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i | 2nddivisionvet

Posted on 03/13/2013 2:21:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

our pc finally kicked the bucket need advice on cheap or free computers.... had just started working from home and this threw a giant monkey wrench in that.


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1 posted on 03/13/2013 2:21:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://www.amazon.com/Computers-Students-Teachers-Everyone-ebook/dp/B009Q8EQMA


2 posted on 03/13/2013 2:24:42 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Check out Overstock.com. They seem to have quite a few choice and you won’t be forced to buy Windows 8. I’ve been looking at some there, but haven’t sprung for one yet.


3 posted on 03/13/2013 2:25:25 PM PDT by madison10
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One idea ... put an ad on craigslist. Here in PA, they are making it difficult to put computers, monitors, TV’s, etc. in the trash. It sounds like an EPA thing, so it may be national. There might be someone that would be very happy for you to pick up their old computer and save them a trip to the recycle center. Hopefully, a working computer.


4 posted on 03/13/2013 2:25:35 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If your pc kicked the bucket then how did you manage to post this thread?


5 posted on 03/13/2013 2:25:50 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bite the bullet, spend the money and get an iMAC or MacBook Pro.

You won’t regret it.

I used to build my own PC boxes and haven’t missed Windoze a bit.


6 posted on 03/13/2013 2:25:53 PM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you have any thrift stores in your area (Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc) they may have something available. Prices on their used electronics are typically low.


7 posted on 03/13/2013 2:25:56 PM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Got Craiglist or a local Goodwill? Have a budget? My son just put together a nice box for about $425. with, I think, 8 GB RAM and a huge solid-state drive. It hauls ass. Installed Windows 7 in under 10 minutes.


8 posted on 03/13/2013 2:25:59 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

what do you mean by “Kicked the Bucket”?

If the harddrive failed you could still run Linux off a USB or CD


9 posted on 03/13/2013 2:26:02 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GRRRRR

but but but Ashley Judd says if you buy Apple you are financing mass rape!!

lolz


10 posted on 03/13/2013 2:27:33 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Go to Best Buy. Get an eMachines for less than $300.

Your back in business.


11 posted on 03/13/2013 2:27:55 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
http://www.pricewatch.com

They have references to other sites (they don't sell anything -- they are comparable to bookfinder.com for books).

I recently used this site, and bought a fairly new Dell Laptop for just under $200. Now it was one that was coming off lease, and the battery may eventually need to be replaced, but I like the laptop.

They have new, re-furbished, and those coming off lease.

Maybe someone on FreeRepublic.com will give you something...

12 posted on 03/13/2013 2:29:06 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: Jean S

Magic silly


13 posted on 03/13/2013 2:29:56 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I've had a few major age related PC failures. The good news is that if it is the circuits, your hard drive can be pulled and put in a stand alone base for about $100 or less. That way you can recover/transfer your data and have a (slow) back up drive for future.

Check with a computer repair store, not a best buy place, for that.

Good luck with getting up and running again, 2DV

14 posted on 03/13/2013 2:30:06 PM PDT by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It makes it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mac ?


15 posted on 03/13/2013 2:30:20 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

NewEgg.com

Look up Chromebooks. They’re cheap <$200 and get the job done.

Sorry for your loss.


16 posted on 03/13/2013 2:30:23 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Check your local repair shops. They often have some rebuilt ones for free. Also, just check with your local friends. I bet many are like me who have several old ones sitting around collecting dust and they may sell it cheap or trade it for something.


17 posted on 03/13/2013 2:31:49 PM PDT by mnehring
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18 posted on 03/13/2013 2:32:10 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t know where you are in Texas but,

http://www.discountelectronics.com/locations_and_hours.php


19 posted on 03/13/2013 2:32:40 PM PDT by WCH
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To: mnehring

Correction on 17, I meant cheap, not free. Nothing is free.


20 posted on 03/13/2013 2:33:33 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: WCH

They have a 1 yr. warranty to boot.


21 posted on 03/13/2013 2:34:03 PM PDT by WCH
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
txmicro.com

Decent older machines with XP for $100-150 or less depending on what you need.

