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    where can i get an OEM version of XP? I checked new egg..no luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    Hehe, build a functional rig in 15minutes. Sounds like something to try ;).
    Had a class a few years ago and we had to be able to completely assemble a PC (outside of a case) and have it boot off the hard drive into DOS within 30 minutes for an A, 45 for a B...

    anyway, took me 12 minutes to get the whole thing running. so building a comp in 15 shouldn't be too hard ;)

    if it was me, I'd just ask them what they want the computer to do, get a list of hardware and tell them the overall price. If it's too much $$, then look for some cheaper hardware. I do it fairly often for people...they tell me what they want and how much they can afford, and I build it for them. Saves them money and it adds to my reputation :)
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    Funny im reading this now.

    Last nite my mother got on the phone with my uncle about a good deal he had heard about for an eMachine at Fry's. She needed to buy a new computer for assistant and apparantly she didnt want to deal with me building it. I have no idea why.:rolleyes:

    But long story short. I was offended and she challenged me to build a computer with no monitor (we were gonna buy the same monitor with either computer) for a better price than the 450$ eMachine. I got out with a Abit KD7, XP2200+ Retail, 256Mb Mushkin CAS2 PC2700, GeForce4 MX440 8x 128Mb, 60Gb Western Digital JB, a good looking RaidMax case, Floppy, MS Internet KB, and MS Optical Mouse for 480$ - 60$ in Rebates. So, with paying for the Tax on the 60$ of rebates, it comes out to about what she would have paid for the eMachine. However, I would much rather have this PC than a PC with the same XP2200, 256MB DDR, and 60Gb HDD, but with onboard video and god know which manufacturers.

    Although, I did have an extra CD-RW and Win XP Pro disc :rolleyes: that i hadn't used yet. So that cut costs down.

    Try it yourself, if you want to take the time (the parts i bought last nite is the machine im posting here with this afternoon) but if you don't want to, an eMahcine ain't bad. They know they suck so they give you a warranty that allows you to go into Best Buy and turn it in for a new one. They don't try to fix it, thye just give you a new one.

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    JediKnight, where did you buy that stuff from? newegg?

    Where can i get a windows XP oem?

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    bah, i build computers in less than 15 minutes all the time.
    when ya been buildin em for 4 years, and i aint talking about the odd backyard job, you'd be surprised just how quick you can get a box full of parts into a full workin system
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    ok here is how it is in the retail world.. emachines suck they used refurbished components and old ones at that, Sony are not bad for specs / preformance but they tend to overcharge a lot, HP/compaq they are preatty much the top selling pre built PCs around because they have quite a few models out there and many people know about them. the other option is to have a custum built computer made for you at retailers such as Staples, Best Buy, but you can probobly get a better deal if u go to a small company but this is not always the case especially if u want an LCD pannel, but again it depends on where you live and so on. Good luck

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    www.ibuypower.com just a idea :idea:
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
    SC: Audigy 2 zs
    LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
    Mouse: Logitech G5

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    :eek: if they are that un-savvy then why buy a machine that can be upgraded? just get 'em to buy a Mac

    (runs & ducks for cover:p )

    anyway, I got so fed up with all the questions from my folks I suggested to them they buy a Mac as well - happy as anything they are now!

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    there are still people out there that recomend mac's? wow. Unfortunately i think that would just confuse them.. They just want a working computer.

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    mpetrie - personally I dont have a Mac, but I would recommend them for people who "just want a working computer" - it really is plug and play - let's face it they're never going to be savvy enough to know how to upgrade and Macs are very simple.

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