Help --Buying a used computer --

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by pbw, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. pbw

    pbw

    I am considering buying a used Intel Pentium IV 1.5 Ghz System

    as a beginner trader

    Here are the features:

    768 MB memory
    40 GB Hard Drive
    52x CDRW Drive
    16x DVD Rom Drive
    3.5" floppy drive
    Integrated 10/100 lan

    AGP ATI XPert 200
    Graphics Card Plus

    ATI Xpert@Play PCI Graphics Card
    (perfect for dual display sytem)

    4 USB 1.1 Ports Plus
    4 USB 2.) Ports on NEC Card

    Rock Solid ANtee Computer case

    300 Watt power supply

    Windows XP Professional SP-@ Installed


    Costs $325


    Does it sound ok for a beginning trader --comments much appreciated.

    I was informed that I should have at least 1.7 -2.0 Ghz system -- this one is 1.5Ghz -- it that a major or minor concern.
     
  2. Bob111

    Bob111

    it depends on your system or trading plan if you will. for me-even P1 will be fine. you should be ok with it, but i think-price is to high.
     
  3. not worth that much. you can buy a new dell 3000 for that price. like this one.
    Dimension 3100/E310
    (System Identifier: 09D38W6D)


    Dimension 3100/E310 Mini-Tower: Intel Pentium 4 Processor 521 w/HT Technology (2.8GHz,800FSB)
    Genuine Windows XP Pro

    System Price : $449.00
    Promotion Discount : $100.00
    Final Price : $349.00

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    Operating System
    Genuine Windows XP Pro
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Memory
    256 MB DDR NON-ECC SDRAM 400MHz (1 DIMMs)
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Floppy Drive
    1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hard Disk Drive
    80 GB EIDE Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Modem
    56Kbps Data/Fax Modem
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Base
    Dimension 3100/E310 Mini-Tower: Intel Pentium 4 Processor 521 w/HT Technology (2.8GHz,800FSB)
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Media Bay
    48X CD RW/DVD Combo Drive
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Previously Ordered New
    Previously Ordered New
    Software
    Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Reader
    McAfee Security Center, 90 Day
    Netscape ISP Software
    Power DVD Software
    ONLINE TRAINING
    Image Restore Software
    Wild Tangent Gaming Client
    Net Zero ISP
    ISP Software
    Support Software
    Software
    AOL 8.0 ISP Software
    Photo Album 6.0 Starter
    No Productivity Suite - Corel WordPerfect word processor only
    AOL ISP Software
    Operating System Software CD
    Dell Direct Download
    Dell Media Experience Basic
    Music Match 10.1 Software
    Optical Drive Software
    AOL 9.0 ISP Software
    Windows Media Player
    ISP Software
    Software
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Misc
    Shipping Material
    Dimension E310
    USB Keyboard
    Floppy Drive Cable
    AOL Software Documentation
    Labels
    Optical 2-Button Mouse
    No Raid
    No Speakers


     
  4. Hey vhehn
    Can you place a link direct to it
    I want to buy it right away :)
    Or should i check on dell - ?
    I am also using it for trading
    Information is great appricated
    I have to say u r a sharp person
    :D
     
  5. Chagi

    Chagi

    I have to say that buying a used computer generally makes very little sense. Part of it is reliability, and part of it has to do with just how cheap computers have become.

    My point is that if you can stretch a little you can have a very low cost PC put together for you, new, with warranty. If you can't afford a new computer, how are you going to afford to trade (no offense)?
     
  6. Nothing wrong with being frugal. I would scan your local www.craigslist.org for local deals.
     
  7. there are deals from frys electronics that will almost match the price that you're describing but with better specs
     
  8. pbw

    pbw

    No one has really mentioned why the computer I am looking at is inadeqaute --beside the price.

    What features is this computer lacking? --what other details should I be looking for to make it worth while.

    This computer fullfills all the requirements listed on the Hardware Training forum on this site -- except that it is a 1.5ghz -- whareas the recomended say should be a 1.7 -2.0 Ghz.

    Commnets appreciated..
     
  9. I think the proposed computer is just fine so long as you're sure it will accommodate all of the monitors you want to run and has enough slots for your peripherals... like modem, TV tuner, etc. (However, I recently sold a 1.4Ghz P4 with 512 RAM and WinXP Home + 17" monitor, for $225.)

    It likely has "enough" RAM + WinXP Pro has become more of an issue since Microsoft has stated extended support will continue for 5 years beyond when support ends for XP Home. Since that announcement, Dell has jacked up the price of XP Pro. Formerly, Pro was a $70 upgrade over Home. Now, it's $150... I think Dell is hosing customers on this.
     
    #10     Mar 1, 2006