~ a year ago I switched - to a PC.

Discussion in 'Switch Stories' started by scem0, Mar 6, 2003.

  1. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    I know this isn't the right 'direction' to switch, but I saw no reason
    not to share the story with y'all. I switched (basically) because I
    couldn't afford a mac. I already had a 450 MHz g4, and my
    parents were telling me to get a new computer, for myself, so my
    mom could get my g4, and my dad could get my mom's g3. Since
    my dad's computer broke. The computers would just go down
    the 'assembly line'. Well, my parents set a $700 limit, I had to
    make up the difference in however much I spent, and being a 15
    year old, I had nothing to make the difference up with. Well, I
    looked on eBay for ~$700 mac, and the best I could find were
    ~400 MHz g4 powermacs. I didn't want to downgrade from my
    previous computer! So, I decided to just see what I could get
    on the 'dark side' of eBay. I was astoundid when I saw the prices
    of the PC's! PC's are priced amazingly on eBay. There are so
    many people who custom build PCs and sell them on eBay, that
    the supply and demand goes waaaaaaaaaay in the buyer's favor.
    So, after searching for a LONG time, I managed to find a GREAT
    PC for $700. I bought a PC with these stats:

    2.4 GHz pentium 4
    533 MHz quad pumped system bus
    512 MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM (that is being used to its full potential)
    Windows XP Home
    Dell Dimension case
    6 USB 2.0 ports (2 front, 4 back)
    CD burner (40x10x40x)
    Floppy Drive (I have actually used it too!)

    I am posting this really late, I bought the PC about a year ago
    (note the thread title) - and I haven't been disappointed by it
    in the year that I have had it. It came to me fully loaded and
    working great. It has only crashed twice (to where I had to
    restart), the same number as my mac (which I had used longer).
    It is FAST, it burns CDs FAST, and the p2p software rocks.
    I encourage those who don't have much money for their next
    computers to think about getting a custom built PC off of eBay.

    So, I still like macs better, but I also like PCs, and I would have
    a Mac if they weren't overpriced so badly. I know that is opinion,
    but, to me, macs are severely overpriced.

    I just thought I would share my 'switch' story. I'll also add that
    I plan on spending my own money to get my very own PPC 970
    power mac when one comes up. I might get one when it is
    speed bumped. The new rumors talking about 2.5 GHz are making
    my mouth water. ;) :D
  2. MacAztec macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    Im doing the same thing, only im building one....

    Asus N798X mobo (the good one)- 120$
    AMD 2700+ Retail- 280$
    Radeon 9700 Pro- 320$
    512MB DDR 400 RAM- 85$
    80GB Maxtor HD- 90$
    Sweet aluminum/black case with front usb n stuff and 500w power supply- 105$
    Microsoft KB/Mouse- 30$
    Windows XP (im not buying it)

    I think it should turn out friggin great. I have an 18.1 inch LCD at home, so I am set.

    Its going to cost about 900 dollars, and I think I can get a lot of the parts for cheaper other places (well, mainly the chip).

    And this machine will get 160FPS in Unreal 2003, I already checked benches. Its a sweet machine...
  3. scem0 thread starter macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    that is gunna be hella fast. I hope you enjoy it. I know you will. ;)

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