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*** Official Black Friday 2007 (Desktops/Laptops) Comparison Charts ***


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#1 stationchief  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 20, 2007 - 8:58 pm

Thought I'd pop this out there for all to see. ;) I've been meaning to get this out and completed sooner but things have been soo hectic lately. I think I may have just barely finished 'em in time before everyone got in their 24-hour long lines. Sorry it took soo long, folks. So without further ado ... StationChief, and with special thanks to Brad, proudly presents ...

The Gottadeal Black Friday 2007 Technology Comparison Charts!

For those who don't know, the last few years I've been developing comparison charts for the BF desktops and laptops for the community here at GD. Usually it's been just a table or a document with each item offered along with it's specific details, usually from the official site of the manufacturer, so folks can compare the different specs and decide what they want.

This year's a bit different, as you can see. Instead of just a chart to print out, we've got a fully customizable table you can use to select what chart 'ya want and customize it the way you want to see everything. I did it this way for several reasons. One being that I'm getting back into programming and this was a great way to bring myself back up to speed. The more important reason being that I wanna give things back to this great community here at GD. Plus having something published here on GD helps my resume out as well. :D

Here are the instructions:
Just select what chart you want to see using the drop-down menu. It defaults to Desktops, however there's also Laptops (to be completed tonite and put up tomorrow morning). That'll bring up the chart with all the glorious details. Now comes the fun part. The table is fully customizable. You can click on a header (like the price or store) and it will sort the table in ascending order. Click on the same header again to sort the other way, descending. Also, you can click anywhere on a specific row/item listing to sort it to the top of the list.

For example, bring up the Desktop chart. Now click on Processors to sort the items in ascending order, from the slowest to the fastest PCs. Click it again to sort descending so the faster ones are on top. Let's say you wanna sort all the Best Buy desktops together from fastest to slowest processors now. Click on Store and now all the desktops are sorted together by fastest processors to slowest grouped by the store offering them. Now let's say you wanna see a specific Walmart desktop on top of the list along side a Best Buy one. Click on the row those items are listed and they sort to the top of the list. To print your table you can just print it from the web page, or it'd be easier to hioghlight the table or the section you want then copy/paste it into a text editor like Word or a sreadsheet like Excel. Hope it's not too confusing. Also if you just put your mouse over the table it'll give brief instructions on how to use it.

Hope this helps in folks' decision making. And I really hope I'm not too late getting this out for folks waiting in line thursday nite or earlier. Desktops are up and ready and the laptops will be up by tomorrow morning.

Lastly, this web page ad the database it uses is intended to be for more than just the desktops/laptops however my time restraints keep me from doing the research for other items like the computer peripferals ( monitors, memory, etc.), HDTVs, cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, and other major items. If anyone has the time to quickly research and gather specific details about a certain category please PM me and let's get 'em into the chart and out to everyone.

Enjoy, folks! And happy BF shopping!

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you the best part ... as I do with most of my internet-based coding, it's cross-browser compatable! IE tolerates it, works like a charm in Mozilla Firefox, and I believe it's friendly with Netscape Navigator as well. Don't have NN so I wasn't able to test it.

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Posted Nov 20, 2007 - 9:10 pm

Nicely done! Thanks. :)

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Posted Nov 20, 2007 - 9:18 pm

This is a great help. Thanks!

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Posted Nov 20, 2007 - 9:22 pm

I'm not in the market for a computer this year, but I gotta commend you for the fine effort put forth on this. :g_thumbri

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 2:20 am

Nicely done!! I'm not looking for a computer right now, but still nicely done!! ::thumbsup: I actually did a spreadsheet mapping out the toys my kids wanted with the different stores/listings. If my kids haven't deleted it when I get home...I'll post it.

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 4:11 am

Thanks!!!! It seems like the CC $499 (after mail ins :() is the best best on a lackluster grouping. Sadly, i need a new desktop so i will be picking this up.

