Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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A few things come to mind.
First, any PC you buy at an auction you're probably going to spend some time troubleshooting. Listed problems are only the ones they know of, they've probably been tossed around and who knows what problems you're buying.
Second -- and don't take this too personally -- but if your knowledge of PC hardware is so thin you have to ask a question like this on an OT car forum, you probably shouldn't be undertaking the task of rehabbing an auctioned PC. Bottom line is, you're probably biting off more than you can chew. Particularly since your copy of XP is only licensed once, if you compromise your key you'll end up with no license, no service packs and no security updates. And if you think you're frustrated by the 800/300, wait until you're trying to find legacy drivers for hardware in the auctioned PC, only to find out that something else is broken in it.
Third, where are you getting the $2000 figure from? Even a laptop can be had for under $1,000 that will run circles around the best desktops from only two years ago. Visit dell.com and take a look. If you don't want Vista they sell factory refurbs with warranties. And you can get a desktop for even less than the notebooks, both new and refurbed.
Last thought: this is what I do for a living, and I wouldn't buy an auction PC on a bet.
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