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Parachute07 3,925 1,315 August 10, 2015 at 09:31 PM
Hey everyone!

I'm looking for a small PC. I see these mini PCs and HTPCs now and then, but don't know much about them. What I'm looking to do is get a PC I can set up at home and leave running on my network so I can log into it remotely. I'm going to be abroad during holiday sales time and I want to be able to log in remotely to shop online (afraid my orders will get cancelled if buying from foreign IPs). Ideally, I'd be able to leave this thing on for months. Practically, I know that might be tough. I don't need anything resource intensive - literally just web browsing. Any suggestions as to where my budget should be or if this is realistic?

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Hey everyone!

I'm looking for a small PC. I see these mini PCs and HTPCs now and then, but don't know much about them. What I'm looking to do is get a PC I can set up at home and leave running on my network so I can log into it remotely. I'm going to be abroad during holiday sales time and I want to be able to log in remotely to shop online (afraid my orders will get cancelled if buying from foreign IPs). Ideally, I'd be able to leave this thing on for months. Practically, I know that might be tough. I don't need anything resource intensive - literally just web browsing. Any suggestions as to where my budget should be or if this is realistic?
HP Stream Mini might be a good idea. It will take hardly any power. Not sure why websites would cancel orders from a foreign IP.
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Take a look at the Dell Optiplex Micros - http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnli...2&fid=7024

Those are designed to do exactly what you're talking about
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HP Stream Mini might be a good idea. It will take hardly any power. Not sure why websites would cancel orders from a foreign IP.
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Take a look at the Dell Optiplex Micros - http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnli...2&fid=7024

Those are designed to do exactly what you're talking about
Thank you both very much for getting back to me! I didn't mean to ignore your responses! Just got busier than I anticipated the past couple of days.

I like the idea of something that isn't too power-hungry.

I'm not committed to any particular budget, but the Stream and Optiplex are obviously on different ends of a spectrum. Is there a reason why I should consider something more expensive than the Stream? Is there something else in between in the market?

I know there are computers for every budget imaginable. I also know I've got a tough task -- an always-on machine that will only be used for shopping online.

I appreciate the feedback!
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Is there a reason why I should consider something more expensive than the Stream? Is there something else in between in the market?

I know there are computers for every budget imaginable. I also know I've got a tough task -- an always-on machine that will only be used for shopping online.
Only other option could be a VPN services to get a US-based IP. I honestly don't think a foreign IP will block you from shopping at certain sites. I've purchased on Amazon, Walmart.com, and a couple others from a foreign IP and never had an issue.
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