As personal computers become more advanced, older components drop dramatically in price. A PC-enthusiast looking for a challenge can now build a computer tower for $100. The computer will be capable of performing basic functions, such as web-browsing and word-processing, but will consume more energy than more advanced systems.
Things You'll Need
- Central processing unit
- Graphics card
- Power supply unit
- Disc drive
How to Build a PC for $100
Search out used computer hardware online (try www.freecycle.org) and at computer parts fairs, flea markets and garage sales. Computers that others want to throw out are a goldmine. You can harvest the parts and save the PC from clogging a landfill. New cheap components will be difficult to find, as most retailers don't stock outdated hardware. Check websites such as newegg.com and tomshardware.com.
For word processing and web browsing, you will need a processor clocked at around 500 MHz and RAM (random access memory) of 256 MB. This should be sufficient for older editions of software programs.
Seek out a second-hand CRT monitor. Thanks to the popularity of LCD monitors, the used market is flooded wtih the once-standard cathode-ray tubes. You may even find a cheap CRT at a thrift store.
Avoid paying for the Windows by installing the Ubuntu-distributed Linux operating system. Visit ubuntu.com to download a free copy or have a disk mailed to you. Ubuntu is a graphical operating similar to Windows. You can use it to browse the internet, word-process and edit photos. It cannot run programs developed for Windows, but many comparable programs are Ubuntu-based.
PCMech.com features an extensive guide on building a computer. All the components can be connected by screws or plugs; no soldering is required.
Tips & Warnings
- It may be cheaper and easier to buy an already built low-end PC than attempting you build your own.
- When shopping for used hardware, look for a guarantee that the product is still functional.
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