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kwyjibo
23-07-2005, 01:21 PM
currently have a top of the range pc but the missus is ALWAYS kicking me off it to do her 'work'.. so was thinking of getting a 2nd machine, it needs to be nothing more than a machine that can browse the internet and do basic MS office stuff. So am i kidding myself when i don't wanna spend more than $500 for a complete system (monitor & peripherals)? It's just for $800 you can get a complete dell package from The Warehouse, and there's gotta be cheaper than that out there.

Anyway, can people recommend anything? thank you

Metla
23-07-2005, 01:28 PM
If your after cheap crap then Warehouse is your best bet.

kwyjibo
23-07-2005, 01:40 PM
If your after cheap crap then Warehouse is your best bet.


yeh i know that, but it won't be the cheapest for a computer i'm sure!! It's a dell after all, and there's always cheaper than dell

godfather
23-07-2005, 01:47 PM
yeh i know that, but it won't be the cheapest for a computer i'm sure!! It's a dell after all, and there's always cheaper than dell
These Dell PCs are built down to a price, not up to a quality (though they would be just fine for your purposes).

Given the ludicrously low markups in the retail sector on budget PCs, I seriously doubt you would see anything much cheaper.

mark c
23-07-2005, 01:52 PM
If you can get by with an old dunga just put the around amongst freinds, family, colleagues, the guy down the chip shop, the postie, whoever. I've got two hand-me-downs at home cost me all of $00.00. Some people are pleased to move an old comp out of the house just to gain back some space......m:)

Alan Cotrell
23-07-2005, 02:59 PM
DIck Smiths currently have a NZ built and supported system for $797.00 inc GST, it runs a Sempron 2.2 processor 256MB ram, 40GB Hard Drive,CDRW, 17CRT Monitor, Win XPHe.

From what I have seen, One would be ideal for your stated requirements, they are vastly superior to the outdated (XP SP1, last time I looked) Dells the Warehouse are pushing.

If interested the store code number is XC5566-17


Regards

AC

pctek
23-07-2005, 03:12 PM
Then theres Trademe and TradeF1.
Whatever you get make sure it has at least some quality parts, don't have to be new expensive, old and quality is good.

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kwyjibo
23-07-2005, 06:13 PM
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Complete-systems/auction-31589628.htm

is this a decent price?!

he seems to mention that he will add the monitor for an extra $60, looks good to me.. but them im not so bright

techie
23-07-2005, 06:27 PM
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Complete-systems/auction-31589628.htm

is this a decent price?!

he seems to mention that he will add the monitor for an extra $60, looks good to me.. but them im not so bright
Yes it is, I'd make a bid if I were you. He is fairly reputable

He's actually the owner of http://www.ptlcomputers.co.nz in Glenfield, Auckland. He specialises in ex-lease refurbished computers. That one above I think he is selling for around $365 in his shop. [noted by his buy now price] One similar to that, except 1.7Ghz, is on his website for $360.

... Edit: Good luck with communication if you do buy it. He's not this best communicator as he is Chinese and not too fluent in English.

kwyjibo
23-07-2005, 07:14 PM
ah that's the sort of thing i was looking for.. some bargain machines at that site. Is there any more like that you can recommend or is that the best you know? thanks anyway

kwyjibo
23-07-2005, 07:23 PM
ah that's the sort of thing i was looking for.. some bargain machines at that site. Is there any more like that you can recommend or is that the best you know? thanks anyway

Speedy Gonzales
23-07-2005, 07:24 PM
If you're in Auckland, If u have a copy of Windows/Linux, you could buy the ram (PC66 - not sure if PC100 would work), a hard drive, and the case, and I'll give u a P2 266.

I picked it up when we had an inorganic rubbish day lol.

kwyjibo
23-07-2005, 07:41 PM
thanks for the offer mate, but not in auckland anyway and plus was thinking a tiny bit faster than a 266. Plan on putting xp on it, and some version of office... oh and a million security tools to help stop the thousands of viruses and malware she will probably download :p

Speedy Gonzales
23-07-2005, 07:47 PM
Well I've got a P4 1.5 doing nothing.

This just needs PC133, a case. And a hdd. Might chuck it in the bin otherwise, and keep the CPU.

I'm in the process of making up another pc. A 64 bit AMD.

kwyjibo
23-07-2005, 07:51 PM
yeh i got me a 64 bit one, not that it's doing anything special... one day i might try xp 64.... (when i have a backup pc, just in case i screw it :p)