When shopping for new computers on a budget it’s helpful to have a review of the best available PCs, so I’ve made a list of the top 10 desktop PCs available for a budget. Since we are thinking budget minded, I should inform you that these are all refurbished PCs that come with Tiger Direct warranties.
Top 10 desktop PCs for a budget: Tiger Direct
When it comes to budget computers, no one is better at providing you with a great system guaranteed to work out of box than Tiger Direct. All Tiger Direct systems are quality tested and warrantied to ensure your system will operate as intended. Now onto the lineup.
Top 10 desktop PCs for a budget: The HP DC5100
This light desktop PC was built with the budget conscious individual in mind. Having a 3.2 GHZ processor, 1 gig of DDR2 RAM and built in audio/video, this computer will handle nearly any task you need it to. The computer comes in a black and silver casing and small form factor to fit anywhere with a 250 gig hard drive to store all your pictures. Costing only $199.99, the only drawback is the upgradability potential.
Top 10 desktop PCs for a budget: The Lenovo Think Center 8141
If you are willing to sacrifice a little power and style for more storage then this is a good alternative. Costing only $199.97 this desktop PC houses a 400 gig hard drive, but drops down to DDR 1 memory operating at 400 mhz, with only a 3ghz processor. Both of these systems are capable of playing many games right out of box and more then suitable for any kind of business environment.
Top 10 desktop PCs for a budget: The IBM Think Center M52
If your budget just doesn’t seem to be able to handle those systems, and you don’t really need all that extra storage. Then this desktop PC with an 80 gig hard drive is just right for you. The computer comes with a 3 ghz P4 processor, and 1 gig of DDR 2 memory, bringing back the speed this time, at the sacrifice of storage. When speed is important to you storage is of little concern.
Top 10 desktop PCs for a budget: The IBM Think Centre S51
When you’re still not being budget minded enough there are yet more options available to you. Like this Think Center Desktop PC for under $150, which has a value 40 gig hard drive, 3 ghz processor, and 1 gig of DDR memory. This computer is more then suitable for your school work, browsing the internet, or even a little bit of casual gaming.
Top 10 desktop PCs for a budget: The Dell Optiplex GX270
If all of that seems too expensive for you, then keep reading because we are moving closer to that golden $100 mark, and I’ll give you some tips to get a system for even less then that at the end. For now check out this Dell PC, which comes with a 2.4 ghz processor, 512 megs of memory, and a 40 gig hard drive for only $139.97. This system comes with the standard dell black design and silver logo, but it’s not what’s on the outside that counts anyway is it?
Top 10 desktop PCs for a budget: The HP dc7600
For the best in prebuilt systems you can always look forward to an HP computer performing as expected, and this computer is no exception. The HPdc7600 is bringing back some speed to your value. This computer costs $134.95, comes in a small form factor case, has a 2.8 ghz processor, 512 megs of DDR memory, and a 40 gig hard drive. This is the kind of value you just can’t beat.
Top 10 desktop PCs for a budget: The HP dx5150
If you’re like me and you have no taste for Intel, then you will be happy to know AMD isn’t left out of this list. This computer Features an AMD Athalon x64 3,000+ processor operating at 1.8 ghz, 512 megs of DDR memory, and a 40 gig hard drive. Not a lot of hard drive space, but it will get you by if you’re dealing with a lot of text documents, or just browsing the internet and doing research. We aren’t there yet, but this computer costs only $124.99 bringing it much closer to being affordable to the average household.
Top 10 desktop PCs for a budget: The IBM NetVista M41
Nearing the end of the list we have a NetVista M41 which costs $119.99, sporting a 2.2 ghz P4, with 512 megs of DDR memory, and a 40 gig hard drive. With this computer you could easily browse the internet, and play 4 or 5 year old games, social networking and working is a breeze and you won’t break the bank.
Top 10 desktop PCs for a budget: The IBM Think Centre S50
This is the last one I’m going to mention from Tiger direct, and it’s the cheapest budget minded desktop PC you will find in their inventory. The Think Center S50 has no Operating System pre-installed, so you will need to have a copy of Windows handy upon receiving it. However, it is a high quality reasonably powered PC, with a 3 ghz P4 processor, 1 gig of DDR memory, and a 40 gig hard drive.This kind of value can’t be beat. (Especially if you happen to have an old windows disc lying around)
Top 10 desktop PCs for a budget: The HP d530
This unit is right at the bottom marker $100, the ultimate in budget computers, this system is Listed on geeks.com and features a 2.66 ghz P4, 512 megs of DDR memory, and a 40 gig hard drive. It’s more than ample to suit nearly any ones need, from gaming to social networking, working, or even research, and at $100, it’s nearly the cheapest you will find that is capable of meeting today’s demands
Top 10 desktop PCs for a budget: What about under $100?
If you are a truly value conscientious shopper, then you are probably still looking for something even cheaper, and fortunately for you there is something, but only for those who live nearby a large city. Call around and find your local PC recycling center, there are many recycling centers and one of the most common is E-cycle.
Once you have found a recycling Center, call to inquire about a computer. Often times you can get a comparable computer to those on this list through a local recycler at half the cost. Finally if you have not been able to find one cheaper and your budget simply can’t handle $50-$100, but you just have to have a computer. There are multiple computers for students, or computers for seniors programs on the internet, which will give you a computer for free.
Sometimes it will require you to take a couple of classes on using the computer, and put in a few hours of community service at their location, but for a free computer it’s well worth it.
Top 10 desktop PCs for a budget: Computers for students links.
These links should provide you with ample resources to get started on your hunt for a free computer service in your area.
Freebytes guide to free computers
Free Government surplus computers in Seattle
Where ever god wills free student computers