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Re: [K12OSN] Wal-Mart PCs



The one advantage for the Wal-Mart PCs is that you may be able to sell
your HDs to offset your costs.

Jon

On Thu, 26 Jun 2003, Richard K. Ingalls wrote:

> 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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> "According to my calculations, the problem doesn't exist."
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