Cheap PCs from Wal-Mart

Robert Robert at
Thu May 29 19:51:38 EDT 2003


these guys make small foot print 1U rackmountable low powered units and 
they can also be wall mounted, real cool units for clusters for starter's. for 


At 04:19 PM 5/29/2003 -0700, Alvin Oga wrote:

>hi ya
>cheap PCs can be gotten almost anywhere ??? doesnt have to be 
>walmart/circuit city/emachines/etc
>$ 30    cheap pc case ( that makes the PC their widget )
>$ 70    generic motherboard w/ onboard nic, onboard svga
>$ 70    Celeron-1.7G 478pin fsb400 cpu
>$ 25    128MB pc-133
>$ 25    50x cdrom
>$ 60    20GB ide disk
>----    -------------
>$ 280   grand total
>$  25   oem ms license
>mb, cpu, disks can be lot lower in $$ if you use p3 and pc-133 meory
>via series mb w/ p3-800 is about $85 total  ( subtract ~ $60 from above )
>same cost estimates for amd duron/athlon based systems
>you can save the shipping by bying locally...
>and might be zero sales tax in some states too
>stuff all that into a 1U chassis and add $100 - $250 extra ...
>and take out the cost of the "generic midtower case"
>and if there's a problem w/ the pc, i'd hate to worry about how to return 
>it and get a better box back or is it, as typically the case,
>that they'd simply send out a different returned PC .. since its a 
>warranty replacement, they dont have to send you a brand new pc
>like they would have to with a new order
>On Thu, 29 May 2003, Jim Lux wrote:
> > For those of you looking to build a cluster on the (real) cheap, Walmart
> > has mailorder PCs, with Lindows (a Linux variant) installed for $200 (plus
> > sales tax and shipping, of course).
> >
> > I just bought one of these for my daughter (with WinXP, for $300.. I guess
> > the MS license is $100) and while it's no ball of fire, and the keyboard
> > and mouse are what you'd expect for a $200 computer, it DOES work
>magic !
>have fun
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