$370 PC (Temporary)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jake.f, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. jake.f macrumors 6502

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    Hey

    the person who fixed my dads computer offered to make and sell me one of my own so i no longer have to share a computer.
    Specs are:
    1.8 GHZ Dual Core
    2 GB ddr2 RAM
    Gigabyte Mainboard
    ATX Case
    160 GB HDD
    DVD Burner
    Vista Ultimate (dont throw your opinions on vista at me, i like it)
    Video card (dont know exact model but it will handle 'Aero' graphics and some games, although i dont really play games)
    And photoshop CS3


    I already have a monitor and the only thing i need to buy is a decent keyboard and mouse and maybe some speakers. I personally think its a good deal seing as though at this point in time i cant afford my wanted MacBook. I will most probably buy a refurbished macbook a while down the track and this is going to be temporary until i can afford one i want.

    Anyway do you all think this is a good deal? The most "intense" application i will use is only photoshop.

    Cya
     
  2. iMav macrumors 6502

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    if you are saving up for a MacBook, I'd hold off and simply wait until you can afford it and buy what you really want. $370 is a significant amount of money and represents near half the price of some of the better refurb deals that are available on ocassion.

    Sell off your monitor and you'll get even closer.
     
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    It's a great deal if you don't need the portability. :)

    Of course, if you need portability, then no desktop could be better than a laptop. ;)
     
  4. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    I'd be a little concerned about the price to be honest. Usually cheap PC's skimp on PSUs and other components. You might get a relatively fast PC for a good price, but you're playing a game of russian roulette.

    I'd hold off.
     
  5. jake.f thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well i dont want to hold off because i already have for ages and i know its gonna be good beause i have talked to the person who is making it.
     
  6. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

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    If you know it's going to be good and you want it, why ask for peoples opinions to start off with?
     
  7. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

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    +1
     
  8. djbahdow01 macrumors 6502a

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    He's throwing in PS3 in with that bundle? You do realize it is a $600+ program, a little less if a student but still. So he is either giving you a cracked version of it or you are basically getting the computer for free. Seems a little fishy on that end.
     
  9. Salavat23 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, and Vista ultimate itself is $200+.

    I have no doubt that for that price, all of the software on it will be pirated.
     
  10. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    I can nearly guarantee that the software is cracked on that, and probably the operating system. Even moreover, you could get a better priced buying a new one from Best Buy for about $300 with legal software.

    It's a bad illegal deal, I wouldn't recommend taking it.
     
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  12. jake.f thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok,
    For the photoshop, he has the CD
    And for the vista, he had it on one of his other computers but wanted to try Ubuntu so he has it legally
     
  13. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

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    Check the Hackintosh thread on here and Google "osx86". Then slap Leopard on that badboy. I bet it'd be pretty nice to have your own Leopard box for $370..... ;)
     
  14. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    It's still a bad deal to be completely honest. You could easily get a similar PC for less.

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  15. Salavat23 macrumors 6502

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    The CD means nothing. The serial does. He could just use the ISO file, then crack it with a keygen through the phone activation.

    Same applies to Vista.
     
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  17. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    You'd lose money if you resold it on eBay, and considering the stuff may be pirated, you risk a PayPal dispute.

    All and all, keep save up for a MacBook. It's worth it, trust me ;)
     
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    No, you probably couldn't get anything pre-made better for $300. Having someone making it for you will usually result in a better system. You can do quite a lot with $375.
     

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