View Full Version : Net PC - please advise ?

19-06-2003, 07:53 PM
Has anyone purchased a system from Net PC ? Am looking at upgrading to the following and would greatly appreciate any feedback :

intel P4 2600
ATX Mid Tower Case
80GB Hard Disk
512MB DDR333
Geforce 2 MX400 64MB
56k Dial-up Modem
17" CRT Monitor
Desktop Speakers

$1750 inclusive

19-06-2003, 08:34 PM
Graphics card is pretty token if you ask me...


19-06-2003, 10:29 PM
going by a net pc i have repaired (don't know if its the same company as yours) i wouldn't touch it with a 100ft barge pole.

main faults found-

case out of spec. has 4 5" bays but can't use 3 of them due to the cd drives hitting the motherboard(case not wide enough) which is why it was in for repair.

under powered PSU. elcheapo 235watt PSU's have no place with todays CPU's.

2nd ide cable was missing.

2 button mouse (on a pc less than 12 months old!)

very elcheapo motherboard. only good thing on it was the cpu heatsink. in fact the cpu and heatsink was the only original thing left on it after the repair.

Rod ger
19-06-2003, 10:42 PM
The BIG secret to buying a computer is to know the specs of the components.

You can buy a computer with a basic motherboard that cannot run a faster processor than what it came with, a nasty monitor,an extremely slow HD and a whole lot of accessories that are built to last the guarantee period, and only the guarantee period. Or for an amazingly small amount more, you can buy a machine with solid reliable well matched components.

It takes a bit of commitment to educate yourself to distinguish whats what. But start off by finding out the brand and model numbers of components see how they stack up. I usually look in : <http://www.tomshardware.com/> as a starter. Look in pricespy <http://www.pricespy.co.nz/> to see what else is available in the same price range.

Its a little like buying a car: a brand new V8 5ltr Holden may not be right for you, but then either might be an old clapped out Mini. In the end you have to decide what you want/need and the more work you do before you buy, the happier you will be.

As far as the NetPC is concerned, there doesn't seem to be any detailed specs readily available. Why don't you start off be getting ALL the details off them so you can do a valid comparison with other offers.

20-06-2003, 01:31 PM
I can make you a

intel p4 2.66GHz
ATX Case w/300w
80gb Samsung HDD
52x24x52 Ricoh CDRW
Geforce 4 MX440 64MB w/TV-out
600W Subwoofer and 2 Speakers
56K modem
Genius Netscroll Mouse
Mutimedia K/B
17" Flat monitor
Microstar Mboard
OpenOffice, K++, Mandrake 9.0 etc, etc

Linux is free. Windows is the cost of the OS itself

Price = 1776.18 as of 20/6/2003

20-06-2003, 01:32 PM
and 12 month warranty free

20-06-2003, 03:18 PM
I would get something with a slower processor & brandname components. I've learnt the hard way to keep away from really cheap stuff.

If your planning on playing any games, get atleast a Geforce4mx based graphics card.

22-06-2003, 01:11 AM
it's cheap cos I don't charge for my brand name...:D;)B-)

04-12-2003, 02:31 PM
Thanks for the responses. Appreciate the feedback. I ended up purchasing a notebook.