Now that I have a job, I’m looking for a computer to replace my 5+ year-old laptop. I’ve been browsing more “mainstream” company websites (Dell, HP, IBM, etc), but I’d be interested in checking out less-well-known companies. I would like the company I purchase from to be relatively rebutable and stable (so if I purchase a 3-year warranty, they’ll still be around in 3 years). In general, I’ll be using my computer for personal compositions, email, and surfing, as well as listening to music, playing videos, and some games (though I’m not a big gamer).
For what it’s worth, here are some rough specs that I’d like, so if any of you happen to know a great deal on a system like this, it would be great: [ul][li]desktop machine (I discovered the hard way that laptops get really warm, they’re hard to upgrade, and they tend to be more fragile)flat-screen monitorkeyboard and mouse (some build-your-own systems have these as extras)fast processor (at least 2.4 GHz)hard drive at least 80 GBCD-RW driveDVD-ROM (a DVD burner would be nice, but is not essential)IE 1394 port (I want to get an iPod)Win XP (I eventually will get a Mac, but I need a PC right now)512 KB RAM (though I’ll be honest and admit I really don’t know how much I want/need)I don’t need “productivity software” (i.e., Windows Office) or antivirus software, so if I have the option of not buying it bundled and saving some $$, that would be greatethernet cardless than $2000, and the better the deal, the better[/ul][/li]
I’d be willing to open up the box and installing some things (ethernet card, Firewire port) if it would be a better value than buying it in a bundled system.
Thanks in advance.