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New PC Hardware and Systems, Standard/Custom Configurations

A word about UPS units and power : Click here for Symmetra, Fault Tolerant UPS'

Line power isn't perfect, and it is getting worse every year. Hard drive manufacturer's data shows that 48.5% of all hard drive data errors and crashes result from poor power quality. These can be brown outs, complete power outages, surges, or spikes. Western Digital is so convinced of this power problem that they will add a full year to the hard drive's warranty if you use an American Power Conversion UPS.

You don't have to spend a lot of money for a lot of protection. APC, American Power Conversion, makes UPS units from only $125 for the Back Office, a 250VA UPS built into a surge strip. This is just fine for basic protection of a Pentium PC with a 15" monitor. APC's Smart UPS 700VA line would be fine for a 17" or a small 21" CAD system. Some of the standard Smart UPS units are:

Model Max Load Application Cost
SU700NET 700VA Small to Med Workstation/PC w/17" CRT $355
SU1000NET 1000VA Medium Workstations, w/ext drives, etc. $455
SU1400NET 1400VA Large CAD Systems, good runtime, or

multiple PCs, SERVER stacks, data centers.

$609

The SU700 and 1000 use the same battery pack, so runtime will be short with the 1000 at full load. If large loads or mulitple PCs need longer runtimes, the SU1400NET is the best choice. Its battery is 50% larger than the 700 or 1000, and it can take the full load of a standard 15A 120V outlet. It is the largest UPS that will still run full load from a standard NEMA-15A wall socket. The SU700 and SU1400 are the most popular units sold.

All of the Smart UPS models have an expansion slot for an optional SNMP 10BT interface for monitoring and controlling UPS activities, loads and voltages, sending alarms, paging, etc.

flasher.gif (1971 bytes) The cost of a down PC can be huge in a business or even for students.

The Pro Line UPS series are also a good choice. The Smart series offers full sine wave output and Powerchute Plus software. The Pro series is Quasi sine wave and does not offer the self test feature of the Smart series. Both have a serial bus interface to allow power monitoring and graceful shutdown if the power is out for a long time. Neither WIN95 nor NT like to have the power abruptly killed. So having graceful, controlled shutdown of the system is a great feature. The BackUPS 650 Pro PnP is only $270.

Warranties cover defective hardware, but not lost or corrupted data, or severe electrical systems damage. If your data is important to you, an UPS unit is cheap insurance. At least get a GOOD surge suppressor. See the American Power Conversion web site, http://www.apcc.com/ , for more information. The Network Surge line provides an excellent amount of protection for under $40.

For Ultra reliable UPS systems with 99.99% uptime up to 16KVA loads, check out the Symmetra Power array .

Tape drive backup systems are very affordable, too. For under $180 you can backup 3.2GB and really have some peace of mind. A 2GB tape system is under $140! Hard drives are not perfect storage devices. Back up your data today!

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New Systems Prices change constantly….please use the systems as a guide only. Call for current pricing. Hardware also changes. As of 2/01 the 10GB HD is now replaced with a 15 or 20GB because the cost difference is only $10-15. That is $15 for at least 5GB extra storage! Don't get cheap here. Today's SW is huge.

Want some extra software for the home or the kids? Click here for special bundles.

Pentium PIII Systems   OOOOO!!!

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PIII Standard PC-866 PIII Office PC-866 PIII Office-2 PC-866
PIII 866 Boxed CPU, 128MB SDRAM, 20GB WD HD, 133MHz bus PIII 866 Boxed CPU, 128MB SDRAM, 20GB WD HD, 133MHz bus PIII 866 Boxed CPU, 256MB SDRAM, 30GB HD, 133MHz bus
Intel CA810EAL MB w/audio,LAN Intel D815EAL MB w/audio, LAN Intel D815EAL MB w/audio,LAN
Intel Video on board, additional AGP Socket on MB Intel Video on board, additional AGP Socket on MB Intel Video on board, additional AGP Socket on MB
Mid range 17" monitor Mid range 17" monitor CAD 19"  monitor
 >40x IDE CDROM  >40x IDE CDROM  >40x IDE CDROM
Microsoft Mouse, 1.44 floppy Microsoft Mouse, 1.44 floppy Microsoft Mouse, 1.44 floppy
  Iomega IDE Internal ZIP Iomega 250MB IDE Internal ZIP
Microsoft Natural KB, on board Intel sound card Microsoft Natural KB, on board Intel sound card Microsoft Natural KB, on board Intel sound card
  MS Office 2000 Pro SW MS Office 2000 Pro  SW
    60W powered speakers
WIN98 CD, all software installed and configured! WIN98 CD, all software installed and configured! WIN98 CD, all software installed and configured!
Network Surge Arrest Network Surge Arrest Network Surge Arrest
Intel 100+ PCI Ethernet on board Intel 100+ PCI Ethernet on board Intel 100+ PCI Ethernet on board
$1250 $1650 $2050

These are systems for those on a budget but still offer a lot of horsepower. They are useful in office environments, or for students where the user does basic spreadsheet or word processing and some engineering work. CPUs are still boxed, Intel units with a three-year warranty. They are NOT recommended for desktop publishing, or heavy multimedia work. For the first two systems, the video card is too slow to play DOOM or Descent. System #3 has a much higher quality video card and monitor, however. These systems include a CDROM, however, to load large applications, such as WIN98, that are only available in that format. The Celeron and PIII PC systems have a built in SB64 on the MB almost as a free feature. WIN98 and a tutorial disk are included with all systems. The tutorial disk requires a sound card and speakers to work properly. All systems can be converted to NT, also. The CA810AEL motherboard has built in video, sound, and LAN. 

