Recommendations for 2 cheap PCs for my kids please

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  1. Gregg Loewen

    Gregg Loewen Video Standards Instructor, THX Ltd.
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    Hi guys

    I have been promising my kids that I would upgrade their P2 machines as soon as we were able to get a reliable high speed access. The cable company was able to connect us last week, weeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am wanting to try to stay in the less than $500 each catagory, if at all possible.

    My 2 kids are 7 and 8 years old, and will be doing some basic surfing, cartoon.com gaming stuff, perhaps watching a DVD or 2, and basic word processing, etc.

    I would like to get them LCD screens and if that adds to the price then I could live with spending a little more.

    Any suggestions?? I do not want build.

    thanks!!!
     
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    $500 is pretty tough, but doable. I just built this at HP.com and it came to $499 (after mail-in rebates):

    a1100e Series PC
    AMD Sempron 3200+ (1.8GHz)
    512MB RAM
    80GB SATA Harddrive
    16x DVD drive (not burner)
    15" LCD Screen
    Integrated sound and graphics

    This comes to $749, but you get $150 in "instant savings" and $100 in mail-in rebates so it comes to $499 total.
     
  3. rob-h

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    I am not a mac guy but the mac mini falls into that price area as well.

    If you are not worried about digital audio out, component video out and other features, you can build an AMD PC easy from new eggs site (depending on HD size maybe a little more).
     
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    Keep an eye on dell for their deals, it's fairly common that dell will have some pretty good instant and mail-in rebates that make some of there nicer computers fall right into your price range.
     
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    Check Dell.com

    E-Value Code 6F901-D51005Z

    Dimension 3000 Celeron w/ 17" LCD $499 after rebates. Cannot beat that price I imagine.
     
  6. Gregg Loewen

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    hi guys

    Mac is not an option (no offense to anybody).

    I have been looking at the dell deals but it seems that since school has restarted that all of the great offerings have dried up. Though the above deal looks pretty good. A friend told me to avoid the Celeron processor, but this is a celeron D processor. Is this much better?

    What ever happend to P 3 vs P4 vs AMD chips?? I guess I am a dinosaur.
     
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    Well, the big thing was that with AMD you could spend less and get the same performance. . . while still somewhat true, the latest offerings are both pretty equally priced. Moreso when you look into prebuilt computers.

    I tend to avoid Celerons and Durons like they are the plague, but you are still able to replace them with a P4 or an Athlon respoctively without much issue; so it can still lead to some good savings if the right deals are there.
     
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    I tend to avoid celerons and durons as well. That's why I recommnended a computer with a Sempron.

    However, for your kids' needs the celeron would probably do perfectly fine. I'm 99% sure you can't buy a new computer with a P3 anymore, so your choices are pretty much P4, PentiumM, Celeron, Athlon, and Sempron
     
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    It looks like you could get a pretty nice 4700 with a 17in LCD for just a touch under $600 or the 3000 with a P4 and same LCD for 550.
     
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    great!! is there a dell value code for these 2?
     
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    I don't see a value code, but go to this page and then "Customize" the PC you like.

    Dell Desktops

    It looks like if you like the rest of the configuration go down to monitor and there is a $50 charge for the 17in E173FP for the "3000 Performance" and "4700 Base" models.
    I hope I'm not misreading the list, but it looks right.
     
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    Check this link out. I believe this would be more than adequate for your kid's needs.
     
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    eMachines is once again a good brand, but that item doesn't have a DVD drive, making some software and games inaccessible to them (not to mention, making them also need a DVD player and tv set).

    There is one with a slower processor but with a DVD drive here.
     
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    It has been a while but the emachines I had were junk. It was a good thing I got the best buy warranty because I had a problem every 6 months.
     
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    At that price point no pc is going to be a gaming or a 3d monster. The celeron is fine for an application for kids. They have their place and there is no reason to avoid them in the right application (which this clearly is)
     
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    so so true............
     
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    come on guys, his kids are 7 and 8 years old, doesnt seem like they are doing much but surfing. they arent gonna be doing any heavy gaming. Celeron is fine. you dont need a socket A processor or higher for that, that just ramps up the cost slightly. personally I hate intel machines but there is nothing wrong with getting a celery for what they will be doing.
     
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    Last Black Friday, Best Buy had EMachines with 17 inch monitors for $199 after rebates. I would wait till Black Friday and get in line no later than 4:30 AM. Last I heard, EMachines does not repair anything, they just replace the computer. IIRC, Emachines is not the most unreliable desktop. The type of processor does not matter. The presence of a DVD may matter to you. I don't know what model they will have this year, however, every year they get more capable.
     
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    Since Gateway bought them, Emachines has taken a dramatic up turn in quality. Arthurs suggestion is a good one.
     
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    I just ordered this system for my folks:

    - HP Pavilion a1100e Customizable Desktop
    - AMD Sempron(TM) 3200+ operating at 1.8GHz
    - FREE UPGRADE from 256 to 512 MB 400MHz (2x256)
    - Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition with SP2
    - 40GB 7200 rpm SATA Hard Drive
    - 48X Max. CD-ROM Drive
    - 2 USB 2.0, 1 FireWire ports
    - Integrated ATI Radeon Xpress HyperMemory
    - Integrated 5.1 Capable Sound w/ front audio ports
    - HP Keyboard, HP Scroller Mouse
    - Microsoft(R) Works 8.0/Money/MSN Encarta Plus
    - HP OfficeJet 6210 All-In-One Printer

    Grand total: $624

    *(2) $50 MIR rebates = $524

    Did some research and that Sempron is faster than a Celeron D, which comes in handy running multiple applications.

    Chose HP over Dell because of free shipping and they needed a new printer too. HP printers in my experience are the best, and we used that one at my old job, very nice speedy & reliable machine.
     

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