I’ve gotten some requests on Twitter for the hardware specifications for the office system I’ve een theoretically building over the last few days, and since Twitter isn’t a good forum for that sort of info, I’m posting it here for anyone who wants to have a look. It’s organized according to component.


  • AMD Athlon II x2 245
  • Price: $66
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I picked this processor mostly because of the price, but the specs look good as well and since it supports 64bit it will have a long enough life to recoop costs.


  • Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H
  • Price: $97
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I’ve picked this board because I like Gigabyte boards, and because it includes audio and video it will save having to add those. Also, it allows for 16GB of RAM so if more is necessary in future it can be added.


  • Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864AA800 – Retail
  • Price: $49.99
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I’ve picked this memory for its performance, and because I’ve had a good run of luck with Crucial memory.

Hard Drive

  • Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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  • Price: $54.99

I think this drive is a good pick because Western digital drives are usually long-lasting, and this particular one has features that will contribute to less power usage and is meant to lessen vibration.


  • Antec NSK4480B-II
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  • Price: $99.95

I’ve picked this case because it provides room for expansion when necessary, it includes a 380W power supply so this will not have to be purchased separately, and it provides plenty of cooling and is durable.

Optical Drive

  • Sony Optiarc DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B – OEM
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  • Price: $31.99

This drive should be good enough for an office environment. It will allow for reading/writing CDs and the speeds are good.

Keyboard and Mouse

  • IOGEAR Black Spill-Resistant Desktop Keyboard and Mouse – Retail
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  • Price: $29.99

This keyboard and mouse combo comes at a good price, and spill-resistent is always good in an office environment.


It’s noteworthy that, if I had included MS Office Pro in this package, the software cost would be almost equal to the hardware cost. Outrageous.

Mirrored from customerservant.com.