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    IBM PC's

    I am desperately in need of a new PC for my home office and am thinking about
    considering a new IBM box maybe with a Flat Screen if I can pry some extra money
    out of the dear spouse or else a new CRT Monitor.

    Does anyone have any suggestions about IBM PC's and/or IBM's track record with these machines?

    My other alternative is to build up my own new Box which I have done in the past and
    that scenario would undoubtedly be cheaper than a new IBM.

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    Re: IBM PC's

    I generally find that its not worth self build these days - (Unless you have a number of good components to rob from your existing system) - I get stuff at trade price - and I still can't build for less than the big 'box shifters'.

    Shop around for bargins on the net - "Dell" and "Evesham Micros" come out best regularly in surveys, for build/support and after sales service. - Assuming you are in the UK.

    Good luck

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    Re: IBM PC's

    I myself have an IBM NetVista, model 2251-EBU. It's a pentium III 950 MHz, 128 MB Ram, DVD, CDRW, 45 GB HD, etc...

    I like the computer. I've not had a problem with it (yet). At work, we use a variety of computers, some are ACERs, IBMs, DELLs, Compaqs....

    I'd say if you're going name brand, you're okay... In my experience, the mom and pop corner computer store clones are the ones to watch out for.

    Just my CDN <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> worth.
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    Re: IBM PC's

    We used Big Blue exclusively for desktop PC's, notebooks, and servers until 18 months ago. IBM's desktops have served us well with no more than the normal component failure rate I've seen with other major manufacturers. I found IBM's site to be very forthcoming in terms of BIOS and driver updates, knowledge base searches, etc. Working with a support tech over the phone could be, erm, trying from time to time.

    That said, I bought my folks a Dell this past Christmas. They're all the same components in the case, so it's really just a matter of whose support and price is better. Good luck with the flat screen!!
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    Re: IBM PC's

    To: GaryC, cbaldrey & Shane Sargent

    Thanx so much for all you guys input. Sorry to be so long in getting back to you.
    Was out at my Uncle's Ranch for an extended 4th of July BBQ and party -- just
    got back home.

    With your input I am now going to go with Big Blue -- was kind
    of hoping that might be the case as I don't relish hunting all over the Internet for
    the components to build up my own box and them you got the (usually) terrific
    problems with configuration. Why not let the IBM Engineers do that and just
    get the new box and plug it in. And you all will be happy to know that I
    bamboozled my dear wife (at the Ranch party) and she consented to give me
    the extra dough for an LCD Flat Screen Monitor. She runs the household and
    of course the finances which is great, normally, becuz I do not have to even think
    about that stuff. It gets a little tough if I want something extra becuz she has
    really consolidated her control now and runs the house like a Marine Drill
    Sargent (she is a very strong person) and I love her.

    Sorry got off the thread there a little bit.
    Thanx again for your help -- hope I can do the same for you someday.

    Tom

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    Re: IBM PC's

    Hmmm

    There are things I would upgrade before LCD.




    Suit yourself.

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    Re: IBM PC's

    zeus,
    Thanx for the input. I have decided to go for a new IBM PC and the Flat Screen
    Monitor would just be part of the package. Admittedly it will cost a chunk of extra
    cash but I will satisfy all my other requirements first and then look at the cost of
    the Flat Screen versus a new CRT Monitor and if the $ don't look too bad will go
    for it. And you are definitely right. Upgrading to a Flat Screen just to be doing it
    at the expense of all the other requirements of a system is short sighted and not
    good.

    I haven't actually got into the process of nailing down my system. I have to go to
    the IBM website and check out their prices first then I can actually buy one thru
    GSA (General Services Administration) at the price that the Army would pay on the
    GSA contract with IBM. So that should help somewhat with the $$$. I work for a
    large US Army Supply Depot and the Civilian employees are allowed to do this.
    A small payback for the incredible red tape that I have to deal with everyday at
    work which makes me pull out my hair (it's almost all gone on top, now). <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>

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