Good deal for this Computer?

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cfitzarl

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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?
 

cfitzarl

TechSpot Chancellor
Here are more specs:


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

Front Side Bus Speed
800MHz

Chipset
Intel® 915G

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

Hard Drive
250GB 7200rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive

Graphics
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
+R
DVD+R Write (2.4x MAX)
DVD±RW5
-RW
DVD-R Write (8x MAX),
DVD-RW Write (4x MAX)
+RW
DVD+R Write (16x MAX),
DVD+RW Write (4x MAX)
CD-RW
CD-R Write (32x MAX),
CD-RW Write (24x MAX)
DVD-ROM
16x MAX DVD Read
40x MAX CD-ROM Read

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

Ethernet
10Base-T/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet
(RJ-45)
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
 

i_am_a_newbie

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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.
 

wolfram

TechSpot Paladin
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...
 

i_am_a_newbie

TS Rookie
wolfram said:
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...
I believe he also mentioned it was a floor model for quite some time.

I sincerely hope they gave you an appropriate discount?
 

wolfram

TechSpot Paladin
Hopefully....

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. :)
 

cfitzarl

TechSpot Chancellor
wolfram said:
Hopefully....

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. :)
The cheapest I can find the processor onling is $500.00 (http://www10.shopping.com/xPO-BOX_PENTIUM_4_560J_3_6GHZ_800_HT_XD_EM64T_S775_BTX_BOX_PENTIUM_4_560J_3_6GHZ_800_HT_XD_EM64T_S775_B~r-1~CLT-INTR, 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.
 

cfitzarl

TechSpot Chancellor
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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