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Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by playallday, May 22, 2009.
EDIT: Didn't read it had to be used only for emails. Oh well, I guess it will be fine then. Just remember you need DDR1s.
I just don't see the point...
If you're really looking for a cheap computer to email/surf/word process, look around your city for an electronic recycling center or used computer store. I just purchased 2 dozen computers for my new practice.. they're nothing fantastic, everyday HP boxes that were probably $1200ish new:
P4 2.5 Ghz
512 Megs RAM
Onboard video.. 32 or 64 megs
They cost me $112 each before taxes and 15" CRT monitors for them cost $35 each. Each machine is a universal donor to all of the other machines... I have 6 extra towers to swap parts if necessary.
Even look on Craigslist... I seriously don't understand why you would build something that bad, new, when you can get a netbook or cheap Dell for $500, which includes a new monitor.
10 weeks is a long time to find a good, used, local computer on your local online classifieds. The college year is winding up... put up a poster on the local campus? lol There are so many BETTER options out there. Heck, I'll give you my current machine for $300 and it costs me $2200 to build only two years ago! lol
y not get a netbook? they're around 300 aren't they?
the parts are really dated and way past their prime
to save a bit of money, you could drop the windows and just install a linux distro. it can do e-mail easily and will stop any non-tech savvy users getting viruses.
In that case the hardware is fine for the person then.
I thought you said it was the first time user?
I dont if putting a person who has never used a computer before with linux is the best idea...
linux is much easier than windows to set up in my experience and will run faster on the low ram you plan on getting. I would go with a lighter distro than ubuntu if its just for email. My friend says ubuntu netbook remix is really simple and fast loading so it may be ideal even on a pc.
Well, the 915G can technically support both. You might never know
Seeing it has AGP, it seems a lot dated, so I went with DDR1.
actually, its a brilliant idea. linux is easier than windows to those that have not been indoctrinated into its silly ways.
Where you getting the computer... Curiosity makes me wonder. And is the Celeron a Dual Core?
Since I get refurbished computers from here:ElectroComputerWaerhouse
I saw a computer at the site I told... it had these specs:
- Dell Optiplex GX270 (Tower)
- Pentium 4 - 2.8 GHz
- 1GB RAM
- 40 GB HDD
- Windows XP Professional Pre-Installed
- $132.25 CAD
And if you live in Canada, you can get to there location/store...Which is at Ontario, Mississauga. You can find their location here: The Store's Location
You just gotta find the monitor somewhere else x3
Add a Keyboard and Mouse for $5.18 CAD... Saves you a lot of money this way ^^. Since I go directly to their store, I don't know how much they charge for shipping... Oh and I got a Dell Optiplex GX280 Tower and the mother board does support DDR2. I just forgot the motherboard's model #...
EDIT: Try CanadaComputers for LCD Monitors
i'm pretty sure you could build 2 computers for that price, look at the price of chinese-made cases, decent(ASUS) motherboards, cpu, ram etc.
stuff is real cheap now.
and like was said, use kit - even get a used, and upgrade it a bit - ram, cpu, BIG harddrive(s)
well I was just saying because this is why that thing everybody complains about, UAC exists for
idiot proofing the computer
I didnt know you could set up linux in a similar fashion though
UAC was copied from what linux has done for over 15 years, badly, very badly.
Seeing from your first post, a celeron..
I don't recommend you buying that..