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>> No. 27454 Anonymous
18th May 2020
Monday 8:38 pm
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Later on in the year I'll be converting my garage and setting up a home office.

I've got a habit of getting carried away and buying things with higher specs than I'll actually need. For the job itself I won't need a computer to do much more than running Word, Excel and a few online tools.

If you had a budget of, say, £1,000 how would you allocate that between the computer, monitors, desk, chair and other equipment? I've been advised to also get a large whiteboard for one of the walls and I wouldn't mind a decent sound system eventually.
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>> No. 27455 Anonymous
18th May 2020
Monday 9:00 pm
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I'm no specialist, barely an amature in honesty, but I imagine you'd be hard pressed to kit out an office with £1000 - assuming you need the computer for more than emails and spreadsheets.
>> No. 27456 Anonymous
18th May 2020
Monday 9:03 pm
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Get yourself a corkboard too, often overlooked but surprisingly helpful to pin up odd receipts etc.
>> No. 27457 Anonymous
18th May 2020
Monday 9:34 pm
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Personally, I'd spend the biggest single chunk on a big 4k monitor, because it has a huge impact on productivity - until you've used one, you don't realise how miserably cramped most monitors are. I'd spend relatively little on the computer, because you can get some absolute bargains on reasonably powerful ex-corporate desktops. The rest is a matter of taste, but I do strongly recommend getting a nice keyboard and mouse.

Philips 328E1CA 32" 4k monitor: £370
Refurb Dell Optiplex or similar with a 4th+ gen Core i5, 8gb or more of RAM and an SSD: under £140 on eBay
TECKNET mechanical keyboard: £36
Logitech MX Master mouse: £51
Xerox B205 multifunction laser printer/scanner/copier: £110
Ikea Linnmon/Alex desk with two drawer units: £141.50
Ikea Markus chair: £150

>> No. 27458 Anonymous
18th May 2020
Monday 9:43 pm
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To be honest the figure is a bit pulled out of the air. It was more to get a general idea of what I could achieve and to work from there.

I hadn't even considered one large monitor. I use dual monitors at work and I kind of like the bezels dividing the two. I guess it would make sense to have one.
>> No. 27459 Anonymous
18th May 2020
Monday 9:54 pm
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I was going to say the same for the monitor, getting a 34" ultrawide really has made working at home tolerable. I do also like, and possibly prefer, the triple monitor setup we have at work, there's ups and downs to both options.
>> No. 27460 Anonymous
18th May 2020
Monday 10:31 pm
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>I hadn't even considered one large monitor. I use dual monitors at work and I kind of like the bezels dividing the two. I guess it would make sense to have one.
My own preference for monitors is one larger one, plus 1 or two small ones. The small ones are useful for things that aren't your main focus but you want to get at quickly, or read from while working on the main screen. For example having an excel spreadsheet with a set of calculators I use, and my file system open on the small monitor that can just be left open all the time to get at quickly when I need them, no matter how good your window management is I always lose time faffing around juggling between windows when I've only got one monitor.
>> No. 27461 Anonymous
18th May 2020
Monday 10:33 pm
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The current "shed" is actually a converted garage. The key is the gas heating which turns it into a lovable/liveable room.
>> No. 27462 Anonymous
18th May 2020
Monday 10:51 pm
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The sheer amount of real estate on a big 4k monitor is ludicrous - it's effectively four 1080p monitors in one seamless unit. There are arguments for multi-monitor setups, but a sufficiently large monitor gives you tons of flexibility. You know that window snapping thing that Windows 10 does if you drag a window to the edge or corner of a screen? That's actually useful when you've got enough size and resolution. I have quite a high scaling factor because of my terrible eyesight, but I've still got more desktop space than I know what to do with.
>> No. 27463 Anonymous
21st May 2020
Thursday 5:01 pm
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If you're not too bothered by the aesthetic, you might want to use a workbench for a desk. Much more durable than flimsy flat pack crap, and much more affordable than an actual solid, well-constructed desk.
>> No. 27464 Anonymous
21st May 2020
Thursday 5:04 pm
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If you're going in that direction, a fire door and four legs is incredibly good value. You can build an enormous/solid desk for about 40 quid.
>> No. 27466 Anonymous
21st May 2020
Thursday 5:20 pm
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I went a similar route with scaffold planks. So very easy to do.
>> No. 27987 Anonymous
4th October 2021
Monday 11:58 am
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I guess this thread is as good as any. I need to fund a home office setup, ideally as cheaply as possible. I'd like to replicate the setup that I will be giving back to my old employer, which is:-

2 x Dell E2214Hb monitors.
1 x Logitech 1080p HD webcam.
1 x Dell OptiPlex 3050.

Amazon have 22" and 24" Dell monitors for £90 each and a similar webcam for £58. It's the base unit itself where I'm most likely to come unstuck; it's primarily going to be used for online meetings and typical office work, so it won't need to run anything intense, but I may need to reign myself in.



>> No. 27988 Anonymous
4th October 2021
Monday 3:24 pm
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You can get an identical machine on eBay for well under £200.


Those monitors go for about £40.
>> No. 27989 Anonymous
4th October 2021
Monday 4:53 pm
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Thanks lad. There's a mini tower for £200 with a 15% off coupon so I may go for that one. I've never had a mini tower before, are they any good?
>> No. 27990 Anonymous
4th October 2021
Monday 5:54 pm
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SFF systems are fine if you avoid the slightly gutless T-series processors. You can run dual monitors, but you'll need adapters or suitable cables because you only get one Displayport and one HDMI port. You lose the option of installing a full-size graphics card, but you can still whack in a half-height card like a 1650 Super if you want to do a bit of gaming. They're meaningfully more compact than full towers, but unlike the micro systems they have proper desktop CPUs and a small but useful amount of expansion options.

Make sure to get one with an SSD, because booting from a hard drive is unacceptably slow.

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