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I only have the mini tower - need appropriate cabes, cords, etc.

I have an older Gateway pc that has been in storage for several years. I just ran across it and would like to get it working again. My problem is that I don't have any of the cables, nor do I have a monitor. I'd like to find out what types of cords/cables would be compatible to use with this mini tower. I have plenty of ethernet cables, but it looks like I'll also need a power cord, monitor w/connection, and keyboard. I can easily get a mouse. Any suggestions on where to look for these items would be appreciated. I'm sure there are a few websites out there that have this infromation, it's just a matter of knowing where to look.

Thanks for the help!
John

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First, I suggest finding a monitor first as some have an 'attached' monitor cable and some don't. (No use buing a $15.00 cord you don't need) As far as a mouse goes, believe it or not, I've found the best prices for a good mouse at Home Depot and Publix Supermarkets. E-bay and Amazon.com always have great prices on most any cord.
All PC power cords I've ever seen are the same (about $11.00 at any Staples, CompUSA, Best Buy, etc.), They are will only fit PC's and VGA (old-style) monitors.
Any monitor should work just fine. For used I'd suggest craigslist.com and for a new LCD you probably can't beat tigerdirect.com (new owner's of CompUSA).
Any mouse & keyboard will work also. Good Luck!

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