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Computer maker MPC debuts new desktops

The company, formerly known as MicronPC, updates its Millennia PC family with one model and adds three desktops to its business-oriented ClientPro line.

MPC Computers, formerly known as MicronPC, introduced four new desktops Wednesday.

The Nampa, Idaho, PC manufacturer updated its Millennia 900 desktop family with one model and added three desktops to its business-oriented ClientPro line. All four systems are based on the latest desktop PC hardware from Intel.

MPC's Millennia 920i desktop comes with Intel's new 875P chipset. The chipset, which is the backbone of the new PC, offers a faster 800MHz bus, channeling data to the processor more quickly. The desktop will sell for just under $2,500 when it's configured with a 3GHz Pentium 4 processor, 512MB of RAM (random access memory), 320GB of hard-drive capacity with dual 160GB drives, a DVD burner, and an ATI Technologies graphics board, MPC said.

The company's newest ClientPro desktop models include the ClientPro 145, the ClientPro 345 and the ClientPro 545.

The ClientPro 545 also uses the Intel 875 chipset. The machine will start at $1,999 when configured with a 3GHz Pentium 4, 512MB of RAM, a single 80GB hard drive, a CD-ROM drive and an Nvidia graphics board.

The ClientPro 345 combines a lower price with Intel's newest 865 chipset, which is similar to the 875. New features on the machine include better graphics and a higher bandwidth network controller. A basic model, starting at $819, will come with a 2.4GHz Pentium 4, 128MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive and a CD-ROM drive.

Finally, the ClientPro 145 was designed to handle basic computing jobs. It starts at $599, a price that includes a 2GHz Celeron chip.

Gores Technology Group purchased MPC from parent company Micron Technology in May 2001. MPC changed its name from MicronPC in December 2002. The company has since launched several new products, including a new network data storage product, dubbed DataFrame, and a new family of TransPort notebook PCs.

Gores Technology, headquartered in Los Angeles, specializes in buying ailing companies to turn them around and resell them. MPC says it has been profitable since the Gores buyout and has seen five consecutive quarters in the black.