Also, in case you ever have to tell anyone else. The 500GB 1-platter Seagate 7200.12 16mb cache has SLIGHTY FASTER read/write times, with a SLIGHTLY SLOWER access time vs. the WD 640GB 2-platter 32mb cache drive.
Because of the large difference in price (at this very moment) I'll be going with the Seagates and RAID1'ing them. If for some reason the price goes up before the build happens, I'll probably go with the larger WD drives since the price would better reflect the size. So just food for thought for you! From what I've heard, the Seagates have had no issues like the 7200.11 drives.
I think I'll give them the option of this monitor
, or this one
(or depending on price at time, this one
I've selected these speakers
. I'll make sure they don't need anything fancier.
Okay guys here's what I've come up with.
HDD x2 (RAID1)
(with shipping, not factoring rebates) for option with 20" Acer Monitor; $1,077
for 21.5" ASUS monitor.
(if they need to save some dough)
(same, but only 1)
Keyboard & Mouse & Speakers are same.
Same W7 and Office, of course.
(with shipping, not factoring rebates)