Cheap-O-Riffick New Computer

Discussion in 'Technology' started by Stone, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. Stone

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    I just set up my new Lenovo ThinkCenter M58 as a standalone for home/office work.
    I don't need any rendering or video capability, just a filing cabinet for finances and stuff.
    I bought it on what I see as a killer deal, to replace a 6 year old XP machine.
    Computers have been getting so inexpensive on the lower end, that eventually it seems wiser at some point to replace rather than repair.

    $280 + sales tax from Staples.
    That wasn't even a sale price.....but I have seen it listed for more.

    Pentium E6600 CPU......not the most current, but a dual core 3.06 GHZ chip that's peppy enough for office work.
    Only 2 GB memory, but I've installed the apps I'll be using and don't see any unnecessary paging to the hard drive. The most physical memory in use with all the loaded apps I would be using was under 1.5 GB.
    Memory is so cheap these days I could add more if I wanted to.
    Since I won't be using voice recognition on this computer, I doubt I'll need to add anymore memory.
    Office apps ( at least the ones I use ) don't seem to require much.
    500 GB hard drive.....plenty big enough for data storage.
    I've already split off a partition for data.

    The video is sufficient for my purposes.

    This particular model is using the 32 bit version of Win7.
    While that isn't in line with the future and 64 bit computing, I have been able to run several older apps that wouldn't even instal in 64 bit Win7 using the compatibility method.
    So this works better for me.

    It even has it's own built in speaker.

    It's amazing how these basic units have become such common place appliances.

    $280 with a warranty.

    5 years ago I assembled a basic computer, AMD dual core AM2 3800+ on an Asus MB in an Antec case with 2GB memory, a 380 Earthwatts PSU and a DVD writer for about $430 or so.
    I enjoyed the experience of a first time build that went well.......but it was just so much easier to drive up the street to Staples and buy one cheaper :p



    ( I hope it lasts :D )
     
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  2. Stone

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    I finally got around to stress testing it.
    In it's stock configuration, it did run on the hot side, but apparently within it's safe range.
    62 C was the hottest it got under full load with Prime 95 running on each core.
    At idle, it hovered at 32 C.
    I noticed the fan speed didn't vary as it heated up ..900 RPM and the bios had no fan adjustment options.....I flashed the bios with a new version, but still no fan options....so I installed Speedfan and set both CPU and case fan at 2000 RPM....hardly noticeable noise wise, but it lowered the max tempt under full load to 47 C.
    That was an easy work around, but many new owners might not think to do a stress test to a new computer.
    I also ran Memtest 86+ without any errors.

    The deal still works for me, but that is one serious flaw for most users that likely wouldn't have run a stress test, imo.
     
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  3. Kyle B

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    Lenovos seem like good computers. Everyone I know who has one is pleased with it.
     
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  4. Stone

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    For $280 I'd buy it again......
     
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  5. 36gamer

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    Those specs wouldn't really meet my computer needs, but that is a really nice price for people who only need those minimal specs.
     
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  6. Stone

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    By today's standards....and common needs, it is a basic intro computer.
    But quite a lot more powerful than the first one I bought in January of 2000.
    That was a Gateway with a 500mhz Intel cpu, 64 mb memory and a 10 gb hard drive. I had to add more memory and a cd writer. I think I wound up putting out something like $1700 by the time I had a useful computer and it was considered 'obsolete' in a couple of months.

    These are definitely better times for buying a new computer of any range.
     
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