Build A 4GB RAM Quad Core System For $375!
I just had to laugh my poor old face right off when I saw that some poor misbegotten creature is trying to hawk a 4GB RAM Intel Quad Core Q6600 system on Ebay for $1899! No, you don't get a 28" monitor with this system, you don't even get a keyboard or mouse. What you do get is one absolutely ridiculously overpriced computer that anyone in their right mind would never consider purchasing. However, in the famous words of P.T. Barnum "there's a sucker born every minute" and most neophytes are just so bedazzled by the concept of having four cores and four gigs of RAM in their computer case that they might think that almost $2000 is a good deal. Of course that is nothing short of crazy, as all you need to do is to let your fingers do the walking to some major computer etailers and you'll see just how little these components really cost. Let's check out the current prices for components on newegg.com:
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model HH80562PH0568M - $180
- pqi POWER Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MAD44GUOE-X2 - $70
- MSI P6NGM-L LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce7050 / nForce610i Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $45
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $55
- Linkworld 3230-18 c2228u Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - $25
Some hardcore gamers might be turned off by the Nvidia GeForce 7050 integrated onto the motherboard. Fair enough, as it is not exactly my first choice if I wanted to get 1920 x 1200 or higher resolution at sizzling frame rates. But for the rest of us who think that an advanced, exciting game to play on our computers is Minesweeper or Solitaire, we won't ever know the difference. Many computer users get blinded by the high end video card wars and start to think that they need all this video processing power just to run their monitors. In the vast majority of cases, they are completely wrong. If you are using typical office type applications, surfing the web, etc. then all that extra video processing capability is completely wasted. You'll never know it was there. As I mentioned in my Build A Dual Core System For $198 Hub, I don't use my DVD drive at all (not even once) and I have less than 50GB filled up on my hard drive, so the 250GB Seagate 7200.10 is going to be more than enough for me and millions of computer users like me.
There you have it, a full 4GB RAM, state of the art Q6600 Intel Quad Core system with all the bells and whistles and you'll still have enough money left over from four one hundred dollar bills to buy a keyboard, a mouse, two Big Mac Combo Meals, a box of M&Ms and a gallon of gasoline! What more could you ever want, especially when we consider that we are in the midst of a fairly vicious recession?