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05-28-02, 01:54 PM   #1  
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Sony computers

I've been out of the loop for a while I guess. I decided I need to upgrade to a new computer this year. I was at Best Buy and Circuit City and they both had Sony computers that seemed like a pretty good deal. When did Sony become competitive in the computer business? I didn't even realize the made computers! Are they good quality?

 
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05-29-02, 04:39 AM   #2  
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Builr versus buy...

Oh they are going to be about like any other. I would think Sony would have good support. They were always attentive whenever I had to call their tech support but we were Sony authorized soooo. Why not build? Build your own system for about half the money to buy and have what you want. Epox mainboard, 700 to a gig CPU, half a gig (512) megs of ram a good video card and you can end up with a pretty nice machine that will run your apps great at a very good speed and even play a higher end game like Serious Sam. Fun game but computer intensive, I think minimum specs are like a 400 MHz CPU w/32 megs RAM and 32 Meg video, 400 Megs room on HD. Anyway I would either build or buy a clone from like a reputable computer shop in your town.

 
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05-30-02, 06:35 AM   #3  
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Sony VIAO series (hope I spelled that correctly), has been aimed at the consumer wanting to do multimedia. Nice enuff PC but over the top if you aren't into editing movies.
If it has been a while from your last PC, I think software for OS and apps will be your largest expense. Can built a nice system from parts ~$400.
Building your PC is more fun. Upgrading the BOSS's (that being my very significant other-half) PC to Athlon XP1600 with RAID. should be fun this weekend.

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05-30-02, 07:43 AM   #4  
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Why not build? Yes, it would be fun and cheaper, but I just donít have the time. I have 2 kids and my top priority right now is spending time with them. I used to be right up to speed on computers, wrote assembly code, etc, but I just donít have the time to keep up with it all and do all the reading and research anymore. I need a computer to do work for me, not to work on! Iíll check the support issue carefully. Thanks for your help.

 
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05-30-02, 09:22 AM   #5  
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Support

That being said I would go for whoever gives the best support for the buck. I would make sure that whoever you choose has an office within a 50 mile round trip. Over that they may put a service charge on for fuel etc. Dell, Gateway, I am just not sure of Sony. The Sony authorized service centers here do not do house calls for computers. It would have to be brought in and neither gives verbal/phone live support. Bring it inÖ So, I would think hard about Gateway, good computers and very good support. Dell next, Sony. NO TOSHIBA! For whatever reason they are going through a bad time with their systems right now. From what I have heard, lots of HD failures. Lots of display problems with their laptops too. Plus I like to have someone to yell at in person, they canít hang up on me And for a couple grand for a really decent laptop, if I call Gateway and ask them what time it is they better cheerfully say 9:PM

 
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