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  1. #21
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    Originally posted by random_fool
    I don't expect anyone to agree with me, but after 13 years of building my own, I stopped.

    I buy new computers, now. It's cheaper. You can't keep up with the economies of scale that benefit the Dells of the world.

    P4, 2.8 GHz for $299. How can you compete with that? You can't. Take the cheap, fast system with a warranty, and walk away happy.
    I mentioned that. At the low end it has been cheaper or not more expensive to buy from WalMart or Sub 300 PC or [Name your discount dealer] for about 3 years.

    Now these dealers don't typically deal in the custom stuff and form factor stuff.

    Now I can Spec out a Dirt Cheap Puter Using Tiger Direct;

    1. PCChips Flex ATX Embeded C3 Mobo Intergrated Sound, Video, LAN- 69.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=P459-1000

    2. SOYO Black Mid Tower with 350 Power supply, Keyboard, speakers, and Mouse - Free after Rebate http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...506067&CatId=0

    3. Seagate 7,200 RPM 40 GB Hard Drive With Linspire Pre-Installed - 69.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...0AA3%20LINDOWS

    4. Viking 256 MB DDR 266MHz RAM 31.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...3662&CatId=838

    5. Toshiba 8X Dvd+/-RW 49.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...0&Sku=P34-2018

    Grand Total after Rebates is 221.96 (You could use less memory, cheaper Hard Drive, and a CD Burner and get it down to about 150)

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    Uh...you forgot a processor in your above example. That computer would just kind of sit there as it is now.
    I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don't notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is.

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    Originally posted by Ultima Designs
    Uh...you forgot a processor in your above example. That computer would just kind of sit there as it is now.
    No I didn't.

    The MOBO has an Intergrated C3 Ezra 800 in it. Although to be honest you would be better off getting a Cheaper Micro-Atx Mobo and buying a C3 Nehimiah 1000 (Tiger Direct sells them for $39.99)

    OOPS!!! Its actually a C3 Sam 2 Intergrated on that board. After you said something I looked around and indeed the SAM II is directly intergrated into the board (No Upgrade possibilities).
    Last edited by johnie; 09-15-2004 at 10:11 PM.

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    Oh, whoops, my bad. Not like that computer would be able to do much of anything, though. You could cheap out, however, and for a few bucks more get a cheap-o mobo and low-end Athlon or Celeron processor...
    I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don't notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is.

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    HD40WDBB 40GB Western Digital 7200RPM HD $55.89
    $55.89
    MBPMB863G SKT A PC Chips M863G All-in-one MicroATX MB $55.99

    AMDSMP24RET AMD Sempron 2400+ SKT A CPU
    $68.19
    KRAM266256 Kingston Ram 256MB DDR 266Mhz
    $53.99
    CAS917 ATX Mid Tower 4+2 350w/PS P4 Front USB/Audio $38.19 $





    $272.25



    or


    A1938658
    Intel Celeron 2.4GHz 400MHz FSB
    Unit price: $79.99
    A4303292
    256MB DDR333 PC2700 Memory
    Unit price: $43.99
    A3450935
    40GB 7200RPM Maxtor IDE Hard Drive ATA133
    Unit price: $59.99
    A4800451
    *M/B, ABIT SG 71 P4 SIS 651M-L DDR mATX
    Unit price: $55.99

    CAS917 ATX Mid Tower 4+2 350w/PS P4 Front USB/Audio $38.19 $




    Sub-total: $288.96


    way better than that C3 chip, what ever that was, take your choice AMD or Intel.

    oh I forgot the DVD writer @ 59 was the cheapest I found.

    add winhome 100.00
    monitor with mouse and keyboard 120.00

    your good to go, speakers are about 15 bucks for decent internet speakers.
    All out of Honey Buffers, so i grabed a few Goose Heads

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    so your lookin at about


    567.00 for that, and that would be better for quality parts than the genaric mobo you get from gateway and dell.
    All out of Honey Buffers, so i grabed a few Goose Heads

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