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StumpyNubs

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03-03-2011 05:04 PM

Need a new computer for the workshop? I got an email from Computergeeks.com this morning. They often have super closeouts for limited times. This morning they have a brand new Dell Pentium 4 PC with Windowx XP Pro for just $99! You can get an LCD monitor for another $79!

I’ve bought a lot of stuff from Computer Geeks over the years, they’re a great company. I don’t need another PC, but thought I’d give a heads up to any of my fellow LJ’s out there who have been thinking of buying one for the shop!

They won’t last long…

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?InvtId=GX520-MAR-2B&cm_mmc=geekmail-_-daily_html-_-03mar11_GX520-_-GX520Main&utm_source=geekmail&utm_medium=daily_html&utm_content=GX520_Main&utm_campaign=GX520

PS- I am NOT connected to or paid by this company!

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brtech

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 07:41 PM

This is a decent shop computer at an attractive price.

Two, no 3 cautions:
It’s refurb “Grade B”, meaning cosmetic issues, not new
It has no PS/2 ports. That means you need a USB mouse and a USB keyboard. No big deal, but beware
It only has an 80G drive. That’s pretty small these days.

It’s also a big long in the tooth. Older processor, 1G ram that can only go to 2G, ...

Still, a very good deal since it includes XP.

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StumpyNubs

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 07:51 PM

That’s all true. But consider this. What do you do with a shop computer? Most people run Microsoft Office or similar applications, Google Sketchup, maybe watch a DVD. This is more than enough for all that and more. They also have a USB keyboard and mouse set for cheap. 80GB is larger than most laptops, and will hold all the photos and sketchup plans a woodworker would ever need.

It’s not a ultra high end PC, but it’s SUPER cheap for all the shop computer most people will ever use.

As for the refirbished issue, I’ve bought refirbished Dell PC’s for years. I’d never buy anything else. They’re great. If it comes with a scratch on it, so what. A shop computer will get scratched after the first week or so of use anyway.

If you want a good PC for playing lots of 3D games or high def video editing, this isn’t for you. But it’ll do a lot more than the average workshop will ever demand of it.

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 10:03 PM

I would go for a used ipad with wifi built in and connect to my house computer with it from the shop. the ipad has no air cooling required that can load up with dust and cause it to over heat and die. with a standard pc you will have to open it up and clean it on a regular basis. check out craigslist for used wifi ipads as people are selling them off cheap to upgrade to the 3g and 4g versions.

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handystanley

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 06:58 AM

Just looked at your link…they are out of stock.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 03:11 PM

I knew they’d go fast…

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