To buy or not to buy?

Category: 2001 Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Mike Berman
Dave Berman

If you've been thinking about, dreaming about or even wishing for a new computer, now is the time to buy!

Prices have never been lower and I've discovered that it's probably cheaper to buy a new box than to upgrade an old clunker. In fact, after a quick search around the Internet, I've found Pentium 4 1.6 ghz and Athlon 1800 machines for less than $500 without hard drives and monitors. And, if you have a phobia about popping the top off your computer, you can get one of those computers, including the hard drive, for less than $700.

Now, I'm not telling you to rush out and buy the latest and greatest 2.2 ghz barn burner. As the esteemed Richard Simmons clone on the right says, you may not need all that power. But, what you should do is sit down and analyze why you need a new computer and then buy what fits your needs that you can afford.

Although buying "off-the-shelf" isn't as gratifying as building it yourself and bragging about it, it will save you big bucks in labor and aggravation in the long run. In fact you may even save a buck or two. In fact, even a minor upgrade may be more expensive. Here's an example.

Let's say you have an old Pentium II machine with 128 mb of memory and you want to be able to run the latest and greatest software. You need to upgrade the processor ($299 for a 1 ghz Evergreen Performa), video card ($399 for the new Nvidia 3) and memory ($28 for 128 mb of SDRAM). That's already more than $700 -- the price of a complete 1.6 ghz Pentium 4 machine!

Do yourself a favor. Buy, buy, buy!


To buy or not to buy, that is the question. And you know what!?!? I have the answer!

Don't even read the knucklehead's article over there on the left. This is the only one you need to read. Why? Because I have more hair.

Computers nowadays are running at speeds up to 2.2 ghz. That's pretty darn fast, but the real question is do you really need all that speed?

Maybe if you're a graphic artist or musician or maybe even one of them hardcore gamers, but for the rest of us, all we need is a machine that runs, connects to the internet and allows us to access adult oriented material.

If you want more out of your computer, I suggest upgrading the internals of it. Buy a new graphics card. Throw in some new speakers. Add a cable modem. It really depends on what your needs are.

If you have a Pentium 800 like I do and you like to play games like I do, buy an NVIDIA 3 graphics card, add a cable modem and bingo bango you have a system that meets your needs. Not one that exceeds them. If you don't take advantage of the full potential of your machine then what good is it?

Do what I do. Build the system yourself. If you'd like advice on what to buy or how to install certain components, visit our TechBoard* and either the knucklehead or I will get back to you.

It's just not worth buying the latest and greatest. Processor speeds double every 2 years and it's too tough to keep up with the technology. I still have a Compaq lunchpail with 5 1/4" drives as well as an electric typewriter. Hey, they work!

* Nobody's using the Techboard. It might as well be you.

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