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Re: [K12OSN] Wal-Mart PCs



Daniel Loomis wrote:

Is this another VIA MB with PXE boot capability?  This does not appear
to be the same hardware that was offered a few months ago.  Since no one
else offers a decent thin client for any less money, this "might" be a
decent choice for thin clients (especially with hd removed).  Surely the
components cannot be any cheaper than those on ThinkNICs and those seem
to hold up OK.

This has been covered before (albeit with different hardware). Julius said that he can build a "Fat" thin client with the VIA Eden EPIA 5000 motherboard & CPU (PXE boot), 32 Mb RAM and NO FAN NECESSARY for ~$200 (US$)!! I've been doing some pricing research and I believe that I can build a true thin client (mini-ITX case) for ~$220! Here's the specs:

- MOTHERBOARD: VIA Eden EPIA 5000 motherboard (500 Mhz fanless CPU) w/ PXE boot
(on board LAN, video, audio, usb) from (idot.com) ................................$105
- CASE: mini-ITX w/ 55 watt DC (external) power supply (caseoutlet.com)..............$82
- MOUSE: PS/2 Optical (tigerdirect.com) ............................................$15
- KEYBOARD: PS/2 (tigerdirect.com) ..................................................$7
- MEMORY: 32 Mb RAM stick (computersurplusoutlet.com)................................$8


I see no reason to buy the Wal-Mart specials when you can build a true thin client with NO MOVING PARTS for about the same price. The Wal-Mart specials will have a case fane, power supply fan and CPU fan - all of which offer a point of failure (assuming you take out the hard drive - which is an additional point of failure).

So, if you're looking at the $200 price range, build your own (or talk to Julius or me) true thin client! If price is a factor and you don't care about moving parts, then get a used PC from uce.com or some other auction site. Usually, you can find old PII's with 64 Mb RAM, for $35!! Super cheap - but not a thin client. They work beautifully - I know 'cuz I've used them.

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