[SunRescue] OT: PC recommendations

nick at snowman.net nick at snowman.net
Tue Sep 26 22:01:19 CDT 2000

I'd go for a duron on A7V probably homebuilt.  The proc + chip will cost
under 200$, then you can spend the rest on whatever you want.  Case will
be like 50, videocard 50-300, etc.

On Tue, 26 Sep 2000, Bill Bradford wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 26, 2000 at 03:58:17PM -0700, Cyrus M. Reed wrote:
> > I will second the Anti-Gateway motion.  Here at my university all they buy
> > now are Gateway machines through some exclusive contract deal.  I believe
> > the techincal term for the quality of a Gateway system is "crap".  The
> > cases are cheap (and I have seen the plate over the fan outlet trick on a
> > number of machines), the keyboards are cheaper (the shift keys work about
> > 50% of the time, lots of fun when you have to work with case sensitive
> > OSes), and probably the only decent thing you will find in the case is the
> > motherboard, which is usually OEMed by Intel (though with the later
> > boards, that last point could be up for debate).  In any case, if you have
> > to get an OEM box, do yourself a favor and get an IBM/Compaq/Dell;
> > probably in that order.  Just my $.02.
> > -Cyrus
> Oh, I *wont* be getting a Gateway - had a horrible experience trying tot
> buy a laptop for my girlfriend from them.  (one of their "refurbished" units).
> I qualified for the financing through MBNA/gateway, put in the order, etc.
> 3 weeks later.  No laptop.  Called up.  "Oh, that order hasnt been filled
> yet.  It wiwll be on Friday."
> Called up a week later. "Oh, that order wont be filled for the next 2 
> weeks."
> I told them to shove their order, and since the loan from MBNA allowed me
> to write checks off of it, I went, used the gateway loan, and bought a 
> Toshiba Libretto. 8-)
> Bill
> -- 
> Bill Bradford * KD5LQR
>   mrbill at mrbill.net
>     Austin, TX
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