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New PC or Used PC?
« on: September 14, 2010, 12:28:38 PM »
I am currently running an old Dell with a PIII 500mhz and less than 1mb memory, it is at it's limit.
I can get a new computer from BestBuy for $329, but it is running Windows 7, so another $70 for Windows XP making this $400 total.
I can also get an older used Dell compter from The Used Computer Warehouse that is a Pentium 4 2.7 ghz with 1gb and already running XP for $400 also.
Kinda seems like a no brainer, but what would you guys purchase.
Thanks,
Tom

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Re: New PC or Used PC?
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2010, 05:53:25 PM »
I am not a fan of Dells but I am sure there are plenty who love them. Personally I would build a computer to suit Mach, ie no need for a really fancy graphics card, probably no real need for a huge hard drive etc etc so could likely keep the costs down.

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Re: New PC or Used PC?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2010, 07:22:29 PM »
No used Dell is worth 400.00  .LOL
Find some thing else used with 1 ghz proc. But , not an Emachine.
XP works fine. You should find something for about 200.
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Re: New PC or Used PC?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2010, 07:26:42 PM »
Ed did you mean to put the "used" in as I was thinking along the same lines but would not have put that word in ;D

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Re: New PC or Used PC?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2010, 08:06:11 PM »
I use an old Dell GX150 PIII 1 Ghz. Motherboards with processors are about $25 on Ebay. Be aware that you'll need a Dell power supply. Another $10-$15.
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Re: New PC or Used PC?
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2010, 08:11:51 PM »
:D  :D D, your absolutely right. I really meant " No Dell is worth"

I've been building pc's from junkers , and the Dells are JUNK.  ;D
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Re: New PC or Used PC?
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2010, 08:54:45 PM »
Hmm.....
We have used Dells at work for the last 15 years and they work fine ( hundreds of them ) and I have two at home that are great for everything.  :)

BUT  ???

I wouldn't give a penny  ;D ( sorry let me change the wording ) "wouldn't take one for free"  :o if it was going to be used to be used for CNC / Mach using the PP.

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Re: New PC or Used PC?
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2010, 12:39:24 AM »
Thanks you guys for your honesty, I kind of felt like saying to the owner of the Used Computer Warehouse that he is absolutley crazy for the prices he is charging for his used stuff.
I have a small network of 4 desktops and 3 laptops at home but they all serve a purpose where they are so it looks like I am going to buy another computer.  The last computer I built was a PIII 800mhz for video editing, that was a number of years ago when that was a hot setup.
Tom
Re: New PC or Used PC?
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2010, 01:12:07 AM »
Tom, mach will run fine on a 800mhz processor. See if you can get a copy of XP LITE. It's a stripped down copy of xp. without all the extra crap. Dedicate this pc just for mach, and your good to go.

Rich , as far as Dells, they are fine when they work, but the mb, are not compatible with any other case's, they have different plug ins. and I hate Dells cases.   >:(
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