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Got $1,200? Get a desktop PC.

This story appears in the July 1999 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

You've been holding off. A new computer is a big investment for your business, right? You may not be able to afford a 500 MHz Pentium III, but there are ways to slay the budget dragon and still come out with a treasure. Whether you need to upgrade your PC or add a couple of computers for new employees, there's a system out there for you--one that's affordable enough for most start-up budgets but still powerful enough to get the job done. Every computer on these pages clocks in at under $1,200--and that includes a monitor.

You can still get plenty of oomph without a Pentium II or III. All the desktops we looked at have at least a 333 MHz processor, enough to power most bloatware. You might want to avoid high-end databases and use these machines for general business applications, where they'll perform well. Then you won't have to run out and upgrade your system every two weeks.

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