I have been using one I bought for $125 for at least 4 years. Works great for basic internet stuff but I don't play games much. I did upgrade to a bigger hard drive and better graphics card as I could, but it wasn't really needed. Pricewatch.com is also good for me.

22 posted on 03/13/2013 2:34:39 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Also watch geeks.com specials.


23 posted on 03/13/2013 2:36:07 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Edited to add: I meant the refurbished computers on Overstock. Heck, check out refurbished from anywhere, sometimes you can get really good warranties with them, too.


24 posted on 03/13/2013 2:39:55 PM PDT by madison10
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can you furtner describe “kicked the bucket” please?

Most PC’s fail due to a bad hard-drive, or get cripple from a virus. A new hard-drive is less than $100 for 1TB of storage (more than most normal humans need). Flat-screens can be found for under $100 too, if it’s just the monitor or screen that’s out. The other bits, being solid-state, rarely fail unless subjected to excessive heat or a lighting strike.

As far as software goes, the Ubuntu distro of Linux is completely free, as are the Firefox and Chrome browsers. OpenOffice is a good replacement for Microsoft office, so you can pretty much load it up and run what you’d need for very little money.


25 posted on 03/13/2013 2:40:32 PM PDT by Be Free (Benghazi: Americans died. Obama lied.)
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MicroCenter usually has good HP desktop and laptop computers under 500 and many under 400. These include unused refurbs i.e. computers which were sent back for some minor mod prior to being sold but have never been used and simply missed their ideal time in the market.

http://www.microcenter.com/

26 posted on 03/13/2013 2:41:10 PM PDT by varmintman
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Goodwill refurbishes donated computers. My daughter bought three, they are working well for them.
Dell has an outlet where scratch and dent, and cancelled orders are sold. That’s the route we take. Big savings.


27 posted on 03/13/2013 2:42:11 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You might check local and online stores for ‘refurbs’. Many of them are refurbed by the manufacturer.

Depending on what you need, you may find some inexpensive used ones at pawn shops and used computer stores.

If you don’t need, for example, Win7, you can probably find some inexpensive XP computers. Of course, internet connection/speed would suffer.

Tigerdirect.com, newegg.com, techforless.com have used and refurbs.


28 posted on 03/13/2013 2:45:00 PM PDT by TomGuy
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Check local resale stores like Goodwill, etc.

There’s one in this list for $109 that’s running XP. Also several Win 7 machines. I’ve used some of these refurbs and can tell you they are excellent. The refurbing company does an EXCELLENT job. You can use your existing monitor.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=lenovo+refurbished+pc


29 posted on 03/13/2013 2:49:33 PM PDT by upchuck (Free Republic: faster than a speeding bullet!)
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First, figure out what you need to do on the machine - just word processing and financial forms? Do you need much graphics.

I strongly recommend that you look closely at what you want to do rather than on what type of machine or what add-ons are available.

30 posted on 03/13/2013 2:56:36 PM PDT by First Light
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A lot of people have replied with questions and suggestions.
A reply to those who want to help would be appreciated, and soon.


31 posted on 03/13/2013 2:57:30 PM PDT by Jean S
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Just starting to work from home? Do not go “cheap” or used. Spend the money to get a realiable new computer. You should be able to do that for 4-500 bucks. If your work/income depends on it, do not fudge now.


32 posted on 03/13/2013 2:57:55 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Depends upon your needs.... Many computer repair stores have 2nd hand equipment they’ve repaired or taken in on trade.


33 posted on 03/13/2013 3:01:04 PM PDT by deport
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http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/HP-DC7700-3.0GHz-750GB-SFF-Computer-Refurbished/7310346/product.html


34 posted on 03/13/2013 3:49:29 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: rarestia

Well... Chromebooks are great if you are working almost exclusively on the cloud or through Web Apps like Google Mail and Google Drive. And there’s a bunch of stuff available
https://chrome.google.com/webstore

But if you are used to a particular app on your laptop that can’t be used on the web, like for Windows, you’ll need to get a machine that knows that OS.


35 posted on 03/13/2013 4:04:09 PM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Call up Rush on his radio show and sound intelligent. Maybe he’ll give you a free Apple Computer. He hands them out like candy to worthy callers. Worth a try.


