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    pc £45

    hi i just wanted to know if this is worth £45

    Intel P4 1.6GHz
    256MB RAM
    40Gig HDD
    nVidia TNT2 M64 32MB graphics card
    NEC DVDRW
    Hauppauge WinTV card (44805 Rev C135)
    Floppy Disk drive
    Network card
    Onboard sound
    400W PSU
    Standard beige tower case
    USB Keyboard + USB Optical mouse
    Office 2000 (OEM licence + CD)
    I'll include drivers on a CD

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    Yes where did you see it for that low! seems too good to be true.

    Is the PC OEM or custom built? and what's the OS? and has it got a CD or a DVD Drive?

    Original Poster

    i think its got a dvd writer well thats what he says

    i think the pc is oem im not sure

    roadie

    NEC DVDRW

    If that's the spec, then that will be a dvd re-writer :thumbsup: easily worth at least £7 or so depending on model.
    Seems good at £45 though esp cos of the cd's being given to you

    Still a DVD writer would cost at least £15 to buy, tv card around £10-£20, USB keyboard and mouse another £10, Office 2000 £5 at least, PSU £10

    No, it is worth more. The ram is limited and CPU dated but the CPU+motherboard+ram+hdd+graphics+case+psu are worth at least £45 as a bundle; you then have Office licence, DVD-RW and tv card as a bonus; might even be worth splitting. Think even £65 would be cheap myself.

    Original Poster

    so do u think i should buy this?
    im going to have a look at it 2moro

    I doubt you will find any more computer for £45, although it is certainly quite restricted in terms of memory. If its in good working order and your budget can't stretch to £100 (probably the minimum you'd need for something significantly better) then yes.

    Original Poster

    im buying it for my niece to be honest as shes only 5, but in terms of adding ram do you think its possible?

    Original Poster

    Ps Is Anyone Selling A Cheap Pc In Manchester?

    Probably possible but not necessarily worth it; it will likely either use SDRAM or RDRAM; if its SDRAM you might be able to upgrade it to 384MB or 512MB for a few ££ second hand, but don't expect to find a hot deal...

    Better bet is to use more simple operating system in terms of memory requirements - Windows 2000 if you can find a copy (not sure what it will have) or better yet Ubuntu linux (although you won't be able to use MS Office or play Windows games, but there are plenty of games for linux and an immense amount of free, reliable software).

    Original Poster

    hmm i have xp will that do the trick?

    Original Poster

    for basic internet use and word processing is this ok for kids?!

    I *think* i have some sdram. Long story, we *******ised 2 pcs and some new bits, to make one 1/2 decent pc and the memory from the older motherboard won't fit the new motherboard, either of them in fact. Think it is either a 1gb stick, maybes 2x512Mb, and yes, i am in Manchester.....where are you Roadie?

    Original Poster

    manchester-preswitch

    Here is the pic of the memory....looks like SDRam....

    ]http://img486.imageshack.us/img486/7254/photo0023le4.th.jpg

    roadie

    for basic internet use and word processing is this ok for kids?!



    It'll be fine for general stuff, I used an Emachines 1ghz celeron with 256mb RAM and used the computer daily for about 3-4 years for internet and word processing without any problems. :thumbsup:

    NO! It's absolutely not worth the £45. You shouldn't buy it! Instead you should tell me where who the seller is, so that I can go and buy it myself!

    Jokes aside, it's a great deal.

    Original Poster

    so im assuming it should be ok and for £45 its not going to burn a hole is it?!

    Original Poster

    thanks everyone!

    ps IF ANYONE IS SELLING A CHEAP PC LET ME KNOW I WANT TO USE IT AS A 2ND PC/MEDIA CENTRe¬

    Original Poster

    BOYDENT999-when i have a look il see which ram it is and il get back 2u!

    No worries Roadie.
    PM me when you know

    xp does run on 256mb but it pages all the type (swaps data from memory to hard disc) if you use service pack 2. I'd seriously consider Linux on it though, you can worry a lot less about viruses etc and there may even be some child-specific distro's (not really sure about this but someone has probably thought of it...)

    Browsing the internet and using office apps are very, very simple tasks and shouldn't be an issue at all on a PC specced such as this but unfortunately Microsoft and the hardware companies want to make sure you regularly upgrade, hence the bloated requirements of XP and especially Vista.

    Original Poster

    linux-is it cheap to buy?

    I would normally say Linux is best, But it really needs someone who is interested in learning the in's and out's of an operating system and who wants to get more involved with how things work.

    For a 5 year old, Windows xp (IMO) will be better, It is easier to use, Things are more straight forward and educational games etc can be installed.

    You'd be surprised how easy a young kid can get used to a different system. The process of internet browsing, using office applications etc is nearest identical anyway and a very intuitive process. And of course its free - there are literally hundreds of different distributions available but Ubuntu is probably one of the best to try - if you have broadband & a dvd writer, download the CD/DVD over the internet then burn it to disc - you can get a 'live' version which runs off the CD (doesn't need installing) to give you a feel for it...

    Just to add to that, I might be wrong but I think it highly likely that schools will migrate to using an open-source/freely distributed OS and software base in a few years, unless Microsoft decides to drastically change its licensing deals with educational establishments. Schools are underfunded and the potential savings on having reliable, highly functional yet totally free and legal software will become a no-brainer, so getting to grips a little earlier on may be a big benefit!

    PS I have a nearly-new system that I'm wanting to sell, but I'd really want it collected and I'm in York; feel free to PM if you want more details but I'm probably going to post it in the FS forums soon anyway.

    Original Poster

    well i checked the pc it worked fine!

    now i got home, tried it but cant get it to work, plus the monitor lead does not fit what is wrong?!!!

    Original Poster

    thanks everyone!

    ps IF ANYONE IS SELLING A CHEAP PC LET ME KNOW I WANT TO USE IT AS A 2ND PC/MEDIA CENTRe¬

    Original Poster

    ps the pc turns on now i need to sort the monitor out!
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