Processor
The processor or CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the engine of the computer, it governs the speed of the system. We offer Intel Pentium Dual Core, Intel Core 2 Duo and the new 2nd Generation 2011 core i3, i5, i7 processors.The Intel® Core™ i3 processor provides the basis for an affordable PC. This dual-core processor with 4-way multitasking capability has built-in performance headroom for software upgrades, providing an excellent return on investment. The Intel® Core™ i5 processor delivers the next level of productivity. With Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0?, this quad-core processor with 4-way multitasking capability delivers extra speed whenever you need it as well as security features to help protect information and data. The Intel® Core™ i7 processor delivers best-in-class performance for the most demanding applications. This quad-core processor features 8-way multitasking capability and additional L3 cache. With adaptive performance and built-in visual capabilities this 2nd generation processor brings more intelligence to your PC.

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Motherboard
The Motherboard or Mainboard as it is sometimes called is the main circuit board inside the computer, it is the central hub which everything connects to. We recommend Gigabyte branded motherboards.

GA-G41MT-S2P – Entry Level motherboard recommended for use with the Intel Celeron, Pentium Dual Core & Core 2 Duo CPU's.

Supports Socket 775 CPU's
Onboard Intel Graphics
Realtek High Definition Audio
Gigabit Network
Micro ATX size

GA-H61M-USB3-B3 – Mid Range motherboard recommended for the new Pentium G630, i3 or i5 CPU's
Supports Socket 1155 CPU's
Supports Intels new HD Graphics integrated on the CPU
Gigabit Network
Micro ATX Size

GA-Z68A-D3-B3 – Mid to High end motherboard recommended for the new 2011 Core series CPU, especially the i7
Supports Socket 1155 CPU's
High Definition Audio
PCI Express X16 Slot x2 (1 running at x16, 1 running at x4)
Gigabit Network
Full ATX Size
USB 3.0 Support

GA-X58A-UD3R – High end motherboard recommended for 900 series Intel Core i7 CPU's
Supports Socket 1366

High Definition Audio
Gigabit Network
Full ATX Size

More Motherboard details can be found at www.gigabyte.com.au
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Memory
Memory or RAM (Random Access Memory) provides the resources for the computer for multitasking and grater efficiency. Microsoft Windows 7 will run reasonably on 2GB of Memory, however more power hungry users should consider 4GB minimum. For over 4GB of Memory please make sure you select a 64BIT version of Microsoft Windows 7.
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Hard Drive
The Hard Drive is your storage place, the bigger the hard drive for more Programs and Files you can store. All PC systems now come with SATA (Serial ATA) drives for improved performance. A Home user who uses the internet and types documents should find 500GB drives more than adequate. However a Multimedia user will need large amounts of storage and should consider 1TB upwards.
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CD / DVD / Floppy Drive
Floppy Drives have been around for many years now and can still be used for small amounts of portable storage.
CD-ROM Drives can only read CD’s. There main use would be for loading programs and playing audio cd’s.
CD-RW Drives can read and write CD’s. They can be used for backing up data, creating audio cd’s plus the above.
DVD-ROM Drives can only read CD’s and DVD’s. Can be used for watching movies, playing audio and loading programs.
CD-RW / DVD Combo Combines all of the above in one drive.
DVD-+RW Combines all of the above plus the ability to create DVD discs for large backups and home movies.
Blu-Ray Combo will play Blu Ray discs and burn DVD's

Blu-Ray Writer will burn Blu Ray discs, play Blu Ray discs and burn DVD's
Blu-Ray ROM will play Blu Ray discs and DVD's

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Case
The case houses the computer components. 2 front USB ports and front audio jacks are standard.

