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08-28-01, 11:21 PM   #1  
I plan on buying a computer soon and I'm thinking about getting it from a company called Cyber Power Inc. They're based out of Baldwin Park, CA. Has anyone done business with them? If so let me know how they are. This is what I'm going to be getting.
CASE: AMD CERTIFIED ATX MEDIUM TOWER CASE 300 WATT
MOTHERBOARD: ABIT KT-7A RAID KT-133A MB W/ 266 MHZ FSB & RAID 0/1/0+1
CPU: AMD ATHLON T-BIRD 1.13 GHZ 266 FSB CPU
FAN: AMD CERTIFIED CPU FAN, HEATSINK & 2 EXTRA CASE FANS[1.5 GHZ]
HDD: 20.5 GB 7200 RPM UDMA 66 HARD DRIVE
MEMORY: 256 MB PC266 PC2100 DDR MEMORY
VIDEO: VISIONTEK GEFORCE2 MX-400 (128BIT) 64MB AGP
SOUND: CREATIVE LAB SB LIVE VALUE
SPEAKERS: 800 WATT ROCK SUBWOOFER STEREO SPEAKERS
CD: 56X CD-ROM
CDRW: NEC/BTC 16X10X40 CD-RW
FLOPPY: MITSUMI 1.44 MB FLOPPY DR
MODEM: PCI 56K V.90 FAX MODEM W/ VOICE
OS: WINDOWS 98 2ND EDITION
SOFT1: MS OFFICE XP SBE
SOFT2: NORTON ANTI VIRUS 2001
SERVICE: STANDARD 3-YEAR PARTS AND LABOR WARRANTY INCLUDED
Subtotal1: 1043.00
I already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse so I didn't ask for for them. Is this a good package/price? I plan on using it for gaming, school, and web surfing.

 
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08-29-01, 10:39 AM   #2  
It's a bit pricey for a non-name brand clone, especially without a monitor. The speakers look good though.

 
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08-29-01, 11:09 AM   #3  
Go Dell!

Go with http://www.dell.com
Best quality you can find and you should be able to find a system that you can afford.

Great prices these days on hardware.
Intel is dropping prices on P4 chips.
CD-RW drives are going down in price.

Compaq is laying off about 25% of its global work force.

 
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08-29-01, 03:03 PM   #4  
Sweet setup there. I'd take it over a comparable Dell anyday. :P They'd probably give you a bunch of power-sapping on-board funk.

One question, why did you say 1.5GHz after the fan list? Is it overclocked?

 
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08-29-01, 03:19 PM   #5  
Winmodems are evil I tells ya!

Oh, and make sure that isn't a winmodem. I replaced the winmodem on my parents machine with a pure-bred modem and got a additional 2KBs and faster download speeds on the same connection(it's rather noticable, especialy the DL speed). I have a friend who's neibor hood is so far out that everyone there gets 28.8 speeds on their winmodems on 56K connections. He bought a US Robotics pure-bred modem and is now getting 44KBs. Of course I have absolutly no idea why it made that big a difference, but the lag has dropped nicely.

 
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08-29-01, 08:05 PM   #6  
Thanks for the help

Thank you for the help. I'll be checking in on the modem before I buy. I'm dropping the MS office 2000 package(my friend is giving me his extra one that he got for his birthday) and the Win 98 2nd edtion(I still have a copy from my last computer) and adding 512 DDR memory and 30GB 7200 rpm HD. That brings the price to $793. That software was killing the price. As far as the question about the 1.5GHz at the end of the fan list thats the fastest processor that fan is able to cool. Thanks again

 
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08-29-01, 11:04 PM   #7  
Wow, that did bring the price doooown. Good idea with the ram upgrade.

 
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08-30-01, 04:15 AM   #8  
MS Office Pro

Yea the software my wife needs for school was going to run $315, but luckly my friend is hooking me up. I went to Microsoft's web site and the damn thing cost even more there! Like $400 something! That's crazy

 
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08-30-01, 06:16 AM   #9  
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I'd take it over a comparable Dell anyday. :P They'd probably give you a bunch of power-sapping on-board funk.
Yeah, that's why they've been so popular and why they've outlived and outperformed anything else I've used.

 
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08-30-01, 05:35 PM   #10  
Thought that might stir up something.

I've used Dells and I'm not exactly trilled with them. They use on-board devices and a lot of lower grade cards. Though it's part of the reason they can keep the price so low(wich is why they are so popular now that the PC market is slow). I also find it idiotic that they refuse to use anything other then Intel proccesors. Of course to get the best setup you have to build your own, but the system cainreed is buying looks like a solid mid-cost gaming machine.

 
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08-31-01, 05:09 AM   #11  
Good site for price-comparison shopping is http://www.pricewatch.com

 
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08-31-01, 06:48 AM   #12  
Re: Winmodems are evil I tells ya!

[i]...He bought a US Robotics pure-bred modem and is now getting 44KBs. Of course I have absolutly no idea why it made that big a difference, ...[/B]
The reason is that with Winmodems (or as they are more politically correctly called now -- "Modem for Windows"), the computer's CPU has to perform all the work. Whereas with the hardware modem, the work is done on the card itself. The modem processing isn't having to share time with everything else on your computer.

As far as brands of computers go, you can start an endless debate. I would advise the readers to do their own, exhaustive research before investing in a system. Every Dell I've ever used has been top quality with high-end boards in everything including graphics cards.

And all computer prices are dropping because the market is flooded and the economy is down. For example, CD-RW drives are dropping like crazy due to a decrease in demand for them as a result of a drop in PC sales.

I have owned a Dell at home for 3 years and I have used them extensively at work with never a problem. I have also used Compaq's (I am working on a Compaq at the moment) with good results.

But again, the reader should do his/her own research and make his/her own decisions.

Take a look at http://www.computers.com (part of C/Net) and http://www.zdnet.com and
http://www.zdnet.com/computershopper/

 
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08-31-01, 01:07 PM   #13  
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The reason is that with Winmodems the computer's CPU has to perform all the work. Whereas with the hardware modem, the work is done on the card itself. The modem processing isn't having to share time with everything else on your computer.
I know. This was on a 950MHz Athlon though. Surely he had enough MHz left over to get the most out of his winmodem while surfing the internet or playing 2 year old games.

 
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