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June 8, 2010 2:07:54 AM

I recently bought a PC off craigslist for my mom (she doesn't need it for gaming :p ). It looks to me like it was a pretty good deal but I want another opinion. This guy built it several years ago and claims it was top of the line when he made it.

Motherboard:
Gigabyte Intel
GA-8IPE1000-G (rev. 4.x)

Processor:
Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz Dual Core Hyperthreaded - socket 478

Memory:
DDR 512MBx2

Graphics:
Gigabyte Radeon 9250
Gigabyte Radeon 9250 Secondary

Hard Drive:
WDC WD1200JB-00GVA0 120gb

includes:
Genuine Windows XP Pro
19' LCD LG Monitor
CD drive
Keyboard + mouse

what do you guys think price-wise? I think the processor is real nice...

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June 8, 2010 2:26:38 AM

how much did you pay?
theres no such thing as a socket 478 pentium 4 dualcore :) 
there are pentium d dual-cores based off p4, but they run in lga775 not s478.
p4 cpus arent considered very good. back then. an amd sempron 3400+ which runs at 2ghz was hugely better than a p4 2ghz...
p4 isnt very good. however, it is plenty for email, youtube, and googling stuff.
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June 8, 2010 2:34:22 AM

well it IS a socket 478, and it IS a pentium 4 3ghz processor, and I assume it's a dual core because there's 2. In Device Manager it's listed under Processors as 2 items, both 3ghz Pentium 4s. In task manager under Performance tab, the CPU Usage History is separated in 2. If this isn't a dual core, what is it?
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June 8, 2010 2:40:41 AM

no its a single core, but it shows up as 2 "threads" because of ht (hyperthreading) which makes it show up as 2 cores on a single core cpu. intels way of trying to make the p4 suck a lttle bit less :p 
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June 8, 2010 3:16:22 AM

ugh, I really haven't a clue what the difference is between hyperthreading 2 cores and a dual core.

I'd like to know what this package is roughly worth though, everything included.
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June 8, 2010 3:24:31 AM

i would sell it for $150 if i were selling it (i sell used computers)

basically, ht is a single core that has 2 virtual cores and dualcore is two real cores
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June 8, 2010 3:42:32 AM

well the monitor is a L1970HR which has some very good reviews (although old). The picture quality is very good imo, and I've been using a new $200 20' widescreen. This thing is old and has the same picture quality, albeit a little smaller and not a widescreen.
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June 8, 2010 3:43:35 AM

Dual core is where you have two independent cores that share L1 and L2 memory. HT is when a single CPU treats in coming data as two individual threads. Kinda like having two 21' monitors vs one 21' with two windows open on the same monitor if that makes since. Two computers with two monitors vs two computers sharing one monitor. Well from what I've been dealing with, I'd say $75 give or take. It's a decent system for everyday stuff; email, web surfing, word processing and so on. PS, from what I know a dual core is a two core CPU and basicly the same as a Core Two Duo but the dual core most of the time will only have 512k, 1M, 2M of L2 where as a Core Two Duo will have 2Mb-6Mb L2 and is a newer chip with more features and a lower THD and different MFG process, die size and so on. Hope this helps some.
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June 8, 2010 6:42:29 AM

another thing... doesn't Windows XP cost a lot? The guy I got it from had just recently bought a new copy of XP to install on the computer I bought. I got the case and everything for it. Last time I checked it was at least $100.
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June 8, 2010 11:20:48 AM

OLD OLD OLD PC! That's all I can say this thing is pretty worthless.
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June 8, 2010 11:21:25 AM

anonyboy said:
another thing... doesn't Windows XP cost a lot? The guy I got it from had just recently bought a new copy of XP to install on the computer I bought. I got the case and everything for it. Last time I checked it was at least $100.

Windwows 7 is 100$
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June 8, 2010 11:23:46 AM

anonyboy said:
ugh, I really haven't a clue what the difference is between hyperthreading 2 cores and a dual core.

I'd like to know what this package is roughly worth though, everything included.

This CPU is one virtual core and one physical core.
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June 9, 2010 12:10:11 AM

Userremoved said:
OLD OLD OLD PC! That's all I can say this thing is pretty worthless.

its not worthless its just not good for anything but email :) 
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June 9, 2010 12:55:56 AM

Hmm wow this thing can easily be 5-6 years old. It's by no means recent and probably not worth more then $150. Certainly it has a monitor but it's so dated what's the point, feel me?

Your mom could do better with a $400 notebook.

Edit: Yes win7 costs $100 so why buy XP? Did the guy show you a genuine XP box, although they don't sell it anymore so god knows where he found a retail copy.
Chances are it's a warez copy.
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June 9, 2010 12:59:51 AM

My friend has a 200$ netbook with similar parts sorry but this thing is only gonna be woth 150$ tops. I wonder if it would be worth more with a Apple logo on it.
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June 9, 2010 1:01:55 AM

fastx21 said:
Hmm wow this thing can easily be 5-6 years old. It's by no means recent and probably not worth more then $150. Certainly it has a monitor but it's so dated what's the point, feel me?

Your mom could do better with a $400 notebook.

He said it was 7 years old.
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June 9, 2010 1:02:19 AM

shovenose said:
its not worthless its just not good for anything but email :) 

Is it a eMachine then?
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June 9, 2010 1:10:21 AM

Userremoved said:
He said it was 7 years old.



Where does he say it's seven years old? :)  several
Anyway I agree a note/netbook would be alot better.
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June 9, 2010 1:16:29 AM

if u need a new comp look right to the left of this post under my avatar/picture
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