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DCI Computer Prices:

To better compare apples-to-apples (or PC's to PC's),
please read the
Why DCI page first!
Wherein you can find a code good for a discount on a system.
In short - Please keep in mind the expression "You get what you pay for".

When comparing systems we find our price with tax is less than 10% more than a "comparable" mail order system from Dell as shown here, and our computer does not use any proprietary parts, is delivered and fully setup to your needs and backed up and you have direct local support on your full setup!

 
 

The following computer prices include our full service bundle (as better detailed in the Why Buy DCI Page) such as; Delivery and setup at your local location, Installation of your particular software, transfer of any data you need moved from one other computer, setup of other peripherals you may already own (unless they are; particularly unusual, complex, malfunctioning or incompatible with new computers).  A comprehensive software setup with the current Windows security updates, virus protection software and utilities (also detailed on the Why DCI page) most people desire or need all configured in an organized user friendly and reliable manner without loading excess running applications that frequently cause problems or slow the computer down. We custom configure your software setup to your likings after your inspection. We setup backup routines to backup your full setup and data plus we will back it up at no charge as it was when delivered if requested prior to delivery. Initial training tailored to you level of expertise plus a follow-up help session on the items we provided. Unlimited fast local phone support (365/24/7) directly to the technician you want to reach plus advice on any items used with this computer regardless of where you purchased them. Two years of fast onsite warranty service by the same local technician you dealt with in buying the computer and that delivered it and is most familiar with your entire setup. All computers we sell are assembled using only quality industry standard components so you are not at the mercy of any one company for parts, upgrades, service, pricing or availability. We do not cut-corners; thus the computer you buy from us is more modular and has plenty of room for add-ons and upgrades. Finally we provide a 30-Day Full Money Back Guarantee!  Please call 717-7917 for current prices or to answer any questions you may have.

 
 

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The following system configurations and prices are provided to give you a good idea of the cost and configuration options of the computers we provide. The first system is shown in two versions; a minimal detail version (for the beginners that often find too many details confusing) and a more detailed version (for those that desire more details) with upgrade options and costs so you can configure the custom system configuration you desire or Pick the parts to configure your own system

 

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Minimum Details Version

 

DCI Industry Standard Computer assembled with the following components;

   

CPU- Intel Pentium 4 - CPU- Intel Pentium 4 - 3.0 GHz, 1 Meg Cache (Prescott), 800 MHz FSBus, Hyper-Threading Technology, 478 pin & 90 nanometer. (This is our minimum recommended CPU, Please see the "detailed" quote below this one if you are interested in a faster CPU, etc).

   

Motherboard: Asus P4P800SE based on Intel's 865PE chipset. Supports all Intel Socket 478 Pentium 4 or Celeron CPUs up to 3.2 GHz, Specifications - Include the latest innovations such as; 800 MHz FSBus, Dual Channel 400 MHz DDR RAM slots, AGP 8X video slot, Serial ATA (Hard Disk interface) ports, Serial RAID 0, Eight USB version 2.0 ports, Gigabit LAN port, Can do PAT memory acceleration, AMI BIOS, 5 PCI Expansion Slots. Note: No legacy ISA Slots. ATX Design, RAM Capacity to 4 GB (2 GB Practical limit) of PC3200 DDR400 MHz Memory using the four built-in 184 pin DIMM sockets. Built In HIGH Speed Enhanced IDE/IO and Floppy Interface supporting 4+ IDE Drives at UDMA 133 MHz Speed. Other standard ports include; 2 Floppy Drives. IO Ports; 2 Serial 16550 UARTS, PS/2 Mouse & Keyboard, 1 Bi-directional Parallel EPP and ECP capable. Integrated 6 channel sound chip based on the ADI 1985 SoundMax chip with line in, line out, mic in, S/PDIF, CD, AUX and game port connectors. Hyper-Threading technology, Misc jacks for fans and temperature monitoring, chassis power and hard disk LEDs, digital power and reset, chassis intrusion detector, optional WI-FI connector for Wireless LAN Most Importantly; like all our components, Industry Standard Size Foot Print for easiest, most widely available/least expensive repairs or upgrades to future standards! Note This board is certified designed for Microsoft Windows XP as noted at this link and at this Microsoft link.

   

RAM - 512 Meg using PC3200 (400 MHz) Dual-Channel DDR RAM (thus two banks of 256 Meg to achieve dual channel requirements )

   

Note: To Upgrade to 1 Gig of the above 400 MHz Dual Channel RAM add $50 to this quote

   

Hard Disk - 160 Gig 7200 RPM, Serial ATA, Enhanced IDE, 8MB Buffer, UDMA-150. We typically use Seagate Brand.