36 posted on 03/13/2013 4:04:42 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Jean S
A lot of people have replied with questions and suggestions. A reply to those who want to help would be appreciated, and soon.

That might be hard to do if his computer is dead and he has to borrow computer time or go to the library. Patience! I know him and he is a grateful, honest soul.

37 posted on 03/13/2013 5:13:48 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Where do you live? Just an idea no address. Someone in you area might have one, Just trying to help


38 posted on 03/13/2013 5:49:26 PM PDT by GregB (Where are the Benghazi survivors?)
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He does not have that kind of money. If I had it I would give it to him as he is a good man!!!


39 posted on 03/13/2013 5:51:43 PM PDT by GregB (Where are the Benghazi survivors?)
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You could always consider coming over to the dark side and try a Mac...

Check out the Mac Mini line — just connect to your monitor, mouse, and keyboard, and you’re ready to go...


40 posted on 03/13/2013 7:06:50 PM PDT by Road Glide
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First, computers do not just die as irreparable, and it may be worth the money to fix it. If you provide some info on what it does not do then FReepers may be able to help you.

As for buying a new one, you want something that is not going to be obsolete soon, and i would plan on spending at least 600.00 for that, and more if you buy Dell, etc.

Having done much prayerful research, i think this outfit offers the best deals, http://www.computerlx.com/products.aspx?category_ID=136 3 Year warranty (and lifetime free tech if i recall correctly).

Start at the 450-500.00 range and customize so as to increase the memory to 8gb and choose W/76b bit as the OS.

I like AMD based PCS (Intel was a major sponsor of the Boy Scouts bu punished them by withdrawing support bcz they upheld morality) This one here http://www.computerlx.com/config.aspx?t=&product_ID=1609 looks good to me, but upgrade the power supply to the Antec brand 400 watt (for reliability; 400 is enough for office work.)

I do not do gaming, and hope PCs will be used for good.


41 posted on 03/13/2013 7:37:12 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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Chromebook

Newegg Refurbished

 ⌘  Or, use your old mouse, keyboard, screen, disk and power supply.
    Intel Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU    (Intel)

    4GB  DDR3 1066

    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Desktop

42 posted on 03/14/2013 4:38:18 AM PDT by greedo
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I only mentioned it, because he mentioned the need for a cheap option. They’re the cheapest around for an Intel/AMD platform.


43 posted on 03/14/2013 6:32:39 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Unless you are a computer guru/addict who has special needs for gaming or design work, don’t buy one with all the possible whistles and bells.

The very cheapest machines like the old Emachines product worked very well for about 1/3 the price for most users with normal computing needs. Shop around on sites like Tiger Direct or NewEgg or ebay for good prices.

Remember that most machines will begin to have problems after about three years so you’ll be faced with another purchase. The good news is that all the whistles and bells of today will probably be standard on the machines of three years hence.

Most people won’t need or ever fill up the huge storage space on some new machines. I’ve never exceeded the storage on any computer while it was still operational. RAM is the key to the average user’s happiness rather than Terrabytes of storage.

There are probably a lot of good buys right now on new machines with Windows 7 operating system. Windows 8 may be the wave of the future, but lots of folks think it is over rated as an OS for today.


44 posted on 03/14/2013 9:37:36 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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here, windows computers are still expensive, but my step son just bought an android run computer without a cd/dvd or other fancy stuff on it for routine surfing. Much cheaper, even here in the Philippines. I have a small cheap android tablet but it’s slow and I’d have to buy a separate keyboard to type quickly to blog.

I’ve also used Linux/ubuntu and it wasn’t too hard.

Best place to go for advice: ask a teenage geek about it.

I hope all is well with you.


45 posted on 03/15/2013 4:21:16 AM PDT by LadyDoc
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Fry's Electronics Dallas, TX

Motherboards

46 posted on 03/15/2013 4:40:06 AM PDT by greedo
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To: Jean S

the worlds oldest original kindle


47 posted on 03/15/2013 8:52:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

right now $300 might as well be thirty thousand


48 posted on 03/15/2013 8:53:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: mnehring

i could find a person a job, something i did for thousands of people from 1983-2000 that is something i am really good at


49 posted on 03/15/2013 8:57:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: GregB

denton, texas


50 posted on 03/15/2013 9:02:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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