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I can’t make up my mind as to whether to use the Windows 7 computer I bought for $200, or just get an iMac for $1299. On cost alone the choice should be obvious! But going back a number of years I’ve dreamed of getting a Mac some day. The wonderful Windows XP (SP3) operating system I’ve had for many years is going to be abandoned by Microsoft in April so I have to make a decision. Some say one can keep Windows XP and protect it by using Sandboxie. I read this on Bleeping Computer. But I’m not sure I should go that route. Well, perhaps I should look into it. But I’d still be stuck with my $200 Windows 7 computer, keyboard and mouse. I’d need to get a monitor but that would be less than $100 for a 17 inch. Just can’t make up my mind.

Yup, I finally ditched my 2001 Compaq Presario and opted for a custom made machine from a place called AVADirect. So far I’m really really pleased with it. My old box heated up under even moderate loads; I hated seeing the temp break 60C. This new one is cool as a cucumber and blazingly fast compared to my old one. Here are the specs:

# ANTEC, LifeStyle Sonata III Black Mid-Tower Case, ATX, 500W PSU
# ASUS, P5B-VM, LGA775, Intel G965, 1066MHz FSB, DDR2-800 8GB/4, PCIe x16, SATA 3Gb/s /5, VGA, HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x FW, mATX, Retail
# INTEL, Core™ 2 Duo E6600 Dual-Core, 2.4GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 4MB L2 Cache, 65nm, 65W, EM64T EIST VT XD, Retail
# ARCTIC COOLING, Freezer 7 Pro Quiet CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink, Socket 775, Ceramic Bearing, Retail
# DDR2-800, 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz CL5 SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
# GIGABYTE, GV-NX76T256D-RH, GeForce™ 7600 GT, 256MB DDR3, PCIe x16 SLI, 2x DVI, TV-Out, Retail
# WESTERN DIGITAL, 320GB WD Caviar® SE16, SATA II 300MB/s, 7200-RPM, 16MB cache
# RAID, No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
# LITE-ON, LH-20A1S Black/White 20x DVD±RW Dual-Layer Burner, SATA, Retail
# MITSUMI, Black Internal 1.44MB 3.5″ Floppy Drive
# MICROSOFT, Wired Keyboard 500, Black, PS/2
# MOUSE, Black Optical Mouse, PS/2 + USB, Scroll
# MICROSOFT, Windows XP Professional Edition w/ SP2b, OEM
# MICROSOFT, Office Basic Edition 2003 w/ SP2
# SYMANTEC, Norton AntiVirus™ 2007, 1 User, Retail
# WARRANTY, Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)

Yup, I love the thing. Now maybe I can get back to doing more blogging. 😀