Originally Posted by CATTYBIRD
Well, my brother is pretty computer savvy (he'd better be, he works for a computer company)!, but he lives several states away from me.
See if he can put a cheap one together for you and send it. He may be able to use a few cast off parts (case, power supply, rom drives) and get decent deals on everything else. Tell him he can consider it a Christmas gift to you.
Make sure to let him, and others, know that your pc is dying.
And I agree, it's amazing it's lasted so long! I thought the 11 year old one I still have around (dinky cheap celeron) was pushing it since it still runs perfectly and reasonably fast.
I recently had to replace a motherboard, processor, and ram - I went with a kit (I felt lazy) and only paid $152 including shipping. Everything else I had, so in other words I put a pc together for only $152.