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Super Geek

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From: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Registered: Jan 2002

posted April 04, 2002 09:22     Click Here to See the Profile for Bregalad   Click Here to Email Bregalad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi all,

A friend of mine, a geek in training, wants to get a reasonably priced PC for home. She's a junior college student with very limited funds so a new name brand PC is out of the question. Unfortunately she lives in a small town where name brands rule and the only independent computer store she could find has a bad reputation at the college. So far she's seen only one ad for a used PC and it doesn't give enough details to know what it really is.

Here in big city Canada I have access to thousands of used machines and have hundreds of independent computer stores to choose from for new PCs, each willing to supply whatever combination of motherboard, processor, case, drives, etc. that I specify at very competitive prices.

Does somebody here have a reasonably recent model PC they would be willing to part with for a small sum? This term my friend will be running Access, Word, RealAudio and other apps.

Alternatively can anybody recommend a place to mail order a "white box" PC?

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Super Geek

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From: Boston, MA, USA
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posted April 04, 2002 13:07     Click Here to See the Profile for +Andrew   Click Here to Email +Andrew     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How limited is the budget? If it fits, I strongly recommend going with Dell - their cheapest system is a 1.2GHz Celeron that goes for about $600. I'd go with a new system if only for the warranty. If you spend less on something second-hand by it keeps breaking down, what have you really saved?

TigerDirect also seems to have decent selection of new and refurb systems, but I've never dealt with the company.


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From: Westchester County, New York
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posted April 04, 2002 13:41     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonman97   Click Here to Email dragonman97     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would suggest Dell Refurbs. Often, these are just computers that have been returned shortly after purchase, because the wrong thing was ordered. My boss bought one for an excellant price, and so far I've heard no problems. And contrary to some people's views here, I love Dell computers.

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posted April 05, 2002 10:43     Click Here to See the Profile for crazyarlo   Click Here to Email crazyarlo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote sells overstocks and refurbs, but most do not have an operating system. You must supply that yourself, but check it out!!

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