OEMs Pickup Their Copies of Windows 7

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Stockislander

Bought a new Toshiba laptop with Vista 64, dual proc and 4 gigs of memory, not to mention a 500 gig drive. So loaded with crapware it ran like a pig! Stopped all 30 entries in the startup Q, got rid of the ton of trialware, loaded in Win7 RC 64 and it runs like a real computer now. Sheesh... now I remember why I build my own boxes...

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colinjm0517

Yeah, same here. In my comment below, I told about my acer aspire 8930g. it took 2 minutes to boot with vista, so I installed Windows 7 build 7227 and now it's about 40 seconds to boot.

Windows 7 is the King of all OSes

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colinjm0517

I bought a new Acer Aspire 8930g from Microcenter and it had problems from day 1. First off, no restore DVDs, just a stupid recovery partition. Second Windows Vista Home Premium x64 (Vista is lame). Third, crappy bloatware. Fourth, A version of EFI that makes osx86 impossible and normal windows installs hard. Fifth, An Intel Core 2 Duo without Intel VT, only 2 MB of cache, 800 MHz FSB, The GPU is using DDR2 SDRAM as VRAM instead of GDDR3. A big 18 inch screen which makes the laptop clunky and hard to find a case for it. Also The screen only has a max resolution of 1680x965. The glossy plastic lid shows off fingerprints like an art gallery, and to top it all off, the speakers are low quality.

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Cooketh

My GF's father just got a new Dell with Vista on it. I think he said he paid 500 bucks, which included a 17 inch monitor. The specs were pretty obscene though. It was one of those slim mini/mid tower Dell cases that give poor ventilation. It had 4 GB of DDR2 Ram (God knows what type), Core 2 Duo E6600, integrared video/audio, and I'm guessing a 350 W PSU seeing as that hardware doesn't need much power. The Hard Drive was pretty flimsy too, a mere 320 GB.

In terms of a PC for 500 bucks, it's nice that the monitor and Vista come with the deal, but honestly no matter how low that price tag gets, the hardware just isn't there. They haven't gotten better.

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DBsantos77

Talk about a ripoff, this doesn't include a monitor but it's still far better then what you posted. Monitor probably runs you about $150 +.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883113104

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Cooketh

Fact is, you can always build a better PC delivering better performance per dollar. The only catch is, OEMs typically include a monitor, thought you can find a 19inch for around 100 bucks if you search well enough.

I always tell people, if you're willing to pay the extra 100 or so dollars for a display, or use one you already have, you can build a PC that can deliver twice the performance per dollar. If you only need a PC for word processing, web browsing, and video playback, you can easily build a budget PC for 300 bucks, and then a monitor to top it off at 400-450

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pimphard

Amen to that. It`s true you truly don`t have to spend a lot of money to build a killer, just know what parts to buy at a resonable price.

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ben.albee

I think that OEMS can be a little to high but you also have to add in
the fact that they normally get 24/7 support on it...even if its some
guy you can barely understand....I always tell people that the
differents between OEM and building there own is they have to know how
to fix it or be willing to pay more money for someone else to do it for
them.

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ben.albee

sorry added it twice on accident

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I Jedi

That's always natural, though, to pay the same price, but for poorer performance. They've got to build, ship, and test the machine...

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