Monday, June 15, 2009

PC assembly is the way to go when buying a PC

My cousin recently bought a computer by buying individual parts. Since he was quite busy, he asked me and my brother to assemble the pieces together, and test it out.

Upon assembly of the PC, I was quite impressed by both its beauty and computing power. The good thing is: it's cheap! Here is a rundown of the parts, and how much each costs:

1. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8 GHz, 3MB Cache 1066fsb qdr box (lga775) C2D -> P5500, 3yr warranty

2. Memory: 2 GB of RAM, Kingston, DDR2-800 pc2-6400 -> P1250, 1yr warranty

3. Graphics Card: Inno3d 9500GT, 1GB, 128 bit -> P2360, 1yr warranty

4. Hard Disk: 320GB, Seagate 16MB SATA HDD (SATA cables excluded) -> P2350, 2yr warranty

5. Motherboard: ASUS P5KPL-AM intel g31 (LGA 775 ->)P2600, 1yr warranty

6. DVD drive: Samsung DVD Writer, 22x dvdrw dual layer pata ls lightscribe black -> P1300, 3wk outright, 10mo warranty

7. Monitor: Samsung, 20” LCD wide (glossy) d-sub/DVI -> P7500, 3d outright, 1yr warranty

8. Speaker: Creative SBS 380 -> P1030, 3d outright, 3mo warranty

9. Printer: HP Deskjet 2560 usb -> P1980, 3d outright, 3d warranty

10. Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech G1 Gaming Desktop -> P1250, 2wk outright, 3m warranty

Pretty good specs, right? The thing ran Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Red Alert 3 without a hitch. I can even play Warcraft 3 and surf using Firefox while having WC3 minimized. Must be wicked for the pocket too, don’t you think? If you haven't done the math yet: the total is around 29,000 pesos! I was initially under the impression that you can't get a decent computer undre 50K, but I guess the times have now changed.

In the future, just how much cheaper will computers get?

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