There’s good – though not necessarily new – news for you if you’re in need of a new, functional desktop computer! It’s called the Raspberry Pi 3 and there is a decent chance you’ve heard of it. If you are a technical person, you probably heard of the pi a long time ago, but for some other people it deserves a mention. This computer runs Linux, not Windows so you will probably want to familiarize yourself with the differences before taking the jump.

It is hard to beat for the price though. Depending on what you parts you already have, you can spend $35-145 on one. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Raspberry Pi 3 – $35
  2. Raspberry Pi case – $6
  3. A Power Supply – $8 (5V and 2.5A micro-USB)
  4. A SD card – $10 (look for NOOBS SD cards)
  5. Mouse + Keyboard – variable cheap or free
  6. HDMI monitor – $70 (used)
  7. HDMI cord – $8

These things are pretty impressive, but again you may have to get used to Linux. You’re not going to find Microsoft Office (unless you’re tech savvy and use Wine), but there are other free office alternatives out there like OpenOffice. Don’t expect to do 3D modelling or heavy graphics work on this thing, but it works great for basic tasks.

Just thought this deserved a mention in case you haven’t heard of it. I’ve got one (pictured), but it isn’t my primary computer – just a hobby for me. However, if my main desktop went down and required an expensive part to fix, I’d probably start using the pi 3 as my main desktop.

If you are in need of a new computer, this is a cheap one, but make sure it fits in your budget before you buy it!