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Old 08-13-2003, 05:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question $1500 System - Good or Bad?

What do you think of the price for this system($1500-No Monitor/OS)? It looks too good to me, what components are generic? What would you guys change? Thanks for the help.

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Old 08-13-2003, 05:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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BTW - I found it on internetishop.com. Do you know anyhting about them? I cant find any reviews - very concerning.

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Old 08-13-2003, 05:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I bought a Compaq that has pretty much all the same stuff except with 512 mb memory for $900, and it came with Windows XP Home, so it doesn't look like that great a deal to me. The extra memory definitely isn't worth $500. You could get a compaq and just buy some memory - it'd probably come out to about $100 for 500 meg.
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Old 08-13-2003, 07:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Compaq, for the most part, uses nominal to substandard parts.. I wouldn't use a compaq again if they paid me.

Most of the hardware there looks pretty good, with the exception of the MB, and video card. The Motherboard is decent, but not tops and you're paying tops price on this.. Also, the Video card isn't an "Ultra" version and that makes a big difference in both resolution ability and FPS. For the price, you should be getting an Ultra...

I'd also want to know who made the Ram.. If it's made by crap.com or they won't tell you, don't bother... The optical drives look good, the HD is tops, but...... who the criz is Hugebee?? lol..

Um.. all in all, it's a descent system, but I think it's a bit over priced. Especially if the Ram is poor quality.

Check out this link.... It's a buildout list for an AMD system.. As you will see, even with a Gig of Corsair on twin sticks with heatsinks, and a 19" monitor, I'm coming in under the price you have there and all of the parts that I have on the list are high to superior quality.. (the CPU is a little slower too)


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Old 08-13-2003, 07:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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YEa I agree with Alexander, I would alsoreccomend you to build your own, it doesnt take too long to learn and the rewards are great
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Old 08-13-2003, 08:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes...if you build your own it'll be:

A) Much cheaper
B) A great experience
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Old 08-14-2003, 08:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow, this has been extremely helpful. I think I am going to take the time to learn how to build my own. Thanks again.
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Old 08-16-2003, 06:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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very high standard, if you can get a Sony 21" Trinitron and Windows 2000 or XP

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