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Hold off on a new PC purchase.




About a year ago, I upgraded my old and clunky P3 system and got myself an Athlon XP2400+. I’m not sure how much it cost me but with 512MB of RAM, an HIS Excalibur Radeon 9200 64MB, 1 x 40 GB & 1 x 80 GB Seagate HDD and 17″ Samsung 753 DFX flatscreen monitor, I guess the entire rig would have landed in the mid-30K to 40k price range. That includes my old Altec Lansing 321 and Samsung CDRW. It was a really great improvement then.

Just recently, I feel that my rig could not quite cope up with the demands and a possible upgrade is an enticing idea. So, after buying a new 160GB HDD last week-end, I checked out prices for a completely new rig. After rounding up an AMD 64 3000, 1 GB RAM, PCI Express card, DVD-RW and a 19″ flat screen monitor, I was abit shocked thatthe whole thing costs about Php55K. Still too pricey a PC for me.

Methinks, I should hold it off until the end of the year. With how fast new processors are being churned out by AMD & Intel, especially with the dual-procs and and quad-procs in the near horizon, I am sure the prices will drop to a more affordable level. Prices of RAM and hard drives are also on its way down. Let’s just wait a couple more months.

Besides, I am expecting a Mac Mini soon, so I’ll need to be on budget here. :)



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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11 Responses

  1. nice ash says:

    wow. all things seem to be possible for yuga. if you planned to dispatch you AMD set, maybe you could ask me first. and if I have enough budget, ill pick it. ;)

  2. 55K for AMD 64 3000, 1 GB RAM, PCI Express card, DVD-RW and a 19″ flat screen monitor? Di naman ako mayaman pero sa tingin ko OK na yun. Saang computer shop ka bumibili? Para kasi bigla ako nanlambot kasi parang napamahal ako everytime bumibili ako ng computer. Kasi DVD RW na yan e. Nagmura na pala sya… dati ko kasi tumingin ang mahal pa rin e.

  3. yuga says:

    nice ash : yup, i sure will. ;) Kahit yung proc, mobo and RAM lang puede na.

    gerry : I browsed thru some online shops like PCCorner and PCX. I still think that these prices will go down come December. A little more patience for me here.

  4. Fleeb says:

    Haay medyo matagal pa ako bago magkaroon ng trabaho at makapagipon para makabili ng magandang PC.

  5. karla says:

    grabe ang ganda ng specs ng rig mo abe.. hehehe
    pero SLR muna yung pinag-iipunan ko..
    hehehe

  6. mack says:

    dude,

    the new processors will be in the form of DUAL CORE, amd o intel man, di na kasi pwede taasan ang processor speed kasi masyadong umiinit. kahit ang cooler mo e makina ng ref masusunog pa rin yung wafer. kaya dinoble na lang yung processor sa isang chip.

    sa MOBO (mother board) naman meron na yung “SLI” na tinatawag.. dalawang PCI-X na graphics card na parallel ang takbo..( 2 NVIDIA 6600 GT )

    kaya pag mag upgrade ka , hanapin mo yung dual core. pag sa intel nakasulat pentuim d. ang intel me 64 bit na rin. pati windows xp me 64 bit na rin..

    matatagalan pa siguro bago dumating ang pentuim 5 o baka di na mangyayari yun.

    TEKA RENDERER KA BA O ANIMATOR? wag mo sabihin na MS WORD lang ang ginagaamit mo sa PC mo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Fleeb says:

    What about a 74 GB 10000 RPM HD O_o It’s too pricy.

  8. Fleeb says:

    @mack,

    have you read this page yet?

    http://www.yugatech.com/blog/?page_id=4

    ;-)

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