How Much Did I Pay for this Computer?
My wife and I paid roughly $500 about 3 years ago for this 2.6ghz Celeron. It came equipped with monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, 80 gig HD, 512 mb RAM, DVD player/cd burner combo drive, 6USB ports one year free antivirus, MSOffice package installed, and a year's free tech support. Yes, it's not much now, but 3 years ago it was definately worth more than the $500. Now I bet you are wondering what make it is - is it a homebuilt with a startup company that went into bankrupcy? Is it a promotional price or floor model? Was it used? No, we didn't intend to use it ourselves. It was for my father-in-law to learn e-mail on, to be an alternative to the expensive long distance calls he'd make to his kids almost daily!
Basically I had no faith in it, it was for an old man to check his email on, and maybe watch a Gene Autry DVD sometimes. Elderly parents being a topic for another type of forum and coping and support group, I'll stick to the computer... I surprised when he moved in with us and said he didn't need it. He had just played around with the mouse and that was the extent of his use. So, there I was with a new computer in the house, so I decided to try it out. Allow me to keep you in suspense a little longer about the type of machine it is! There are many reasons people become addicted to online gaming, and having to take care of an elderly person is just as lame as any other one - but it sure felt good to escape into the online world with Everquest and later EQII, then City of Heros. The computer still handles things well enough, even with those memory intensive programs. And what machine is it, you beg? It's an E-Machines C2685. Now before you run out and buy the latest version, let me say this - it has proved to be a stable, fun and easy to use computer, but I also upgraded the RAM to one gig ($88), put a Sony DVD+/- burner into it (gift), upgraded from the onboard graphics card to a radeon 9200 PCI ($110), and added an Sewell IEEE 1394 card ($30). So for likely half again as much the original price, I have a machine I use for video editing, gaming and language study, as well as Internet and e-mail.
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