May 17th, 2001
CD or DVD drive, ~$50
Barebones system >1Ghz, ~$150-200
Up it to 256 RAM, ~$25-50
A bran-spankin new blindingly fast system, $300 tops.
There are some things money can buy.
For everything else, suck it up.
Can't wait. *sigh*
mood: supremely impatient
music: The Creatures - Exterminating angels
If you're actually successful at putting one together for that much, let me know. Furthermore, if you know anywhere that you can get a decent bare bones with a gig processor for 300? Buy twelve dozen of them and sell them on Ebay. :oP
I just built mine at Christmas, with only slightly higher specs.. ( And keep in mind, I've been working in the industry for the last 2 years as an MCSE site manager ) and it still cost me just under a grand, not counting monitor.
Problem is, most power supplies that come with a bare bones system can't carry a Ghz processor. The mother boards need their own cooling, and generally a higher bus speed. Blah Blah Blah.. etc, etc, etc..
You might be able to upgrade your processor for 300, but what about RAM? That's another couple hundred there if you want to max it out, and a hard drive? I believe the prices have broke, but at Christmas a 30 gig was still 85 ish.
Not trying to bust your bubble, but this is ONE field I know something about.
Albeit, its a tiny window of knowlege in the broad scope. :oP
Ok, so I suppose I should elaborate. I'm porting over my vid card and hard drive, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc. at the very least so there's a couple hundred knocked off of the overall price.
256 MB of PC133 RAM can be had for roughly 50 bucks these days off ebay because RD ram is out and the next big thing, so standard DIMMs have plummeted in price.
The barebones is a motherboard with 1 ghz AMD CPU, 300w. case and floppy (and shitty integrated vid and sound), selling on e-bay currently for between 200 and 350 depending on quality of motherboard and other components included. The guy I'm looking at also throws in 128 MB of PC133 RAM, rounding out a nice deal. his 1 ghz systems go around 225 because they're his lowest end systems.
and this is one field that I obsess about. ;o)