Cheapest system with these specs:

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by freightgod, Dec 26, 2002.

  1. freightgod

    freightgod Confused and Bewildered

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    I'm looking for the absolute cheapest box I can get for my sister which meets the following minimum specs. I'll be adding extras like a CD burner, DVD drive and larger second hard drive later and I own a second copy of XP Home which I'll give her if the box doesn't come pre-loaded. Personally I'd be happy to cobble together a system from scratch (I've built a few including her present one) but she wants a put-together system, preferably with a name she recognizes on it. So here's all it has to have:

    256 mb memory (not fussy about type)
    1 Gig processor (again, not fussy)
    10 Gig HD (again, will only be used for OS)
    56k modem
    decent video card (brand---? Strictly 2D and DVD viewing)
    Decent sound card (Audigy would be nice)...speakers optional
    keyboard
    mouse

    Pretty basic, huh? What's my best deal on the net?
     
  2. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

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    freightgod, I would build the system from scratch myself, have been doing that since 92 with all my computers, cheaper that way, plus it's fun.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

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    If you want to save some $$ and you don't mind doing it, buy refurbished. Then tweak it the way you want it.
     
  4. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

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    Here is an HP Pavilion 7950 / AMD Athlon 1.2GHz / 128MB / 40GB / CDRW / DVD / 56K / NIC / Windows ME / Refurbished Desktop Computer

    $379.99

    Link: Tiger Direct

    Specifications:

    AMD Athlon™ 1.2GHz Processor
    128MB PC133 SDRAM Memory
    40GB Hard Drive
    16X DVD-ROM Drive
    HP 12X8X32X CD-RW 9300 series Drive
    3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Drive
    nVidia Riva TNT2 M64 Video Card
    Lucent 56k WinModem
    Onboard Realtek Fast Ethernet 10/100Mbps
    Crystal WDM Audio
    Polk Audio "F" Stereo Speakers
    PS/2 2-button Mouse
    PS/2 HP Internet/Multimedia Keyboard
    Microsoft® Windows® ME
    90 Day Limited Warranty

    Just add a extra stick of ram and a monitor.

    There are other deals out there. This is just an example. Look around. ;)
     
  5. jkipk

    jkipk OSNN Addict

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    I just put together this:

    amd duron 1.3/pc chips motherboard w/onboard 128bit 64mb (shared) memory/onboard ac97 sound
    420w pwr sply
    atx mini tower
    384mb pc133 sdram
    wd 60g 7200 ata 100
    wd 40g 7200 ata 100
    48-16-48 cdrw
    all new for 302.50.
    The barebones box was on eBay for 99 + 39 shipping, and I bought everything else new with rebates.

    Granted, I'm using my old monitor/kbd/mouse, but you could spend the money I spent on hd for a monitor. All I had to do was plug everything together, it took about 2 1/2 hours. Easy.

    Granted also theres 145 of my dollars floating around in rebate land for 2 months (what's up with that?)

    OS and software are extra, not a problem for me but for you???

    I haven't found anything close to what I got for what I paid, figure I saved $150 by plugging things in myself. Also saved on the onboard video/audio. My thought is that I can upgrade when I want, but spent the $ upfront on the hd, and so far the video is fine. Hard to imagine spending more for a video card than I did for the whole box!

    have fun
    kip
     
  6. freightgod

    freightgod Confused and Bewildered

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    Yeah, upon reflection, she really only needs a mb/processor/case/ps combo...the definition of a barebones system. All her other hardware is up to snuff. Thanks guys, I'm going shopping now...
     
  7. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

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    Take a little time to look around. There are always deals out there. ;)
     
  8. i could do that with a intel p4 board for under $300 prob........
     
  9. freightgod

    freightgod Confused and Bewildered

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    Well, here's what I bought for $225.00 including shipping:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...8761&ed=1041485594&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOT:US:3

    I know I could have shaved some more off by buying everything seperately, but I really have to get her up and running in one afternoon so I didn't want to dick around with the "backbone" of the system

    I know it's not the latest and greatest but believe me its more than she needs and will keep her happy for a long time.

    Thanks for the advice, everybody! What do you think of my purchase?