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#1 DarkAngel_


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Posted 22 January 2006 - 06:19 AM

i am trying to buy an xp ran comuter, one that can play almost all up-to-date video game's, and a large amount of media. but i am still as poor as a mouse in an empty home, any suggestios on what to buy and what's a good deal? :thumbsup:

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Edited by jgweed, 22 January 2006 - 10:30 AM.

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 08:48 AM

It isn't pretty but here is the rock bottom budget computers with XP Home...

Dell B110
Dell E310

Gateway DX100
Gateway DX200

HP a1200e
HP e7300

Disclaimer!!! I am not recommending these as a game machine, but to address the second part being small budget. Have fun :thumbsup:

Edited by acklan, 22 January 2006 - 08:52 AM.

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 10:26 AM

Alas! If you are into extreme gaming and want to do a lot with media, your budget has to be fairly large because of the RAM and video card requirements to do both.
Rather than members recommending items, you might want to submit a couple of choices for them to comment upon. Start with a computer with at least 512 RAM, a non-integrated video card with 128K memory, and a 100 GIG hard drive. All- - -well, almost all, computers on the market will have Windows XP as their operating system, so I am going to move this thread to the hardware section where you may find more help.

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 08:21 PM

winXPpro/home needs a few system requirements to run right.

Like the posts above indicate, more is better in all "items" listed at Microsoft.
Learn to understand what those each mean, if you want to pay less for more.

Buy used. [one way to play ... talk the seller down in price]

Depending on what games and what else you do with your PC, you can do 'em fine with
1,000 mhz to 1.5 ghz cpu speed, 256 - 512 RAM ...
with discipline and a DVD-RW ... the hard drive need not be big.
If the used PC you find for cheap has a smallish HD, np.
It's easy to replace with bigger.

Garage Sales ... Estate Sales ... Thrift Stores ... Church Bazaars or Rummage Sales ... all can turn up PC stuff.
Little Nickel Want Ads ... the Local Paper Classified Ads ...online sources for Classified Ads ... eBay ... Liquidation Warehouses ... all list a price they'll often back down on.

thinking about it ... nobody takes trade-ins at the retail level.

the small businesses in your community replace them by now & then,

Check with some, doesn't hurt to ask. "Do you have any computers or peripherals you don't need?"
Politely accept anything. If it won't work, recycle it. Now, thats another source.


Larger businesses, schools, colleges, fire departments, police stations, city & county government offices, state departments
must dispose of surplus. Most accept bids from contractors to satisfy the organizations laws.

This company buys from those kinda places and has a warehouse (with a plastic banner seen from the freeway that says "Computer Parts $1.00 and up").
http://www.pcsalvagellc.com/store/ (Just in the last week they've changed the website, but the point is to find places in your area.)

I walked in to find literally tons of PC stuff for cheap.

Try this also: Google Craigslist and find the closest urban area to you.
Google's Froogle will search your region for businesses.
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...

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