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#1 Brad  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 21, 2006 - 7:51 am

This is the official thread for Black Friday related discussion of desktops, regardless of if the items are actually in ads or not.

This post will be updated with information about desktops that appear in Black Friday ads as they are released.

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Posted Sep 23, 2006 - 2:18 pm

For anyone interested, here's a 'lil somethin' I just noticed was still up from last year. Just before the 2005 BF sales, I whipped up a chart with detailed specs on all the BF 2005 desktops. Dunno if anyone noticed it or not. I just thought it might come in handy for anyone wanting to know detailed specs on the 'puters and compare 'em side by side. Anyways, here it is for people who would like to look at different specs side by side or to see what we might be lookin' at this year:

BF 2005 Desktops by StationChief

And for the record, I'm offering my services to make a similar chart for all the BF 2006 desktops and laptops this year. I think this'll really help some people make the right choices for the right 'puter for themselves. I'll whip it up once the first ads start to appear.

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Posted Sep 23, 2006 - 2:23 pm

Nice chart, I wonder how well the desktops over $600 sold.

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Posted Sep 23, 2006 - 2:47 pm

And for the record, I'm offering my services to make a similar chart for all the BF 2006 desktops and laptops this year. I think this'll really help some people make the right choices for the right 'puter for themselves. I'll whip it up once the first ads start to appear.


Thanks! I agree this will greatly assist those in the computer market this Xmas make a more informed choice.

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Posted Sep 23, 2006 - 4:44 pm

That's kinda cool. I'll be in the market for a laptop this year.

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Posted Sep 23, 2006 - 5:36 pm

Nice job! I look forward to seeing the 2006 chart!

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Posted Sep 23, 2006 - 6:10 pm

I'll bet this year, Best Buy will offer an eMachines desktop with monitor for only $99.

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Posted Sep 23, 2006 - 7:09 pm

That would be awesome if you did another chart for us this year. I'm saving up for a laptop. I hope I can get a good one this year. :)

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Posted Oct 16, 2006 - 9:02 pm

I would really appreciate a chart this year. I am looking for both a desktop and a laptop.

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Posted Oct 17, 2006 - 12:48 am

Thanx for the kind words, all. Just waitin' for the info on the laptops/desktops to start rollin' in for BF.

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Posted Oct 17, 2006 - 3:00 pm

Thanks for the chart. I printed it out. Keep up the good work.

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Posted Oct 17, 2006 - 6:17 pm

Stationchief, I used your chart last BF to narrow down my laptop search. :confused: I would really appreciate another outstanding chart again this year! :D Thanks.

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Posted Oct 17, 2006 - 10:35 pm

Stationchief,

I used your chart last BF to narrow down my laptop search. :confused:

I would really appreciate another outstanding chart again this year! :D

Thanks.


Actually, the laptop chart wasn't me. That one was someone else and his wasn't as in-depth as my desktop chart was. I prefer to make mine more beneficial to the PC 'tekkie', comparing the specific types of processor clock/bus speeds and cache, memory type/speed/number of open slots, internal workings, etc.

And yes, more outstanding charts are planned. :D Just patiently waiting for the first few ads with PCs in 'em.

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Posted Oct 18, 2006 - 6:26 am

So any thoughts on what the cheapest desktop out will be this year. I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old I'd like to get something for that just plays reader rabbit and simple kids games so cheaper is better in this case :) Mara

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Posted Oct 18, 2006 - 8:34 am

So any thoughts on what the cheapest desktop out will be this year. I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old I'd like to get something for that just plays reader rabbit and simple kids games so cheaper is better in this case :)

Mara


If cheap is the key, then get ready for cheap. :D With all the new dual-core processors coming out (Core 2 Duos), expect the less powerful desktops to probably drop to as low as $100. Maybe less. :eyepoppin

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Posted Oct 18, 2006 - 10:15 am

If cheap is the key, then get ready for cheap. :D With all the new dual-core processors coming out (Core 2 Duos), expect the less powerful desktops to probably drop to as low as $100. Maybe less. :eyepoppin


That would be sweet. I mean how much power do a pair of little kids need to play Dora and reader rabbit so I prefer chap so if I find rasions in the CD drive I won't have an heart attack lol. I have my machine and hubby has is 2 video card made it himself glow in the dark death to anyone touching it machine lol. Kids need something to

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Posted Oct 19, 2006 - 6:59 am

we have a second home (vacation house that we use about 2-3 times /month) and I am looking for this BF to get a cheap computer for this home. Mainly the useage would be to surf the web, check email while we are not at "home". What is your opinion? Would you be able to do these things easily on these "cheap" computers? This computer really wouldn't get a hard daily use.

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Posted Oct 19, 2006 - 7:48 am

we have a second home (vacation house that we use about 2-3 times /month) and I am looking for this BF to get a cheap computer for this home.

Mainly the useage would be to surf the web, check email while we are not at "home".

What is your opinion? Would you be able to do these things easily on these "cheap" computers? This computer really wouldn't get a hard daily use.


