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Cheap, high performance sub £200 desktop PCs for schools

Saturday 22nd April 2017. UPDATED: Tuesday 25th April 2017

With tight budgets and limited time, it can be difficult to source high-quality PCs.

A few months ago, faced with limited funds and aging PCs, I did some research to figure out what would be good value for money. I settled on the Gigabyte Brix J1900 Celeron computers. I was initially sceptical about the performance of the Celeron processor, but for everyday school use, they've proven to be perfect - and extremely cost effective. You really don't need to pay an excessive amount to a third party to source them for you.

Total per PC: £199.18.

The PCs have USBs for keyboard, mouse and memory stick. Support WiFi and have a normal network connection. They can output to VGA and/or HDMI. There are also audio ports.

They are very quick and easy to set up (my students did most of this) and mount on the back of existing LCD monitors. They are silent, consume little power and take up next to no physical space, helping to keep energy bills down and desks tidy. The performance is also very good!

Of course if you did need keyboard and mouse (£14.98) and monitor (£72), then the total per computer would increase. Just make sure that the screens are adjustable and have a VESA mount. I also make the assumption that you already have licences for Windows.

Those who are more thrifty may be able to pick up components on eBay or similar. Just remember that the memory is SODIMM - you need the right type for it to work.

Yes, there are limitations if you ever wanted to upgrade, but given the cost of these machines, it would be less hassle to replace them in 2-3 years time if needs be.

Prices correct as of April 2017.