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Old 01-03-2010, 10:01 AM   #1
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I need a new extremely low end computer for just ms word, internet, printing just basic office stuff.
This is for the office in our dog boarding kennel I really do not want to put anything expensive out there. The computer we had out there for 2 years finally died and I am thinking something like this as a replacement.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...20Desktop%20PC

I really do not want to spend more than ~200$ on this and already have a monitor.
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:29 AM   #2
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seems pretty good. Try to get a Windows XP downgrade. Vista basic is like the pinnacle of failures.
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:31 AM   #3
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I might get it and put windows 7 on it instead of xp. Xp is just too old
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And surprisingly more expensive than Windows 7 :O. It runs a bit faster for old machines though.
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Windows 7 seems faster on older machines IMO. My dads p4 2.66ghz computer seems like it is 5x faster running 7 than xp. I'm surprised this computer doesn't come with a free windows 7 upgrade. All the computers on TD used to have a big banner above them saying "buy this computer and get a free windows 7 upgrade" but now after w7 is released that banner has changed to "buy a windows 7 upgrade with this computer" That is such a load of crap
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Probably because MS pulled the Family Packs they were offering which allowed TD to purchase 7 packs for cheap and sell them at little to no loss.
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I thought it was the computer manufacturers that offered these upgrades just like with vista when it released
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Same situation then. Se7en was easily obtainable at a low cost and the manufacturers probably lost little to nothing by throwing in a free upgrade. But the price of the tower probably went up to compensate. Nothing is ever free, it's just masked.

Example? The GTS250 at 134.99 with free shipping. Normal cost of 129.99 with 5.98 shipping.
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I thought it was the computer manufacturers that offered these upgrades just like with vista when it released
I bought an HP with Vista in September and the then tried to figure out how to upgrade to 7 and got pwned:
http://www.computerforums.org/showthread.php?t=93078
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:25 AM   #10
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I noticed a similar phenomenon about 1 month before black friday everything started getting more expensive just to come back down on black friday so people thought they were getting a sweet deal on things that really were just returning to their normal price
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They've always done that. It's a marketing technique.
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My plan just changed. I got the old computer to run again with a different video card. However this card is not getting along with windows 7 at all. If I try to play any form of video even youtube I get a bsod and after restart it says it happened because the card doesn't support the right version of directx.

Here's what the parts for the old computer are
amd athlon 1800+ 1.5gb ram, 200gb hdd, Geforce ti4200 (card I put in to get the computer running again) This replaced the broken fx5500 which worked fine with 7.

So anyway since I know it was just a video card issue preventing the old computer from starting I am wondering if there is any way to get the ti4200 to get along with windows 7 or just buy this

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...0929&CatId=318

I don't really want to buy something if I don't have to if I can get the existing card to work correctly
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if you know how you can build a good atom system for under 180$
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yeah but I only have one problem with them though. The mobos don't usually have more than one ram slot or 1 pci slot and I have at least 2 pci devices that need to be hooked up.
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You can get a netbook for like $150 now.
If you have another desktop I'd suggest that.
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what pci devices do you need.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135247
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wifi card and a pinnacle video capture card and i have an ide hard drive and dvd drive that I want to use in the computer
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This is for the office in our dog boarding kennel
Who will be using it? You, or employees? It doesn't really need to be able to access anything that requires graphical power, the way I see it. It's almost like built-in GBS protection.
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I need a new extremely low end computer for just ms word, internet, printing just basic office stuff.
This is for the office in our dog boarding kennel I really do not want to put anything expensive out there. The computer we had out there for 2 years finally died and I am thinking something like this as a replacement.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...20Desktop%20PC

I really do not want to spend more than ~200$ on this and already have a monitor.
Poop Nuggets.

I was super excited that it might be a build-your-own computer kit, but it's not Oh well... if you find any deals that are like that (but you build your own) lemme know! That's exactly what I'm looking for...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833122272

that will work just as well

mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813153122

case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811164136


ram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134187


final price

$178.73
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