Originally posted by concentricity
While I completely agree that building your own PC can be very cheap, and net you a great PC, there are some problems with the anandtech article. the first is that it doesn't account for shipping on all of those parts.
Long story short...the "$504 system" is going to cost you at least $550 with shipping plus taxes, AND:
* $ 20 (more likely $50) for good KB and mouse (optical?)
* $199 for XP Home (if you can deal with Home vs. Pro) * $ 80+ for a good power supply (the $40 CaseEdgeTS1 doesn't include a power supply, thanks Anandtech!)
so that comes to a grand total of $849 (maybe more) for a computer with no software, no DVD drive, 40GB hard drive, marginal video card, and a 1.6 GHz processor on a 266MHz bus with 256K L2 cache.
oh yeah, and there are little things, like thermal paste. it isn't included in the "Anand special", and noobs might not realize they need it (or where to get it cheap). and you're sure to be missing an IDE cable, or something that wasn't sent because you bought the cheapest "OEM" product. leading to the final point, TIME! finding, buying, receiving, and putting together this machine will take quite a bit of time. fine for the enthusiast, but not for most people.
Let's visit these points one by one.
I think the prices in the Anandtech article *do* include shipping. Take a look at the section where they discuss processor & motherboard.Article says there indeed is a power supply.
$30 should be plenty for a basic keyboard and optical mouse.
You ignored my comment that there are good $0 operating systems, AND it's possible to buy a Windows license used, AND some people just go and make an illegal copy of Windows, AND as a law-abiding PC user you are likely to have an earlier license lying around. Software? You get decent office suite, browser, music and video players for any OS for $0.
The way I see it, it should be not only possible but easy to get this computer or equivalent for under $400 plus screen. If you have old parts, screen, or peripherals, or can easily buy some used parts, the price can be cut further.
You're whining about the specs?
The point was to have a computer that does daily work at an acceptable speed. This is such a computer. As I said, it's twice as fast as the PC I'm sitting at, and my PC already does everything fast enough.
I'm not claiming that PC building is the best choice for everyone. Far from it. I'm just trying to establish that if you have the necessary level of skill, you can put together working computers literally dirt cheap
. Even if you do not bother to hunt for special deals and pick up all the parts at a local store, and that ends up costing you about $70 more, you *still* have a $450 box, and one shop is responsible for all the warranties and possible missing parts. Assembly time... say 4 hours. Upgradeability is very high, and very little additional cash makes this mop the floor with i/eMacs in gaming.EDIT: Misspellings.