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post #1 of 15
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Hi, due to rising power costs and me wanting to build a new pc, i need a really low power, really cheap pc that i can leave on constantly. It needs to be able to be reliable and such.

i don't care about performance, just that it can run firefox and other low resource apps. doesn't have to be new, could be a pentium 1 for all i care, just as long as i can run windows 2000 or XP, or even linux idk.

you've probably guessed the reason i need it, but im not saying for..reasons..anyway, can you recommend me some parts to get. im at around £45 atm, yep i know, low budget. i might be getting some more cash next week.
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post #2 of 15
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anybody, suggest anything?
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Athlon x2 5000 BE @ 2.8GHz ASUS M2N4-SLI BFG 9800GTX+ OC 2GB (2x1GB) Cellshock DDR2-800 
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Athlon x2 5000 BE @ 2.8GHz ASUS M2N4-SLI BFG 9800GTX+ OC 2GB (2x1GB) Cellshock DDR2-800 
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post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by sconeboy92 View Post
anybody, suggest anything?
really for that cheap its going to be almost impossible to put together even a extremely low budget single parent minimum wage job 8 kids kinda computer. could you put any more towards it?
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post #4 of 15
For £45, there is nothing new you can buy... you'll just have to search eBay and auction sites for used parts. Can't really suggest anything in particular since it is all up to what you can hunt.
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Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
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Antec Truepower New 750W Li Lian PC-V2100 [10x120mm fans] Logitech G9 X-Trac Pro 
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Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
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post #5 of 15
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probably about £30 by next week
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Originally Posted by sconeboy92 View Post
probably about £30 by next week
That would only cover the shipping costs.... go to your location Salvation Army or thrift store. Drive around rich neighborhoods looking for throw-aways...
Once again...
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
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Antec Truepower New 750W Li Lian PC-V2100 [10x120mm fans] Logitech G9 X-Trac Pro 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
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post #7 of 15
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i'm sure i could build something for £75. like a 10 year old CPU and stuff like that
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Athlon x2 5000 BE @ 2.8GHz ASUS M2N4-SLI BFG 9800GTX+ OC 2GB (2x1GB) Cellshock DDR2-800 
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post #8 of 15
Don't you have like a classifieds section where you can just buy someones used old computer? Like a P4 or AMD k6/2 or something like that? Is your power bill really that much higher because you leave your computer on all the time? Take your money and invest in a solar power setup for your computer, now that would be something to see!
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E8400 @ 3.6ghz Gigabyte EP45-UD3R evga gtx 260 core 216 superclocked nVidia SLI 1066mhz 
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post #9 of 15
I would go for something like a pentium 2/3 with 128ram. I found such a masterpiece in front of my building the other day and after replacing the toasted PSU all went well. In €land this kind of thingie would cost around 100€ (monitor included), so it may as well be the same in the UK.

*EDIT However, don't imagine they are low powered; you may try one other thing: buy a laptop with the screen smashed, there are plenty and sell in €urope around 50€. You can add up a USB connected HDD later for storing your stuff.
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post #10 of 15
i would recommend the via c7 platform, you should look into that, cheap, low power, and decent performance, i dont think older means less power, i think the older builds might even use more
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