Building a PC for 22$

A lot of people keep complaining, how expensive computers are still. Of course especially we Mac users get to hear this a lot, and probably say it ourselves, from time to time.

Today G-News is introducing: NeuHausPlatz Computer Systems (NHP)

Our first product in a planned series of upcoming products is the cheapest PC you'll ever get:

The NHP 500XP

The features:

Total cost: 39.- (CHF) around 22$ US.


  • Asus 440BX flagship mainboard P3B-F (1x AGP2x, 6x PCI, 1x ISA, 2x Serial, 1x Parallel, 2x USB, 2x PS/2, 2x ATA-33, 1x Floppy, Pentium 3 ready (Slot A), 4 SDRAM slots, 100MHz FSB
  • Intel Pentium 3 CPU at 500MHz (Katmai)
  • 192MB PC-100 SDRAM
  • Permedia 2 4MB Graphics card in AGP 2x slot
  • Voodoo3 2000 16MB PCI in PCI slot (soon to come)
  • Monster3D Voodoo1 4MB 3D accelerator in PCI slot (yet to be)
  • Adaptec AHA-2940AU PCI SCSI controller
  • ES688 AudioDrive ISA sound card 16bit stereo
  • Intel 21140 chipset based 10/100Mbit PCI Ethernet card
  • 4.5 and 4.0 GB SCSI Harddisks (Fujitsu and Quantum)
  • 420 and 810MB ATA Harddisks (Maxtor and Seagate)
  • NEC 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive
  • 24x and 4x IDE CD-ROM drives (Matshita CR-585 and Umax)
  • 4x caddie SCSI CD-ROM Toshiba XM-4301 TA
  • extra 9cm case fan blowing out
  • extra AirFix™ 12cm case fan sucking in
  • CPU temperature around 30°C, mainboard temperature around 23° (room temperature)
  • Operating noise around 60-65 db
  • Big Tower ATX case with 6 full size 5.25" bays, 2 external 3.5" bays and 3 internal 3.5" bays
  • Canon BJ-200 BubbleJet printer
  • EasyPhoto image scanner
  • Build time: around 2 days
  • People involved: 3 (thanks to Phu and Wemblie again for support, parts and help)

Screen used is a 19" Eizo CRT FlexScan T761, speakers used are a Sony FH-B710 stereo, Internet connection via ZyXel Prestige 642-R ADSL Router and Longshine 10Mbit Hub.

You can't complain about that for 22$. Since the Voodoo3 is still being used in my Mac until the Radeon arrives, I can't post benchmarks of popular games as of now, but I'll do that asap.

Calculating the cost of this machine, assuming every part would have been new, and purchased the day it still was new, this machine would have cost around 5000.- (CHF) that's about 3000$ US.

Actually this PC would have cost 0$ if the powersupply had not failed, so we had to buy a new one for 22$. Who said computers were expensive?

And now for some pictures:

The case front and side

This is the AirFix™ 12cm case cooler

The ultimate 3 CD-ROM combo that eases the pain of inserting game CDs all the time: Just leave them in there.

And the hand-crafted super NHP logo that is set to become world-famous!

Legal stuff: AirFix™ is a trademark of Airfix (a company for model planes and cars, glue etc) and is in no way associated or afiliated with G-News.
Pentium 3 is a trademark of Intel Corp., all other brand names and trademarks are property to their respective owners.
Neuhausplatz is a townsquare in Liebefeld, Switzerland and most certainly can't be branded.
500XP means 500MHz, Xtreme Patchwork and has nothing to do with AMDs naming scheme or with Microsoft™ Windows XP™.
Due to the one-of-a-kind nature of the NHP500XP, reproduction is impossible and orders are thus futile.
Text and pictures: © G-News Feb. 2002, design and conception and Wemblie Inc.