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I need desktop computer that can be used by 4 people at the same time. I know nothing about comput.

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I will be homeschooling my 2 kids. I know nothing about computers,  please help.I need it to be fast, large storage, and I need for my kids and myself to use one tower. I can barley afford 1 computer let alone 3. I have read a little about multiseat but I do not know what type of computer, or equipment I need to do this. I have a Dell Lap top I love but it wont do the job. I am asking right down to the mouse exactly what I need to make this happen. Thank you very much for any help you can give!

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your current post is unfortunately useless in allowing people to help you as it lacks any information such as the age of the kids, and the software they will be using and also what software the parent (you) will be wanting to use 


software that is multiseat is where  one key/license allows more than one copy of a  application/OS to run using the same key

this is usually used in medium to large businesses and not for the average home user like you


i recommend you talk to your local school and see who they use for computer repairs/purchase they may have a onsite "IT" person or farm it out to a seperate company either way talk to the person who does the repair work as they will be able to give you a fairly good idea of what you need 


just keep in mind that like getting different opinions from doctors, the same applies to computers, try to get several recommendations and then if you want post them here, just keep in mind that most users on this forum are not skilled "IT" people, just users like you and therefor their replies may not be best suited for your specific usage it's still going to be up to you to make a final decision


last, this is the business/workstation/POS forum, not the general consumer computer model forums as such the users/replies in this forum tend to focus on the non consumer models of computers

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I'm not quite sure how this works. The post suggests that you and the children will be doing three different tasks simultaneously. Are the lessons being streamed over the Internet from the schools?  Is it interactive as in a Zoom conference call? That's a situation in which participants are visible and audible to all the participants. Please describe the general scenario of the use.


As for hardware, that will be selected by the characteristics of the use. Three systems, monitors, keyboards, and mice will as suggested, add up. 


In general a working, previous generation HP workstation can be fast, and ultra- reliable.  These can be quite reasonable.  In this office, the second computer is an HP z420, purchased for $136 fully functional and included the keyboard and mouse. As it arrived:


HP z420_3: (Original) Xeon E5-1607 (4-core / 4 Thread @ 2.8GHz) / 4GB (1X 4GB DDR3-1866 ECC unbuffered / NVIDIA GeForce 7100 GS / WD Blue 500GB / 400W PSU > Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (HP OEM )
[Passmark System Rating: = 569 / CPU = 5492 / 2D = 538 / 3D = 60 / Mem = 1117 . Disk = 864 ] [Single Thread Mark = 1509] 9.27.17


Here's a completed ebay sale for a faster version than the one above:


Ready to go except to load the programs.   Also, there are a number of ebay sellers that have a lot of these off lease and could make a deal for three of the same, all set up, ready to use.  It's possible to buy good monitors for $100, keyboards, $20, and mouse for $10.


This more than adequate for school work as long as there is minimal 3D and really, no serious games required.  This kind of system is designed to be upgraded as use demands.


There is still some computer knowledge required; loading programs and setting them up with wifi and networking requires some expertise. 


The first item is to understand the way these systems will be used. That known, the discussion can focus on specific hardware choices.



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