Computer Hardware Opinions Needed

  1. I am looking at getting my son a new computer system. I use a laptop and could not consider parting with it!

    One of the "big chains" has an incredible price on a 30 GB loaded system with Windows XP and Celeron Processor. I am concerned about the processor. Anyone have any experience with the emachines hardware?

    The price is unbeleivable. It is under $500 with rebates.

    My son will be using it mostly for games and (hopefully ) school reports etc and internet.

    Thanks in advance for your feedback!
  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   P_RN
    What speed is the processor. Mine is an Athlon 1800+ and it's getting left behind, hubs is faster.

    The current celerons are slower than P4s.

    What kind of video card?

    How much RAM?

    30GB is that the Hard drive? I have an 80GB and hub has a 60.
  4. by   H ynnoD
    Just like P_RN,need more info.I build my own Computors.Next year going all out on building a top of the line computor.Built this one last year.Athlon 950.Kids only have a Athlon 333.My 950 is fast enough for me at the moment,but the kids 333 puts me to sleep.Have DSL so the speed of my computor is way faster then most.
  5. by   nightingale
    I love you guys!

    Here tis the complete info: Intel Celron Processor 2.2 GHz, 6 in 1 Card Reader, 17 " flat CRT Monitor, HP 3820 Color Printer.

    Specs: 256 MB DDR (PC2100) 40 GB Hard Drive (and I thought it was 30 GB), 48 x Max CD-RW Drive; Intel Extremes Graphic 3D (845 GL Shared); 10/100 Mbps Built in Ethernet; 5 USB Ports; 1 Serial Port; 1 Paralell Port; Keyboard; Mose; Speakers


    Thank you for responding!
  6. by   H ynnoD
    That should be well more then enough computor for Him.Sounds like a great deal,I personally would do it.
  7. by   MJ-12
    All i can say is that celerons suck
  8. by   MJ-12
    Not sure if this is any good but try this out

    Circuit City 6/01 ad

    Compaq Desktop with printer and monitor $449.99 AR CPQ S3000NX

    AMD Athlon XP Processor 2000+ operates at 1.67GHz
    256MB DDR-DRAM
    40GB hard drive
    48x12x48 cd-rw
    56k modem
    Compaq 17" Color CRT Monitor CPQ MV7500 w/JBL Speakers
    HP Deskjet Color Inkjet Printer HP DJ3420

    $799.99 less $50 IR less $150 Compaq MIR less $50 HP MIR less $100 CC MIR
  9. by   MJ-12
    This deal is a bit old so it might not works but check it out i think it might still be good. This deal was from 5/30

    The deal is @ Dell Small Business: $648 - $150 rebate = $498 + Free Shipping + Tax

    Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor at 2.20GHz with 512K L2 Cache
    128MB DDR-SDRAM -------------- I suggest getting an upgrade from another place
    Dell® Quietkey® Keyboard
    Logitech® Optical USB Mouse
    Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
    WordPerfect® Productivity Pack with Quicken New User Edition
    Dell SecurityCenter by McAfee, 90-day introductory offer
    60GB Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive
    16MB Dell USB Memory Key
    16X Max Variable DVD-Rom Drive
    48x CD-RW Drive with Roxio's Easy CD Creator
    17 in (16.0 in v.i.s., .27dp) E772 Monitor
    Integrated Intel® Extreme 3D Graphics
    Integrated Audio
    New Harman Kardon® HK-206 Speakers
    Dell Jukebox powered by MusicMatch
    Dell Picture Studio, Image Expert Standard
    RealOne™ Player, with 14 day SuperPass trial
    Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
    56K PCI Data/Fax Modem
    6 Months AOL,Featuring the Netbusiness Service for Small Business
    1 Year Limited Warranty plus 1 Year On-site Service
  10. by   MJ-12
    No idea why it didn't post the web site
    well here it is again
  11. by   H ynnoD
    I take it you've had some bad experience with celerons MJ-12?Both deals you have found are great also.I know people with celerons that are quite satisfied with them also.I've only used AMD so could'nt say from personal experience weather I like celerons.Have heard good things though. I would never buy a computor someone else has built. But if I were to I think she has found a good deal.
    Last edit by H ynnoD on Jun 23, '03
  12. by   nightingale
    I have heard Celeron locks up but I have no first hand experience.

