Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
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State of the Mac: February 2004

Today I'm looking at a midrange desktop configuration, similar to what I use at home.

Pricing assumes a purchase in Washington state, and includes delivery and tax.

  Dell Dimension 4600 Apple iMac
Processor 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4
Cache 512 KB on-chip 256 KB on-chip
System bus speed 533 MHz 167 MHz
Memory 1 GB [expandable to 2
GB]
1 GB [not expandable]
Type of memory PC2700 (333 MHz) SDRAM PC2700 (333 MHz) SDRAM
Video card NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
Graphics Card with TV-Out and DVI
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
Ultra [TV out $19 extra]
Video memory 128 MB 64 MB
Video bus AGP 8X AGP 4X
Hard drive 80 GB [7200 RPM] 80 GB [7200 RPM]
Hard drive bus Serial ATA; Ultra
ATA/100
Ultra ATA/100
DVD read 12x 8x
DVD-R 8x 4x
DVD-RW 4x Not supported
CD read 48x 32x
CD-R 32x 16x
CD-RW 16x 8x
FireWire - 2 ports
USB 8 ports [2 on front] 3 USB 2.0

2 USB 1.1 [on keyboard; one is typically used for the mouse]
USB version 2.0 1.1 and 2.0
Mouse Mechanical 2-button with scroll wheel Optical 1-button, no scroll wheel
Ethernet Intel Pro 100M PCI 10/100BASE-T
Speakers Dell speakers [3.5 watts] Apple Pro Speakers [7
watts]
Software Windows XP Home,
WordPerfect suite, McAfee antivirus,
TurboTax, 6 months EarthLink service, some other stuff
Mac OS X, iLife [not
iLife 2004], AppleWorks, 30 days EarthLink service, some other stuff
Display 19" LCD flat panel [refurb] 17" widescreen LCD flat panel
Resolution 1280 x 1024 1440 x 900
Brightness 250 CD/m2 200 CD/m2
Contrast ratio 600:1 300:1
Warranty 1 year parts and labor, onsite service; 1 year phone
support
1 year parts and labor; 90 days phone support
Price (inc. tax and shipping) $1216 $1335.83 $2200
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  • It's July 2013.

    Remember when I wrote a lot on LiveJournal? Yeah, me neither.

  • Steve

    I'm not surprised by Jobs' death, and of course my inner cynic wants to blame homeopathy or whatever the hell it was he was into; an anecdote that…

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