Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304
The whole reason I want it is if its not working, so I can mess around with it to try to get it working.
Sounds like a good idea, but.......
If it needs a motherboard and it's more than 6 or 7 years old (socket 775 and older), you'll find it tough to find a motherboard. Newegg only has 3 socket 775 boards right now.
DDR2 RAM is around $30 for 2 gigs.
I know you were thinking about getting a boutique PC and have said that you are spooked about building.
I assume you don't want to start rebuilding what you have now.
Therefore, in your shoes, I'd buy a working refurbished computer manufactured say in the last 5 or 6 years, for say $200 or less with Windows 7 license and 4 GB of RAM. Then raise hell with it. Take it apart, put it back together, swap hard drives, reinstall the OS, fiddle with the cooling, etc, etc.
That's the quickest way to get a knowledge base and give you the confidence to build.
If instead, you bought a non-working PC for $10 bucks, you may never be able to get it running, at least not for less than a working refurb would cost.