OT: PC buying in the US

Discussion in 'rec.music.percussion' started by Paul Marshall, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. Hey all,

    I'm trying to source a cheap internet-ready PC for a friend in the US.
    (Appleton area, Wisconsin)

    Can anyone tell me where I might usefully spend my time shopping around, the
    search engines give lots of responses of course but I'd rather take a
    recommendation if anyone has a good tip or is in the business. The best
    value I can find for a bundle (inc 17" CRT screen, IJ printer &
    soundcard/speakers) is a Best Buy generic at around $699 + tax which is
    about the max of my budget but if I can find a better machine for cheaper
    than I'd be a fool not to consider it, the printer would be nice but is not
    absolutely necessary. The eventual user would have fairly basic needs,
    internet and some word processing would be the height of it mostly but I'm
    looking for dependability rather than flashiness, I'd be adding a webcam so
    USB is prolly a good idea. I'd avoid ebay or personal sales as I'd need
    some sort of after sales service for her to rely on.

    TIA guys

    Paul
    ----------------------
    Paul Marshall
    Portfolio Sound Artist
    http://www.powerhaus.net
    http://www.drumdojo.com
    http://www.differentdrums.co.uk
    NI Facilitator for the Da Capo Foundation
    www.dacapo.co.uk
  2. ramalane

    ramalane Guest

    Re: PC buying in the US

    "Paul Marshall" <paul@PANTSpowerhaus.net> wrote in message
    news:biigba$n6t$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
    : Hey all,
    :
    : I'm trying to source a cheap internet-ready PC for a friend in the US.
    : (Appleton area, Wisconsin)
    :
    : Can anyone tell me where I might usefully spend my time shopping around,
    the
    : search engines give lots of responses of course but I'd rather take a
    : recommendation if anyone has a good tip or is in the business. The best
    : value I can find for a bundle (inc 17" CRT screen, IJ printer &
    : soundcard/speakers) is a Best Buy generic at around $699 + tax which is
    : about the max of my budget but if I can find a better machine for cheaper
    : than I'd be a fool not to consider it, the printer would be nice but is
    not
    : absolutely necessary. The eventual user would have fairly basic needs,
    : internet and some word processing would be the height of it mostly but I'm
    : looking for dependability rather than flashiness, I'd be adding a webcam
    so
    : USB is prolly a good idea. I'd avoid ebay or personal sales as I'd need
    : some sort of after sales service for her to rely on.

    I hate to say it but Wal-Mart has one helluva deal for an out-of-the-box pc:

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2283651

    /ramalane

    --
    "There is a plethora of collective knowledge and experience in here,
    from drummers and drum builders. So jump in and enjoy the party.
    Just don't piss in the water. :) " -MIKE-
  3. Re: PC buying in the US

    Fry's Electronics
    http://shop4.outpost.com/{P0zGK7O9DYCu1wmoaZ7zwXq8eokYtr6rcFB6y7LeoDU7xyv7
    FxcA|-3836041472204863044/184095267/6/7001/7001/7002/7002/7001/-1|5614734327
    403154078/184095266/6/7001/7001/7002/7002/7001/-1|1061996075833%7D/template/
    computerspc/
    "Paul Marshall" <paul@PANTSpowerhaus.net> wrote in message
    news:biigba$n6t$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
    > Hey all,
    >
    > I'm trying to source a cheap internet-ready PC for a friend in the US.
    > (Appleton area, Wisconsin)
    >
    > Can anyone tell me where I might usefully spend my time shopping around,

    the
    > search engines give lots of responses of course but I'd rather take a
    > recommendation if anyone has a good tip or is in the business. The best
    > value I can find for a bundle (inc 17" CRT screen, IJ printer &
    > soundcard/speakers) is a Best Buy generic at around $699 + tax which is
    > about the max of my budget but if I can find a better machine for cheaper
    > than I'd be a fool not to consider it, the printer would be nice but is

    not
    > absolutely necessary. The eventual user would have fairly basic needs,
    > internet and some word processing would be the height of it mostly but I'm
    > looking for dependability rather than flashiness, I'd be adding a webcam

    so
    > USB is prolly a good idea. I'd avoid ebay or personal sales as I'd need
    > some sort of after sales service for her to rely on.
    >
    > TIA guys
    >
    > Paul
    > ----------------------
    > Paul Marshall
    > Portfolio Sound Artist
    > http://www.powerhaus.net
    > http://www.drumdojo.com
    > http://www.differentdrums.co.uk
    > NI Facilitator for the Da Capo Foundation
    > www.dacapo.co.uk
    >
    >
    >
  4. Tony Kujawa

