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Posted 15 January 2009 - 05:23 PM
The PC's at those two links are underpowered. The processors should not be less than 2.4GHz or so in a modern PC, anything less is just a waste. This is especially true if you plan on doing more than getting email and casual internet browsing. Once you go below about $75 for the CPU and roughly the same for the motherboard, the quality and power plummets. The cheapest Intel processor at 2.4GHz costs about $85, the motherboard $120. Are you planning on reusing the power supply from your old Compaq? Some Compaq models use proprietary connectors, you may want to check on this. If you do decide to go to Linux (The Kubuntu flavor of Ubuntu is similar in appearance to Windows) you should know that some of your software might not work correctly under WINE. I tried Kubuntu and Ubuntu for about a year, it was not a pleasant experience. I had to reinstall the OS a few times because of botched updates and drivers issues.
Here's another suggested combo, with a decent processor and motherboard, it does not have on-board video though: Athlon + Biostar Combo
You will have to buy memory separately if you get it since it uses DDR2-800: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
This combo should keep you within your budget, but purchasing a case might be required if you cannot use an old one.
Posted 16 January 2009 - 04:53 PM
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