Last Updated: 27 July 2008
In this category of personal computers the main priority is pricing, with reliability as a close second consideration. Price has always been the number one concern of most Malaysian PC buyers.
While performance is important, we do not consider it a top priority when building a budget system; it is something that is considered after the total cost and system reliability has been established. This is not to say that performance is ignored - it has just taken a back seat due to budget constraints. We also believe that you're more than likely to be keeping this budget system for quite a long time without modification - at least 2½ to 3 years. Some of our clients are still running their Intel Celeron 333 MHz PCs purchased over five years ago!
Speakers & Hard Disc Drive
Labtec® Spin™ 45 Hard
40 GB Western Digital 400 JB 7,200 rpm c/w 8MB buffer
Optical Storage, Keyboard & Mouse
CD Writer: LiteOn 52x 32x 52x + 16x COMBO
Keyboard & Mouse: Microsoft Internet Hardware Value Pack (PS/2)
Summary of Recommendations
The final price of our basic office and home PC is RM 2,010. This is the price for the bare components and does not include assembly costs (Micronet Solutions charges RM 100 for assembly and testing, including a 48 hour burn in process) and any money that you'll spend on software. If you are technically inclined, opting for open source software like Fedora Project or Mandrake Linux may cut some costs. Otherwise, you will need to spend approximately RM 350 on Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (OEM licence). You can also download open source office applications like Open Office should you find the price of Microsoft Office too steep.
We have deliberately left out any dial up or ADSL modems in this system. If you opt to subscribe to TM Net Streamyx, you will find that there are offers of free modems in abundance! The MSI mainboard has a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port to enable you instant connection to the broadband ADSL modems.
This system also has room for upgrades. There is the SATA-150 RAID controller that will enable you to fit a pair of Western Digital Raptor 10,000 rpm hard drives, should you feel the need for more speed! With its ample count of PCI slots, a video capture card or an IEEE 1394 Firewire card will turn your PC into a video editing station. With a higher end video card, you can start to play some serious games too! So, if you feel the need to upgrade about one or two years down the road, this system is still good enough to accept the upgrades that you will be throwing at it.
Here is a summary of the system:
Our basic office or home PC isn't going to be breaking any speed records, but baseline systems have started to perform better and better over the years. This great value RM 2,010 system is the result of that progress and it even outperforms higher priced systems such as those based on the Intel® Celeron® processor. There are very few places that you can find a better system than this for the money.
Please contact us if you want to get your hands on this system!
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