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I don't know if this is useful but a search for low cost desktop pc 2015 comes up with this.

 

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I think the computerrs on that page that fit full size componets. are the two Asus models so they start the list!
 
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249 dollahs, big case, 16 GB DDR3, 500GB HDD and comes with an old Nvidia Quadro 600 card.

As an alternative, something with DDR4 RAM (which will be much easier to replace later) and a more modern processor, but only integrated graphics. Just slightly over budget:

 
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Adding HP Z*** series to the list (HP elite is sf f)
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Quite frankly, if you can somehow, in *some* way increase the budget to around 540 dollars, you can put together a brand-new, modern parts full budget PC yourself that will much more easily last those ten years - With a modern processor, modern RAM, motherboard, everything. Nothing refurbished or used - especially because you will be able to get replacement parts much more easily. Ten years is a long time. In the end it will potentially save you money.

Heck. You'll be able to run SL with actual high graphics.


(Case picked not because of colors but because it already comes with two fans in there)


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Importante: if you leave out the graphics card and use your old, you are at 370 dollars budget for completely new parts.
 
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(Case picked not because of colors but because it already comes with two fans in there)


EDIT:
Importante: if you leave out the graphics card and use your old, you are at 370 dollars budget for completely new parts.
That is the. System i. Was looking for ; a no frills system built around a newish i3. I was hoping to find a gently used 8th generation for $300.

I actually thought I found what I wanted :

Hp 590 i3 8th gen ddr 4 ...

Then I noticed that it was micro SFF & the Psu was propritory.!
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$70 over budget is *very* temptingl

If I was sure a 2nd stimulus check was coming I'd spend the $540 but that I'm afraid was just a dream ...
 

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I've picked up some very good systems for half price or less on Craigslist. Often it's someone who had recently upgraded or had to move or had a change in living status (new baby in one case) and they just wanted to dump the old system fast and get on with their life. You need to check the new listings at least daily to find them and be able to get a good read on people but the vast majority are honest.

EBay is for making money. Craigslist is for cleaning out the closets.
 

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I have a 7 or.msybe 8 year old Ccrsair 600w CTX PSU. Using my old card and PSU would save $225.

Who is building this? Me? I'm willing i try !

Is WIN included or Umbuntu ?
 

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I've picked up some very good systems for half price or less on Craigslist. Often it's someone who had recently upgraded or had to move or had a change in living status (new baby in one case) and they just wanted to dump the old system fast and get on with their life. You need to check the new listings at least daily to find them
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I do check Craigslist but so far have not found what I'looking for.
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That is the. System i. Was looking for ; a no frills system built around a newish i3. I was hoping to find a gently used 8th generation for $300.

I actually thought I found what I wanted :

Hp 590 i3 8th gen ddr 4 ...

Then I noticed that it was micro SFF & the Psu was propritory.!
I
$70 over budget is *very* temptingl

If I was sure a 2nd stimulus check was coming I'd spend the $540 but that I'm afraid was just a dream ...
From what I've seen from used PC shopping is that the majority of brand name PCs after 2012 seem to have proprietary PSU. Even when it appears to be a regular sized PSU in a tower case they screw around with the connector to the motherboard and non OEM PSUs won't connect without at least a little adapting.
 

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1. Is there any substantial difference between DELL & HP?
In two separate tech support jobs I gained a biurning hate for Dell desktops. They ALWAYS have some funky boutique design flaw that makes them a pain to work on. Their signature trick is boxes that open like a clamshell with the power supply and drives on one side and the motherboard on the other, so you can't *ever* work on them "in situ" but have to haul it out to a workbench even if in the end you're just fixing a loose connector. HP, as long as you avoid the "small form factor" boxes that are evil no matter what manufacturer you patronize, tend more to basically well made generic PCs with ample room for wires and easy access to the everything.

Edit: I second the recommendation for the HP z series. I run SL on a refurb z820 and the z420 is also a nice box. Also, newegg is a good store but be careful, a lot of listings are third party vendors using them as a marketplace and those are not always reliable. Look for "Sold and shipped by Newegg".
 
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I am confident that I could assemble and connect the. hardware for a computer bui ld ; however I have less confidence in my ability to install the OS.and related files and make them all work together ;)

Although I'm seriouslly considering building I am also going to continue looking for mid towers that accept non proprity upgrade parts.



*PS : I have a shakey finger thakes it hard to select reaction buttons on the tabblet I'using, but I do appreciate everyone's efforts.

Thanks!
 

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I may have found a great local computer, a bit over my budget but a good buy, on Craig's List. Unfortunately...

Thieves stole the catalytic converter out of my car last night. Probable $1500 to replace; more than a 16-year-old car's worth! Now do I want a computer and bus passes or a car and no computer? My wife thinks I need a computer more than a car.