Helios eat your heart out.
Hello. Today a woman called me up and wanted two computers for about $100 – $200 each and she already had two monitors, keyboards, mice, etc. I decided that either the poor man’s computer mentioned on ZDnet would be the one I would build or maybe just maybe I could do one better?
The poor man’s computer has an LCD monitor, motherboard, CPU, HD, Power Supply, and RAM. All of this costs only $380.00.
Well when I went to work to find out what I could build the first two things I looked for were the lowest price AMD CPU and all in one motherboard. That was a mistake because the RAM was too much. So I looked back at the Poor Man’s computer. It had a good value for RAM. I selected the BIOSTAR K8M800 Micro AM2 Socket AM2 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard because it would support this RAM and it also supported a nice AM2 processor. It’s fully Linux Compatible. It also comes with a 4 pin power connector to an SATA power connector converter.
So now what? Well I needed a HD, CPU, and RAM. This motherboard uses old ATX 20 pin power supplies with an extra 4 pin connector. Not the 20+4 pin type. So now I can recycle an old computer case and power supply. If I wanted to stay true to the challenge of the Poor Man’s computer I could cut the motherboard mount out of the case and put it on the back of the monitor and weld the sheet metal from the case around it as well. But I’m living in the real world where my customer wants a nice shiny ATX case and not something I’ve concocted (no offense its very cool). I also have a few CD-ROM drives kicking around and maybe even some DVD-ROM drives that I can use from old computers I’ve retired from years of torture from M$ windows and fragmentation.
I’m thinking about customizing the cases since they have that DELL logo on the front. I’m wondering how hard this would be to achieve.
Since this is a farming community I’m even tempted to rebuild the case out of wood or chicken fence or whatever I can find in a scrap pile. These computers really catch people’s eye because they wonder what in the world they are and how they work.
My CPU is a AMD Sempron 64 3400+ Manila 1.8GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model SDA3400CWBOX , RAM is the same Kingston ValueRAM 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model KVR667D2N5K2/1G
And my monitor is Hanns·G JW-199DPB Black 19″ 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Complain if you want but this is not a bad drive EXCELSTOR Jupiter Series ESJ8080S 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
The price of one computer with the LCD monitor is $324.14.
The price without a monitor is $150.48.
Linux is Free and I prefer PCLinuxOS because well, it just rocks.
If you need me to build you or someone you know one of these computers just call me at 1-208-750-5628 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I charge a fee of $100.00 for every computer I build, program, and ship out. Shipping is not included.