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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.
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.
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.
If your pc kicked the bucket then how did you manage to post this thread?
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.
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.
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.
what do you mean by “Kicked the Bucket”?
If the harddrive failed you could still run Linux off a USB or CD
but but but Ashley Judd says if you buy Apple you are financing mass rape!!
Go to Best Buy. Get an eMachines for less than $300.
Your back in business.
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...
Check with a computer repair store, not a best buy place, for that.
Good luck with getting up and running again, 2DV
Look up Chromebooks. They’re cheap <$200 and get the job done.
Sorry for your loss.
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.
I don’t know where you are in Texas but,
Correction on 17, I meant cheap, not free. Nothing is free.
They have a 1 yr. warranty to boot.
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.
Also watch geeks.com specials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lot of people have replied with questions and suggestions.
A reply to those who want to help would be appreciated, and soon.
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.
Depends upon your needs.... Many computer repair stores have 2nd hand equipment they’ve repaired or taken in on trade.
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
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.
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.
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.
Where do you live? Just an idea no address. Someone in you area might have one, Just trying to help
He does not have that kind of money. If I had it I would give it to him as he is a good man!!!
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...
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.
I only mentioned it, because he mentioned the need for a cheap option. They’re the cheapest around for an Intel/AMD platform.
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.
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.
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right now $300 might as well be thirty thousand
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