Thinking about building a couple systems for family and friends for this upcoming christmas. Does CPU and other OEM parts have a big holiday pricing curve? I’m thinking waiting a couple weeks after holidays might be smart.
Usually they do but Intel is poised to release their new processor so prices on current processors will drop. AMD just released their 333 FSB CPUs so deals can be had on the 266FSB models.
As for video cards, wait a month or so for Nvidia's Geforce FX release to pick up a GF4 at bargain basement prices.
Another option is looking at bare bones kits. The XP procs of 'old' 1500+ to 2100+ can be had for under $90. DVD Rom's can be had for $30, Ram in generic DDR flavor $55, cases $30-100, 30 GB hd's $65, mainboards $60, sound cards $45, Ge3 Ti's around $95. All in all no o/s you can build a system for around $600(no monitor) and it'd be a decent system.
:cool: Save heating costs on your home, overclock your PC!!! :cool:
I have found a couple of outstanding deals lately. The hint about processors is right. You can pick up a retail Athlon XP 2000+ for under $90 right now. I just bought a 80GB Western Digital hard drive for $90 from Office Max ($10 off plus a $40 rebate). It was the JB model (8mb cache)...not bad...just over a buck per GB! Now matter how long you wait, the prices will drop the day after you buy...