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    My sister-in-law is looking at purchasing a computer. She really only needs internet access and minor programs to help out with her kids' schoolwork. Now, they have no money, and really shouldn't be spending it, but they are going to buy one anyway.

    What is the cheapest desktop that's worth a darn that you folks would recommend?



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    Re: New Computer Help

    Quote Originally Posted by cyco2000 View Post
    My sister-in-law is looking at purchasing a computer. She really only needs internet access and minor programs to help out with her kids' schoolwork. Now, they have no money, and really shouldn't be spending it, but they are going to buy one anyway.

    What is the cheapest desktop that's worth a darn that you folks would recommend?
    Do you have a MicroCenter in your town? Usually found in big cities like Denver, Houston.

    They specialize in computers and often have refurbished Compaq & Dell computers, or I bought their own home brand - PowerSpec and spend less than $400.

    They also have 20" Acer LCD monitors for under $140.


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    Re: New Computer Help

    Refurbished is the way to go. Look for a cheap laptop. Dell and Lenovo has some pretty good deals if you keep your eyes open.

    Better yet, find a friend who recently upgraded and wants to dump their old, serviceable desktop.



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    Re: New Computer Help

    Might be able to find a refurb Dell Vostro series.



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    Re: New Computer Help

    Do they have a monitor they can reuse??
    Some place like this might be a good place to start: PacificGeek.com - Dell GX280 P4 2.8GHz XP Pro - End Of Month 1 Day Sale! GX280



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    Re: New Computer Help

    I recomend Dell Outlet. Add a monitor and you're good to go. And if you don't like the selection wait a day or two.

    Dell Factory Outlet (click on sort by price)

    PS. I've had zero problems with my purchases of reconditioned computers (Dell & Compaq). I don't think you can do it any cheaper unless you go with a Linux box, which isn't what a family probably needs.



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    Re: New Computer Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Go2Guy View Post
    Do you have a MicroCenter in your town? Usually found in big cities like Denver, Houston.

    They specialize in computers and often have refurbished Compaq & Dell computers, or I bought their own home brand - PowerSpec and spend less than $400.

    They also have 20" Acer LCD monitors for under $140.
    Sorry, didn't read the original post. YOu should be able to get a decent setup for less than $500.


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    Thanks for the help everyone! I thought the Dell outlet was probably my best chance, as I live in Ames, so thanks for the help!!



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    Re: New Computer Help

    Here's the best bang for your buck new one, most of the time the dell outlet ones will not come with a monitor, so if that is something they need this will probably work better for them
    The Dell Online Store: Build Your System

    core 2 duo
    3 gb memory
    250 gb hard drive
    19" lcd
    $399

    That should include free shipping also I think



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    Re: New Computer Help

    I have had good luck with buying computers from http://www.overstock.com/Electronics...s/270/cat.html.



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    Re: New Computer Help

    Is she determined to get a new PC?



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    Re: New Computer Help

    With her, who knows. She's been heading that way, but I'd be up for trying to talk her into other options (we've given her an old computer of ours in the past).



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    Re: New Computer Help

    You could try something like this...get some extra RAM and find an old CRT monitor on the cheap (or free)...it's nothing fancy, but it's inexpensive and you can surf the web, etc.

    Refurbished HP P4 3.0GHz Desktop Computer + Windows XP with COA - $115 shipped - SlickDeals.net Forums

    It depends on how much/little they want to spend...

    Or as noted above, you can get a new Vostro desktop + LCD monitor for around $400


    Last edited by MrGreg; 02-25-2009 at 01:32 PM.

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    Re: New Computer Help

    Where are you located? I'm sure that someone in your area has an older PC that needs to be "recycled" and is still in great shape. I have 2 that I need to get rid of.



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    I have old crts in cedar rapids area. They cost me like $15 or $20 to dispose of so I never have a problem giving them away.



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