Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘TigerDirect’

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> My main PC blew up! — May 31, 2013.
>> Newegg rather than TigerDirect for PC components — May 31, 2012.


The deceased 700 Watt OCZ ModXStream Pro.

The deceased 700 Watt OCZ ModXStream Pro. Though it is a modular it appears that the original person that built my PC didn’t remove the unused cables. No great harm. There was room in the case.


12 days after it blew up [10 full days in reality] I finally had my main workhorse PC finally repaired – having to wait for a new power supply (which did come very quickly) and making time to get to Concord Radio Shack to get some momentary ON switches just in case it was the switch. I made it to Concord Friday. So Dave Nix came this morning. It turned out to be the power supply. I have never had a power supply go bad on me. Plus, this was no ‘cheapo’ unit. It was a $90 power supply in November 2009, albeit with a $10 rebate (though I am not sure whether I ever got that)

The original order in November 2009 for the 700 W power supply that blew up.

The original order in November 2009 for the 700 W power supply that blew up.


Per Dave’s advice I got an even BIGGER power supply — PC folks, without exception, always swearing, when it comes to power supplies that bigger is always better. So now I got a 750 Watt. I did a fair amount of checking. Found that a good ‘single rail’ is better than a mediocre ‘dual rail’ — and the older one was dual rail. Fols tell me that this PC really soaks up power given the i7, the fairly decent video card and the 7 fans.

I have to say that the new Rosewill HIVE-750 looks like a work of art. Though most hardware does nothing for me, just looking and feeling this unit makes you realize that it is a cut above the rest. Furthermore, all the cables came inside a nifty, reusable zippered case! I was impressed. So I notice that price wise both supplies,  50 Watts and 3.5 years apart, were the same price — and Newegg gave me FREE shipping on this unit. Thank YOU, Newegg, especially since the unit was here within 2 business days! Newegg certainly has my attention again. Having an extended warranty would not have helped. The old unit, to be fair, lasted 3.5 years and this PC is on at least 355 days a year, typically for 16 hours a day, so that is 355 x 16 x 7. Yes, the quoted MTBF, as ever, is far greater, but I guess I cannot complain. That said I still feel a bit ‘uneasy’. Given the two fans that died plus the power supply I now realize that I have spent just over $500 on repairs for this PC in 2013 — not counting the 25″ monitor that died. My eldest daughter points out correctly that I could have bought a new PC for that — albeit nowhere close to the specs on this one. But, I am going to start cutting my losses on this PC. 

NewPowerSupply2013

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

My assertion that there will be some attractive ‘open box’ deals on Windows 7 PCs after Christmas is indeed coming to pass. That was a fairly easy and obvious call. I think I heard the other day, on CNBC, that 17% of Christmas gifts are returned.

Got an email from tigerdirect.com with this deal. This is similar to the Asus box from BestBuy, for $650, that I had talked about on December 28. The tigerdirect.com comes with Vista. So you will need to spend $109.99 to upgrade it to 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium 6 or $149.99 for Windows 7 Professional. With Home Premium that would come to $630 for a what will be a rather powerful, nifty looking box with a relatively decent nVidia GeForce GT2200 graphics card.

If you are looking for an ‘All-in-One’ with Windows 7 Professional … check this out at tigerdirect.com for $680. ‘All-in-One’ are cool. Definitely eliminate clutter and cables and gives you, in effect, a genuine hybrid between a laptop and a desktop.

They also have other relative interesting options such as this SYX Venture H420i ITX Desktop PC 19″ LCD Bundle for $550 or this Systemax Venture VX for $340. I am sure that they will both perform fine for non-gaming use, though I think that both of them, at 2GB, is a tad light on memory. But you could get another gig or two for under a $100. Also check out the refurbished machines.

Newegg.com, from what I can see, do not have any refurbished desktops running Windows 7. But they do have some fairly decent refurbished HPs, with 8GB and AMD quad-cores, for around $430. So you could upgrade to Windows 7 and still be under $550.

Talking of refurbished Vista boxes, that would make fine Windows 7 rigs, check out this Asus, with 6GB, from Best Buy for $330. They also have a refurbished HP, with 8GB and a 20″ LCD, for $400.

I also happened to see some interesting deals at overstock.com. So if you are in the market for a Windows 7 machine, it is indeed a buyers-market. Enjoy. Indulge.

Cheers.

Anura Guruge
www.guruge.com

Read Full Post »

I am not sure whether anybody, including Microsoft, knows the exact figures, but I assume that today, Christmas day, tens of thousands of brand new PCs, with Windows 7 preloaded, were fired up around the Globe. Many won’t bother to activate Windows 7 today. Plus, there is the totally out-of-control pirating of Windows 7. Hence, if I TRY to factor in India, China and Vietnam, probably 40% of the copies of Windows 7 that were fired up today, for the first time, were probably pirated. The number maybe higher. I doubt whether it is lower. Despite Microsoft’s inexplicable, inexcusable and irresponsible claim that it would provide updates and support for pirated copies of Windows 7, unstinted, I am sure that quite a few users of pirated Windows 7 will refrain from hitting the Microsoft site. Hence my belief that we will never know how many folks got Windows 7 for Christmas. But I am sure it was a LOT.

