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Old 01-14-2002, 07:16 PM
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Ed, I feel very strongly that you should avoid integrated graphics cards. If you don't get an actual AGP slot on your computer then the only graphics upgrade you can make is with a PCI card. Not a good choice. Plus the computer manufacturers don't put out graphics drivers upgrades often enough for onboard graphics.

Integrated network and sound is not such a big deal because you can always add pci cards later.

Also make sure you get a full copy of the operating system and not just a restore disk.

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Old 01-14-2002, 07:47 PM
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I would say the average American buys a complete system ie Dell, Gatway etc. There are those computer "Geeks" that know what they are doing and can constuct their own. I think you can actually get a better deal here if you do it that way. You can also get everything you want vs what a company package gives you. However tech support is left to you to do and there is generally no warrenty except for the individual parts once you figure out which ones the bad one. The average American user just wants to make use not design the thing and as one of those, I can identify. We have 3 hand built by my "geek" husband and one Dell. Found out I'm limited with the upgrades to the Dell but the others arn't.

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Sorry about Gateway leaving you high and dry. If all you can afford is to upgrade then I would say go that way but bare in mind you may be left alone in the end. It's a tough decision. Glad it's not one I have to make.
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Old 01-14-2002, 08:00 PM
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Gateway have packed their bags and departed from Europe also.
I keep saying I wont upgrade the next time but buy a brand new machine however I usually finish up buying parts. Assembly is easy its the 'tuning' thats the hard work !
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Old 01-14-2002, 09:24 PM
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From everything I'm hearing, I think I did pretty well. I went with a Dell 4400, Pentium 4 1.6 Gz, 256 megs DDR SDRAM, no monitor, 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 4X AGP graphics card, 40 MB hard drive, 10/100 PCI Fast Ethernet NIC, 16X10X40 CD RW drive, and SB Live digital sound card. My Gateway is a little over 2 years old (Maybe 3), and I considered another. Dell had the best deal at the time I bought, and knowing that Gateway is having some problems, plus the better deal with Dell, I decided to go with Dell. It's gotta last me for a while! Thanks for all the responses. Maybe I'll get it tomorrow or the next day.

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Old 01-14-2002, 09:39 PM
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That's a shame about Gateway. I do so like those cute cow commercials. Don't forget to let us all in on your new toy when you get it Ed. We can't wait til you take it out of the box.
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Old 01-15-2002, 05:20 AM
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Ed, I agree, I think you did pretty well.

Chris, most people buy thier computers here pre-built. Hardware wise you can pretty much get them configured however you want. Software wise, if you are getting a PC and don't want a microsoft operating system, then you are pretty much out of luck.

I love the smell of new computer equipment.

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Old 01-15-2002, 06:38 AM
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Keith,

Much the same here. I started off with an off the peg model which gradually evolved into something completely different. I think most people aren't bothered how the thing works as long as it does their particular job for them.
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Old 01-15-2002, 09:15 PM
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Well, it's out of the box, and now I'm *completely* lost.

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