My room-mate has is new to computers and needs a PC to learn on. He needs a CD drive for dictionaries and other reference works.
I reckon Pentium II + 64 Mbytes + 1 Gbyte HD + Windows 98SE should be adequate, but don't want to give him unlicensed software. At least the OS should be legal. I can find plenty of good Freeware like Open Office, Irfan View, etc.
Am I being unrealistic? Local dealer wants £125 without any licensed software.
I just spent £299 on my new tower system. this is what i got for my money:
AMD ATHLON XP 2000 (+ heatsink & fan) PC Chips motherboard with onboard graphics & sound 256MB SD Ram DVD Player 80G Seagate Barracuda (7200rpm) hard drive 10/100 ethernet/network card mouse, keyboard & speakers floppy drive All in a nice nokia style case.
The individual parts alone cost over £400. So i would personally check out
I am upgrading my old tower system for my dad, on which i am placing the pc chips motherboard - (myself i have a nice ASUS A7N8X one in mine running the XP 2000 with 2 sticks of 512Mb PC 3200 DDR) he's never used a pc beofre so i am building him one, and using the pc chips one for him. But for £299 its not a bad deal though.