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Intel pentium 4 3.2ghz / 4gb RAM / 500gb HD - How much?


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#1 noz03

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 12:22 PM

I am about to buy a cheap desktop as my main laptop broke and I'm also broke :) So just wondering how much would you pay for this computer second hand on ebay? Is just a tower and a wireless keyboard (no LCD).

 

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Motherboard: Intel
CPU: Pentium 4, 3.2 GHz
Arbeitsspeicher: 4 GB, DDR2
Harddisk: Hitachi Deskstar 500 GB, 7200 RPM
DVD-Burner: LG
Gfx: ATI Radeon 4650, 2*DVI

 

PS. I know it's crap, but will get me by till I have a bit more money.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 12:42 PM

Personally I wouldn't spend more than $100 including shipping. Also I am curious the brand name? The older dell pentium 4s were pretty bullet proof, HP on the other hand seemed to have issues with capacitors.

 

Also unless they can guarantee no issues with the hard drive and the rest of the hardware, I woudn't spend a dime.

 

Seeing the actual listing might us help make a better decision.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 12:55 PM

As I can tell it has no brand, at least nothing on the case or description. I'd rather not share the name as I'm talking about my max bid on here and there are sadly some pretty nasty people in the world :/

 

Btw, how could I know if it's possible to upgrade the RAM/CPU later on? It doesn't mention any motherboard model, only that it is intel.



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 01:09 PM

You would need to know the motherboard make and model to know for certain. The fastest P4 I recall seeing was 3.4ghz and honestly you won't see a huge benefit from 3.2 to 3.4 with a single core cpu.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 01:16 PM

It looks like the fastest P4 was 3.8ghz (stock). Keep in mind clock speed isn't an indicator of overall cpu speed/performance.  A newer Haswell generation cpu at much lower clock speeds will be significantly faster. Clock for clock, newer generations are faster.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 01:20 PM

If I was you I would be looking for something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/CUSTOM-DESKTOP-i7-920-QUAD-CORE-2-66GHz-12GB-RAM-500GB-HDD-WIFI-NO-OS-/151573659682?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item234a7e8022

 

That one has NO OS (Operating System) so you would need to load your own such as linux or windows if you have a copy.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 01:29 PM

Look around for Core 2 duo/quad or older sandy bridge i5's and i7's. Any of those will still run things somewhat well.

 

The order I have listed is from slowest to fastest Core 2 duo < Core 2 quad < Core i5 < Core i7.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 01:39 PM

Well in the end I put my max bid at €56 (about $75) and got outbid by one person... Oh well. Am actually thinking I do need a duel processor so I can have 64bit windows but my budget is tiny. I have to get the whole thing with screen and all the little pieces for under $200 and in Europe prices are a little higher than the US :/

 

Just wondering, how should I judge a CPU? I mean... is 2x 2.5ghz = 1x 5ghz (i know that doesn't exist)



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 01:39 PM

Here is another example: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Studio-XPS-9100-Intel-Core-i7-930-2-80GHz-6GB-RAM-1TB-HDD-Windows7-Desktop/191499432224?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131003132420%26meid%3D29a6b690eff14c1381d44aeef87f9e8c%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D6%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D151573659682&rt=nc


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 01:45 PM

Well in the end I put my max bid at €56 (about $75) and got outbid by one person... Oh well. Am actually thinking I do need a duel processor so I can have 64bit windows but my budget is tiny. I have to get the whole thing with screen and all the little pieces for under $200 and in Europe prices are a little higher than the US :/

 

Just wondering, how should I judge a CPU? I mean... is 2x 2.5ghz = 1x 5ghz (i know that doesn't exist)

It is tough to judge a cpu without knowing exact details and generation. 2*2.5ghz does not = 1*5ghz... It could be close if the chip had the same number of transistors and one was running a dual thread computation while the other was running a single thread.

 

What I can tell you for certain is that a newer generation cpu that has the same clock speed as an older generation will for certain be faster, also in most cases it will likely use less power.

 

Since your budget is low and you need everything, you may have to shop around for a while to get a good deal. I feel it would be worth your time and effort to do so. P4 cpu's are quite dated and would struggle with a lot of modern software and websites.

 

As I mentioned I would be looking for at minimum a fast core 2 duo or core 2 quad. If you can find an older i5 or i7 similar to the 2 I have posted with everything you need and within your budget I would go that route.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 01:46 PM

Way over my budget I'm afraid. What would you suggest as a max bid for this one in the US?

 

  • CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 2.50 Ghz 2x
  • Memory: 4GB DDR2
  • Graphics card: Geforce 9400 GT 512 MB ​​with 2 x DVI 1xSVideo
  • Motherboard: Lenovo
  • Hard Drive: Seagate 250 GB


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 02:12 PM

If you are getting everything (monitor, desktop, keyboard, mouse etc), then I might be willing to pay ~$175, this would depend on what type of monitor as well. The older CRT (huge heavy cube style) monitors cost money to recylce here so it would have to be a flat lcd panel (LED or CCFL backlight) type of monitor.

 

A Pentium D (dual core) is better than a P4.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 02:14 PM

I would still look for some Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad machines while you are at it. I have seen those for similar costs as the Pentium D's.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 02:29 PM

Here is a decent example of something I would be looking for at minimum: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Optiplex-Desktop-PC-Computer-Windows-7-Core-2-Duo-250-4GB-19-LCD-WiFi-/281539287909?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item418d0c9b65


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 02:42 PM

Haha, ironic I just got one almost identical without even reading your post. Think it was a pretty good deal at €62 for just the tower and no OS.

 

Anyway thanks for the help! :)






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