Low-Cost Functioning Computers to Sell Abroad


Jun 30, 2009
My friend and I are researching for a potential business that creates homebuilt computers and ships them to developing areas abroad. I'm a bio student, and she's a management major so computers are not our specialty. I would appreciate any thoughts and opinions you might have as to the feasibility of this project. Some specific questions I have are:

1. What kind of costs would we be looking at to build a basic computer with internet, word processing, and basic business/educational functions? We're not trying to build a super computer here, just something that can connect people to the web, run educational children's games, and have word processing.

2. What about power requirements-does anyone have any expertise working with the power grids in foreign (esp. developing countries) I know they can be different, and I don't know what kind of adaptations we'd have to look into to get our homebuilt computers to operate safely and effectively on foreign grids. The specific region we're targeting is the middle east; probably israel, or very eastern europe (moldova, georgia, azerbaijan)

thanks, all.


Dec 29, 2007
Firstly you need to know what power is being supplied from the wall, is it 220v, or 110? What is the average temp? Here's my pick:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147111
$20 Cheap Rosewill mATX case
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153023
$36 Thermaltake 430W (has a $12 MIR)
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186151
$46 Foxconn A74MX-K mATX 740G
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103240
$40 AM2 LE-1640 45w Single Core
or: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103255
$55 AM2 X2 4850e 45w Dual Core
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161030
$23 Wintec AMPX DDR2 800 2x1GB
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075
$40 WD1600AAJS 160GB SATA
DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136167
$25 LG 22x DVDR/RW

Total (with X2, no OS): $245 + S&H (not counting MIR, or Combo/Special/Bulk deals)