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The Mad Monk
04-06-2004, 08:44:38
Athlon 3000
512 Mb memory
160 Gb hard drive
48x48x12 CDR
some sort of DVD
7 USB ports, 3 different card ports, a few other bits and pieces
17" flat panel monitor
minitower case
usual list of software

$999

Compaq.

Saw this at BJ's Wholesale club yesterday (big convenience factor, right there), looks real good to me, but I thought I'd check with you all.

This may or may not have to do anything with my other thread. :(

Sir Penguin
04-06-2004, 08:55:50
That's C$1360. You could probably get a much better computer for less than C$900, not including the monitor. A 17" monitor is around C$500-600. So, it depends on how much you value a 17" LCD monitor.

SP

zmama
04-06-2004, 09:13:03
I dislike compaqs, the boxes and the "service". So I'd agree with SP

The Mad Monk
04-06-2004, 10:18:08
The other option I've been entertaining is "build my own".

How much does a copy of XP run (from a reliable vendor), these days?

zmama
04-06-2004, 12:21:06
If purchaced with hardware (so you can legally buy OEM) about $85

zmama
04-06-2004, 12:22:28
Sometimes a bit less with a motherboard combo deal.

Venom
04-06-2004, 13:15:57
Also, check the video card. A machine like that probably doesn't have a good video card.

MDA
04-06-2004, 14:18:23
Tom's Hardware just did a DIY "gaming sytem for $<1000" article that may help.

I agree with Venom on the video card.

Chris
04-06-2004, 14:29:09
Build your own, it isn't as hard as it seems.

Lurker
04-06-2004, 14:35:35
Hell, I did it, so that should just about say it all.

Of course, the machine is in the shop as I type this. :(

The Mad Monk
05-06-2004, 12:54:16
I'll build my own if I can get my current one back up; otherwise, it'll take too long.

zmama
05-06-2004, 14:23:10
Nah...it won't take long. Places like New Egg will get you your stuff in two days

Gary
05-06-2004, 20:07:13
I'd definately consider self build if I were you. I've done so in the past but didn't last time because I could get such a good deal at the Internet auctions for a ready made. But there is a problem. As soon as you buy something to add to it you realise the damn thing aready uses up all the visible disk bays !

Sir Penguin
05-06-2004, 21:29:52
I don't know about Newegg or other US places, but the place where I shop online (www.ncix.com) will put together the system you design, and test it, for something like C$25 extra.

SP

zmama
05-06-2004, 23:59:34
Yeah I've used United Micro to do that. Like when Rachel had to have a computer to take with her to NZ, fast.
They are okay...I haven't had any probs with the company but I know some have .

http://www.unitedmicro.com/

The Mad Monk
06-06-2004, 09:39:23
Originally posted by Sir Penguin
I don't know about Newegg or other US places, but the place where I shop online (www.ncix.com) will put together the system you design, and test it, for something like C$25 extra.

SP

*looks at P4 configuration page*

:eek:

I think a little research is in order, yepyep...

:nervous:

The Mad Monk
06-06-2004, 10:03:55
Second impression (both sites):

I must practice control.

First try gave me a $1500 system.

I feel like a kid in a candy shop.

I definately have to research those motherboards.

zmama
06-06-2004, 10:08:20
http://www.tomshardware.com/

http://www.anandtech.com/

two good places to start

The Mad Monk
15-06-2004, 08:02:30
Still researching motherboards, though it looks as if I'll be heading for an AMD chip, for the first time ever.

I see components have gotten prettier since they started putting windows in the cases. :)