A doorbuster computer would be perfect for that. For web and email use, only the most minimal computer is needed, really. In fact, the most minimal computers by today's standards may be overkill, but they're so cheap, who cares? :P

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Posted Oct 19, 2006 - 8:45 am

A doorbuster computer would be perfect for that. For web and email use, only the most minimal computer is needed, really. In fact, the most minimal computers by today's standards may be overkill, but they're so cheap, who cares? :P


All too true. For just basic, everyday use like surfing the high-speed net and checkin' your emails, even the most cheapest computer on the market today would do that almost exactly the same as the more expensive ones without much difference. Maybe there's a difference in HOW you do it, like WiFi capability and wireless keyboards, but no difference in the task itself. Sure 'ya might not be able to burn DVDs or play 'Doom 3', but who really cares? :D

I remember last year people on this board were arguing that these doorbuster 'puters couldn't do email or high-speed internet. I was like ... :lolrun:

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Posted Oct 19, 2006 - 10:57 am

well, that is the best news of the day! Thanks so much for your info! Now, let's see if i am brave enough to go, tough out the crowds, that early, to get such a good deal.

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Posted Oct 19, 2006 - 4:35 pm

Do you think the cheap computers will include cd burners? i am also looking for one for the kids but they are 9 and 12 and are really into burning cds. also, are they good for playing games

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Posted Oct 19, 2006 - 8:48 pm

Do you think the cheap computers will include cd burners? i am also looking for one for the kids but they are 9 and 12 and are really into burning cds. also, are they good for playing games


CD Burner - Most Likely. They are cheap anyways.
Games - No. Unless you are thining like Pac Man and Tetris.

These cheap computers are old and outdated. I would say that you get a decent graphics card, which are usually on sale on BF also, but you will be lucky to find a PC which supports newer graphics cards.

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Posted Oct 19, 2006 - 9:26 pm

Do you think the cheap computers will include cd burners? i am also looking for one for the kids but they are 9 and 12 and are really into burning cds. also, are they good for playing games


These 'puters should have either CD burner, DVD player, or a DVD reader/CD burner combo drive. Plain 'ol CD drives aren't standard anymore.

Far as games, all depends what kinds. The cheap 'puters will have only about 256 MB memory and substandard on-board graphics. They probably won't play any high-tech stuff without a significant upgrade, like more memory and a new AGP graphics card, but they should play a few of 'em with the computer as-is. Definately look for a computer with an open AGP slot just in case you do decide to upgrade the graphics. :yup:

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Posted Oct 21, 2006 - 3:30 pm

So how hard is it to actually get the cheaper computers on BF? I have 2 boys 11 and 5 and both would like a computer. Neither one of them would be doing serious gaming. The 11 yo wants a basic computer do do word and surf the internet (no need for games, we have plenty of game systems in the house) and the 5 yo would use it for Reader Rabbit type games. Very basic educational stuff. Would these cheap computers work for them?

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Posted Oct 21, 2006 - 3:33 pm

:razz: I got sidetracked and my previous post was rather choppy - I apologize. I'm really wondering if the cheaper computers would satisfy my needs AND what the difficulty will be for me to actually get them? I get up pretty early bf and I've never missed anything I actually wanted, but I've never shopped for computers before. I know that's a huge draw so...... Also, is this something I could buy online or is that not something I can/want to do?

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Posted Oct 21, 2006 - 6:29 pm

Hopefully I can a good deal on a Media Center PC this BF. :yup: We need another system for DVR/PVR, Media server duties etc.

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Posted Oct 22, 2006 - 2:11 am

I'm really wondering if the cheaper computers would satisfy my needs


We don't know exactly what the 'cheap' computers are gonna be just yet, but the basic ones that are most likely gonna be the doorbusters would suit your needs just fine for internet, educational games, and overall basic use. Just about any type of processor (ya probably don't need the dual core or the 64-bit ones), at least 256MB of memory (512MB would be better), and whatever type of media drive you'd like (CD-R/RW, DVD-ROM).

AND what the difficulty will be for me to actually get them?


Not that difficult, just probably have to be very close to the front of the waiting line on BF. They'll go very fast.

I get up pretty early bf and I've never missed anything I actually wanted, but I've never shopped for computers before. I know that's a huge draw so......


It's pretty much the same as tryin' to get something you really wanted that's really popular on BF. They're usually in very limited supply (like 10-20 maximum) and they go to the first few people in line who ask for 'em. Prepare and get in line early enough.

Also, is this something I could buy online or is that not something I can/want to do?


Sure, you can buy one online, but it won't be nearly as cheap as it will be on BF. That's the point of waiting in that long line compared to the comfort of your home. :D

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Posted Oct 22, 2006 - 2:16 am

Hopefully I can a good deal on a Media Center PC this BF. :yup:

We need another system for DVR/PVR, Media server duties etc.


Same here, just that I'll be custom building my own. Lookin' for those Core 2 Duo processors. :eek:

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Posted Oct 22, 2006 - 5:17 am

Thank you Stationchief! :D

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Posted Oct 22, 2006 - 5:45 am

Or wait till BF. I want a good computer ( mostly another dell) I want a wide screen monitor A bunch of ram nand hard drive .. should I wait or start building my dell now :confused:




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