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 4:32 am

Very nice, looking forward to the laptop comparison. :)

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 4:33 am

When I try to bring up the laptops it is blank :(

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 6:41 am

Nice job, and thank you.

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 7:03 am

Waiting for the laptops page so until then Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to Stationchief. This is exactly what I needed to make a final decision about my BF laptop purchase.:)

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 7:23 am

WOW! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. I can't even imagine how much time this could have taken especially since you have said you've been real busy and still took the time to do this. I can't even take the time to do something like this for myself, just the research alone and then you went through the trouble of posting it into an easy chart for everyone else too. I just had to express my thanks and let you know that all the time you have gone through to do this is very appreciated. I can't wait to see the laptop page! This will help so many people. I'm really not trying to sound cheesy but this is what I thought when I saw what you have done and made it so easy for us and I wanted to let you know.

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 7:38 am

That is cool thank you :)

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 7:45 am

Sweet! You rock!

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 8:09 am

When I try to bring up the laptops it is blank :(


Not for long. ;)

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 8:12 am

Thanx for all the kind works, folks. As I said before, I really wish I could've had the time to do soo much more but glad I could do what I did thus far. At least now we have this all set for next year. :D

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 8:33 am

Very nice and helpful! Thanks!

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 9:36 am

Very, very nicely done!

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 9:38 am

great info!!! you are amazing

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 10:12 am

UPDATE: All Best Buy laptops, including all the bundles details and the recently announced $229 bundle, are up. Enjoy! Rest will be done after this short intermission. ;)

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 10:21 am

If I'm able to get these finished later, what else would you folks briefly like to see? I might just do the doorbusters only for the HDTVs, cameras, camcorderrs, and computer accessories.

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 3:20 pm

Now remember all that there are bundles included w/ the CC laptops and desktops (i.e. free norton and router for your desktops)
A computer can only be as smart as the person running it. :crash:

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 5:20 pm

Now remember all that there are bundles included w/ the CC laptops and desktops (i.e. free norton and router for your desktops)


Technically, yes. However, that's after their MIRs and that's with pretty much any desktop or laptop from CC. I kinda hoped everyone could remember that so I wouldn't haev to put it in every CC listing. ;)

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 6:35 pm

yup, I would have done it as an asterisk and then at the bottom defined it, since the other stores aren't doing it.
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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 6:40 pm

Nice job!!

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 7:19 pm

Oh, what the hey. I updated the CC laptops to include the free printer, router, and security sotware from Circuit City in the bundle. I'll let you ring out the details when you get there of BF. ;) All GD listed BF laptops are now up in the charts, folks. Enjoy the yummy goodness. :D

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 7:32 pm

Just to be an utter pest, you know they have the same type of thing for the desktop too at CC, right?
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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 7:43 pm

Just to be an utter pest, you know they have the same type of thing for the desktop too at CC, right?


Boy. Just can't satisfy some people. :P

Didn't see it being offered for the desktops, just the laptops. It says '... with purchase of any laptop.' Is there an offer for the desktops, too?

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 7:52 pm

Yup...same software and router, no printer. You know you love me. p 32 of 36 on scans...above that awesome drool creating machine that most people wont use half of.
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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 8:42 pm

Yup...same software and router, no printer.

You know you love me.

p 32 of 36 on scans...above that awesome drool creating machine that most people wont use half of.


Ah. Found it. They hid that sucker. :o And that ain't even close to making me drool until it gets a high-end Core2Duo processor, a Raptor hard drive for the primary OS, and maybe a much better graphics card other than that integrated one.

Updated and done.

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 - 8:49 pm

Agree with all the above except the core2duo, this is so much better ( I can drop a Phenom or a Bulldozer Quad core in it in 2008, 2009 and even begin of 2010), and I cant find anything better in these ads. What Teir 1 maker uses Raptors anyway? Besides, no one is yet putting 8800GT's in anyway, and that is what I want in SLI, so it is best to get it without a card in it yet anyway.
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