I need to build a computer for a relative. She will only be using it for email, surfing and stuff like office, paint etc. Hardly any requirements at all. The only requirement is that it must be as cheap as possible.
So, id like suggestions for the cheapest build possible thats happy running office, email, internet, music etc
It is hard to really compete with a low end computer in stores.
I was barely able to match a Lenovo at Staples at $450, but I did.
My parts are higher quality than the Lenovo, and when I decided to install a video card, I will then save money over the Lenovo. But I still kick myself because Dell had a special for an i3 machine for $280 brand new.
See, unless you really enjoy building computers, and find it worthwhile to spend more money on a PC then a big box vendor, it just isn't worth it.
the one i posted above is based on this
" She will only be using it for email, surfing and stuff like office, paint etc"
you just needed some 800x600 or those 1024x displays and some nice copy of windows XP 32bit, oh you can add in more ram if you want get those dual channel ones which is cheaper than buying 2 single rams, for the reason i chose this psu as it will perform well as i doubt she would be going hard core on gaming so that psu is more than enough to power it up, but if you got more budget go for more reliable brands but i believe this will be the cheapest you can go, and i went with an asus gpu as it's quite cheap and can give a little eye candy too
If that is the cheapest complete system you can find over there, then it would probably be better to go ahead and build yourself. The only gotcha that I saw from your list of components is the power supply in that case. Specs say that it only has 1 SATA power connection. You'll need a molex to SATA cable adapter to power both your hard drive and optical drive.
I don't think anybody was really listening to the guy here. He said the system needs very little in the way of capacity and needs to be cheap. We must step outside the box here.
OK, ARE YOU READY?! This is it!. Hold on, and yes, all parts are compatible. Best build at a low budget and will not not slow down or clog up. If you want to go cheaper just scour the local ads for used broken pcs and build it from there.
That one complete functioning computer for $163.96 SHIPPED! or £103.61
Hey! What about the operating system. You can do Window7 for $99 at the same website if you like. I scoured around and xp is just a few bucks cheaper. But if you're reeeeeeally looking at keeping cost down . . . how's about $0.0 for a full operating system? Comes with word processing software, paint, and other goodies. It's called UBUNTU, download it for free onto a cd and add it on. Voila.
Now all that said. I still say, going for an already build unit is better. You may get better performance pound per pound and there's always that warranty. If you're going new it's good to have. But if you're really, really, really on a budget. Dude! Just get a used pc. Pound per pound it'll beat all the above options. Hope this helps.
my suggestion is to buy a used laptop. my 7 year old daughter basically has the same requirements as your friend (that plus play flash games from Nick Jr). I bought her a Dell D630 laptop for $50 that had a C2D 1.83 dual core. works perfectly fine.