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WANTED - Cheap Desktop PC

Discussion in 'Sales and Swaps' started by MatD, Mar 17, 2009.

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  1. MatD

    MatD Bit Poster

    Does anyone have or know of anywhere I can purchase a cheap desktop PC or laptop with or without an o/s?

    I'm currently doing the MCDST and want a clean slate onto which I can install XP (I have a laptop running Linux and a Desktop running Vista, both of which I don't want to install XP onto).

    PM me if you have one spare or know of a good place to buy one!
    WIP: MCDST pt. 1
  2. del_port

    del_port Byte Poster

    Just install the free microsoft virtual pc on your current vista pc,and set aside a few gigabytes of space,create a partition,and install xp a few times if you want,so you can have multiple windows xp installs all running at the same time,that is the way the mcdst is taught in college.

    One of the early chapters ask you to install xp in the standard way,then another chapter asks you to do the same thing, but with an answer file.

    I've finished the mcdst part 1 and didn't need more than one pc to do it,i used virtual pc, i had 3 windows xp installs running,and one windows 2003 server all running on a single pc.

    Virtual pc is very easy to use,and you are expected to know how to create partitions for the mcdst which you can practice on virtual pc.
    Certifications: A+ and MCDST 70-271
    WIP: mcdst 272
  3. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    I have a spare pc for sale it all depends on what you call cheap.

    heres the specs:

    Intel core 2 duo 2.1GHz
    Asus PNE-sli motherboard
    2GB 800MHz crucial Balistix RAM
    MSI 256MB8600GT
    Western digital caviar 250GB Hard disk
    DVD rewiter
    17" TFT Monitor

    can be supplied with or without xp on it (but no disk)

    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  4. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

    You can sometimes catch a good bargain at the Dell outlet store :


    Alternatively, why not have a chat to a local independent computer shop - with the WEEE regulations on disposal they may be obliged to take in customer's old machines and you might grab a bargain there too
    Certifications: BA (Hons), MBCS, CITP, MInstLM, ITIL v3 Fdn, PTLLS, CELTA
    WIP: CMALT (about to submit), DTLLS (on hold until 2012)
  5. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

    If you've got enough RAM del_ports suggestion is the cheapest.
    I couldn't afford more RAM (I only have 512 MB :cry:) so I asked around and got a computer from a friend for free. I fixed the minor problem and replaced the hard drive when it failed a couple of weeks later. Now I have an XP capable computer for the cost of a KVM switch and my spare HD.
    Local classified ads are worth a look if your friends/family don't have anything fixable lying around collecting dust.
    Certifications: A+, N+,MCDST,MCTS(680), MCP(270, 271, 272), ITILv3F, CCENT
    WIP: Knuckling down at my new job
  6. Boombass

    Boombass New Member

    try your local dump/recycling centre - a freind of mine worked at one and was getting working machines dropped off by the general public every day

    If you go down and speak quietly to the attendant im sure he/she would put one a side for a case of beer or a few quid
  7. FlashDangerpants

    FlashDangerpants Byte Poster

    Failing all of the above, you can try bigpockets.co.uk they sell modest spec refurbished old systems for < £100.
    Certifications: MCITP Exchange 2010, MCSA Svr 2012
    WIP: Exchange 2013
  8. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    it's also worth looking in your local newspaper and "freeads" - the yellow traders paper. Bought a few machines that people are selling due to upgrade, fed-up with or virus ridden!
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  9. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    You can try free recycling sites like free2collect, where the only cost to you would be the cost to pick up the equipment :)

    Certifications: CITP, PGDip, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: MSc in Tech Management
  10. Gav

    Gav Kilobyte Poster

    Or of course, my old friend... Freecycle :D
  11. VantageIsle

    VantageIsle Kilobyte Poster

    What is your location matD?

    I may have a Pentium4 machine with 60gb HD and 1GB of ram to spare.
    Certifications: A+, ITIL V3, MCSA, MCITP:EST, CCENT, 70-432-SQL, 70-401 SCCM
    WIP: MCSA upgrade MCITP:SA then EA

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