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I am fast

Woke up at 7:25.  At work at 8:02.  17 minute commute.  Whoa.

Today the IBM buy-our-stuff e-mail newsletter came out.  I usually look over it to see if there are any good deals(usually not).  But today I found something intreging:

ThinkCentre A50
~Intel Pentium 4 processor 3.20 GHz (800 MHz FSB)
~Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
~256MB DDR PC3200
~120GB hard drive
~IBM Multi-burner
~DVD-ROM in second bay
~64MB NVIDIA® GeForce4 MX 440 Graphics
~Modem and Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
~Lotus SmartSuite Millennium License (productivity suite)
~2 frontside USB 2.0 ports (6 total)
~IBM Optical Wheel USB Mouse
~IBM Preferred Pro Keyboard
~1 year limited warranty with limited onsite service12

Only $949.00

Price With Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003 $1,144

Okay.  That is basically my computer(not sure about the graphics card comparison).  I upgraded my hard drive last year to 120GB.  I think I paid around $1,200 for it when I got it 3 years ago... with just a 40GB hard drive.  Shouldn't prices be dropping more than this??  Maybe it's just me.  *sigh*


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Oct. 6th, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)
256 meg ram? Puh-leese! Can't take anything with less than half a gig seriously now-a-days... and I wouldn't go with less than a gig myself.

Of course, I'd just put one together on NewEgg, but that's me ;)
Oct. 6th, 2004 07:37 am (UTC)
Totally. It's actually more expensive to put them together, though. I figured it out once.
Oct. 6th, 2004 07:39 am (UTC)
Wasn't for me. I put a 2000+ dollar computer together for less than 1100 last time. Of course... I didn't exactly.. ahem... PAY for Windows... or Office... or Adobe...
Oct. 6th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC)
so... yeah. I like to atleast have the operating system legally. :-P
Oct. 6th, 2004 07:49 am (UTC)
Linux? =p
Oct. 6th, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
There you go.
Oct. 6th, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
Legal versions of Windows and Office will jack the price of a home-built computer up at least 50%.
Oct. 6th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)
Annnnd just because I'm bored...

I prefer the Athlon 64s to Intel so here's what I'd put together.
Athlon 64 3200+ $204 but if you HAVE to have your pentium it's $215
Soltek NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb mobo $100
Crucial 256 pc-3200 ram $51
Maxtor 120 GB hard drive $76
NU Technology 8X4X12/40X10X40 DVD+RW drive, $49.99
Rosewill 52x32x52x16 CD-RW & DVD Combo Drive $36 (couldn't find JUST a DVD drive)

It hurts to even look at such an underpowered video card but...
Leadtek nVIDIA GeForce4 Video Card, 64MB DDR, TV-Out, 8X AGP $35
Cases run anywhere between $15 (stupid cheap) to several hundred (Liquid nitro cooled) You can get a quality one for between $80 and $100.

Windows XP Home - $87 (sound cheap? it is. You're buying the OEM -original equipment manufacturer- version. This is legal since you're buying hardware)

which gives us a total of $739, $750 for pentium. If it comes with a monitor, they're around $100 bucks. You can get a keyboard and mouse for less than $100 bucks. Not a whole lot of savings I agree, but I guarantee you that the mobo and memory are higher quality than what you're getting in your manufactured box. The numbers get more skewed when you move to the higher end powerhouse type systems, like the Alienware stuff. Also, through newegg you usually don't have to pay shipping and tax is waved.

Oct. 6th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC)
*yea* No tax!

And yes, you are very bored.
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