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Where do i find cheap PCs or components

Discussion in 'A+' started by d_mcgrail, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. d_mcgrail

    d_mcgrail Nibble Poster

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    Just wondered if you guys could advise where I'm best to get a computer system to mess about with and a few components to upgrade (cheap websites you use). Think i need to crack on with practical side of my A+ so definately would help to have a PC other than my main home one to play with and my budget is quite tight at the moment due to just buying a car.
     
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  2. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I built my last server entirely using Dabs.com
     
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  3. Shinigami

    Shinigami Megabyte Poster

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    A lot of companies have hardware they just throw away... I know in the past, most of the stuff is sent to recyclers that need to be paid for the service. So why not go knocking on the door of a few bigger companies in your area, ask to speak to the CIO or the head of the PC installation support and ask them frankly if they could spare a machine or two.

    You should also tell them that the machine without disks is good enough if they don't want to let go of those (due to protective measures). Offer to pay a beer in return and I'd say most will say yes :)

    You could be sneaky and say that you come from a school and that the school is looking for a few extra machines to teach PC stuff on... This usually warms the hearts of most people thinking they're doing a good deed ;)
     
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  4. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    Ask friends/family. I got an old but >=XP spec computer for nothing from a friend, the HD was on it's way out but otherwise it was perfectly serviceable.
    I think I spent:
    £20 KVM switch to save me buying a monitor or hauling my CRT out of storage.
    £20 DVDRW (it only had a CDR)
    £15 wireless NIC
    and I had a spare HDD lying about.
     
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  5. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    www.ebuyer.com have been mostly very good. The odd order has gone awry, but good prices.
     
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  6. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

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  7. greenbrucelee
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    what he said ^
     
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