Join Date: May 2004
A Few Good rules with your computer
1.) If isnt broke dont fix it(includes upgrades)
2.) When in the market to buy something for your computer, remember you are alone, there is no government help at all,
So, what next
Here I go:
1.) Find out the date of manufacture of the item
2.) Find out the date of Bios or Firmware installed
3.)Find out what revisions numbers it is( this is very important as different revision numbers enable more functionality, the later the better)
4.) Ask about the length of warranty and who does this warranty work.
5.) Since resale values of computer processors,circuit boards, ect is very low to almost none in some cases, be prepared for that, it appears the money spent , here loses value, it does not go classic and increase in value, like books, cars, ect, because "greedy crooks" keep changing technology, like I change my socks , every day.
6.) Ask returning the product if DOA and how long it takes then to replace or refund your money
7.) If you have lost money, or significant value in computer components, that merchantability of the item is very low or non existant contact the Federal Trade Commission, and dont be discouraged, they are in consumer protection and can only help, if you contact them with a problem and say what it is,
8.) Dont upgrade expensive items , keep your system, when it breaks and a small repair is not feasible, then get what you need, usually this is 3 things , Processor, Circuit Board, memory.
Buy value items , here with 3 year warranties or longer, Buy a circuit board with onboard graphics, this way expensive useless graphic cards is not neccesary, INTEL ,and ASUS have 3 year warranties on there boards that are in "retail boxes", CPU's in the box made by Intel Have 3 year warranties, INTEL does not warranty "oem" processors or boards and generally oems have no manufacturers warranty , these item were sold to computer making companies and they could not make enuff computer to fit these in , so they have sold them by the box load to some computer stores and they try and sell these no warranty items to the public. OEM sealed operating systems are a good , dont confuse the two, they get sold the same way.
8.) Make sure the item is in a retail box .
9.) Make sure the company on the box has an active web site, not a make shift or fly by night web site.
10.) Intel employees buyceleron processors as they are nearly the same( in many cases and much lower in cost.)
11.) Remember this, its your money you decide , not some else what to buy and when to buy, "Consumer Boycotts" are very effective way to make them lower there outrageous prices and get a fair deal, this is our check and balance in the system.
12.) High end we are not getting since , 1998 , when Digital Equipment Corporation stepped into the pc market and made available 64 bit, 66 MHZ chips so that tremendously fast speeds would be available to the public, No circuit Board manufactuers have put these in as standard , so that we could get access to these "fast pci bus lines", with these chips and 64Bit, 66MHz, 100MHz, 133MHz, 533MHz, we could plug in a controller card and plugin our EIDE (hard Disk Drives) and get this very slow , snails pace transfer times up to 4GB/s, I for one am very dissappointed, that "Greed" and not speed has been there motive, and insist, that they include these for all to enjoy, otherwise , our systems are not "speedy" thruout and complying with every state and federal and us law and our the consumers best buy for our precious money.
Heres too speedy life,,, its our right and its not wrong.