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eMachines (are they good?)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by NormaJean, Jul 29, 2002.

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  1. NormaJean

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    Anyone know much about eMachines and if there good computers?
     
  2. mrap1

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    I bought an e-machines in 98 or 99 and its still going. I would say that it has subquality parts but somehow its turned out to be a very durable machine. Expandability options tend to be limited. My e-machines came with only 3 pci slots two of which were occupied.

    Also it came with very limited software. It only included Microsoft Works.

    I would definitely recommend it as a good begining machine, however for the power user its just too limited in its capability.
    If you don't plan to upgrade it, then go for it. Otherwise if you're a computer user that is constantly tinkering I'd say go with something else.
     
  3. NormaJean

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    How is it not upgradeable? What is not upgradeable about it?

    Thanks for the help
     
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    E-machines seem to be the Hyundais of the computer world.

    When Hyundais first came out, they were regarded as cheap cars with questionable dependability. Now, they have the best warranty in the business, and are the equal of any car in their class.

    E-machines were also originally cheap computers of questionable dependability. Now, however, there is a much greater range of computers available from e-machines. The cheap, bottom-line computer is still there, although much improved from the original. E-machine also produces higher end machines now that are quite good when compared to other major brand computers.

    The bottom line is that you usually get what you pay for, regardless of brand name. Some of the most famous brands of computers have gone to proprietary components, shared memory, etc... something that e-machines are actually getting <I>away</I> from!

    For a casual user who just wants a basic computer, I don't think you could find a better bargain than an e-machine. For a power user who understands computers, the best solution is still to build your own.

    In the end, your choice depends on what <I>you</I> want in a computer, and how <I>you</I> will use it.
     
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    We have 3 in the family, all running fine !..HERE is another thread about this subject.... Rhett
     
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    I've had an eMachine EMonster 500A for 2.5 yrs. - has been a good machine. Replaced the crappy Korean modem shortly after purchase, replaced the tinny junk speakers immdediately, added a CD-RW, maxed out RAM, replaced Samsung 13GB HDD with WD40GB recently. Over all would rate it a good, dependable and cheaply constructed machine. The 125Watt PS extremely borderline.

    For a few dollars more than an eMachine would suggest looking into the vprMatrix (Best Buy private brand). Bought one recently and extremely impressed with construction and components used (Intel MB & CPU), plenty of space inside tower for expansion, 300W PS, AGP Nvidia graphics, DVD and CD-RW (both Liteon), 6-PCI slots, 6-USB ports, 2-IEEE1394 ports, integrated 10/100 and sound, 80GB WD HDD 7200 RPM, P4 1.8, bundled with S300 Canon BJ printer and 17" 753DF Samsung flat screen CRT monitor, for just over $1100.00 4 months ago. Last time I checked, same package now $100-150 less than I paid and comes with USB2 ports. Quietist running and booting machine I've ever owned - you can hear a mouse peeing on cotton before hearing machine!:D

    Only draw back is OEM recovery disk instead of real MS-XP disk, but that is same as emachine and most other branded machines in the market place. Best value for the buck$ I've seen in recent history

    Just my opinion (I also have or owned IBM, Compaq & Gateway & home built).
     
  7. CPU_Polizei

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    dear god, emachine supporters.

    "Mother, can I go in the closet for another 6 months?"

    Emachines is the worst PC company known to man. Do not buy their crap. They are NO Hyundai by far. They haven't come anywhere in their time, they're still just focused on getting the lowest priced pc on the market, no matter how much it sucks and their tech support sucks.
     
  8. NormaJean

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    Well I think i am going to buy a eMachines Ti 860. It has an Athlon XP 1800+, 256mb DDR, CD burner, s3 prosavage integrated video, and comes with mouse, keyboard, and speakers.

    It costs $649 after rebates $599
     
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  10. NormaJean

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    I know integrated graphics suck but its no problem, my birthday is comin up around the corner and I will get a video card. I dont mind

    also I think the emachines comp im getting looks better than the one in the link you gave me.
     
  11. CPU_Polizei

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    No you don't understand, Emachines gives you integrated graphics and NO AGP slot. That means your stuck to upgrading with PCI cards, which means you won't be gaming, period.

    However, it is definitely worth at least reading the link I gave above, as the system I have listed costs even less then the emachine, and is a ton better.
     
  12. NormaJean

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    And yes there is an AGP slot in the one im getting. I called and they told me there was
     
  13. CPU_Polizei

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    aight, well whatever floats your boat, but it doesn't hurt to look at that link. ABS is much more widely respected then emachines...
     
  14. NormaJean

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    I dont know about ABS being more respected. I mean who has ever heard of ABS? and they sell emachines at wal-mart. They have to be reliable to sell at wal mart. I was in WM the other day and I saw one.
     
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