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Kids PC needs upgrade

by danxbluegill / December 13, 2004 9:59 PM PST

kid pc, Micron, PII 450MHz, 256Ram, 13.5GB Ultra ATA-33 HD, 512K int L2.2ndary Cache, 32bit local bus, etc. I am wondering is it worth upgrading? Clearly out of HD space and needs OS upgrade from 98. Kids want for school and games. At min needs larger HD, but what about CPU/MotherB? Couple hundred max I want to pay for parts. Suggestions? Do it? if so, advice?

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Re: Kids PC needs upgrade
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 13, 2004 11:00 PM PST
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Given I picked up a complete P3 1GHz 128MB RAM, 20GB HD and CDROM for $149 from compgeeks.com you want to research very carefully what you do spend on any under 1GHz box.

I took the above, added 128MB RAM, finished off the Windows 2000 install (it also came with Windows 2000!), popped in a DVDROM drive and the DVD player software and my nephew is very happy with that. Cheap too.

Bob

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Upgrade?
by Tom Aikman / December 15, 2004 10:44 AM PST
In reply to: Kids PC needs upgrade

Problem is if you upgrade the board/CPU, PSU and memory have to be replaced as well. 200 is a little low. Plus the time and effort to install. If you enjoy the work like me then it is worth it. If not, look for refurb or used systems.

~Tom

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Dump the 450 and move on
by Willy / December 15, 2004 12:50 PM PST
In reply to: Kids PC needs upgrade

Get your hands on a used system to save money, maybe just the box(system) and reuse the monitor, and mouse, etc, but forget anything from old case. Alot has changed from 450Mhz days, a decent 1ghz would be nice, with a little more cash, get as much as you can. Recycled or refurbed units. I thought the Micron case can be reused for a new mtrbd. etc., one reason to move on. Here are some websites to give an idea of pricing but google for more, but Dell, HP, and eMachines, etc. offer refurbed units, check thier sites as well.

http://www.computersurplusoutlet.com
http://www.pcliquidator.com

good luck -----Willy Happy

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