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I'm not much of a fan of ebay
so my opinion is biased. I would be really careful when buying a computer from that source. Two accounts that I recall, One was a laptop that did not have an OS installed and the other was a PC that had an illegal copy of XP Installed. Both buyers were able to get their money back but with a lot of grief. You may not have any problem because most of the sellers are honest folks. Buy only from someone With a good rating.
I'm not the person to ask about ebay because...
People bring me their disasters. From flaky hardware that someone dumped on ebay to the noted blank drive or pirate OS. Issues are tough to resolve so most can't go these.
Not worth it, IMO
I have purchased select components from a few well established computer recycling companies that have eBay storefronts, but never desktops and laptops.
What I have found is that the prices on completed auctions and "buy it now" items are not any better than what you can get from the local or rebate special offered every week in my area. Also, the factory refurbished computers from the major computer makers have comparable prices and much better warranties and return policies than the eBay sellers.
Thanks all, for your advice. Just one more question, though-
Where can I get an XP machine at a decent site? Ever since Vista came out, the retailers didn't really give people like me a lot of choice in what o/s we want installed on our machines. I've heard people say, "Well, just go to the business sections of Dell, HP, or Compaq to get an XP machine." But those machines are for home businesses, not everyday use and entertainment.
Bleagh. Why do they have to make this so complicated?
Dell.com, Lenovo and others if you go to the business machines you find ... XP. No maker is fool enough to only offer Vista to businesses. They would find themselves shut out.
Okay, I'll look into Lenovo and Dell
...and see what's shaking over there, because I need an XP machine, and stat!
My Quickbooks program won't run on Vista, as soon as it came out I got a email telling me not to upgrade.
i got a refurb from tigerdirect...
that i'm using right now. it's great!
i'd be really leary of being anything big on ebay. no joke. a lot of scammers just looking for your money. my son's been trying to buy an xbox 360 and in two instances on ebay, he ordered one and never got the stuff. be careful with ebay. buy a new computer if you have to but don't buy a big item on ebay.
IMO, tiger direct yes. ebay no.
Okay, will junk Ebay then for the obvious reasons...
Besides, now that I think about it, it's not as if the PCs on Ebay are better priced than some of the refurbished models I've been seeing at TG (In some ways, they are more expensive.) Might as well go with TG, Dell, or Lenovo then.
Have you tried a local business that builds PCs...???
I have mine built by a local PC place, as long as you buy all the components from them they will put it together for only $10.00. They are price wise for the components the same as all the big retailers and if you have a problem you have somebody to take it to. Plus they still offer XP.
Why not Dual Boot?
You could buy a machine from e-bay as long as the seller has a really high rating. I mean really high. Ask a lot of questions.
I really don't see why you don't buy your own copy of XP? I dual booted my XP Pro Machine with Vista Beta. I did need to create another partion on my hard drive but most places can do that for you If you don't have the software. That way you still have Vista when you are ready for it, and still use XP for now? It does get a little confusing because both Vista and XP think they are on the C Drive. (really XP is on the C drive and Vista is on the D drive). I just tell you that if you don't know much about computers that could confuse you.
I'm really not interested in Vista at all...
..which is why I'm looking for XP. I've been using Windows 98 for the past seven years, so XP is sort of as big an update to me as Vista is for XP users.
Besides, I was hoping to buy an XP machine so I wouldn't *have* to spend the extra money to get it. It kind of irks me that I have to now pay extra for it, when I would have been able to get it bundled on any machine just a few weeks for before. I really wish there had been some announcement before Vista came out to warn users like me about XP machines getting pulled! Because if I had known, I would have bought a computer beforehand.
that's a funny thing isn't it?
i thought about the same thing myself. what if i wanted to buy a new computer but didn't want vista? what does one do? i thought maybe clearing the hard drive and using my xp restore disk. that would probably work, but i'm not sure.
anyway, i'll stick with my already obsolete amd 64 single core + xp which all works fine for my right now. i want to enjoy the fact that i bought it for only $299. should be good for a couple of years for my purposes.
funny thing is that people could probably do amazing things yet with an apple IIe if they knew its real potential. these machines are highly capable of doing a lot of stuff already much less vista and dual core. intel, microsoft, and amd need a fresh cash flow from time to time. the game makers follow suite.
me too local builders
Here's another vote for your local "mom & pop" PC shop. They'll assemble to order and you have a place to take it when it breaks. One more advantage: you get the retail installation media for the software you buy with it, not some "recovery" disk preloaded with spyware and advertisements and "free trials." Around here we have Central Computer, ASA Computers, Click Away, Pixel Computer, and about forty more. Visit them and find one you get along with.
I bring a Knoppix CD with me. It's a good way to test for Linux compatibility, but I'm really testing the *store*. If they won't let me boot it on a demo machine, they're too rigid. A salesman who isn't free to demonstrate the merchandise the way the customer wants it demonstrated isn't free to sell me what *I* want either. (So what if the disk might be evil, they should have a way to quickly wipe and restore a floor machine.) If they say "sure, we've been using that for years" they know what they're doing. If they want to see it, I'm going to get along with them.