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Re: Desktop dies a spectacular death

by Jeremy Herrmann » Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:26 pm

I know that throwing out Intel model numbers doesn't mean much to the average consumer, so sometimes benchmark tests can help give you some perspective on relative performance. Here is a chart from cpubenchmark.net that shows the processor that's in the Apple (i5-2500S) vs. the processor that's in the first Dell (i7-2600) that I listed:

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The i7-2600 is ranked as the 18th best high end processor available, while the i5-2500S is ranked 83rd.
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Re: Desktop dies a spectacular death

by Jeffrey D. » Sat Jul 23, 2011 5:50 pm

How about ZT Systems at Costco?

$799.99
ZT i7-2600 3.4GHz Desktop
12 GB memory
2.0 T hard drive
Lifetime, 24/7 Toll-free Phone Support
HDMI
19-in-1 Digital Multimedia Card Reader
Item # 581988
$799.99
Shipping & Handling: $24.95

Processor & Memory:

Intel Core i7-2600 Processor (3.40GHz)
Intel H67 Express Chipset
12GB DDR3 Memory
Drives:

2TB SATA II Hard Drive
22x DVDRW Drive
Front Panel 19-in-1 digital multimedia card reader
Graphics:

Integrated Intel HD Graphics
Communications:

10/100/1000 Mb/s LAN
Audio:

6/8ch ALC889
Keyboard & Mouse:

USB Keyboard
USB Mouse
Expandability (total bays/slots):

2 x 5.25" external (1 occupied)
1 x 3.5" external (1 occupied)
4 x 3.5" internal (1 occupied)
1 x PCI-Ex16
2 x PCIe x1
1 x PCI-Ex4
Ports:

1x DVI-D
1x HDMI
1 x VGA
2 x USB 3.0 ports
6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 Front, 4 Rear)
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 3Gb/s
3 x Analog Audio Ports
1x S/PDIF out
1 x PS2 port
1x RJ45
Operating System:

Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
Additional Software:

Microsoft Office Starter (reduced functionality versions of Word and Excel; not the full version of Microsoft Office 2010)
Symantec Norton Internet Security 2011 (60-day trial)
Additional Information:

Dimensions: (HxWxD): 13.9" x 7.1" x 16.9" (approx.)
Power supply: 350W
Lifetime, 24/7 toll-free phone support
My memory's not as sharp as it used to be.
Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.
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Re: Desktop dies a spectacular death

by Robin Garr » Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:18 pm

Looks like a good buy, Jeffrey. I've done it, though. I'm a Mac fanboy now. iMac with the 22 inch screen, 1 terabyte HD, and RAM expanded to 8 gigs. It's more than the Costco PC, but it has the look and feel of quality, and I'm happy.
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Re: Desktop dies a spectacular death

by Ralph B. » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:46 pm

I've been a Mac fanboy for years. But... I'm currently looking at building my own "Hackintosh"... a PC that runs Mac OSX. Less than half the price of the comparable apple hardware, and expandable. NOT an easy process, though.
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