martyyn: You need to get yourself down to the 'Tip Shop' or whatever its called near you. We have one here where they sell anything taken to the tip which they think may have some value (or still works). <br /> <br />Sure they sell the electrical items 'at your own risk' but Ive picked up several machines for no more than $10 each and we are talking 2.0Ghz P4 machines with 1Gb ram, 320Gb hard drives, a DVD drive and XP COA's on them :) <br /> <br />I got two 17' monitors for $1 each because they didnt know if they worked (and I smiled nicely) and good condition keyboards and mice are only a couple of dollars each. <br />
My computer is a similar vintage amd xp 2500+, and has been struggling a bit driving me nuts actually, but i still don't really think of it as an old machine, when i think old machine i think of my old 386sx which cost me around $1200 second hand.
1) what do you consider to be an "old" computer?,
2) is it just me or do computers seem to be holding more of their value in recent years
3) Are there any tip shops in the South Waikato? (who knows for $20 i might get a machine twice as good)