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i have an emachines model T2895 that stopped working. i was hoping that just the power supply died. i took it to a pc repair shop. the owner told me that when the power supply went, it spiked the motherboard. he said that the price of a power supply, motherboard, and new windows xp (because i couldnt just use the restore disk with the new motherboard) would cost more than just buying a new pc all together. he told me that he would be more than glad to repair it, but i should scrap it, or fix it for a backup, and just get a new pc. does this sound right, and if i decide to repair it myself, where could i get the parts ? any suggestions ? thx in advance
 
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icemn: The guy is probably right. And it may have taken out the Processor also. Figure $50 for a Mobo, $50 for a PSU and $100 for XP OEM OS. That makes $200.00 right there. His labor at a conservative $50 per hour and you've got $350 in it.

A new eMachine can cost you less and there is a 1 year guarantee.

If you repair it yourself, the total cost will be reduced. I'd talk with him and find out what it would cost you for him to build you a new machine equal to or better than the eMachine you have.
 

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i have another pc, i'm thinking of fixing the e machine either for the kids or as a backup on a network, so if i can fix it cheaply, its a plan. also, can u tell me if i can get the original copy of windows xp reactivated(?) with the new motherboard numbers and the old.
 

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and if anyone can, what is i cheap, reliable source for pc replacement parts?
 
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icemn: Your emachine restore or reinstallation disks will not work with any other Motherboard. You will have to buy another OS.
 

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i thought that would be the case. if i can get these parts cheap enough, i'm not worried about the OS. thanks. any opinions on the parts or suppliers above?
 
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I wish I could give you better news but those two parts are over $100.00 and that's HOPING the processor didn't get fried too. The parts you referenced are "you get what you spent", meaning they're cheap and I'd never start a build with them. And by the time you add an OS, well what's the point

If you want to give a PC to your kids go online and see some of the really good deals right now. I don't recommend Dell over anyone else but look what you can get for less than $400 today. Check this Dimension C521
http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/dimen_c521?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs
 
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