After looking around, I was surprised to find myself buying a new PC from Dell. They had the best price on what I know to be a well put-together package and “standard” parts. I’ve recently heard many bad things about their support (which is outsourced to India). The general complaint is, “The person was nice enough but they just kept talking through this stupid script, they didn’t really know much about computers and I couldn’t understand their accent! After 2 hours on the phone, they gave up and sent someone to the house to replace the hard drive.”
So, I got a dell… 3 Ghz, 512 meg RAM, 180 gig SATA hard drive, 800 Mhz FSB, DVD writer, an extra 17″ LCD monitor (I couldn’t get a package deal without the monitor!). Total price: $920 after rebate.
I was going to get a cheap computer for work but then I remembered that Half-Life 2 was coming out November 16th. I went crazy over the original Half-Life Counterstrike and I just had to be able to play!
It’s going to be a day or two before the machine is ready for prime time… so much software to load into it.. But that pales in comparison to Stevie’s situation. He had a hard drive crash on his work laptop… it took WEEKS of installation time… literally. Yow.
Here I am 2 hrs in and I’ve just about got the OS set up right.