Re: Why I left out Gateway
From: jquiet (tester,testingplace,net)
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2004 13:37:57 -0700
Too bad you can wait 6 months because this is a big year for changes; Intel
Prescott CPUs, PCI express bus and video cards. BTX case form factors. Then
I would say you would be furure proof. But right now even at high prices you
will be buying at the tail end of a PC generation. In any case it sounds
like you are getting a fantastic PC.
"Steve R" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I appreciate the feedback and respect all opinions. Yes, I know I can buy
> PC's for the price I'm talking about and I also know that very fews apps
> today need what I'll have. But - I don't have any desire for 2 computers,
> and I'm thinking far past what I need today.
> My current computer is a P3 586 with 256M RAM and a 20 gig hard drive.
> I bought it 5 1/2 years ago that was almost unheard of and I got the same
> feedback about overreaching. BUT - in 5 1/2 all I did was replace a
> CD burner and add a wireless card. Standard in the industry is for PC's to
> depreciate in 3 years or sometimes 4. I consider it a major victory that
> got 5 1/2 productive years out of my initial investment, with almost no
> maintenance or upgrades. This computer will now be handed down to my 4th
> grade son and I hope to get another 2 or 3 years at least. I'd say that
> makes my investment worthwhile.
> All that said, I agree on the disk space and am leaning towards 2 250G
> drives which should hold me for a while. Bottom line, I fully recognize
> that I'm paying a premium price for the privilidge of NOT having to worry
> about PC upgrades until the year 2010! Imagine what the machine I buy
> will look like :)
> jquiet" <tester,testingplace,net> wrote in message
> > Steve,
> > I'm not going to argue, but hardware is so leaving software in the dust
> > you should buy PCs according to their intended use. Only very few uses
> > requires the CPU you are talking about, video conversions, professional
> > like CAD, and well gamers can never get enough. 2 gig of RAM? My MCE has
> > MB. 250GB HD, well there you are being conservative. The dvr-ms files
> > 3GB for each hour. Currently I have 400 GB on my MCE. Each of the state
> > the art components costs probably twice as much as the state of the art
> > months ago. I don't know what else you have and how many people will use
> > this PC, but the more people the harder it is to share a MCE especially
> > the living room. In short you could buy two PCs one web/office
> > editing and one for MCE for close to the same price.
> > Anyway just an opinion.
> > "Steve R" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > news:eTifKIk7DHA.2644@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
> > > In an earlier post I mentioned as an aside that I was looking at an
> > from
> > > Dell, Sony or HP. Several responders asked why I left out Gateway.
> > Here's
> > > why - My approach for the last 15 years has been to buy the very top
> > the
> > > line PC's every 5-6 years and not ever upgrade any components. In the
> > long
> > > run I've found this to give me the most stable system and also most
> > > effective. I have friends that spend all of their time tinkering with
> > their
> > > PC's to change stuff... rather than using them for their intended
> > > You can certainly debate this strategy and it may not be right for you
> > > it works well for me. It's time for me to buy again.
> > >
> > > I've decided on an MCE and when I say top of the line, I mean it.
> > 4
> > > 3.4, 2 gig RAM, minimum 250G hard drive, dual DVD RW and CD RW, 256M
> > > graphics, etc. The current state of the art dream machine.
> > >
> > > Sony, Dell and HP sites all allow me to configure such a machine -
> > > less. Gateway doesn't. It's pretty much as simple as that. I'm not
> > > anywhere near an expert so if I'm missing something please let me
> > Is
> > > there a way to get a Gateway machine like this? If so, is it better
> > > the others. I'm open to suggestions.
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > >