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Old 08-30-08, 06:33 PM
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Computer in a Box?

I'm in the market for a new computer, and I've been seeing offers for "computers in a box"--that is, the computer bundled in the same box with and LCD monitor. At Sam's Club, I found what seems to be a pretty good deal: An HP PC (Intel Core Duo/5GB RAM/640GB hard disk) with a 24" LCD for $1199.

Would anyone advise against this route for a computer purchase? (For example, I would never buy a home theater in a box.)
Old 08-30-08, 08:26 PM
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I just got a quad core dell with only 2 gig or ram and 500 gig hard drive with a 24" for $706 shipped. This was a once every 3-6 month type deal though.
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Yeah, but who would want a Dell?

Just kidding.
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My canned response to these kinds of questions: If you have the time and patience, build one yourself.
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The integrated flat-panels are only good if you can upgrade things like the graphics card; they tend not to allow the monitors to be used as an external display for another computer.

So it comes down to what you're using it for, personal/media computer or work?
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Are you talking about an all-in-one (iMac, Dell XPS One) or just regular computer bundled with a separate monitor?
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Computer bundled with monitor.
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There's nothing wrong with buying a bundled system if you want a monitor/printer. The addons are usually from the low end of the product range, but unless you have a particular need or are picky they are fine and usually cheaper than buying separately.
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Generally I would avoid "Computer in a Box".
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I'd be sort of leery after my "Computer In A Sack" fiasco.
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1) Cut a hole in a box.
2) Put your computer in that box.
3) Make her open the box.

Computer in a box!

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