So today Windows 7 comes of age. At any other time I would have said that it would be the day of reckoning.

But I have to admit, however grudgingly, that Microsoft DID GOOD with Windows 7. Yes, Microsoft, take a bow. And that coming from me is akin to Newt Gringrich parising Obama’s health care bill! Until Windows 7 I have never, for valid reasons, been a great fan of Microsoft. But, I have always been willing to give credit when credit was due.

Yes, as I myself have found there are BUGS in Windows 7. Just check the ‘Windows 7 Problems’ category here. Yes, these bugs indicate that Windows 7 was not adequately tested. But, by and large, Windows 7 is amazingly resilient and responsive. Consequently, I do not think that there will be too many people today, Christmas day, unhappy with their Windows 7 experience. That is good.

All that said, I still expect that we will see a TON of ‘open box’ Windows 7 machines for sale at places like Best Buy, TigerDirect etc. within the next few days. But that would not be because Windows 7 was a pig. I think today’s economy will be a factor. There will be some buyer’s remorse. “Do I really need a new laptop in the current climate?” So check out the deals. I plan to snap up at least one decent Windows 7 rig to serve as a backup.

Talking of backups … the refurbished Dell … with Windows XP Professional I got from TigerDirect arrived Christmas eve. I fired it up the night of Christmas eve when nothing in the house was stirring. WOW. TigerDirect did me proud. Great machine. Fast and clean. As promised. I installed all that I wanted on it. Best $169 I have spent in a long time … maybe my entire life. THANK YOU TigerDirect.

Happy Christmas.

Anura Guruge
www.guruge.com

Read Full Post »

Per my prior post, TigerDirect tempts me daily. Until today I held firm. But I guess the holiday spirit finally got to me.

For the last month I have had this offer from TigerDirect, a 3-license copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 for $79.99. That is one heck of a deal. I paid $79.99 for a single license copy, from Best Buy, last year.

Today, I bought it … exploiting TigerDirect’s generous 90-day interest free terms. THANK YOU, TigerDirect.

I have Office 2007 on my Windows 7 machine. I am getting used to it. It is definitely more resilient than Office 2002.

I don’t really need 3 copies right now. But I will hang on to it. Maybe I will give it to those that feel compelled to use pirated copies of it. A Christmas present.

Cheers.

Anura Guruge
www.guruge.com

Read Full Post »

I get tempting offers from TigerDirect on a daily basis. Most of the time I do not succumb. I have an iron will power. I can resist anything but temptation. < smile >

I was going to wait until Christmas to buy two more PCs, one XP and the other with Windows 7. I know that there are going to be some mouth-watering, refurbished deals after the New Year.

But today TigerDirect sucked me in with their Preferred Account. 90 day no interest, 10% off an $100 order. FREE SHIPPING. Seemed CHURLISH to refuse.

So bought this refurbished box. Nothing great, but it will do as a back up for my 6 year old XP box which is running these days in single monitor mode SANS its video card.

The Preferred Account set up worked without a hitch. Really was 2 questions and one click. Well done, TigerDirect.

This was my first purchase from TigerDirect. I will keep you posted.

Cheers.

Anura Guruge
www.guruge.com

Read Full Post »

Best Buy, today, has this 3GB eMachines, with a single AMD core, with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit pre-loaded for $259.99! That is not a bad price for a genuine Windows 7 machine … even if it is eMachines.

Yes, I know that eMachines are said to be unreliable. From what I see a lot of that has to do with the ‘cheap’ power supplies they are supposed to use.

But these machines come with a 1 year parts and labor, limited, warranty — through Best Buy.

A couple of years ago, I spent 6 months, working weekends at Best Buy selling Epson printers — just 4 hours a day. But during that stint, which was a BLAST, I got to see, first hand, how Best Buy operates. Best Buy is truly customer-oriented. They will bend over backwards (putting Barak’s deep bow to the Japanese emperor to shame) to satisfy customers. I was amazed at their genuine commitment to their customers. I have been an even BIGGER fan of Best Buy since then. They have always done the right thing by me.

So, this is what I suggest IF you really want to get this low cost Windows 7 machine — which will be ideal for Web browsing, e-mail, Word, Excel etc. BUY TWO. Keep one as a spare. Back up your files onto a USB key or DVD on a regular basis. If the machine you are using fails … take it back to Best Buy. Then fire up the other machine, install your Apps. and copy over your files. Then use that machine. Within 2 weeks you should get the other one back. Now make that your back up.

For under $600 you have a decent Windows 7 machine with what I call redundancy. Given my mainframe background, I am big into redundancy. I even have two generators. IF both work I can light up 98% of my house. But if only one works I still can light up 50% of the house. Redundancy.

I have also been keeping an eye on refurbished XP and Windows 7 machines at TigerDirect. There is one heck of a deal on a XP box. $198 for 1GB, 3.2GHz XP rig with 80GB. I am probably going to buy that … but after Christmas.

I am sure we will have a GLUT of returns after this Christmas. There will be a quite a few Windows 7 boxes that get returned. After the 12 days of Christmas, i.e., as of January 7, I suspect TigerDirect will have some tempting Windows 7 refurbished machines in the $400 price range. PLAN for that.

Happy holidays.

Cheers.

Anura Guruge
www.guruge.com

Read Full Post »