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Author: Leguleius Three stars, 500 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 308686  
Subject: Re: My nonexistent G4 - Is it fraud to charge be Date: 12/28/1999 10:24 AM
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On a related not, I've found that purchasing retail PC's (especially Apple products) is not the "Foolish" thing to do.

When I needed a new computer, I read up on the internet everything I could about building my own. I read "How-to" articles, and printed them out for future reference. I then used www.pricewatch.com to search for the nation's lowest prices and ordered my parts from places that shipped for low or no cost. I also bought the trailing curve of technology: E.g., processor, video card, hard disk, and CD-ROM that were "cutting edge" some six or eight months ago, but are now priced cheaply in light of more recent (and expensive) releases.

When everything arrived, I put it all together (never had done it before). It took about half a day one weekend to get it all configured and load all my software, but in the end, I would up with a 450 mhz system that performs great, and is exactly what I wanted. And, unlike the prefabbed systems from Dell, Compaq, Micron, or Apple, my system is fully upgradeable and has lots of room to expand.

The total cost... $350, and I used my old moniter.

(BTW: Watch out for the offers that are appearing in computer stores now where they say you get a $400 off certificate. You are required to sign up for a modem service for several YEARS... a decidedly silly thing to do).

At any rate, Jim, I suggest that unless you are a graphic artist need the cutting edge G4 power, you should cancel that order all together and build your own system. If you're dying to have an Apple system, go with the trailing edge of technology: the G3... which is still a very nice system. You'll save a great deal of money. Regards.
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