reply to post by C0bzz
Man, you are right! What a rip off! Tell you what, friend. You sound like a smart guy, excuse me if you are not a guy, but why not forget that
expensive Mac and build your own custom machine, for less than $600 for a dynamite tower. You add the mouse, monitor, keyboard, and OS.
Sites where I personally shop, often:
Wholesale Computer Parts
You will need:
Case of your choice, a mid size tower is the best. Mine has neon lights and digital temperature gauge, lighted side fan.
Motherboard. Get a modern ATX, but be aware, many of the newer models do not have IDE ports for IDE hard drives. These take a SATA hard drive, of a
solid state, a vastly superior drive. Pay attention to memory too. There is DDR, DDR2, and DDR3. The best deals ate the "Combo" boards, some even
have heat-sink and CPU fan with it.
Note: Once in awhile a board will slip through that is bad, and it will not start when you turn it on. Check your power connections and if it is bad,
do not distress. The people who sell these parts are friendly, and they will give you a "Return Ticket." No problem.
Memory. Look at the details for your chosen board, it will say what memory and frequency you need. You can also call, these places answer the phone
whenever I have called, more than a few times.
Get at least a 2 Gb stick. 4 Gb is even better.
Hard Drive. A new 260 GB hard drive can be had for $60. Plenty of room for those movies.
Power Supply. Modern board have a 24 pin power hookup, instead of the older board which had a 20 pin hookup. A good 450 Watt 20+4 will only cost a
little over $20.
Any optic drives you want, CD/DVD Burners.
Put it together, this is easy, just follow the little instruction book that comes with the motherboard. There will also be a driver CD that you will
need if you install Windows on it. Plug it in and try to start it. If it starts up, pull the plug and go ahead and set it up. Boot the machine, and go
to set up, load optimized defaults, and see what you have to do to get it to start on the CD/DVD. Load the operating system, configure, and you now
have your very own home built custom computer that impress your friends to no end.