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Cheapest system with these specs:

freightgod

Confused and Bewildered
#1
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
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.

 

xsivforce

Prodigal Son
#4
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. ;)
 

jkipk

OSNN Addict
#5
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
 

freightgod

Confused and Bewildered
#6
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...
 

freightgod

Confused and Bewildered
#9
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?
 

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