Toyota Corolla of desktop computers?

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by mwpdx86, Nov 14, 2018.

  1. mwpdx86

    mwpdx86 New Member

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    I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive desktop computer to use for a small business. The most taxing thing I plan on using it for is probably occasional graphic design work (vector drawing/etc) but not really any photo/video work or gaming or anything. I just want something boring but reliable, basically, like the Corolla of computers. I'm hoping to keep the price to around $600 but I found a Lenovo (ideacentre 510a) at costco that seems pretty good maybe?
     
  2. _Kyle_

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    I would not suggest that because it is running of integrated graphics, Intel HD Graphics, to make manners worse. Also that PC has no SSD. Would you be comfortable building a PC?
     
  3. mwpdx86

    mwpdx86 New Member

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    Yeah, I noticed it didn't have a graphics card listed like most of the other ones I've been looking at. I wasn't sure how important this was for non-gaming/video use. I think I'd be comfortable building a PC with some guidance. I'm fairly mechanically inclined (bicycle mechanic as my 'day job') but don't really know that much about computers. Are they typically cheaper to build from parts or buy complete and maybe do some upgrades? I know with bikes it's usually way cheaper to buy complete bikes than to build it up from individual components.
     
  4. Darren

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    They frequently are cheaper in terms of a price/quality ratio but on the lower-mid range for non gaming purposes prebuilts can be more cost effective. That said I'd suggest building it yourself, all your components will be warrantied and you'll have overall higher quality stuff.

    Something like a Ryzen 5 with a GTX 1030 would probably what I'd suggest. Hopefully someone else can roll you a parts list.

    A more cost effective solution would be a Ryzen 5 2400G and use the onboard video (that should be enough for your usage).
     
  5. _Kyle_

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  6. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    These look solid, although I'd push for 16GB of RAM for your usage if possible. Can add it later too.
     
  7. _Kyle_

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    Black Friday is coming up too so you may be able to get some deals.
     
  8. Cisco001

    Cisco001 Well-Known Member

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    Is self assemble an option?
    You can choose better made component if it is self build
     
  9. Margrave Brandenburg

    Margrave Brandenburg New Member

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    Keep your eyes on the holiday season specials. And focus on the online offers. You can often get more that way.
    You can get a lot of machine for $600, even at regular pricing. With black Friday approaching you can likely do even better.
     

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