CHEAP computer!

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  1. playallday
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  2. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

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    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.
     
  3. Eden

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    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
    Keyboard/Mouse
    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
     
  4. da_head

    da_head A dying dream..

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    y not get a netbook? they're around 300 aren't they?
     
  5. Joe88

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    AGP....
    lol

    the parts are really dated and way past their prime
     
  6. playallday
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  7. UltraMagnus

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    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.
     
  8. playallday
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  9. Joe88

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    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...
     
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  11. Findecanno

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    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.
     
  12. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

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    Well, the 915G can technically support both. You might never know [​IMG]
    Seeing it has AGP, it seems a lot dated, so I went with DDR1.
     
  13. UltraMagnus

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    actually, its a brilliant idea. linux is easier than windows to those that have not been indoctrinated into its silly ways.
     
  14. Splych

    Splych GBAtemp's Lurker

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    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
     
  15. steve-p

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    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)
     
  16. Joe88

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    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
     
  17. UltraMagnus

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    UAC was copied from what linux has done for over 15 years, badly, very badly.
     
  18. Wabsta

    Wabsta you fight like a dairy farmer

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    Seeing from your first post, a celeron..
    I don't recommend you buying that..
     
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