I have seen the following advertised in a mag and would like to know if it's the bargain they're saying it is, or could I get a same spec system cheaper elsewhere?
AMD Athlon 64 3400 Micron 1024mb DDR RAM Western Digital 400GB HD (2 x 200gb) ATA-133 7200rpm ATI Radeon 9800 128mb Graphics card with TV out and DVI NEC 8x Multiformat DVD burner MSI 16x DVD rom ATI PCTV system with media center software 10-in-1 card reader 2 x 1934 firewire ports 10/100 ethernet floppy All standard I/O ports and 7 bay full ATX expandable case
£799 inc VAT
This sounds pretty good to me, but I'm no expert.
I think the graphics card could be better but I'm not a heavy gamer so can live with it.
It is from Tiny. Am I correct in thinking that I can create my own system recovery disc when I get it? I seem to recall hearing that the OS is in a hidden partition on these pcs and you can just burn a copy off and reformat if needed? Or is a system recovery disc something else?
Oh, and with regard to the monitor, I can use my current one if one isn't supplied so no great loss there.
I followed your link, made interesting reading. I am in the same boat as VEG, currently using a Tiny PC (5 years old) and have never needed to call support line. I am using an external ADSL modem so should be okay on that front.
Don't really understand the significance of the ps 250w?
Also, I have red hat 9, so is a restore disc needed?
Modern technology is a greedy thing (on power) Hard drives, graphics card, optical drives etc all suck out power like theres no tomorrow. A rough guide here click here
The old Tiny is no more. There have ceased to be. They are an ex-company. For new Tiny read Time :-( Any support or lack thereof will be through Time. To me although good spec on some computer bit, they have shaved off too much in other areas. Try dell, evesham, mesh, novatech, systemax.
"Radeon 9800 could be better"... yes but that's a couple of hundred £££ of graphics, even if not the pro version.
400Gb hdd?! AMD 64?! and DVD burner.
That sounds a good deal to me. my only worry would be the quality of the components for that price. A badly made Radeon 9800 could probaly be matched bu a well made 9600 Pro, which you can get a lot cheaper.