    Tony Kujawa Guest

    Re: PC buying in the US

    "ramalane" <ramalane@ramalaneTINR.com> wrote in message
    news:Vt33b.56043$zz3.2039@fe05.atl2.webusenet.com...
    >
    > "Paul Marshall" <paul@PANTSpowerhaus.net> wrote in message
    > news:biigba$n6t$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
    > : Hey all,
    > :
    > : I'm trying to source a cheap internet-ready PC for a friend in the US.
    > : (Appleton area, Wisconsin)
    > :
    > : Can anyone tell me where I might usefully spend my time shopping around,
    > the
    > : search engines give lots of responses of course but I'd rather take a
    > : recommendation if anyone has a good tip or is in the business. The best
    > : value I can find for a bundle (inc 17" CRT screen, IJ printer &
    > : soundcard/speakers) is a Best Buy generic at around $699 + tax which is
    > : about the max of my budget but if I can find a better machine for

    cheaper
    > : than I'd be a fool not to consider it, the printer would be nice but is
    > not
    > : absolutely necessary. The eventual user would have fairly basic needs,
    > : internet and some word processing would be the height of it mostly but

    I'm
    > : looking for dependability rather than flashiness, I'd be adding a webcam
    > so
    > : USB is prolly a good idea. I'd avoid ebay or personal sales as I'd need
    > : some sort of after sales service for her to rely on.
    >
    > I hate to say it but Wal-Mart has one helluva deal for an out-of-the-box

    pc:
    >
    > http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2283651
    >
    > /ramalane
    >



    WOW! That is cheap!
  5. Glenn Dowdy

    Glenn Dowdy Guest

    Re: PC buying in the US

    "Paul Marshall" <paul@PANTSpowerhaus.net> wrote in message
    news:biigba$n6t$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
    > Hey all,
    >
    > I'm trying to source a cheap internet-ready PC for a friend in the US.
    > (Appleton area, Wisconsin)
    >

    www.hpshopping.com, of course. Now this makes my posting at work, work.

    Glenn D.
  6. ramalane

    ramalane Guest

    Re: PC buying in the US

    "Glenn Dowdy" <glenn.dowdy@nospam.com> wrote in message
    news:Tu43b.3388$LJ4.2773@news.cpqcorp.net...
    :
    : "Paul Marshall" <paul@PANTSpowerhaus.net> wrote in message
    : news:biigba$n6t$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
    : > Hey all,
    : >
    : > I'm trying to source a cheap internet-ready PC for a friend in the US.
    : > (Appleton area, Wisconsin)
    : >
    : www.hpshopping.com, of course. Now this makes my posting at work, work.

    LOL! (Added as a .sig)

    /ramalane
    --
    "www.hpshopping.com, of course. Now this makes my posting at work, work." -
    Glenn Dowdy in rmmp
  7. Re: PC buying in the US

    Thanks Guys, that Wal-Mart deal was the one for me. that's rediculously
    cheap and for a Compaq machine too. All done and dusted.

