Our typical desktop computer system includes:

  • Windows 7 Professional (some of the oldest ones have Linux; some of the newest have Windows 8.1 Professional)
  • 2.8 GHz+ CPU
  • 1 GB+ RAM
  • CD/DVD ROM drive
  • Mouse 
  • Keyboard
  • 17 inch CRT monitor (a flat LCD screen monitor is an extra $30 or $50, depending on size)
  • Power cords & monitor cord (other cords available on request)

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

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

Donation Categories for Desktop Computers

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
  • $30-$49 = mid-level desktop computer (BETTER) - Windows 7, suitable for most home uses, 2 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.
  • Laptops are available at St. Paul and Denver offices. Click on the location below for more information.

All pricing is subject to availability.


PCs for People warranties equipment for 90 days (hardware) and will repair or replace it if it's not functional. Computer is also eligible for one free reinstall of Windows for any reason within the first 90 days. Issues due to user error (virus, spyware, 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. These documents should be read and precautions taken so that repairs are avoided.

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.