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    Default Very Cheap Computer Needed For UNI

    My sister and her partner have both just started UNI at Massey They're in desperate need of a computer and have no money to spare. I need to buy my sister partner a computer so he can start his course which he is already behind in.

    He is studying Robotics and needs a computer to learn the programming side of the course.

    The computer needs to be able to run:
    C# 2005 Express Edition.
    Internet Browsers.
    Word Processors.
    (Does not need a moniter, keyboard or mouse.)

    This is obviously not going to be a very performance hungry machine.

    Any pointers of where I should start!

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    Default Re: Very Cheap Computer Needed For UNI

    And where in NZ are you?

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    Are you looking for parts that you can build a computer from, or are you wanting a full computer (monitor/mouse/tower/etc)?

    And what specs are required to run C# ?
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    Default Re: Very Cheap Computer Needed For UNI

    If Speedy can't help I may be able to scrounge up something.
    Won't be the flashest machine in the world, probably an AMD Sempron 2500+ with 512MB RAM and 80GB hDD.

    I do know that I don't have any old XP licenses though so not sure what you would do there.
    Could get you a new one but they have gone up in price recently.
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    You could get away with a win2000 age box with 1ghz/256mB if you had to-Just be aware that flash intensive websites,youtube etc wont work as well. Sometimes I use a Celeron500 with win2k,which is in a tiny case. I simply use FF2+no javascript.

    I dont think c# will require much -unless its Visual Studio,Ive seen those IDEs running very slow.Id worry more about IE or sites that have overdosed on JS/flash.

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    Default Re: Very Cheap Computer Needed For UNI

    Quote Originally Posted by CYaBro View Post
    If Speedy can't help I may be able to scrounge up something.
    Won't be the flashest machine in the world, probably an AMD Sempron 2500+ with 512MB RAM and 80GB hDD.

    I do know that I don't have any old XP licenses though so not sure what you would do there.
    Could get you a new one but they have gone up in price recently.
    Uni students can get a free copy of XP Home or Vista so that shouldn't be a problem.
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    If he wants to take a Laptop to Uni, I'd highly recommend the 900 EeePC

    And yeah when I was at Unitec, we just had to go to the software library room and "check out" the XP Home CD for a day, they give you a key and everything!

    Visual Studio doesnt require much, have run it on an EeePC, so yeah
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    hey ur just in luck as im selling a cheap computer specifically for students. basic setup.

    Compaq D510
    512mb ram
    1.8GHz Intel Processor
    20GB HDD
    Windows XP

    txt me ill pm u my number when reply on this thread if ur interested or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by beeswax34 View Post
    Uni students can get a free copy of XP Home or Vista so that shouldn't be a problem.
    They do?
    Well I've got one for sale:

    Raidmax Sirius (Black) Case with Coolermaster 500w Power Supply:

    Front mounted gauges: temperature, fan speed, hard drive status
    Tribal Machine cut out on top and side panels
    Tribal style side window panel 80mm LED fan
    Dual 120mm Blue LED Fans
    Front USB 2.0, Audio
    Dimension: 200 x 485 x 430 mm (WxDxH)

    Athlon 3200+ Socket AM2 CPU, 2 GB Kingston DDR2-667 RAM, 80GB Sata Seagate Hard Drive, ASUS 18x DVD Writer.

    ASUS Asus M2NPV-VM Motherboard:
    Support AMD Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64/ Sempron

    NVIDIA GeForce 6150 + nForce 430 FSB

    2000 / 1600 MT/s Memory

    Dual channel memory
    4 x 240-pin DIMM, support max. 8GB DDR2 800/667/533

    Integrated GeForce 6 GPU
    HDVideo Processing with resolution to 1920 x 1440 (@ 75Hz)

    Dual VGA output support: DVI-D and RGB

    TV-out support

    1 x PCI Express x16 Slot
    1 x PCI Express x1
    2 x PCI
    Storage/RAID

    2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33
    4 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5 & JBOD

    NVIDIA nForce 430 built-in Gigabit MAC

    ADI AD1986A High Difinition Audio 5.1channel CODEC

    IEEE 1394a controller supports 2 x 1394a ports

    Overclocking Features

    SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) from 200MHz to 400MHz at 1MHz increment
    ASUS O.C. Profile:
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    1 x DVI-D out
    1 x D-Sub out
    4 x USB 2.0 ports
    1 x IEEE 1394a port
    1 x 5.1 channel Audio I/O
    1 x RJ45
    1 x PS/2 Mouse
    1 x PS/2 Keyboard
    1 x Parallel
    Internal I/O Connectors

    2 x USB 2.0 connector supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
    1 x IEEE 1394a connector
    1 x TV out connector
    1 x Game/MIDI connector
    1 x S/PDIF output connector
    High Definition Front panel audio connector
    4-pin CPU Fan / 2*Chassis Fan connectors
    Chassis Intrusion connector
    CD audio-in connector
    24-pin ATX power connector
    4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
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    Micro ATX

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    Quote Originally Posted by pctek View Post
    They do?
    They do if the University has MSDN.

    Auckland Uni for instance: http://www.sit.auckland.ac.nz/Who_is...dows_from_MSDN

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