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ravenvii
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« on: November 29, 2004, 06:22:46 PM »

Can you build a computer for $200 at NewEgg.com? It doesn't matter how crappy the components are, even an integrated graphics motherboard would be great. The only requirement is that it have a CD burner.

Let's see what you guys come up with!
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2004, 06:39:51 PM »

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=11-128-119&depa=1 - $20.00
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-135-172&depa=1 - $82.00
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=27-106-941&depa=1 - $19.00
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-161-612&depa=1 - $32.75
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=22-140-133&depa=1
- $45.95

Total before shipping:  $199.70.
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2004, 06:43:36 PM »

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Total before shipping:  $199.70.


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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2004, 06:47:20 PM »

Sempron 2000, 256 megs of ram, 40 gig hdd and 52x burner.

If I went with 128 meg ram, I could have dropped that down to the $185 mark or so, but you'd never run XP on it for beans smile
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2004, 07:13:10 PM »

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That's simply fucking brilliant. You, sir, rock my world.
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2004, 01:29:18 AM »

256 Megs is barely adequate with XP. 384 is better, and 512 is really nice.

Better update those prices. The case has gone up, and a couple other items had too.

Add in shipping and things go way over $200.
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2004, 03:22:59 AM »

Awww damn.

Guess because of the fluctuating prices I should not bother until the moment I'm going to order, then ask again, people like Zarkon are obviously much more proficient at this than I am biggrin

(this is for my father BTW, who only uses his computer to surf the net, IM and email. He currently has an ancient 450 MHz Gateway. He uses IE, has no firewall, and has absolutely no anti-virus or anti-adware software. You can imagine.  :shock: )
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2004, 12:47:46 PM »

A 450 isnt bad.  You should just format his PC and install everything clean, slap on all the OS updates, zone alarm, etc.
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2004, 04:00:15 PM »

Yeah, but he wants a CD burner. Yeah I could swap the drive with his old drive, and format, but knowing things like that, something'll probably go wrong. Old components that I can't find drivers for, things breaking with a non-Gateway Windows, and who knows what else. He lost all the CDs that came with the computer, so I can't just do a restore.

Better to build a new one, especially if it's just $200.
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2004, 11:42:14 PM »

I just gave my parents my old 700mhz Athlon with 384mb of Ram to browse the net with. It runs on Win2k, so it's really quick. I still insist that PC is faster for just basic windows use than my 3ghz P4 with a gig of DDR400 on XP.
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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2004, 08:16:57 AM »

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Old components that I can't find drivers for, things breaking with a non-Gateway Windows,


the likelihood of this happening is much less so than you'd think, thanks to sites such as driverguide.com.
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2004, 06:38:18 PM »

BUMP! Can anyone do a sub-$200 computer now?
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