Good deal for this Computer?

By cfitzarl
Sep 2, 2006
  1. My parents just got a new Sony Vaio RB Vgc-rb33gy, and they paid around 1k for it. Here are the specs:

    Intel P4 @ 3.6Ghz (2 cpu's) (800FSB)(1MB L2 Cache)
    1024 Mb DDR Ram (Pc3200)
    Ati Radeon X300 128MB Video Card
    Dual Layer X16 Dvd Writer
    Secondary Dvd Drive
    250GB Maxtor Hard Drive @ 7200 Rpm Serial-ATA
    Windows Xp Media Center 2005 w/Service Pack 2 Preintalled
    19" Sony LCD w/Dvi Output
    Realtek Sound Card
    Tv Tuner Card

    Do you think that's a good deal?
  2. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

    Two CPU's? That specific computer model(not even on sony's website, which is odd) lists one cpu of the type you posted.
  3. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 373

    I'm guessing its hyperthreading thats why you stated its 2 cpu's
  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

  5. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    It does have hyper-threading technology
  6. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    Here are more specs:

    Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 560J with
    Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
    (3.60GHz, 1MB L2 Cache)

    Front Side Bus Speed

    Intel® 915G

    1GB PC-3200 400MHz DDR
    (512MB x 2)
    (Expandable to 2GB)

    Hard Drive
    250GB 7200rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive

    ATI Radeon® X300
    128MB Video Memory
    TV-Out / VGA-Out / DVI-D Out
    16x PCI Express
    Giga Pocket® MPEG2 Realtime Encoder/Decoder board with TVTuner

    DVD+R Double Layer / DVD±RW /CD-RW Drive
    Double Layer
    DVD+R Write (2.4x MAX)
    DVD-R Write (8x MAX),
    DVD-RW Write (4x MAX)
    DVD+R Write (16x MAX),
    DVD+RW Write (4x MAX)
    CD-R Write (32x MAX),
    CD-RW Write (24x MAX)
    16x MAX DVD Read
    40x MAX CD-ROM Read

    V.90 compatible data/fax modem (RJ-11)

    10Base-T/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet
    Expansion Slots
    Multi-Media Card Reader6 (Memory
    Stick®, Memory Stick PRO/Duo™,
    Compact Flash® Type I and Type II,
    SD/ MultiMediaCard™, Smart
    Media/xD Picture Card®)
    One x1 PCI Express
    Two PCI (one occupied)
    One x16 PCI Express (occupied by
    Graphics Card)

    Expansion Bays
    Two 5.25” Half-Height (occupied)
    One External 3.5” (occupied)
    Four Internal 3.5” (one occupied)

    Port Connections
    Six USB7 2.0 (two front/four rear)
    Two PS/2® (Mouse/Keyboard)
    One VGA Out/ One DVI-D out
    One Parallel Port
    One 6pin i.LINK® 7 Port (rear) / One
    4pin i.LINK® Port (front)
    One Line In
    One Headphone
    One Microphone
    S-Video Input (rear)
    S-Video Output
    Composite Video/Audio Inputs (rear)
    Coaxial Input (VHF/UHF)

    Power Requirements
    Min. 305W
    100-240V 7A (50/60Hz)

    Power Management
    ACPI 1.0 Compliant

    Operating System
    Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005

    Sony® Original Software
    Click to DVD™ - DVD Creation
    PictureGear Studio™ - Digital Photo
    DVgate Plus™ - Digital Video
    SonicStage® - Digital Music
    VAIO Media™ - Network File Sharing
  7. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

    Hyper threading simply makes it look like you have two cores. I'm not quite sure how it works, but it simply is not as powerful as a dual core rated the same would be.

    Anyways, it probably is worth it, but I can't find that processor from any online retailers and most of the stuff in OEM builds is generic, so you might be able to actually find a better build for about the same price.
  8. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

  9. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

  10. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

  11. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Everything seems fine on that machine. The bad thing is that it was really expensive.

    And another bad thing, is the video card, a X300.... For that price, they should've included a 6600GT or something better...
  12. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

    I believe he also mentioned it was a floor model for quite some time.

    I sincerely hope they gave you an appropriate discount?
  13. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9


    I'm pretty sure that CPU added a lot of cost to the final price. Most people still believe that a 3.6 GHZ Intel CPU is the best one available, because it's priced very high...

    And then, the Pentium4 3.6GHZ CPU is beaten by a way cheaper Core2 Duo. :)
  14. pctec

    pctec TS Rookie Posts: 20

    It's not a bad price...
    I'm still waiting for the price to drop on LCD's for me to upgrade.
  15. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    The cheapest I can find the processor onling is $500.00 (, cheapest one I could find), so it made up about half of the price. I listed some links above. I did do a spec sheet to see if I got a good price, and tried to match the computer as best as I could with the same processor and Intel 915G motherboard, and the price came to about $1200, which is more than what we paid for it. Should I have my father return it (came with a 6-Month store warrantee as the manager told us, even if the problem is that we don't like it, they'll accept it)?

    Oh, and the original marked down price was $1499.99, and was dropped again to $1099.99, and was originally around $1800 at the store (wholesaler). It is a Sony Vaio Rb Series Vgc-rb33gy to add.
  16. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon TS Rookie Posts: 190

    reality check

    the 3.6 P4 dont go very far
    here to clarify somethings go to and check out the core 2 duo (conroe)
    then go to its link to see cpu charts and see how conroes (below 300usd) outpower a 3.6 p4 with HT
  17. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    I realize this, as the processor is dated from 2004-2005. I was just wondering if my parents got a decent deal, or should they return it? This was the only nice computer that I saw at the store (rest were Gateways, or HPs, and I don't like either one, especially Gateway).
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