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advise on buying a computer for my grandchidren

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by kiddo 52, Jan 23, 2002.

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  1. kiddo 52

    kiddo 52 Thread Starter

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    I want to buy a computer for my grandchildren who are 6 and 5. they want to play games etc on it. What do I need to get them? I would like it to be as economical as possible. thank you for your time . :confused:
     
  2. littlemar

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    I would look around for a used pc to start with since kids love to try things that might cause some problems. I know since my kids did the same to me. If not then look for something that would work for you too. At least a PII with over 300 mhz processor and make sure there is at least 127 mg of memory. Also get a bigger hard drive i.e., 4 to 8 GB. This should be able to handle most games, internet or work applications. As the kids grow then the system could grow too. Just my opinion but it's a start. I'm sure the others here will throw something in here too.
     
  3. Mulderator

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    What is "economical"? How much do you want to spend? As littlemar said, you can get used PCs cheap, although you probably wont' get any tech support. You may want to consider new from a local reputable dealer that will offer you some support as well as one that comes with free technical support for at least a year from the manufacturer. Personally, I think Gateway if the best out there for the novice. Compaq also has pretty good phone support. Another choice that's good is some of the bigger computer stores that have their own brand cheaper than some of the name brands. So long as they support the product, that may be a way to go.

    Also, their are some great deals if you sign up for an ISP for 3 years, which the kids would need anyway, so you may consider that option.
     
  4. jimi

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    i have to agree with my mary on this one used is the way to go for a kids gamer (at their age anyway) i have a local shop that sells used & will give you support on the hardware side anyway; can even extend it for a couple 'o bucks more. load up on memory 256, 512 its dirt cheap right now

    FEATURING: 23 Jan 2002
    184pin DDR 266MHz
    184-Pin 128MB PC-2100 $ 46
    184-Pin 256MB PC-2100 $ 84
    184pin Rambus RDRAM 800MHz
    184-Pin 128MB As low as $ 54
    184-Pin 256MB As low as $ 99
    168pin DIMM SDRAM 133MHz
    168-Pin 128MB 16x64 7.5 ns $ 34
    168-Pin 256MB 32x64 7.5 ns $ 64
    168-Pin 512MB 64x64 7.5 ns $ 118
    168pin DIMM SDRAM 100MHz
    168-Pin 64MB 8x64 7-8 ns $ 26
    168-Pin 128MB 16x64 7-8 ns $ 34
    168-Pin 256MB 32x64 7-8 ns $ 64
    168-Pin 512MB 64x64 7-8 ns $ 131
    168pin DIMM SDRAM 66MHz (4 clock)
    168-Pin 64MB 8x64 10 ns $ 25
    168-Pin 128MB 16x64 10 ns $ 41
    168pin DIMM PowerMac
    168-Pin 64MB 8x64 60 ns $ 54
    168-Pin 128MB 16x64 60 ns $ 164
    72pin SIMM Non-Parity EDO
    72-Pin 32MB 8x32 60 ns $ 25
    72-Pin 64MB 16x32 60 ns $ 40
    72pin SIMM Non-Parity
    72-Pin 32MB 8x32 60 ns $ 25
    72-Pin 64MB 16x32 60 ns $ 45
    72pin SIMM True Parity
    72-Pin 32MB 8x36 60 ns $ 35
    72-Pin 64MB 16x36 60 ns $ 75

    if you don't know what that stuff is let us know.

    processor you can get away with any speed pII or higher IMHO

    hard drive as big as you can afford, they are re-useable
     
  5. Dark Star

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    jimi,

    "if you don't know what that stuff is let us know."

    Dude gimme a break here, I mean I'm not sure I know what all that stuff is myself...............lol :rolleyes:

    kiddo 52,

    At any rate I do agree with littlemar and jimi on this one................. look for a used PC that will do the job and a local PC repair shop in your area should be able to provide you with one that will fill the need.

    Mulder,

    "Also, their are some great deals if you sign up for an ISP for 3 years, which the kids would need anyway, so you may consider that option."

    Really? :eek:.........:p..........Is what I think about that idea.
     
  6. littlemar

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    Hey DS shallow encoding thingy, as quoted by a wise man. :D :D
     
  7. jimi

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    kiddo we tend to get off track

    but that was overkill on mem thingy sorry

    DS for your education;)

    168pin DIMM SDRAM 100MHz - the following are all in this catagory
    i.e 168 pins (with me so far?) running at 100mhz - what i use

    168-Pin 64MB 8x64 7-8 ns $ 26

    - 64 meg of RAM on this chip, not worth it 8x64 is the chip config on the board or something like that, running at either 7 or 8 nanoseconds response meybe? price is twenty six american

    168-Pin 128MB 16x64 7-8 ns $ 34 -excellent deal
    168-Pin 256MB 32x64 7-8 ns $ 64 - better still
    168-Pin 512MB 64x64 7-8 ns $ 131 - get this if ya can
     
  8. esdxc37

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    whats wrong with a console at 5 and 6 they're a bit young to appreciate the games a pc excels at eg rpg and 1st person shooters
     
  9. Dark Star

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    littlemar,

    "Hey DS shallow encoding thingy, as quoted by a wise man"

    Touche.........got me. :D

    jimi,

    "168-Pin 256MB 32x64 7-8 ns $ 64 - better still
    168-Pin 512MB 64x64 7-8 ns $ 131 - get this if ya can"

    ...........No way we spend $131 for 512MB, tell you what we'll do here............let's get 2 256MB at $64 ea so we spend only $128 to get the same 512MB coz(we have lots of open bays)

    Are you with me so far?...............Okay good, then we have $3 left so we can go get us 2 Heinekens when it's all said and done. :D

    Cheers,
    DS
     
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    If you want to go new, I think Dell woulkd be the best bet. They have good tech support and are quite reasonable.

    I would stay away from Emachines. I have worked on a couple and their parts are mainly what is cheapest at the time.

    I have to disagree with Mulder on Gateway. Everyone I know personally that got one regrets it. Even know of a case where the computer arrived with a virus and they wanted to charge her to remove it. Needless to say, she sent it back and cancelled the charge on her card.
     
  11. jimi

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    explenation please

    oh waitress

    <img src="http://forums.techguy.org/attachment.php?postid=326197">
     

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  12. littlemar

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    jimi
    Check the thread on words where DS explains encoding and part of it had the shallow encoding. I liked the term and decided to tease just a little.

    I want one of those beers, after all this work I'm thirsty.;) :D
     
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  14. esdxc37

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    carry on this argument elsewhere the mans lookin for advice


    get a console
     
  15. esdxc37

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    if you want to diss each other get in the right subject and this subject is not the right subject


    did i just say that


    this hombre is looking for some info and being new to bbs your posts help not a whit

    leave this subject and disss each other in another thread
     
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