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Surplus PC For 80 Bucks... To Buy Or Not To Buy  
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7786 posts, RR: 16
Posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2398 times:

My employer is selling old surplus PCs for 80 bucks this Friday. I saw a couple of pallet fulls of the machines.... They look to be Dell Optiplex GX 280s.... in the mini-desktop form factor. The deal includes keyboard, mouse, and monitor (LCD iirc). The surplus PCs appear to be similar to my current (and soon to be replaced machine). P4 2.8 ghz, 40gb hdd, 3.5" fdd, DVD/CD-RW, 1 gb RAM, Windows XP Pro. Don't know what if anything software wise would be included. Only downside I can see, if they are all the mini-desktops is that they have an integrated graphics card.

If it were a bit more robust I'd be tempted to make it into a gaming rig to play games that don't do so well on a laptop.

So computer experts of A.net... is it worth it for 80 bucks?


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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2390 times:
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For 80 bucks I would buy one. I wouldn't use it to work or do anything useful on it (those Optiplexes are a little bit on the slow side), but I would use it as a "hacking machine" to try new stuff. Like installing a new Linux distribution, run a software I wouldn't want to run on my main machine, stuff like that. Just a secondary playground machine.

But yes, if it even includes an LCD monitor, it's definitely worth $80.



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

Wanna pick me up one too?  biggrin 


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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2383 times:



Quoting ManuCH (Reply 1):
(those Optiplexes are a little bit on the slow side)

Slow would be an understatement, specially for gaming.

Quoting DesertJets (Thread starter):
So computer experts of A.net... is it worth it for 80 bucks?

If you're gonna just use it for browsing the interwebs, sure. But forget it if you're gonna try and do any gaming on it. And upgrading pretty much obsolete technology is not worth it at all either.

Here's a better idea: Buy 10 of them. Then part them out and sell the internals on ebay. Use that money to get a Core i7 rig  cool 


User currently offlineDesertjets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7786 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2377 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 3):
Quoting ManuCH (Reply 1):
(those Optiplexes are a little bit on the slow side)

Slow would be an understatement, specially for gaming.

If the surplus machines are anything like the box I have now... sluggish would be a good description. I wanted something to play games on... nothing that requries a ton of processing power. I was thinking along the lines of Sims 3, Age of Empires III. No FPS or flight sims. Frankly my laptop... a 2 year old Latitude D630 seems better suited for that stuff. Only issue is that is runs hot when pushed and the battery is wearing out fast.

Oh well... I can find better ways to spend 80 bucks.



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2374 times:



Quoting Desertjets (Reply 4):
I was thinking along the lines of Sims 3, Age of Empires III. No FPS or flight sims

Then they should be just barely enough for those games.


User currently offlineMarSciGuy From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2339 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 2):
Wanna pick me up one too? biggrin

Me too!



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User currently offlinePilotsmoe From United States of America, joined May 2005, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2295 times:

I just got two Dell optiplex systems the other day for free. 3ghz, 1024 ram, just need to get a bigger hard drive for them, so I can use them for fileservers. They run pretty fast with linux.

User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8459 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

Do they still have the HDD in them? The organisation I work for removes the HDDs before selling their surplus PCs.

User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2373 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

What are they on eBay for?

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7786 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2122 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 2):
Wanna pick me up one too? biggrin



Quoting MarSciGuy (Reply 6):
Me too!

Sorry only one per employee....

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 8):
Do they still have the HDD in them? The organisation I work for removes the HDDs before selling their surplus PCs.

I got another email about this, as I must have deleted the original message, but it looks like the drives are still in them, but the drives are completely wiped. So no OS, no nothing. On the flip side it includes keyboard, mouse, and monitor.... plus all the cables.

The no OS thing is a bit of a turn off as picking up a legit copy of XP runs more than the cost of the computer. And I doubt these old Dells could run Windows 7 reasonably well. Seems the biggest limitation is hard disk size. But 80 bucks for an older 17" Dell LCD and key board isn't bad.

I think I'll pass.



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12724 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2117 times:



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 10):
completely wiped

Most machines of that era had XP on a 'hidden' partition. Maybe they didn't wipe that. Otherwise it should have the license info on a sticker on the outside of the box, no? If so, all you have to do is find some XP cds.

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 10):
Seems the biggest limitation is hard disk size. But 80 bucks for an older 17" Dell LCD and key board isn't bad.

I'd pick one up to play with, but not for a gaming rig. The LCDs of that era were pretty slow. You'd want to put in a new video board (does it have a free slot?), add memory (does it have empty slots?) and a bigger disk, and you'd still be stuck with a relatively slow machine.



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