The Intel CA810AEL motherboard makes a great base for a solid business PC. Everything is on the board and of high quality. This motherboard can take any Celeron or PIII PGA ( flip chip as Intel calls them ) CPU up to 600MHz.

As with any PC package, RAM and CPU prices can quickly change the total cost. Please call for an updated quote.

Celeron Economy System 1 Celeron Economy System 2 P3 Economy System 3   P3 Economy System 4
64MB SDRAM, 8.4GB HD, Celeron 400 boxed CPU

Intel ZX Chipset AGP MB w/ on board SB64 PCI ,USB

ATI Xpert98 8MB AGP video card

64MB SDRAM, 8.4GB HD, Celeron 466 boxed CPU

Intel CA810EAL MB, w/ UDMA66 IDE, USB,LAN

Integrated 82810 AGP video, 16MB

64MB SDRAM, 10GB HD, PIII-500 CPU

Intel CA810EAL MB, w/ UDMA66 IDE, USB,LAN

Integrated 82810 AGP video, 16MB

128MB SDRAM, 13GB HD, PIII-550 CPU

Intel CA810EAL MB, w/ UDMA66 IDE, USB,LAN

Integrated 82810 AGP video, 16MB

KDS VSX-5 15" Digital Monitor w/speakers

40X   IDE CDROM

1.44 Teac Floppy, Keytronic KB, MS Mouse

MS Natural KB and Intellimouse OEM bundle

56K Maxtech modem

Micro ATX case

KDS VSX-15, or equiv 15" Digital monitor w/speakers

40x IDE CDROM

1.44 Teac Floppy, Keytronic KB, Microsoft OEM Mouse

56K PCI modem, SB128 PCI Sound Card on MB

Intel 10/100 82559 Ethernet on MB

MS Natural KB and Intellimouse OEM bundle

KDS VSX-15, or equiv 15" Digital monitor w/speakers

40x IDE CDROM

1.44 Teac Floppy, Keytronic KB, Microsoft OEM Mouse

56K PCI modem, SB128 PCI Sound Card on MB

Intel 10/100 82559 Ethernet on MB

MS Natural KB and Intellimouse OEM bundle

No Monitor

40x IDE CDROM

1.44 Teac Floppy, Keytronic KB, Microsoft OEM Mouse

56K PCI modem, SB128 PCI Sound Card on MB

Intel 10/100 82559 Ethernet on MB

MS Natural KB and Intellimouse OEM bundle

WIN98SE Installed, all items completely configured WIN98SE Installed, all items completely configured WIN98SE Installed, all items completely configured WIN98SE Installed, all items completely configured
$969 $899 $950 $1086

 

 

Upgrade RAM or CPU

You might want to upgrade some of the basic system features. While this list is not complete, it will give you and idea of what you might get for your money. Prices on CPU and RAM options change frequently, so use these as a guide only.

CPU Upgrades K6-233 to K6-300 with MMX $15
CPU Upgrades PIII 450 to 500 $100 PIII450 to 600 $500
RAM Upgrades 64MB to 128MB SDRAM $110 16MB to 64 $90 32MB to 64 $65 32MB to 128 $200
Monitor Upgrades 15" Techmedia to S15 $80 15" to 17" $260 15" to 17" CAD $440 15" to 21" $1100
Modems 56K Maxtech PCI $41  56K USR V.90 Ext $129

Additional Accessories 

Iomega 3.2GB tape driveSCSI system upgradesRAM Upgrades Iomega 7GB Ditto Max int or ext
Iomega ZIP drives and media Large IDE and SCSI drives Video capture and editing cards
JAZ Drive 1GB storage! UPS backups and surge boxes Modems and ISDN routers

Want some extra software for the holidays ?

These titles are a great deal but must be ordered with a new PC because of Microsoft's OEM restrictions.

Microsoft Games Pack $52

Get ready for Microsoft Games Pack! Motocross Madness delivers the outrageous racing experience of driving thrilling motorbikes. Microsoft CART Precision Racing is the most realistic racing simulation for the PC. For those who prefer their challenges more relaxing, Golf 1998 Edition is always a double-click away from the perfect game of golf. Gamers will love the Return of Arcade with 4 hot classic favorites.

