Every PCs for People office has desktop computers available (see different categories based on donation amount below). Laptops are only available at our offices in St. Paul and Denver.

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Donation Categories for Desktop Computer Towers

When you make a voluntary donation you will receive:

  • $0-$29 = older desktop computer (GOOD) - suitable for basic use, like solitaire and light job searching; Linux Mint or Ubuntu, 1 GB of RAM, 60 GB+ hard drive; available every day at opening until gone
  • $30-$49 = mid-level desktop computer (BETTER) - Windows 7, suitable for most home uses, 2-3 GB of RAM, 80 GB hard drive
  • $50 = newest desktop computer (BEST) – Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, suitable for most home uses including school work, internet, videos and recreation; 3-4 GB RAM, 160 GB+ hard drive
  • Note that a flat screen monitor costs an extra $30 or $50. CRT monitors are free with your desktop. (see below)
  • Laptops are available at St. Paul and Denver offices. 

All pricing is subject to availability.

What's Included

Our typical desktop computer system includes (at no extra cost):

 cd drive  mouse  keyboard  power cord
CD/DVD drive  Mouse  Keyboard 

Power cords & monitor cords

(Other cords available on request) 

There are 3 types of monitors available:

 crt  17 inch  19 inch

CRT monitor


17" flat screen


19"+ flat screen


Additional accessories can be purchased at some locations (prices and availability may vary):

  • Speakers
  • Web camera
  • USB flash drive
  • Wireless mouse
  • Wireless USB adapter


PCs for People warranties equipment for 90 days (hardware) and will repair or replace it if it's not functional. Each computer is eligible for one free reinstall of Windows for any reason within the first 90 days. Issues due to user error (physical damage, viruses, malware, and other software-related issues) are repaired for a small fee. PCs for People will provide documentation to help users learn how to protect their computers and avoid repairs.

After the 90 day warranty we offer a discounted repair program to ensure participants always have a working computer. (Repairs start at $25 and only cost extra if we need to back up files, replace a laptop screen, open up the laptop to its motherboard, or order a part we don't have in stock.)

Office Locations

PCs for People has locations in multiple cities and each office distributes computers differently and has different open hours. Select the city from the list below to learn how to receive a computer.