3411 W. Diversey Ave., Basement, Chicago, IL 60647 | 773.342.6205 | Hours + directions

Purchase computers and parts

FreeGeek Chicago's volunteer Build Program sorts through donated equipment and refurbishes computer systems, parts, and accessories that can continue to serve your computing needs. Items that are not distributed through our rewards program are resold in our on-site ReSale Shop or our online eBay Shop . Basic PC systems start at $40. Basic laptops start at $70. FreeGeek Chicago is a GNU/Linux shop, and we install GNU/Linux operating systems on every computer sold.

Minimum Desktop Hardware Package

  • 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core or better processor (or AMD equivalent)
  • 2 GB Random Access Memory (RAM)
  • 250 GB Hard Disk Drive or better
  • CD-RW Optical Disk Drive or better
  • Onboard Sound, Network, and Video
  • Keyboard, Mouse, and Accessory Cords


Minimum Laptop Hardware Package

  • 1.60 GHz Intel Atom or better processor (or AMD equivalent)
  • 1.0 GB Random Access Memory (RAM)
  • 60.0 GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or better
  • CD-R / DVD-ROM Optical Disk Drive
  • Includes AC Power Supply


Pre-installed Software

FreeGeek Chicago is a GNU/Linux shop, and we install GNU/Linux operating systems on every computer sold.

All FreeGeek Chicago systems are pre-installed with Linux Mint 19.1 (Tessa), a fast, simple, and beautiful desktop operating system.

In addition, we load up all our systems with a TON of awesome apps, including:

  • LibreOffice, an office productivity suite
  • Firefox Web Browser
  • Chromium Web Browser
  • VLC Media Player
  • GIMP Image Editor

Plus, choose from 100s of other apps in the Software Manager included on every machine.


To set up your FreeGeek Chicago computer:

We've tried to make this as easy as possible for everyone, so here's the process... 


  • Boot the computer
  • Follow the prompts and fill in the information as requested
  • Remember to use strong passwords (and one that you'll remember) as you'll want to keep your information as secure as possible. 



Warranty and Returns

FreeGeek Chicago believes that you will absolutely LOVE the refurbished equipment available at our Thrift Store and our Online Store. However, to give you even more confidence in your purchase with us, we have a clear Return Policy and Warranty for certain items. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you have about returns and warranty information. 

Return Policy

  • 14-day return for FreeGeek Systems (Desktop and Laptop systems), LCD Monitors
  • ALL OTHER ITEMS ARE SOLD AS-IS. No return/exchange for these items.
*Covered parts include the following tested items only: hard disk drives (HDD), random access memory (RAM), motherboards, video cards, sounds card, network card 



  • 90-day limited-warranty on all FreeGeek Systems (Desktop and Laptop Systems) unless otherwise noted
  • 30-day limited-warranty on all LCD monitors
  • FreeGeek Warranty does not cover ANY EQUIPMENT BATTERIES including laptop computers, UPS backups, etc...
  • Any hardware issues caused by changes in software programming are NOT covered by by our warranty.


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FreeGeek Chicago sells low-cost refurbished computers and parts at our thrift store. Proceeds from sales cover FreeGeek's operating costs. All parts in the thrift store are available on a first-come, first-served basis.