My current home computer is a piece of sh*t. Its slow, its loud, its slow, it crashes, it flickers, it stalls, its slow and its slow. Its tucked under my desk right now, buzzing and making an ozone smell, and Im honestly afraid its irradiating my testicles.
I started out with an old, old box circa 1994 and tried to upgrade it here and there, but I soon discovered that it just doesnt work that way.
I upgraded to a larger hard drive, but it turned out that my version of Windows 95 wouldnt recognize anything bigger than two Gigs. I upgraded to Windows 98, and suddenly I had problems getting on the Internet. A bottom of the line sound card I purchased to listen to MP3s either doesnt work with Windows 98 or my motherboard, and I didnt have $50 an hour to pay a computer expert to tell me I would need another upgrade.
Now I know I should have bought a new system, a fast one where every component works with every other component, with pre-loaded software and a fan doesnt sound like its a powered by a two-stroke engine.
Money, as always, is a problem. What with this eating compulsion I have, the cost of living, and my CD-a-paycheque fix, theres very little of the kitty left over at the end of the month to plunk down on a machine.
Luckily, most places will allow you to make monthly payments, which raises the cost but lessens the sting.
I havent committed to anything yet, but I am officially shopping.
You might have heard their jingle on the radio, and probably had a little trouble getting it out of your head its almost as insidious as that Intel sound bite.
They have a few storefronts, but do most of their business online, building computers from scratch or putting together complete systems from brand name components and giving you a deal.
For $1,049, I can get a PC with an Intel Pentium III processor at 933 MHz, 256 MB SDRAM, a 40 GB hard drive, a 8x4x32 CD-Rewriter, Integrated 3D AGP Video, KLH speakers and subwoofer, Corel WordPerfect Office 2000, a 56k v.90 modem, Windows Millennium Edition, AND a 17 inch monitor. Thats a lot of computer, and it includes a two-year warranty.
And this is one of their mid range systems.
For $1,359, I can get the same basic system with a 1400 MHz processor, 512 MB of SDRAM, an nVidieia GeForce 32MB DDR Video card, a SoundBlaster Live Value sound card, and Hollywood surround sound speakers. Id have to buy the operating system software separately, but this is more like it.