a normal hard drive. You need only a 120GB SSD for this and it gives sapce for expansion.
    windows 8.1 is not optional right now i need it because
    the programs i use dont support xp anymore... but what
    do you think would you go for the brix? "i3" one?

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    Hi Bones
    We use coreldraw as our main design programme and acrobat professional as our customer support programme. We have quad core i5 processors 3.1 GHZ and 8GB of RAM.
    I was also looking at replacing our desktop with the Intel Nuc because of power. I then did a meter reading and instead of 400 watts (the PSU size) the computer the draw was 220w with 2 screens a router and adsl modem. So check your actual power usage before buying a new computer. I bought this monitor.
    For speed I bought hybrid drives and they did not make a difference, so the next step is SSD drives and more RAM.
    Only stress when you can change the outcome!

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