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How Low Can You Go?Entry Level XP PC! $161! Do the Limbo :>

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May 10, 2007 3:58:38 PM


Here are the rules.
1) Everything must come from NewEgg.
2) Nothing Refurbished - Availability too hit/miss.
3) Count Rebates. Dont count shipping.
4) Don't include the OS, but it should be able to "RUN" XP and perhaps "Notepad" :>

MB w/Video - $36
(Vista Certified - LOL!!!!)

CPU - $26 Sempron64 3000+

CPU Cooler - $4

Case w/450w Power Supply - $22

40Gb IDE Drive - $38

256MB DDR-400 Memory - $18

DVD - $17

Total - $161

Analysis: This system came in MUCH lower than I expected. Also, I could actually just pop in another $18 memory chip and it would actually be a usable system for checking your email, ebay and Yahoo.

In fact it would likely outperform a large percentage of the deployed corporate desktops which often have a 4 year life-cycle and are often not on the high-end to start.

Most of the PCs for a regional medical system I work with are 2.4Ghz Pentiums w/ 40gb drives and 512mb of RAM.

The new standard is higher, but the listed specs account for well over 1/2 of their systems.

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May 10, 2007 7:17:20 PM

Now this is just downright Nasty! :twisted:
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May 10, 2007 8:23:44 PM

Added for $4 and edited in orginal post :>
May 10, 2007 9:18:30 PM

according to the compatibility on that cpu cooler, it won't work for your cpu. Anyways, if you used 512mb ram like you were saying, it would be a decent setup.
May 10, 2007 9:28:42 PM

You can get an Intel system for $163.50

Celeron D 331 Retail w/ HSF - $37

Biostar MB w/ video - $40

128MB DDR SDRAM $14.50

Case w/450w Power Supply - $22

40Gb IDE HDD - $38


However, I can make a cheaper AMD system than you at $155.50

Sempron 64 3000+ Retail w/ HSF -$29

Foxconn MB w/ video - $40

128MB DDR SDRAM $14.50

Case w/450w Power Supply - $22

40Gb IDE HDD - $38


You can even add a floppy drive to the AMD system (the drive would probably access data faster than the system could handle it) for $5.50 and still match your price of $161.
May 10, 2007 9:34:09 PM

Added for $4 and edited in orginal post :>

I hope you use some thermal paste to attach to cpu cause that dang mount is not compatible lol
May 11, 2007 3:41:20 AM

No worries,

They will melt together in a minute or two :>
May 11, 2007 3:47:46 AM

My Bad :>

I could just resist the upgrades of a DVD over a CD reader and the upgrade from 128->256MB but I should have :>

Guess it's free spender in me.