Check out this Deal...WOW !!!

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  1. JackJD

    JackJD Stunt Coordinator

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    Check this out...

    Intel® Pentium® 4 1.8 GHz Processor with 400MHz Front Side Bus, 256 KB Second Level Cache

    Seagate 80 GB hard drive, Ultra ATA 100 interface

    256 MB PC 2100 DDR-SDRAM memory

    Nvidia Graphics Card, 64 MB DDR, AGP 4x with TV-out Video-in

    Motherboard with 3 PCI slots, graphics upgrade 4x AGP slot

    3 x Fire Wire (1394/IEEE) 1 x front/2x rear

    4x USB Interface (2x front/2x rear), 1 parallel, 2 serial, 2 PS/2, Front Audio/Video In, 1X Front Microphone In

    On board network controller Ethernet 10/100 Mbps

    Sony CD-ReWriter 24MAXx10x40MAX include. Nero® V5.0 Nero® Burning ROM software

    16x DVD-ROM Drive include. CyberLink-Power DVD 6-channel audio-software

    Sony 3.5" floppy disk drive

    6-channel Audio Controller for AC-3 5.1 Audio

    56 K V.90 PCI Data-fax modem include. fax-software and phone cable

    MS® Windows® XP Home Edition pre-loaded and on recovery CD

    MS® Works Suite 2002 and IntelliMouse® PS/2 package original software, pre-installed and as CDROM

    Medion® Power Cinema, CyberLink PowerDVD? XP, CyberLink MediaShow? SE, CyberLink VideoLive Mail?, CyberLink PowerDirector? 2.0 ME, CyberLink PowerVCR II?, Musicmatch?

    Medion® Computer, includes PS/2 keyboard with Multimedia hotkeys, Creative Labs® Multimedia Speakers and Microsoft® IntelliMouse®, including pad...

    12 months - warranty period

    $799

    Anyone have experience with Medion Computers? Anyone know where to buy these at this kind of price? This was a "Special Buy" at Aldi food stores today (Monday, Mar.18). Needless to say they only had between 12-15 per store which were gone before the store even opened (people were in line at 6:30 am; Aldis opens at 9 am).

    Any comments/suggestions/referrals/recommendations are extremely appreciated. Cheers -JD
     
  2. Jon_R

    Jon_R Stunt Coordinator

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    Are you sure that is such a great deal?
    Check www.Slickdeals.net
    Below is a paste from them
    Dell Home has Dell Dimension 4400 Pentium 4 1.8GHz Desktop (80GB HD, 16X CDRW, 256MB DDR, 64MB GeForce2MX) for $629 shipped.
    Go to Dell Home.
    Enter the E-Value code "6V303 - D4418SS" at the top left corner.
    Select the following:
    FREE Upgrade! 80GB Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive
    Logitech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Desktop Solution [add $45]
    Mouse already included in Logitech Wireless Package [subtract $30]
    Under Flat Panel Monitor "None [subtract $450]"
    Select Monsoon Speakers Below [subtract $30]
    Click on "Continue" and add to your cart. Ignore the error about the speakers by clicking "OK." Price should be $754 at this point.
    An automatic $50 discount will show up in your cart. Apply the coupon code 93805D3DA123 for another $75 off.
    Final price is $754 - $75 - $50 = $629 w/ free shipping and no tax for most states.
     
  3. JackJD

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    Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's a good deal... The Dell is as well. The Dell is missing a drive(either DVD or CD-RW), it has an older video card(G-force 2, no DDR, no TV out, video in). Most of all it is missing around $400 worth of software, if you don't want/need that particular software then fine, but it is alot of extra software for the money. I didn't mention it in the original post, but they were also offering a 17" monitor as well for an extra $99. Thanks for the response! Keep'em comin' Thanks again -JD
     
  4. Michael Silla

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    Which Nvidia graphics card is it?. If it is ANY MX series card, I'd be wary.

    Michael.
     
  5. JackJD

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    Good question, I forgot to specify...

    Nvidia G-Force 3, Ti 200.
     
  6. AndyVX

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    3 PCI slots? Umm... no thanks.

    Unless of course they are saying there are 3 remaining(free).
     
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  8. AndyVX

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    Because you never know what you're going to need to install down the road.
    Anyways, onboard sound [​IMG] , onboard ethernet [​IMG]
    There's two of your 3 PCI slots gone.
    Just my opinion though.
     
  9. JackJD

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    Anyone have experience with Medion Computers? Anyone know where else one can buy these at this kind of price? Thanks -JD
     
  10. Brett DiMichele

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    Paid $1200.00 for my system and got:
    Genuine Intel i845BG MotherBoard
    Intel 1.8Ghz Pentium 4
    256 Megs PC2100 DDR RAM (Micron/Crucial)
    LiteOn DVD-Rom 16x48
    NEC CD-RW 24x10x40
    Delta 300W PS
    CoolerMaster CPU Fan
    Sound Blaster Live! 5.1
    VisionTek OEM X-Tasy GeForce3 Ti200 with TV/Out and DVI 64 Megs DDR SDRAM
    Windows XP Home
    4 Rear USB 1.0 Ports
    2 Front USB 1.0 Ports
    10/100 Intel NIC (Integrated)
    6 PCI Slots
    4X AGP Slot
    Serial Port
    Paralell Port
    2 PS2 Ports
    Hellatiously gorgeous case (IMHO)
    Segate 60GB 7200 RPM Ultra ATA-100 Barracuda HDD
    Panasonic 1.44MB Floppie
    I could have saved money with some no name company or I could
    have went with some overly known name.. Either way I know
    that I made the right choice.. Micron caters to the type of
    person I am.. [​IMG]
     
  11. JackJD

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    I don't disagree at all; But when you are talking about owning your 7th (no typo!) computer, each serving their specialized/specific duties, the cheap ones have their purposes as well... This is why I'm asking about these "cheap" computers. I really do agree though, and I own quite a few "quality" machines as well.