Motocross Madness 3D

Motocross Madness is a racing and stunt competition game that captures the daredevil spirit of world-class supercross racing. Motocross Madness allows gamers to control the bike and the rider separately, providing superior control and more realistic gameplay.

CART Precision Racing

With CART Precision Racing you can capture all the speed and thrills of racing a real Indy car. Designed and tested by real CART drivers and race engineers, Microsoft CART Precision Racing offers vehicle models so realistic that you can train like the pros. Race on tracks based on razor-accurate GPS data. Analyze your performance with the Pi Research telemetry data or hone your technique at our Racing School where three-time champion, Bobby Rahal is the instructor-in-residence.

Golf 98

Microsoft Golf 1998 Edition is the newest version of the number one golf game for Windows. This is a fresh version of Microsoft's golf game developed by a new partnering company. Golf 1998 Edition features superior graphics and performance, delivering a realistic and beautiful PC Golf experience that is easy to get into, enjoyable and entertaining to play.

Return of Arcade

Relive those carefree and exciting days when every quarter burned a hole in your pocket. Return of Arcade puts you in command of four hot arcade classics -- Pac-Man, Pole Position, Dig-Dug, and Galaxian -- replicated exactly for the PC!

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Home Productivity Kit $65

The Home Productivity pack combines all the essentials to manage today's busy home. Money 99 Basic is the best product at a good value for managing your finances. Works 4.5 provides core tools for easier everyday computing. Kids and adults will love Encarta Encyclopedia's comprehensive articles and stunning multimedia elements.

Encarta Encyclopedia 99

Encarta Encyclopedia, the world's #1 selling encyclopedia for the 5th straight year, delivers a unique mix of authoritative content, engaging technology, and innovative education tools to create a powerful learning resource. With the 1999 edition, Encarta Encyclopedia further extends its lead with a ground breaking new interface that makes it easy to seamlessly move between detailed encyclopedia articles, original source documents, editorially selected web sites, not to mention all the engaging multimedia that has made Encarta Encyclopedia famous.

Money 99 Basic

Microsoft Money 99 Basic helps you easily perform your core financial tasks, everything from paying your bills, to creating a budget, to reducing debt in a smarter and faster way with Money's extensive help options.

Works 4.5

Microsoft Works 4.5 provides you with the right set of basic tools allowing you to easily work on a myriad of projects in an integrated environment. Write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, create a home inventory, manage your schedule and browse the Internet, all in one application.

This refreshed version of Microsoft Works 4.5 includes Microsoft Works Calendar which helps you to manage your busy schedule and Internet Explorer 4.0 so you can explore the Internet with ease.

Picture It! Express

Picture It! Express is a light version of Microsoft Picture It!, photo editing software. Personalize your greetings by easily adding personal photos from a scanner, digital camera, CD or hard drive.

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After School Fun Pack $47

Kids love learning with Scholastic's The Magic School Bus series. Microsoft's After School Fun Pack includes two titles from the award winning series. With Human Body kids can tour 12 different body parts- from the brain to the kidneys. Next it's all aboard for Explores the Solar System where kids can take control of the bus and explore the nine planets in our solar system, conducting science experiments and playing games at each stop. In Dreamworks Interactive™ Chaos Island The Lost World™ kids will find twelve bone-crushing missions to command and 8 realistic dinosaur types to battle. Anyone with kids, knows kids love Goosebumps®! Attack of the Mutant creates an engaging experience with over 15 levels of stunning gameplay.

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus™ Human Body

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Explores the Human Body is a fully animated, interactive multimedia science adventure for kids ages 6 to 10. Based on Scholastic's award-winning book series, this CD-ROM software is designed to entertain and encourage a sense of adventure and exploration, especially about science and technology. The Magic School Bus Explores the Human Body features the irrepressible science teacher, Ms. Frizzle, and her inquisitive class in a fascinating exploration of the human body.

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus™ Explores the Solar System

Take an interplanetary adventure as Scholastic's The Magic School Bus blasts off. Ms. Frizzle gets lost in space! You have to travel through the solar system, gather information, and play games to find the Friz and win the game!

Dreamworks Interactive™ Chaos Island The Lost World™

Based on the hit film, Chaos Island The Lost World is a revolutionary new real-time strategy game for kids. Players control a team of scientists and ally dinosaurs as they first build - then defend - their camp, as well as an entire island, from hunters and enemy dinosaurs. Resource management, strategy skills and problem solving are needed to succeed and save the island.

Dreamworks Interactive™ Goosebumps® Attack of the Mutant™

Based on one of R.L. Stine's best-selling books, Goosebumps® Attack of the Mutant is an exciting, first-person 3-D action game that pits you against the Masked Mutant and his diabolical henchmen. If the Mutant succeeds with his plan to transform the world into a comic book, not even the heroic League of Good Guys will be able to save the day! To succeed, you must use a combination of skill, strategy and guts to navigate through the Mutant's headquarters and systematically defeat each foe.

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 Last Revised 3/9/00