    Your assistance has been greatly appreciated

    Cheers

    Paul
    ----------------------
    Paul Marshall
    Portfolio Sound Artist
    http://www.powerhaus.net
    http://www.drumdojo.com
    http://www.differentdrums.co.uk
    NI Facilitator for the Da Capo Foundation
    www.dacapo.co.uk
    Drumdojo Recommended link For June 2003
    Percussion of Persia http://tinyurl.com/ddbg
    "ramalane" <ramalane@ramalaneTINR.com> wrote in message
    news:Vt33b.56043$zz3.2039@fe05.atl2.webusenet.com...
    >
    > "Paul Marshall" <paul@PANTSpowerhaus.net> wrote in message
    > news:biigba$n6t$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
    > : Hey all,
    > :
    > : I'm trying to source a cheap internet-ready PC for a friend in the US.
    > : (Appleton area, Wisconsin)
    > :
    > : Can anyone tell me where I might usefully spend my time shopping around,
    > the
    > : search engines give lots of responses of course but I'd rather take a
    > : recommendation if anyone has a good tip or is in the business. The best
    > : value I can find for a bundle (inc 17" CRT screen, IJ printer &
    > : soundcard/speakers) is a Best Buy generic at around $699 + tax which is
    > : about the max of my budget but if I can find a better machine for

    cheaper
    > : than I'd be a fool not to consider it, the printer would be nice but is
    > not
    > : absolutely necessary. The eventual user would have fairly basic needs,
    > : internet and some word processing would be the height of it mostly but

    I'm
    > : looking for dependability rather than flashiness, I'd be adding a webcam
    > so
    > : USB is prolly a good idea. I'd avoid ebay or personal sales as I'd need
    > : some sort of after sales service for her to rely on.
    >
    > I hate to say it but Wal-Mart has one helluva deal for an out-of-the-box

    pc:
    >
    > http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2283651
    >
    > /ramalane
    >
    > --
    > "There is a plethora of collective knowledge and experience in here,
    > from drummers and drum builders. So jump in and enjoy the party.
    > Just don't piss in the water. :) " -MIKE-
    >
    >
    >
  8. Glenn Dowdy

    Glenn Dowdy Guest

    Re: PC buying in the US

    "Paul Marshall" <paul@PANTSpowerhaus.net> wrote in message
    news:biin9m$pvb$1@news7.svr.pol.co.uk...
    > Thanks Guys, that Wal-Mart deal was the one for me. that's rediculously
    > cheap and for a Compaq machine too. All done and dusted.
    >

    HP, Compaq, what's the difference? They both come out of an amazing factory.

    Glenn D.
  9. Paul Marshall <paul@pantspowerhaus.net> wrote:
    > Hey all,


    > I'm trying to source a cheap internet-ready PC for a friend in the US.
    > (Appleton area, Wisconsin)


    > *****I'd be adding a webcam so USB is prolly a good idea. ****


    WHOA! This "friend" wouldn't by any chance be some cute
    groupie you met on your recent tour of the North would it?

    :)

    Yeah, a webcam is fun, but not quite a substitute for ...

    Benj

    --
    SPAM-Guard! Remove .users (if present) to email me!
  10. Glenn Dowdy

    Glenn Dowdy Guest

    <bjacoby@users.iwaynet.net> wrote in message
    news:biism4$t9d$2@tribune.oar.net...
    > Paul Marshall <paul@pantspowerhaus.net> wrote:
    > >

    > Yeah, a webcam is fun, but not quite a substitute for ...
    >

    ....selective long term memory.

    Glenn D.
  11. Re: PC buying in the US

    http://www.dell.com/us/en/dhs/products/model_dimen_dimen_2400.htm

    Free shipping, if ordered today.

    CM

    "Paul Marshall" <paul@PANTSpowerhaus.net> wrote in message
    news:biigba$n6t$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
    > Hey all,
    >
    > I'm trying to source a cheap internet-ready PC for a friend in the US.
    > (Appleton area, Wisconsin)
    >
    > Can anyone tell me where I might usefully spend my time shopping around,

    the
    > search engines give lots of responses of course but I'd rather take a
    > recommendation if anyone has a good tip or is in the business. The best
    > value I can find for a bundle (inc 17" CRT screen, IJ printer &
    > soundcard/speakers) is a Best Buy generic at around $699 + tax which is
    > about the max of my budget but if I can find a better machine for cheaper
    > than I'd be a fool not to consider it, the printer would be nice but is

    not
    > absolutely necessary. The eventual user would have fairly basic needs,
    > internet and some word processing would be the height of it mostly but I'm
    > looking for dependability rather than flashiness, I'd be adding a webcam

    so
    > USB is prolly a good idea. I'd avoid ebay or personal sales as I'd need
    > some sort of after sales service for her to rely on.
    >
    > TIA guys
    >
    > Paul
    > ----------------------
    > Paul Marshall
    > Portfolio Sound Artist
    > http://www.powerhaus.net
    > http://www.drumdojo.com
    > http://www.differentdrums.co.uk
    > NI Facilitator for the Da Capo Foundation
    > www.dacapo.co.uk
    >
    >
    >
  12. Benj Writ