    ...That said, Medion computers? Experiences? Anyone? Other "generic" computer companies who offer computers w/name-brand components at reasonable prices? Thanks -JD
     
  12. John Thomas

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    ACK - get it off me! No integrated parts!
    Don't EVER get a machine with integrated parts. It can be a nightmare. But, in the case of a OOB system, you can't be that picky (and that's why I make my own). On my main machine, I've got 5 PCI slots and 1 ISA (ISA is being used for a 56k modem/fax) and have 1 slot open right now. In the future, if I want to upgrade I can. If I had one of those prefab ones, I couldn't have done anything with it.
    Basic rule of thumb when purchasing a system: The easier it is on the front end, the harder is is later on.
     
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  14. JackJD

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    Again, I do agree that it is better, if at all possible, to build your own machine. As I stated before, I have seven computers in use at the current time, four of which are custom built. Two were personally built by me. The other is a cheapy pre-built. My two notebooks are, of course, pre-built as well (Sony VAIOs).

    A bit of simple math will tell you that the prefered mobo, case/power supply, Pentium 4 1.8Gb chip, Nvidia Geforce3 video card, and 256 mb of DDR, will bring you awfully close to the $799 total of the "cheap" computer. This of course does not include the hard drive, software, DVD & CD-RW drives, sound card, ethernet, modem, USB, firewire, cards... etc...

    With that in mind, as well as the statement I made in previous posts about one's needs/expectations for the use/life-expectancy of the computer, I am still looking for some response to my two original questions:

    1. Medion computers? Experiences? Anyone know of a place to purchase these computers?

    2. Other "generic" computer companies of which the forum members know or have experience, who offer computers w/name-brand components at reasonable prices? Thanks -JD
     
  15. Brett DiMichele

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    John,
    Lets get REAL shall we...
    The only thing "Integrated" on my i586BG MoBo is the 10/100
    Intel NIC and the AC97 Sound Codec. Both are disabled as I
    run a Sound Blaster Live 5.1 for audio and I don't even use
    the Ethernet YET. But what is wrong with an Intel Integrated
    10/100 ? Answer, absolutely nothing.
    If you want to say "Don't buy integrated parts" then please
    be specific.. The only "Integrated" components I would shy
    away from are certain companies that like to use thier own
    drive designs that ONLY work with thier cases, or certain
    companies that develop non standard RAM so you HAVE to buy
    RAM from them ETC ETC..
    I did my homework and I bought from a company who caters to
    the person who could assemble thier own system. For me it
    was a matter of not having to piece meal from 20 diffrent
    vendors just to get "the best price". Instead I just paid
    one price (and a reasonable one IMHO) and got the box in a
    one shot deal.
    End of story [​IMG]
     
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    If you aren't going to use your PC as an HTPC, why would the 64MB GeForce 2 MX series card be bad?
     
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  18. Brett DiMichele

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    John,
    Funny you should mention "Car Fanatics" as I am one of those
    also! [​IMG]
    I think you will find (do some research) Most if not all
    Mother Boards come with some sort of sound solution integrated.
    Most of the MoBo's from Asus,Soyo,Intel,Abit and many others
    have a built in AC97 Audio Codec. Some go as far as offering
    integrated Dolby Digital Decoding.
    All of these "Integrated" solutions can be disabled and you
    simply install the appropriate PCI Card.
    As for Micron, I have no idea what thier slogan is. But I
    can tell you that Micron caters to the hard core graphics
    designer, Gamer and Buisness Professional where as Dell and
    Moo( err um) Gateway cater to the newbie.
    When you purchase a Micron Millennia system you are essentialy
    buying a non mass production computer that is "Custom" built
    to your exact specifications. When I ordered my system they
    took a few weeks to assemble and burn in and then ship. What
    I got for my money was all the name brand components that
    I would have bought seperately but I would have had to spend
    weeks researching who had the best prices and gaurenteed I
    would have had to buy from no less than 3 vendors to get all
    the parts at the best prices. In the end what would I save?
    I may have been able to piece the same system together for
    $900.00 and to me it just wasn't worth my effort!
     
  19. Jon_R

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    Brett..

    not to nitpick but you mention that you could possibly have made your computer for $900, instead of $1200. To me, 25% is a pretty big savings and would influence my buying decision. But I would never want the perks some people look at when buying a home computer so maybe thats where the difference is.

    BTW, many cheap computers still use "brand name" components and these days "non standard" components are getting pretty rare. Sure some may still use drive rails, which at times I prefer, and some may have crazy torx screws holding it together. BUT gone are the days of soldered in RAM and nonstandard powersupply connectors. I'd say the closest to that that is out there is AMR modems (I've never seen an actual AMR card but I've seen many AMR slots.)
     

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