To buy or not barebones system?

By djspan101
Jul 23, 2009
  1. Hi guys,

    I really need some help. I have 8 days left to decide whetehre or not to buy the HP/Compaq Evo D500 Barebones kit off of eBay. It is currently going for £9.90 buy it now with £11.90 shipping.

    It looks like an amazing bargin. It so cheap because it has no, PSU, no RAM, no Optical Drive and no HDD. I know the CD drive and HDD are IDE but I need to know where I can get Cheap SD Ram PC133 and a PSU that is compatible with the D500. Also what sort of upgrades can I perform on this machine, I.E PCI Cards, RAM, HDD, Optical etc.

    The most important thing that I need to know is what PSU and what the general cost of all these parts will be. I am fairly flexible seeing as the barebones is only £20.


  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    generally you get what you pay for on ebay.
    ebay electronics are notorious for scamming.
  3. djspan101

    djspan101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    Dont worry

    found out why it was so cheap, it didn't have a PSU and the compaq PSU's are notoriously hard to get. The only one I could find for a reasonable price was about £70 on a US site. Oh well, I'll just keep browsing :)
  4. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +198

    I really would not call that a super bargain either to be honest. Its quite an old pc, I have a evo but with a 2.66 northwood and 1 gig of ram, and a 80 gb hd, & a dvdrw. I would not expect to sell it for much more than 30 pounds, fully working with xp pro.
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