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Which computer out of the three listed above would you pick?
The cobbled-together terrorist computer with no guarantee of support 64%
The Dell PC 14%
The incredible eMachines PC 21%

Votes: 14

 Emachines - simply the best.

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Jun 11, 2002
Buying a computer can be quite an ordeal. However, I recently got a PC made by the finest company around, eMachines.

More diaries by mfk
5,000 posts. ~5,000 idiots.

Recently, my family was faced with a difficult choice. Our Pentium 200 with MMX technology was getting slower and slower every day, unable to run cutting edge software. It was a good machine when my family bought it - 1997 - but somehow, 64MB of Extended Data Output Random Access Memory just doesn't cut it any more. So, being the computer expert, I set out to buy a faster computer.

Cobbled-together computer

The neighborhood Linux Zealot heard of my endeavor, and offered to 'build' me this machine.

  • AMD 1600+
  • 16x16x32 Compact Disc-ReWritable
  • 512 Megabytes of Double Data Rate Sync DRAM
  • Asus Motherboard
  • GeForce3 Ti 200 with 128MB of D D R Memory
  • Sound Blaster Live! Value
  • 300 Watt Case
  • Dual-Boot with Mandrake Linux 8.1 or Windows XP Professional

I promptly turned him down. In fact, I almost recoiled in disgust. As the Adequacy may know, AMD uses third-world Malaysian sweatshops in order to offer CPUs for ridiculously low prices NVIDIA has been in hot water over their shady accounting practices. Creative's anticompetitive practices have stifled innovation in the sound card marketplace, leading to a card that claims to do 24-bit sound when it really can't. A case that sucks THREE HUNDRED WATTS OF ELECTRICITY? Given the national energy crisis, I would have expected Congress to pass a law limiting all computers to 50 watts

This might have all been ignored had he offered only Windows XP Professional. Instead, this prepubescent teen offered to install both Windows XP AND Linux - and he could offer me no assurance of quality other than "If you have any problems come to me." No warranty, no tech support - if this computer broke down, I was left at the mercy of this snot-nosed Linux zealot. Upon turning this computer on, I was greeted with a GRUB boot menu - that lasted only one second. And Windows XP Professional was in the last position, after a long list of various Linux kernel parameters.

I asked to see the Windows XP CD to see if it was legitimate. Admittedly, the Linux zealot had done some very nice Sharpie artwork of the Microsoft logo being slashed in half, but that did not justify theft.


Dell, which is America's favorite PC company, builds fast high-quality PCs which leave cobbled-together PCs in the dust. Dell has one of the best support plans in the industry, and their techs are legendary for their computer knowledge. I searched their web site, and I soon found a very nice computer. A 150-watt power supply would ensure efficient energy use. The Intel Celeron CPU was made by properly paid American workers, and the Integrated Intel AGP Graphics would run all of the latest Three-D games. I learned that if the Graphics are integrated, this ensures maximum communication with the motherboard, thus ensuring faster framerates. Same thing with the Integrated Audio. An added bonus was the legally licensed Microsoft Works office suite, combined with the legally licensed Microsoft Windows XP.

Dell, however, has been known to preload its machines with the terrorist LINUX operating system. I could not take any chances; if my computer was preloaded with LINUX, I might as well throw it in the trash. I decided to look elsewhere.


A newcomer to the PC scene, eMachines offered the same computer that Dell offered for cheaper. Overjoyed, I promptly placed an order for this machine. I am glad that I made an informed computer-purchasing decision, and that I supported American companies with my money.


let me get this straight (none / 0) (#1)
by detikon on Tue Jun 11th, 2002 at 10:38:15 PM PST
He offered to build you a computer and you refused. Yet somehow you later turned it on and were looking at GRUB. Hard to do with a computer that hadn't been built.

Also the a 300W case simply means the case comes with a 300W power supply. The case doesn't use that. Gee some computer expert you are. If there any problems you couldn't hope to fix it yourself. Afterall your link does point to MCSE related info. MCSE...Must Consult Someone Experienced. You are a perfect example of that little joke.

One more little item getting a desktop system to run using 50 watts. Did you even bother to check the power requirements of say a Pentium?

You asked to see a CD for Windows XP for a system you didn't have built. Hmmm.

150D has nothing to do with power consumption. Good luck with the intergrated video chipset pulling resources from system memory. Intergrated graphics chips are usually on par with a 16 or maybe 32 bit low end graphics card.

Dell only preloads desktops systems with Linux if you request it.

eMachines has been in the game for quite some time. My friend bought one back in 95 when they were still throwing adware and spyware on the things. Their high end systems are roughly equal to a low end offering from Dell.

If you want a great computer that offers more than eMachines choose MicroTel. They don't include a monitor or Windows. However, after you pick up a copy of Windows and your choice of monitor you will still save at least a couple hundred compared to a machine from eMachines.

Try again next time.

Go away or I will replace you with a very small shell script.

Wow. Like brainwaves (none / 0) (#2)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Jun 11th, 2002 at 10:58:58 PM PST
But are you smarter than this guy?

I like my Dell laptop. (none / 0) (#3)
by hauntedattics on Wed Jun 12th, 2002 at 05:58:43 PM PST
I just wish it were a bit lighter.

Don't worry mfk... (none / 0) (#4)
by mrt76 on Wed Jun 12th, 2002 at 10:46:29 PM PST
I gotcha....just hang in there. It will all fall into place sooner or later.
"...I'm in no mood for a freak show this afternoon..."


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