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Desktop PC fully assembled with display

Superslick100 4 10 September 13, 2015 at 08:01 PM
Hi everyone,

I am currently looking for a slick deal on a work desktop pc optionally with a 21''+ display. Lets say for 600$ or less (?)

My main usages of this desktop would be basic webbrowsing, small scale scientific applications, Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop and some basic gaming (Civ 5, this kind of stuff).

I was thinking about a decent processor (i5?) with a low end graphics card, some 8 gig of RAM and a SSD of 256 Gb.

What are your "to go" websites for these kind of things? I could in principle assemble my own system, but would rather safe the hassle of optimizing the components... (Plus I am new to this country and have limited experience with vendors etc)

Thanks in advance!

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My top picks are Newegg.com [newegg.com] and TigerDirect.com [tigerdirect.com]. Both sites are very easy to navigate and frequently have deals on many varieties of desktop computers. There are plenty of other sites you could find good computers, including directly from the manufacturer HP, Asus, Dell... some of these also have good back to school deals, but obviously not always running and might not qualify. Amazon.com and other retailers are also good choices sometimes.
Most builds you find won't actually include everything you want (monitor and SSD probably won't be included in a single sale)... that's ok. Getting these separately might get you a better deal overall - don't limit yourself trying to find everything in one sale.
Getting all these new for $600 is kind of a stretch without a deal, but your price point is doable. The monitor + SSD bought without the desktop will run you about $175 to $250 if you're moderately frugal. The desktop without a good graphics card will run you somewhere between $300 and $500 ($300 if you go with some other processor)... all assuming you get new stuff. On Newegg i just scoped out for $570 an Asus i3 + Dell monitor (added separately). Doesn't include an SSD, but that was what i could piece together without looking too hard, so I'm sure you can get where you need to. I haven't directly recommended any products/items on account of there being quite a few options, but hope this helps. Good luck.

P.S. You could also buy something that meets part of your needs and upgrade at a later date. Ram, Gcard, SSD can all be added later on if you can't find deals on some of those now. There are also huge discounts on refurbished desktops too (better components for a cheaper price), but if you're going that route, you could also go full on used from Ebay or Craigslist (riskier though).
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