Asus F2A85-M Pro Motherboard
AMD “Fusion” class 2nd generation chipset
Best in class, 3yr. warranty
Extremely Tough, very fast, low cost
Mil. Spec. Solid Core Capacitors Only
USB 3.0 / SATA 6 / eSATA
Support all AMD A6, A8, A10 and higher
Extremely upgradeable (video & APU)
Windows 7 & 8 certified
Support DDR3 2133 for greater umph
$110 (excellent value)
AMD A8-6600k “Fusion” APU
Muscular Quad Core with powerful
“Piledriver” file server cores
Radeon HD 8570 video controller
32nm results in more economical
Lower heat to Performance ratio
$110 (very low cost to performance)
DDR3 1600 Dual Channel Memory (8GB)
Precisely matched pair of 4GB DIMMs
DDR3 1600 or higher (800MHz per channel)
Optimizable in motherboard for Max Performance
$80 (very low cost to performance)
“The Components of a System make all the Difference”
AMD’s latest “Fusion” class APU codenamed “Richland” and in this case the A8-6600K is not the highest end in the Fusion line but is the best Power to Cost ratio APU in the lineup...
Allied DM mATX chassis is small and very tough. It features excellent ventilation and a very tough 275watt PSU that typically lasts 5 or more years of constant use. Most important it adheres to standards that result ability for smooth hardware upgrades when the time comes whereas MiniITX has no standards, thus no way to insure a smooth, low cost migration.
The Windows 8 OS is tough call right now for lots of Business owners in part due to the general design of Windows 8 which most feel to be fast & secure but dismal to use. though I have fixed this to a great degree and my user's experience overall is good from a security & speed standpoint. Privacy issues aside. Still, I have to encourage my clients for now to go with Windows 7-64 Pro for lots of great reasons and little downside...
Windows 7 is, without doubt the best thing ever to come out of Microsoft, followed closely by Office 2010. Both are nearly strokes of genius and near perfection. Sadly, Microsoft under pressure from its investors through Fund Managers is constantly under pressure to perform, to come out with new innovasions, to sell Windows Phone 8. The result is Windows 8, considered by many of my peers as an even greater flop than Vista was with sales proving that point and then some... Windows 8.1 is now out and is even worse in some ways...
Total System Cost including Shipping = $1327 (My Cost on Parts, prices change constantly)
2 Complete System Builds / OS Configs + Onsite Delivery & Training = $600 (flat fee for Me)
Total Cost = $1927 / Deposit should be $1327 (includes shipping)
My goal here was to get you a system thats extremely tough, very fast, great longevity to 10 years with warranties on specific components to 3 & 5 years from purchase, direct to the makers. Competing systems from Dell, HP, Gateway are loaded with compromise such as engineered down throttling where the system does NOT produce the same performance as a system such as the one above that I would craft for you. You can not optimize or fine tune the hardware on big maker systems. These typically come with a one year warranty and no support which you would have to pay for if you needed it. The MTBF rating on Gateway, Dell & HP systems is often only a year and while most people are pretty easy on their systems, these are destined to fail anytime between 1 & 3 years. In contrast, the Asus F2A85 listed above has a MTBF rating of 10 years and is warranted for 3 years which is its expected production stocking plan... My Win7-8 installs are lovely, secure, super fast and very tough. This system spec even comes with an integrated Backup drive and BU system that runs automatically daily!! Time investment in two system builds, 1 being the acting fileserver and BU location is approx 25 hrs.
The Asus 23” is one of the nicest 3 year warranty displays in production today. Besides being nice looking, it is very tough and produces one of the finest Windows Desktop experiences. $320 (for two matching displays)
I am recommending the 23” as it is a kind of sweet spot in terms of resolution and physical size. Basically a 22” with the same resolution of 1920 x 1080 will produce very difficult to see text while this 23” at the same resolution gives us a little better readability!
With regard to matching pair of input device, these Gigabyte Keyboard & mouse are particularly good and of reasonable cost!
$68 for 2 sets - keyboard & mouse.
Corsair Neutron SSD
256GB SSD for SATA 6 (very high performance)
Up to 500MBps transfer rate on many SATA 6 systems
Extremely tough (2 million hours MTBF rating)
Best optimization & maintenance software
very thin, mounts easily most anywhere...
The most energy efficient of all storage
Easy upgrade to next gen. SSD when desired
$190 (great cost to performance ratio)
Additional Parts for the System:
1 - 120GB Corsair Neutron GTX (for old PC) $125
1 - Optical Drives (DVD Burners, w/cable) $20
1 - 1TB WD Green Backup drive (internal w/cable) $80
1 - Allied Corp. mATX case w/275watt PSU $45
1 - 80mm special quiet/high flow case fan $9
1 - Windows 7 x64 Pro OEM $140