This page contains links to hardware that I'm interested in. In
general, I'm looking for AMD64 systems at the midrange. I wouldn't mind
an X2 processor as doing builds uses a lot of CPU horsepower. Ideally
systems would have the capability of adding up to 4 GB of memory (or
more) and would come with a decent video card option. For notebooks, I
like WUXGA and 17 inches but it's hard finding configurations like this
for $2,000 unless you're willing to settle for an Intel processor.
pretty nice gear though their laptops are only WXGA only right now (Feb
5, 2006). They have a nice line of desktops that are expensive
but not outrageously so and the options are pretty good though they
don't provide huge numbers of options. There are times when too many
options are confusing. They provide pretty beefy power supplies on
their desktops. A review that I saw likes their products with
complaines about missing convenience ports in the front of the machine.
carries really nice stuff too, both notebooks and desktops. A nice 17
inch WUXGA laptop will still cost over $3,000 and they even offer
carries really cool hardware running their own Mac OSX operating
system. We have a PowerMac G5 and it is a nice system though customers
may be in limbo as Apple transitions from Power PC chips to Intel
chips. It has created some confusion as not all software titles have
been natively ported and some buying Power chips may decide to wait
being worried that their investment will be obsolete.
carries high-end stuff including X2 notebooks. I priced one out around
$3,600 so they're not cheap. I haven't looked at their desktops yet.
makes inexpensive computers and we have a number of their products
though we haven't purchased one in quite some time given that they
don't sell AMD products. The Inspiron 9300 is a very nice notebook
display and price-wise. They just need to slap in a 64-bit processor to
go with it. We've ordered all of our LCD monitors from Dell as they
have very good prices and very good quality.
a lot of high-end notebooks, different kinds of small-form-factor
computers and many desktops and servers but they seem to be a company
that is mostly focused on Intel products that has a few AMD products
here and there. They do have a luxury laptop with an FX-60 option for
about $3,500 but I'm looking for something that isn't a luxury system
that can take a high-end processor. Lots and lots of Centrino and
Pentium 4 systems. I didn't see Core Duo though (Feb 5, 2006).
makes some really nice stuff and has very good prices but for some
reason, they don't make a WUXGA notebook with AMD64 processors.
Monarch Computers makes
high-performance desktops and workstations and they give you a million
options that can sometimes be confusing to navigate. The do have some
interesting small form factor computers too, notably the Hornet, that
looks interesting. You can get cheap to really expensive at this place.
makes some really nice high-end stuff which looks great and carries
great specs but the prices are out of this world. VoodooPC is very well
known for their hardware and graphics. I don't know anyone personally
with a VoodooPC though. Maybe I just don't hang out in the right
circles. I think that most people I know are cheap.
carries some very nice stuff as well and looks better priced than many
other places but everything is a la carte' so you wind up spending
about the same for a high-end notebook.
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