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What is the best PC under $400?

by Melvin4706 / October 29, 2007 1:01 PM PDT
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A used one
by welrdelr / October 29, 2007 1:52 PM PDT

Buy a used computer for $100 to $200. add memory for it, up to $75, add a new hard drive and a dvd writer.
Install Linux or a BSD on it.
I have a micron millenia that was given to me. It had 64M, now it has 192M and I will increase the memory again. I can run most distributions on it without overworking or having to reboot for weeks, if not months at a time.
Another option is to buy a refurbished computer according to the architecture that you desire.

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Used or dumpster models.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2007 11:29 PM PDT

At 400 bucks you are not looking at gaming so any second hand model is a good idea.


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Cheap is cheap and then...
by Willy / October 30, 2007 12:30 AM PDT

If new, then pick the one that falls under $400, because there aren't many and usually don't come with a monitor. Lucky, if they do but if not then that's extra cost. Let's not forget any S/H charges to you should you need to pay, when it comes to a 15-25lb. box or more with monitor. If brought at local shop, then be sure to know what you're getting, as the OS alone costs $100 range or more(it better be geniune) if not your got issues.

As the other posters mentioned, used does have its advantages. Again, be sure as to what you're getting.

tada -----Willy Shocked

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What Is the Best PC under $400?
by JCipo / November 2, 2007 2:50 PM PDT

I've been designing computers (and writing software) for about 30 years and have some educated advice.
Would you buy a car with bald tires or with an oil leak? How about a car with no warranty? Unless you are a computer wiz or like to throw away your money on a risk...spend a couple hundred dollars more and get a dual processor 64 bit system that will last you for awhile.
Also get an extended warranty and make sure it covers everything including the screen (monitor).
Most systems that are out there... HP, Acer, Toshiba, fine now (even with Vista). Hey, a laptop with a 17" screen can do about anything a desktop can and you can carry it with you. Cost $599.
Remember...being cheap can turn out to be expensive!

John Cip

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John, can the new gPC be an answer here?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2007 11:31 PM PDT

It's new and at wallymart for $199.

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Dell vostro 200 on SMB
by drsbkumar / November 3, 2007 2:21 PM PDT

Dell regularly has sub $400 pcs with intel dual core e2***, 1 GB of RAM and a bundled 19 in LCD on its SMB site....

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by ROXLYDE / November 4, 2007 11:39 PM PST
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Buyer Beware
by adpizza / November 7, 2007 4:35 AM PST
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Lots of nice stuff, but you won't come out with anything from any of these places for under $400. Very basic will run over $500. if you know what to look for. The Walmart deal is the best one out there. Very nice way to get it all including the operating system and its new!

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