Every time someone posts something about a low end system you jump in and say it's crap.
That's not necessarily so. No, it's far from cutting edge, but for light use, email, web surfing, something like this could be a bargain. Your problem is that you know too much. Many people can get along just fine with what you consider "crap". What's crap to you might be caviar to a starving man.
You also said you could build this same system for "less than $100". I bet you can't, not with all new parts.
Just browsing Newegg, their cheapest bare bones case/mobo is $70.00 That uses an MSI PM8M2-V board with onboard everything in a case.
Now we need 256Megs of memory and a CPU. AMPO 256MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 is $25 and a CPU is $36. We're already way over $100 and we have no optical drive (not even a CD) and no HDD, nor a keyboard, mouse, or monitor.
A cheap CD Burner is $18. A cheap 80 Gig HDD is $42. Cheap Keyboard and mouse can be had for $10. Monitor with 16" viewable is $98.
Grand total, without shipping, is $299. And you still have to add a cheap printer in there. The F380 HP that's included is at Newegg for $70. Plus shipping.
You're right, it doesn't show that Windows is included, but it's not included in the above price either. I'll wager you that it IS included though, but just to be safe we'll assume that it isn't. The total from Newegg to build the same thing is $369.
Now you show me, with prices and where you're getting them, how YOU can build this same spec system for less than $100 using ALL NEW PARTS WITH A 1 YEAR WARRANTY.
I don't think you can do it.
Not everyone needs a Ferrari. Not everyone needs a Caddy. Everyone doesn't even need a Chevy. Some people get along just fine going to and from work with a Yugo. That's what this is, and for light use, surfing, and email, this would be fine for $100 with a working printer, AS LONG AS YOU RECOGNIZE IT'S LIMITATIONS AND IT WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS.
I don't pretend to think that it will meet YOUR needs. It won't meet mine either. But it will meet the needs of a lot of people out there and IS NOT the terrible value you make it out to be. Heck, to be honest, if you never use anything else, buy one, pull the 80 Gig drive out, use the monitor as a spare, put the keyboard and mouse away, and even for $200 you're not exactly taking a beating.
|Originally posted by Jax184:|
It's a complete piece of crap, so you know. 256 megs of RAM isnt enough to really run windows XP, which it doesnt even mention if it comes with. Certainly not Vista. And a Celeron D CPU is a complete heap. The fact that it doesnt specify the speed of the CPU is also pretty frightening.
No DVD burner, not even DVD playback. And a pretty terrible CRT monitor. If you like the idea of owning a computer that cost less than $100 to build, I also have a Yugo you might be interested in.