   

Please see "detailed" quote below if interested in other hard drive drive options.

   

Case - Medium Tower ATX with 400 Watt P4 Power Supply, Reset Switch, 10 Drive Bays! (4-5.25" & 6-3.5" Bays). Holds Industry Standard ATX footprint Motherboards, Pentium 4 Compatible, FCC Class B Approved.. Includes an extra cooling fan and two front panel USB ports. Color off white to match most drives. This is not a mini tower but a case that holds a lot. Measures 16.5 High x 8 Wide x 19"Deep (need 22" Deep for cords). We like this case because it hold many drives so we can space them out better and because it takes standard add-in fans that mount directly in front of the hard drives so again better for cooling the drives.

   

Video Adapter: based on nVidia's chipset GeForce FX5200 with 128 Meg DDR memory and S-Video and DVI output jacks, AGP 8X. This is our standard main seller, but there are many you can choose from.

   

Combo DVD Player/CD-RW Drive: CD Player, CD Writer and DVD Player. Samsung SM352 16xDVD, 52xW/24xRW/52xR CD-RW Drive with your choice of Nero or Roxio Easy CD Software. For a model with a DVD Writer add $80

   

Operating System - Your Choice of Windows XP Professional, (For Home Edition deduct $30 from this quote). Comes with OEM CD. Pre-Installed with the latest updates and needed utilities like Norton Anti Virus, etc., as detailed below.

   
Network Adapter 10/100 MB / and 1 Gigabit. So you are ready to share files, printers and the Internet with other local computers.    

Fax/Modem - Internal 56.6k PCI Fax Modem V.92

   

Sound Card - Sound Card - Integrated on board 6 channel sound via ADI1980 6-channel CODEC and the SoundMAX Digital Audio System which can output 5.1 channel surround sound and features state-of-the-art DLS2 MIDI synthesizer with Yamaha DLSbyXG sound set. Includes ports for Line in, Line out, Microphone, Game and S/PDIF in and out.

   

Speakers - Good amplified stereo speakers with subwoofer, Power Adapter and separate Bass and Treble controls. Altec Lansing Model ATP3

   

Keyboard - Windows Layout with PS/2 Connector

   

Mouse - Microsoft optical with wheel.

   

Floppy Drive - 1.4 Meg 3.5" Direct Drive by Teac.

   

Labor: Delivery and setup of all your peripherals, Comprehensive Meticulous and Full Software Setup, Transfer of any existing Data you may have on a another computer, Install any other programs you may have and want installed, Initial Training tailored to your particular level of expertise or needs,  Follow-up help and much more as detailed on the Why DCI page. Which can easily cost over $600 if purchased separately, but $0 when bundled with a DCI system as our attempt to compensate you for the higher cost of our computers.

   

Warranty -: 2 Years Fast On-Site Parts and Labor Warranty. 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. 365/24/7 Direct support to the local technician you want to reach.

                  

Sub-Total Cost on our Minimum Recommended System.     (We can deduct up to $450 as mentioned below)

$ 1,999.00
       
 

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Above System Plus (upgrade to DVDRW/CD-RW Drive and optionally a Monitor)

   
       

Monitor - NOT INCLUDED as many customers have a particular monitor they want.  We will gladly add a  17" CRT Monitor (16" viewable). Flat Screen .20 dot pitch for $190 or a 19" CRT for $250. - We use brands like; Samsung, Hitachi and Viewsonic. Monitors Includes 2 Years of On-Site DCI warranty.  We provide monitors at our cost with a system purchase so please feel free to supply your own monitor if you prefer. - Add $190?/$250

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DVD Writer and CD-RW Drive. Upgrade above quoted DVD Player plus CD-RW drive to one that can also write DVDs

$ 40.00

Add a second optical Drive: DVD Writer with CD Writer. Above drive in addition to the DVD player and CD-RW drive included in above quote. Thus you will have two optical drives. Two DVD Player/CD Writer one of which can also write to DVD media

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CD ROM Drive. Sony 52X Plain CD Read-Only Drive - For those that want two drives a CD-RW (DVD) PLUS a CD. For those that plan to do a good bit of CD copying or just want a CD ROM drive to have maximum CD ROM compatibility.  Add $30

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CD-R Disks - Not Included.  For a cake of 100 (48X 700MB 80min Ritek brand) CD-R disks plus CD Marking pen add $35 to this quote.   DVDRW media $1 ea

