HFBoards

Go Back   HFBoards > Non-Sports > Geek Emporium
Geek Emporium Discuss computers, hardware, software, electronics, video games, internet, etc.

computer question

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old
05-10-2010, 09:06 AM
  #26
neofury*
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Montreal, PQ
Country: Canada
Posts: 20,277
vCash: 500
Just to let you know, my friend a while back got a pretty solid comp with monitor for 100$ (and the specs are > yours).

Basically he checked the newspaper, often times when schools upgrade (universities) or even companies like law firms, they'll basically take what they can get for the old comps.

You can either tell them your budget, or tell them what you are looking for, and they'll do their best to find what you're looking for. (They also typically prove the computer works before buying)

The only downfall was the comp that he got was in one of those "office" cases that are very small, bigger cases are better typically as they allow the hardware the most breathing room possible and also give you the most available room inside to work with.

But I mean, he got a p4 3.0ghz with monitor (big 21" CRT but still a nice throw in) that had a dece amount of ram, a good cd-rom and an alright hard drive all for 100$.

So rather than upgrade, if you're really strapped for cash, I seriously suggest you look into one of these options. My gf still runs a p4 3.0ghz and has no problems running apps, browsing, downloading and even being a backup pc for my World of Warcraft game. (It runs fine with a garbage videocard)

neofury* is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-10-2010, 11:58 AM
  #27
Buffaloed
Administrator
Webmaster
 
Buffaloed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Buffalo, NY
Country: United States
Posts: 24,931
vCash: 1390
You could do fine with a refurb with onboard graphics.
Tigerdirct.ca

Lenovo Outlet Canada - has New Outlet desktops meeting the following criteria:
Order canceled and never shipped.
Factory direct excess.

Dell Canada - loads of open box and refurb desktops

Buffaloed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-10-2010, 01:54 PM
  #28
neofury*
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Montreal, PQ
Country: Canada
Posts: 20,277
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leaf Lander View Post
budget would be a 1000 or less
Didn't notice this post early as I made my post but then had to go do some work prior to finishing reading the thread.

1000 or less = very nice computer if you build it yourself.

However, if you know a person whose decently good with computers, help them browse with you at bestbuy or one of those places for a desktop at around 500-600 (everything included) with a good processor, harddrive, ram, etc. Then my advice to you, spend the other 400-500 on a brand spanking new power supply (a solid high watt one) as well as a very good videocard, and have said friend install the after market parts.

One thing I will say though, if you don't game at all, forget about the videocard/power supply and just buy a solid PC straight up for like 500$.

If you link us some comps you are interested in via make/model # I have no doubt the people here will be more than happy to give you advice on which one to get, or what the advantages/disadvantages of each are, or even which makes/models to avoid.

neofury* is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-10-2010, 02:12 PM
  #29
Kestrel
Registered User
 
Kestrel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,851
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buffaloed View Post
You could do fine with a refurb with onboard graphics.
Tigerdirct.ca

Lenovo Outlet Canada - has New Outlet desktops meeting the following criteria:
Order canceled and never shipped.
Factory direct excess.

Dell Canada - loads of open box and refurb desktops
My problem with both Tiger Direct and Lenovo is that they have nothing against giving you trash power supplies. I remember a quad core system Tiger Direct was selling with a generic 250w power supply, and I opened up my cousin's Lenovo a couple of weeks ago - generic 280w power supply. One is definitely tempting the fates with power supplies like that. I BELIEVE that Dell on the other hand is supposed to generally use decent PSU's.

Kestrel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-10-2010, 04:47 PM
  #30
Zodiac
Registered User
 
Zodiac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Country: Canada
Posts: 19,738
vCash: 500
if you aren't really interested in playing games, i'd just grab a cheap laptop.

have a wireless network set up so you have your internet access and then surf the web while you're in bed ...or while watching tv ...out on the front step ...etc.

take it with you to work ...to the girlfriends house ...vacation, etc.

Zodiac is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Forum Jump


Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:29 AM.

monitoring_string = "e4251c93e2ba248d29da988d93bf5144"
Contact Us - HFBoards - Archive - Privacy Statement - Terms of Use - Advertise - Top - AdChoices

vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
HFBoards.com is a property of CraveOnline Media, LLC, an Evolve Media, LLC company. 2014 All Rights Reserved.