ATX 3335 Mini Tower Case

3 x 5.25" Drive Bays

1 x 3.5" Drive Bays

2 x Front USB Ports

Front Headphone and Mic Ports

 

ATX 6236 / 6233 Midi Tower Case

3 x 5.25" Drive Bays

1 x 3.5" Drive Bays

2 x Front USB Ports

Long Design for larger add on cards

 

Coolermaster Elite 371

3 x 5.25" Drive Bays

1 x 3.5" Drive Bays

2 x Front USB Ports

12cm Rear Fan

 

High performance cases are available to order i.e. Antec, Thermaltake, Lian Li etc. please ask for details.
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Video Card
Video cards also known as Graphics cards produce the picture on the screen. Some motherboards now utilise the Intel HD Graphics integrated into the CPU and no video card is required, however expansion cards can be fitted to these motherboards to increase video capacity. General home users who won’t be playing high end games don’t need to select a video card if they have selected a motherboard and CPU with on chip graphics. Higher capacity video cards can be necessary for high end games, 3D graphic rendering and picture quality. Be aware that some of these cards require separate power input and a high wattage power supply. Please ask when ordering. A different type of card i.e. Quadro cards for Engineering and C.A.D. purposes are available. Please talk to us for your requirements.
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Communication Devices
Communication devices include Modems, Card Readers additional USB Ports, Firewire Ports, Wireless network cards and additional I/O Ports. All motherboards come with onboard network connection, we therefore do not include cabled network cards.
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Monitor
All monitors are now LED. LED backlighting offers significant advantages over the CCFL technology used in older LCD monitors. Most come with dual connection digital and analogue, however as with high end graphics cards, technology is moving towards digital. Monitors are available from 18.5” upwards, in widescreen configuration. Widescreens are great for movies, spreadsheet users or for multiple page access.

BenQ G922HDL 18.5"

Analogue Input

1366 x 768 Resolution

5ms Response Time

 

BenQ GL2240M 21.5"

Analogue / DVI Input

1920 x 1080 Resolution

5ms Response Time

Speakers

BenQ EW2420 24"

Analogue / DVI Input / HDMI

1920 x 1080 Resolution

2ms Response Time

 

Samsung S22A300B

Analogue / DVI Input

1920 x 1080 Resolution

5ms Response Time

Samsung S23A300B

Analogue / DVI Input

1920 x 1080 Resolution

5ms Response Time

AOC e2043fk 20"

Analogue / DVI Input

1600 x 900 Resolution

5ms Response Time

 

AOC e2243fwk 21.5"

Analogue / DVI Input

1920 x 1080 Resolution

5ms Response Time

 

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Audio
All motherboards come with a minimum 6 channel sound system. Professional equipment is available on request. We recommend either Altec Lansing or Logitech speakers. These are available in either basic stereo speakers or subwoofer configuration. Higher systems are readily available both in model and manufacturer.

Altec Lansing BXR1220 Stereo Speakers

USB Powered



Altec Lansing BXR1221 Subwoofer Speakers

5watt subwoofer

2watt per channel speakers



Logitech Z130 Speakers

5watts (2 x 2.5W)

 

Logitech Z313 2.1 Subwoofer Speakers

Total RMS Power 25watts

Peak Power 50watts

 

Logitech Z506 5.1 Surround

75 watts RMS


Satellites: 48 watts RMS (2 x 8 W front, 16 W center, 2 x 8 W rear)
Subwoofer: 27 watts RMS


Total peak power: 150 watts



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Keyboard & Mouse

Available in either wired or wireless. All mice are optical which means there is no ball to clean. Configurations range from basic keyboards to multimedia keyboards which include volume and customised shortcut keys.

Logitech K120 Keyboard
Logitech MK120 Wired Keyboard & Mouse
Logitech MK320 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard
Microsoft Wired Desktop 600
Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800
Logitech Gaming Mouse MX518

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Software
Microsoft Windows 7 is available in 3 Versions, Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate.

Please visit www.windows7.com for more information.

Microsoft Office 2010 is available in 3 versions and also comes in either full retail (DVD Version) or PKC (Product Key Case - No DVD).
The retail version of Office Home and Student can be installed on up to 3 home computers, where as the PKC version is only licenced for 1 home computer.

Office Home and Student – Includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote
Office Home and Business – Includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote and Outlook.
Office Professional – Includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher.

Copyright
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Reproduction of this article is strictly prohibited.
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