    Thanks for the feedback MJ, I will do some more research tomorow. I am up past my bed time. The Dell page does say the sale is till 6-25.

    Thanks again.
  13. by   nightingale
    Okay... The Dell page says their system is > $ 600; I would rather pay less but like the idea of a Pentium 4 vs Celeron etc. Also Free Shipping appears to be out.

    Getting back to the Celron, does anyone have any experience with that system? Does it lock up like I have heard. I am particularly concerned because (sigh) my son with use the system for a lot of games and the graphics do take up a lot of energy on the sytem.

    Any feedback is appreciated on the Celeron and the Aphlon for Gaming.

    Again, thank you in advance.
  14. by   nightingale
    Here is another "deal" I found via another big chain:

    HP Pavilion 522c AMD Athlon™ XP Processor 2000+ with 1.67GHz, 256MB, 60GB, CD-RW, DVD, NIC, 56K, XP (Refurbished)

    Cost is $ 399.00 plus shipping

    Hewlett Packard (Pavilion Desktop):
    For your PC
    Outpost #: 3676855
    Entertain your family with the HP Pavilion 522c desktop PC. It features CD-RW and DVD-ROM drives. You can watch movies, record your own music CDs or backups without batting an eye with the AMD® Athlon™ XP 2000+ 1.67GHz processor power. Front access USB connectivity give you convenient peripheral plug-in options. 10/100Base-T network interface makes you network-ready and gives you the fuctionality to easily connect to broadband internet.

    Processor: AMD® Athlon™ XP 2000+ processor (1.67GHz)
    Frontside Bus: 266MHz
    Memory: 256MB DDR SDRAM (exp. to 1GB)
    Memory Speed: 2100 MB/sec
    Primary Cache: (L1) 128Kb
    Secondary-Level Cache: (L2) 256Kb (full speed)
    Hard Drive: 60GB* Ultra DMA; *Gigabyte(GB) is defined as 1,000,000,000 bytes (accessible capacity may vary)
    CD Re-Writable Drive: HP CD-Writer (24x/10x/40x) ; 24x max. speed write ; 10x max. speed re-write ; 40 max. speed read
    Multimedia Drive: 16x max. speed DVD-ROM
    Diskette Drive: 3.5" (1.44MB)
    Video Graphics: nVidia nForce™ 220 platform architecture with integrated nVidia GeForce2 MX™ graphics
    Video Memory: Shared video memory
    MPEG: MPEG2 for full-motion digital video
    Sound: Integrated AC-97 Audio
    Network Card: Integrated 10/100Base-T networking interface
    Data/fax Modem: ITU V.90 K56flex modem, data/fax only (33.6Kbps send/download up to 56Kbps/14.4Kbps fax)
    Total Drive Bays: External (1) 3.5", (2) 5.25"; Internal (2) 3.5"
    Total Expansion Slots: 3 PCI; 1 AGP
    Front Mounted Ports: 2 USB
    Total External Ports: 4 USB; 1 serial; 1 parallel; 2 PS/2
    Total Memory Slots: 2 DIMM (184pin, DDR)
    Keyboard: Non-HP Keyboard
    Mouse: Non-HP Mouse
    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows XP Home Edition
    Warranty: This product is refurbished and comes with a 90 day warranty by Service Electronics


    I have noted that the item is refurbished, does NOT come with a viewing screen, and it talks about Broadband connection (I assume, you could still use a dial up line like... ugh AOL).

    Any comments? Also, it it difficult to set up the computer to view off of a TV screem? The later is not a great option but I thought I have been mulling over (to save money).