So what to do? She doesn't really need a computer. Last week I started looking around what I could get for a minimal investment and give her a fully new computer. I found really nothing under 700Euro that was "doable". Most machines with 256Meg RAM. My minimum allowed is 512Meg these days.
Well today, pushing my luck, I went to a local little assembly shop and looked around for bargains. Seems that mother fortuna is on my side lately: they had a combo Athlon XP 2600+ with 512DDR RAM and a motherboard for 249Euro! Yay! Then I started looking around for other pieces, and by the time I was done my limit was not reached. Well unless I let them assemble it. For 495Euro I got:
- AMD Athlon XP 2600+
- Motherboard (ASRock K7S8X, never heard of that brand) It has integrated Audio, 10/100Mbps and 4 USB 2.0 slots...
- 512 Meg 2700DDR on one stick
- A really nice looking case with 300W powersupply
- Maxtor 80GB disk 7200RPM
- CD-RW/DVD combo
- 1.44 Floppy (I could have taken one I had in stock, I know)
- GeForce MX 440
Yeah, frontside bus is only 333MHz (hey, the Dual has a frontside bus of only 233Mhz). It isn't really top of the line, but I think that this is quite a nice machine for the price I paid. Heck, if I had another 500Euro spare I'd buy one for my brother. Perhaps Bill Gates really was right that sooner or later hardware will cost nearly nothing anymore. I remember the times where 500Euro would buy you 2 sticks of 1Meg RAM.
Oh, and for the record: this is the first time I actually assembled a complete PC myself, including sticking the CPU in the socket and mounting the heatsink. From new parts that is, straight out of the box.
Yeah, I spoil my little sister... sue me