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Bundled Optional Business Software Specials: Microsoft Office Suite Options: All include CD. Option #1 - Office 2003 Small Business $235 Includes Word 2003, Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager, Publisher 2003. Option #2 - Office 2003 Pro $294 Includes; Word 2003, Excel 2003, Outlook 2003 With Business Contact Manager, PowerPoint 2003, Access 2003, Publisher 2003, Option #3 - Office 2003 Basic $177 Includes; Word 2003, Excel 2003, Outlook 2003. Option #4 Just Word version 2002 $59

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Sub-Total Cost on a Recommended System:      (We can deduct up to $400 as mentioned below)

$ 2,039.00
 

 

   
 

 

   

If the initial price is all you look at, and skipped reading the Why DCI page than you might consider the saying "You get what you pay for".  As in our many years of experience servicing all brands of PC's, we find it particularly true when comparing our systems or service to others.

   
     
 

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in "Full Details" Version

   
       

DCI Industry Standard Computer assembled with the following components;

   

CPU- Intel Pentium 4 - 3.2 GHz, with 1 Meg Cache (Northwood), 533Mhz FSBus, Hyper-Threading, 478 pin, 0.13 micron dye. This is our minimum recommended Price for Performance CPU).

   

CPU Upgrade Options: Upgrade to the Intel P4 2.66 GHz add $50, P4 2.8 GHz add $120, P4 3.06 GHz add $240 all of which do 533Mhz FSBus. The latest Intel CPU models that can do 800 MHz FSB (which require upgrading to the P4C800 or P4P800 motherboards below and take dual channel DDR400MHz RAM) include the P4 2.4 GHz - 800 for an additional $30, P4 2.6 GHz - 800 add $90, P4 2.8 GHz - 800 add $230 and the P4 3.0 GHz - 800 for an additional $270

   
 

 

   

We offer several Motherboard/RAM/CPU combo options. This quote includes the Asus P4PE board with 512 Meg DDR 333 MHz RAM as we feel it offers most user the best bang for the buck, but we include the current upgrade options below and their costs so you can make your own choices. The latest motherboards offer support for Dual Channel 400 MHz DDR RAM PC3200 and 800 MHz FSBus options. All these boards use Intel CPUs and chipsets. We mainly sell Asus brand boards because we find they typically get the best reviews and most sited for top reliability and stability. All the following motherboards are top quality and perform very well. We do not feel any but the most advanced user could tell a noticeably speed difference between any of the following Motherboard/RAM/CPU options when running the most common mainstream applications If you do run high-end CAD, 3D action games or applications that keep you waiting on the CPU/memory sub-system than by all means seriously consider upgrading to an 800 Mhz FSB CPU, 400 MHz dual channel RAM and compatible motherboard. You can reasonably upgrade to such for as little as $100

   
 

 

   

Motherboard: Asus P5AD2 Deluxe Intel 845PE chipset: Supports all 533 MHz Front Side Bus Intel Socket 478/.13 micron Pentium 4 CPUs up to 3 GHz, Includes innovations such as; six of the much faster USB version 2.0 ports, 10/100 LAN port, Hyper-Threading technology, Serial ATA (Hard Disk interface) ports, RAID controller and two IEEE1394/firewire ports, Award Plug and Play Flash BIOS, 533 or 400 Mhz FSBus, 7 Expansion Slots 6 PCI, 1 AGP Pro Slot (1.5 volt). Note: No legacy ISA Slots. ATX Design, RAM Capacity to 2 GB, 3 184 pin DIMM slots, Built In HIGH Speed Enhanced IDE/IO and Floppy Interface supporting 4 IDE Drives at UDMA 100, 66 or 33Mhz Speed. Other standard ports include; 2 Floppy Drives. IO Ports; 2 Serial 16550 UARTS, PS/2 Mouse & Keyboard, 1 Bi-directional Parallel EPP and ECP capable, 6 USB ports ver 2.0 and v1.1compatibe ports. Integrated SoundMax quality Audio sound with line in, line out, mic in, S/PDIF, CD, AUX and game port connectors. Misc jacks for fans and temperature monitoring,, chassis power and hard disk LEDs, digital power and reset, chassis intrusion detector Most Importantly; like all our components, Industry Standard Size Foot Print for easiest, most widely available/least expensive repairs or upgrades to future standards

   
 

 

   

RAM options: For included P4PE motherboard above:

   

RAM - 512 Meg using one sticks 512 Meg PC2700 (333 Mhz) DDR RAM.