    > WHOA! This "friend" wouldn't by any chance be some cute
    > groupie you met on your recent tour of the North would it?


    not a groupie but a cutie yes :)

    > Yeah, a webcam is fun, but not quite a substitute for ...


    160lbs of Irish beef? LOL

    > Benj


    Paul
    (who thinks every woman should own a computer, a vibrator and should be able
    to weld :)
    ----------------------
    Paul Marshall
    Portfolio Sound Artist
    http://www.powerhaus.net
    http://www.drumdojo.com
    http://www.differentdrums.co.uk
    NI Facilitator for the Da Capo Foundation
    www.dacapo.co.uk
  13. Donn

    Donn Guest

    Re: PC buying in the US

    >>"I'd avoid ebay or personal sales as I'd need
    some sort of after sales service for her to rely on."<<

    And we all know about that famous Wal-Mart after sales computer service!

    "Uh, ignore them heel marks sir, I was tryin' to re-boot yer computer. Have
    a nice day and thanks fer shoppin' at WalMart."

    Ya gets what ya pays for.

    :)



    "Paul Marshall" <paul@PANTSpowerhaus.net> wrote in message
    news:biin9m$pvb$1@news7.svr.pol.co.uk...
    > Thanks Guys, that Wal-Mart deal was the one for me. that's rediculously
    > cheap and for a Compaq machine too. All done and dusted.
    >
    > Your assistance has been greatly appreciated
    >
    > Cheers
    >
    > Paul
    > ----------------------
    > Paul Marshall
    > Portfolio Sound Artist
    > http://www.powerhaus.net
    > http://www.drumdojo.com
    > http://www.differentdrums.co.uk
    > NI Facilitator for the Da Capo Foundation
    > www.dacapo.co.uk
    > Drumdojo Recommended link For June 2003
    > Percussion of Persia http://tinyurl.com/ddbg
    > "ramalane" <ramalane@ramalaneTINR.com> wrote in message
    > news:Vt33b.56043$zz3.2039@fe05.atl2.webusenet.com...
    > >
    > > "Paul Marshall" <paul@PANTSpowerhaus.net> wrote in message
    > > news:biigba$n6t$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
    > > : Hey all,
    > > :
    > > : I'm trying to source a cheap internet-ready PC for a friend in the US.
    > > : (Appleton area, Wisconsin)
    > > :
    > > : Can anyone tell me where I might usefully spend my time shopping

    around,
    > > the
    > > : search engines give lots of responses of course but I'd rather take a
    > > : recommendation if anyone has a good tip or is in the business. The

    best
    > > : value I can find for a bundle (inc 17" CRT screen, IJ printer &
    > > : soundcard/speakers) is a Best Buy generic at around $699 + tax which

    is
    > > : about the max of my budget but if I can find a better machine for

    > cheaper
    > > : than I'd be a fool not to consider it, the printer would be nice but

    is
    > > not
    > > : absolutely necessary. The eventual user would have fairly basic

    needs,
    > > : internet and some word processing would be the height of it mostly but

    > I'm
    > > : looking for dependability rather than flashiness, I'd be adding a

    webcam
    > > so
    > > : USB is prolly a good idea. I'd avoid ebay or personal sales as I'd

    need
    > > : some sort of after sales service for her to rely on.
    > >
    > > I hate to say it but Wal-Mart has one helluva deal for an out-of-the-box

    > pc:
    > >
    > > http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2283651
    > >
    > > /ramalane
    > >
    > > --
    > > "There is a plethora of collective knowledge and experience in here,
    > > from drummers and drum builders. So jump in and enjoy the party.
    > > Just don't piss in the water. :) " -MIKE-
    > >
    > >
    > >

    >
    >

Share This Page