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Gallery: The poor man's all-in-one PC

The poor man's all-in-one PC costs $380 including a 20" wide-screen LCD. Image shows an older 19" LCD with a crude mock-up attached to the back. The entire computer including the LCD takes 58W in idle and 64W at peak CPU operation. The PC itself consumes 30W idle and 36W CPU peak. The CPU is a 1.33 GHz Celeron 215 processor based on the "Yonah" Core Microarchitecture with the equivalent performance if a Pentium 4 2.2 GHz. See George Ou's blog for more details.

11 comments
dweinkauff228
dweinkauff228

Assuming it is not a "spoof", it was indeed called a "mock up" in one of the captions (not even a prototype) and it would possibly work. Why are you confused that the cover is not there? How could you see the guts and have them explained if the cover was on it? Get real, he wanted you to be able to see "INSIDE" the box.

jbond
jbond

Heck, my kids are begging for more PCs to play Neopets. I have FiOS and lots of bandwidth, all I need are better CPUs and more RAM. I'll take existing PCs and replace the MB, CPU and RAM... voila.

prettyfriend
prettyfriend

Hee, hee, I was thinking the exact same thing! Besides looking "outside of the box," one must look at the "inside of the box," in order to get it! DOH!

keropifrogs
keropifrogs

Too easy for kids to knock the LCD/computer off the top of the table. At least put it against the wall. Need to enclose the monitor in Lexan.

richard7
richard7

Doesn't anybody get that this is a spoof..??

Ian Thurston
Ian Thurston

Actually, a spoof is "Microsoft releases source code". The spoof is revealed with the "but you can't touch it" caveat. I betcha this is an honest attempt at a usable cheap PC with no strings attached. The wood part DOES seem a little hinky, I will agree. Future posts from the author will, no doubt, reveal the truth whether I'm gullible or you're a cynic.

mnil
mnil

Here is a link the the guy's blog, which includes a few images, and rather detailed plans... http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/ You'll need to scroll down the page a little - the date of the article was posted the 3rd of October.

o.brunelle
o.brunelle

Come on! Duct Tape, and technology, live wires, this if this was being used to inventory all the handtools in the garage, or download auto engine tuner mod chips this would be the PERFECT guy project.

lfschauer
lfschauer

will this thing cool properly?

mateokow
mateokow

Children and wires they can touch?

Ozzylogic
Ozzylogic

I just saw the pictures for the Poor Man's PC and couldn't help wonder why a Stealth wasn't used. Agreed the Stealth can be pricey ($1250 in some places), but I'm sure they could create a lower cost version minus the multiple firewire and USB ports. Or better yet, a keyboard which doubles up as the USB hub thus reducing the no. of ports the system needs at the rear. To add, I use a Stealth system for file storage and overnight downloads as I can't afford to keep my gaming rig turned on 24/7 (it uses a 500W Cooler Master PSU!)