The new poker machine

Thrower-induced recovery notwithstanding, it was time to get a new poker machine. I can’t trust my laptop to keep on working the way it’s been working the past few days, and rather than find myself without a computer at what will most likely be the most inconvenient time possible, I figure the best thing to do is get a replacement. I checked out Dell’s site to see what kinds of deals they had available, but they seemed rather so-so. A little over $500 would get me a 2.8GHz Pentium 4 with 512MB SDRAM, an 80GB HD, DVD-ROM/CD-RW, and integrated video with a 2 year warranty.

I don’t really need a high-powered machine. But Glasstrack assured me that for the money I was willing to spend, I could get a much better machine if I were willing to shop around and buy the components I needed. Here’s what we came up with…

Case: Antec Sonata

Purchased: Fry’s Electronics
Price (after tax, s/h, rebates): $79.06

Motherboard: MSI 865PE Neo3-F

Purchased: newegg.com
Price (after tax, s/h, rebates): $83.69

Processor: intel Celeron D 325J

Purchased: newegg.com
Price (after tax, s/h, rebates): $88.66

Memory: 1GB Corsair ValueSelect 184-Pin DDR SDRAM (PC 3200)

Purchased: newegg.com
Price (after tax, s/h, rebates): $90.42

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 200GB (7200 RPM)

Purchased: Fry’s Electronics
Price (after tax, s/h, rebates): $57.86

Graphics: ATI Radeon 7500

Purchased: 3B Tech.net
Price (after tax, s/h, rebates): $29.00

Optical Drive: NEC ND-3520A DVD-R

Purchased: newegg.com
Price (after tax, s/h, rebates): $47.29

Network Card: D-Link DWL-520

Purchased: CompUSA.com
Price (after tax, s/h, rebates): $8.65

Input Devices: Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Elite Keyboard w/Tilt Mouse Combo

Purchased: 3B Tech.net
Price (after tax, s/h, rebates): $53.00

Total Cost: $537.63

I’m looking forward to getting this thing put together. The Sonata case is supposed to be super-quiet due to several noise dampening features. For whatever reason, I have this thing about computer noise–it drives me crazy. Let’s see if this thing lives up to the hype.

Damn this national holiday! I want my computer now!

3 thoughts on “The new poker machine”

  1. Re: ZipZoomFly

    Yeah, I was going to get the memory from there, but the price at NewEgg was slightly better, and I figured I’d consolidate the shipments in one box, though there’s no price advantage to doing so. I should have compared all the prices there, but I got lazy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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