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DanniLK

Looking for advice on what (mini)computer to buy please help

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi,

Hopefully I am posting this in the right section of the forum.

I am looking to buy a computer that can support 4 monitors display and that can be mounted behind one of the monitors. The monitors will need to be mounted on the wall afterwards so the computer can't be too.. Cumbersome.

It is something i need for office work, and i am hoping to spend max 700$ on the actual computer itself.

If anybody could advice me on what to get I will be really thankful.

 

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You are going to need a bigger budget than that if you want small and can connect 4 monitors. More like 1k+ range.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thank you for the quick reply, appreciate it, I was affraid I might have to spend more than 1k on it. Can you suggest any computer that would be suitable for that? (not a laptop)

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If you wanted to fit within your $700 budget you'd probably have to build a DIY ITX PC. It wouldn't mount on the back of a monitor (most likely), but would be able to fit on a desk (or other location) with minimal space constraints. And since its DIY, you could get a low-end GPU to give you your 4 monitor support easily.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thank you Eastman51 for the reply. I can change my budget and probably will have to. I would prefer buying a prebuild computer rather than doing one myself ('m not that skilled in PC building)

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What are you expecting it to do?

 

You can pick up something like the zotac zbox nano for 600 which supports two displays natively and run your other two off usb dongles. It would be perfectly acceptable for productivity work. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

It's for trading, do you think the zotac zbox nano, would be able to run with 4 monitors if I forexample daisy chain them?

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16 minutes ago, DanniLK said:

Thank you Eastman51 for the reply. I can change my budget and probably will have to. I would prefer buying a prebuild computer rather than doing one myself ('m not that skilled in PC building)

There are websites you can go to that will assemble, test, and ship you PCs built with your own part selections (you'd have to do some research on this, I'm not familiar with all of those kinds of companies). ITX PCs also don't really need good cable management or anything, just slap it all in and call it a day; so you'd probably be able to handle it yourself, assuming you wanted to save the money.

 

In case you wanted to take this route, here's a system that fits within your $700 budget (not including a Windows key):
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/hZwmzY

The GPU I selected could be swapped out for a passively cooled GT 1030 if you wanted to (which could save on cost) and if you really didn't need much CPU power, you could swap out the Ryzen 3 for one of those Athlon 2200GE's:

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vwgr8Y

 

In both lists the CPUs have integrated graphics, so you could run one or two of the monitors to the motherboard and avoid needing splitters or dongles.

Edit: You could also drop the SSD and/or the HDD if you wanted to cut some extra costs. Since you're only doing trading, a 250-500GB SSD would probably be good enough for your needs.

 

But the choice is yours, if you'd rather spend extra on something more seamless I can't stop you


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25 minutes ago, DanniLK said:

It's for trading, do you think the zotac zbox nano, would be able to run with 4 monitors if I forexample daisy chain them?

It would be perfectly fine for any purpose that latency and refresh rate aren't vital.

 

I would upgrade the ram as the base config is 4gb (why zotac?), but other than that for light use it would work fine and everything can be hidden behind a monitor.

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