View Full Version : Is this computer a good buy?

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



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.


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?

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.


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 .


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.


*looks at P4 configuration page*


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


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.

06-06-2004, 10:08:20


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. :)