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Posted: 10/19/2004 2:20:29 PM EST
I stopped by Best Buy on the way home tonight to scope out computers. Since when did they start carrying Gateway? They had one that was 512 megs, 200 gigs, 3.0 mghz, dual layer dvd burner, internal card reader, etc. $800. Seemed like a decent deal to me.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 2:26:17 PM EST
Don't buy a Gateway! The only computer that even comes close to this level of total shit

crap is E Machine. The price sounds great, but I still wouln't touch it.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 2:27:36 PM EST
Doesnt gateway own emachines now?

For that price you could build a decent system with better specs.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 2:28:39 PM EST
Stay far far away.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 2:29:28 PM EST
When you see Gateway.. think JOHN KERRY. Just walk away.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 2:37:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By norman74:
I stopped by Best Buy on the way home tonight to scope out computers. Since when did they start carrying Gateway? They had one that was 512 megs, 200 gigs, 3.0 mghz, dual layer dvd burner, internal card reader, etc. $800. Seemed like a decent deal to me.



I got a gateway this go-round because the last several Dells I had were pure hot steaming shit. I still have a new company owned dell (2 computers). I suspect that since Gateway closed all of its stores, Best Buy is it's new marketing channel.

E-machine was purchased by gateway. To retain the emachine staff and close one operation, they chose to close the Poway Gateway factory and consolidate in Orange County. Stir in some disgruntled employees, and quality may suffer. I would try to research some real and recent users, rather than interweb speculators.

Best Buy probably offers a very good warranty. $800 is a throw away box, so if it survives its infancy, it will probably live to kindergarten.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 2:39:40 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 2:42:06 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/19/2004 2:42:32 PM EST by Sub-MOA]
A better idea would be to build your own...

Short of that, get an eMachines, they are assembled in the same place (Korea), using the same components and they are supported by the same Indian outsourcer. You just pay about $3-400 for that gateway name on the box.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 2:47:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
gateways own stores went bust for a reason.

mike



Actually the stores were doing fine, it was the ridiculous merger with E-Machines that killed it.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 3:06:51 PM EST
Bear in mind here, I'm not looking to take over the world with this thing. I also don't need the latest and greatest super-cool machine for playing the latest super-secret version of Doom 12. I need to get online, download music, manipulate digital pics a bit, and check email. Other than that all I really need to do is write the occasional letter on Word and generate the occasional spreadsheet on Excel. I do tend to operate with several windows open at a time when I'm online, but that's about the extent of stressing out the machine that I go to. No CAD, no 3d modeling, no video editing, none of that crap.

I do know however that Emachines are junk. My mom had one and even I managed to crash it repeatedly.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 3:13:33 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 3:18:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/19/2004 3:20:31 PM EST by Flushdraw]
For the love of God...just don't do it!

My friend owns a computer repair shop. He gets a lot of business because of Gateway. I also used

to install RoadRunner with him. 9 out of 10 times when a computer was just completely f*cked...

it was a Gateway! E-Machines are at least as bad if not worse...probably worse. I know you

don't want anything fancy, but you do want a stable machine, don't you? For $800 bucks, you

can build something MUCH nicer than you can buy. No one deserves a Gateway


edited to add: My friend bought an E-Machine after I PLEADED with him not to. He bought the
extended warranty. He returned that computer AT LEAST 4 times I know of.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 3:19:22 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 3:22:40 PM EST
get a dell dude
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 3:26:31 PM EST
Not bad, but I just picked up a dell for 300.00..
anybody want it?
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 3:28:36 PM EST
Emachine at work caught on fire. CD-audio cable along with part of the motherboard burst into flames. Not a good day to be an emachine user.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 3:28:51 PM EST

Originally Posted By sixgunsblazing:
Not bad, but I just picked up a dell for 300.00..
anybody want it?



If you're getting rid of a dell, I'll take it.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 3:30:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/19/2004 3:32:34 PM EST by deej86]
Dude...you're getting a Dell!
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 3:36:57 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 3:49:04 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 3:51:48 PM EST
OK, let's take a minute to analyze this "you can get a better machine for the same money if you build it yourself":

All prices from newegg
Case W/ 420 watt power supply $56
Intel motherboard $90
512 megs ram $120
200 Gig HS $120
Sony Dual layer DVD burner $80 (man I got fucked)
3.0 ghz P4 chip $200

$666 with no warranty, no software, and god knows if all this crap is compatible or not. Plus I am still short one DVD drive, and internal card reader, etc.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 3:55:31 PM EST
I got a Gateway for my B-day at the end of last month.
$500, for a 2.8Gig processor, 17" monitor, speakers,no floppy drive. The ONLY thing that I hate is the Win XP home edition thats installed in it. I'd rather have Win 98.

It took me 2 weeks to get everything working properly and I still don't have my e-mail working 100%(99%) HECK, it took me several days just to find simple things, they renamed everything and hid it in placed where it doesn't belong, then a few more days changin or turning off all of the stupid defaults so I can use it without things popping up every several minuets.
I HATE XP

My last computer's HD crashed after a nice 6 year usage with no problems but 3 processor cooling fans, processor upgrade (400Mhz to 500Mhz) and a reformat (with processor upgrade (processor burned up after last cooling fan died).
This was a Tiger Direct computer.


BISHOP
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 4:03:10 PM EST
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