   

To downgrade to 256 Meg deduct $30. To upgrade to 1 Gig of DDR RAM add $80.

   
 

 

   

Motherboard Option #2: Asus P4P800 Motherboard (a step up from previous board) based on Intel's 865PE chipset Adds $30 to system price PLUS the slightly higher costs of the 400 MHz RAM $40 and 800 MHz front-side bus CPU $30 for a total upgrade cost of $100. This boards specs - Supports all Intel Socket 478 Pentium 4 or Celeron CPUs up to 3.2 GHz, Specifications - Include the latest innovations such as; 800 Mhz FSBus, Dual Channel 400 MHz DDR RAM slots, AGP 8X video slot, Serial ATA (Hard Disk interface) ports, Serial RAID 0, Eight USB version 2.0 ports, Gigabit LAN port, Can do PAT memory acceleration technology, AMI BIOS, 5 PCI Expansion Slots. Note: No legacy ISA Slots. ATX Design, RAM Capacity to 4 GB (2 GB Practical limit) of PC3200 DDR400 MHz Memory using the four built-in 184 pin DIMM sockets. Built In HIGH Speed Enhanced IDE/IO and Floppy Interface supporting 4+ IDE Drives at UDMA 133 MHz Speed. Other standard ports include; 2 Floppy Drives. IO Ports; 2 Serial 16550 UARTS, PS/2 Mouse & Keyboard, 1 Bi-directional Parallel EPP and ECP capable. Integrated 6 channel sound chip based on the ADI 1985 SoundMax chip with line in, line out, mic in, S/PDIF, CD, AUX and game port connectors. Hyper-Threading technology, Misc jacks for fans and temperature monitoring, chassis power and hard disk LEDs, digital power and reset, chassis intrusion detector, optional WI-FI connector for Wireless LAN Most Importantly; like all our components, Industry Standard Size Foot Print for easiest, most widely available/least expensive repairs or upgrades to future standards! Total upgrade price is $100 which includes RAM upgrade to 400 MHz dual channel DDR RAM and CPU Upgrade to Pentium 4 - 2.4 GHz 800 Mhz front side bus version.  Add $100

   

Deluxe Version of the above P4P800 motherboard costs an additional $20 over the P4P800 upgrade cost. Adds two 1394/Firewire ports and IDE RAID. Sidebar note - The main reason we do not recommend (this type/level of) RAID is because it is very hard to fully backup the full software setup and as it means using more drives it is considerably less reliable. Add $20

   

Value (cut-down) version of P4P800 - The Asus P4P800-VM using Asus P4P800-VM motherboard has only 3 PCI slots and 100 MB LAN. Adds $30 to our base P4PE motherboard system price plus it includes integrated graphics via Intel's latest Extreme graphics II chipset and thus if you do not require us adding the video card quoted below we can deduct $40. Still you need to upgrade to the faster 400Mhz RAM $40 and 800 MHz FSBus CPU costing $30. So overall this option costs you an additional $60 from our base system and gives you faster CPU, faster RAM but slower video and less PCI expansion slots. So kind of an odd ball choice. Add $60

   
 

 

   

Motherboard Option #3: Asus P4C800 Latest High-End (and most expensive) mother- board based on Intel's latest greatest 875P chipset: Add $110 to this quote - Plus the cost of 400 MHz dual channel RAM (512 Meg) $40 and an 800 MHz FSBus 2.4GHz CPU $30 for a total upgrade costs of $180) - This board supports all Intel Socket 478 Pentium 4 or Celeron CPUs up to 3.2 GHz, Specifications - Include the latest innovations such as; 800 Mhz FSBus, Dual Channel 400 MHz DDR RAM slots, AGP 8X video slot, Serial ATA (Hard Disk interface) ports, RAID controller, 2 IEEE1394/firewire ports, 8 of the much faster USB version 2.0 ports, Gigabit LAN port, PAT (Intel's memory Performance Acceleration Technology), AMI BIOS, 5 PCI Expansion Slots. Note: No legacy ISA Slots. ATX Design, RAM Capacity to 4 GB (2 GB Practical limit) of PC3200 DDR400 MHz Memory using the four built-in 184 pin DIMM sockets and can take ECC memory. Built In HIGH Speed Enhanced IDE/IO and Floppy Interface supporting 4+ IDE Drives at UDMA 133 MHz Speed. Other standard ports include; 2 Floppy Drives. IO Ports; 2 Serial 16550 UARTS, PS/2 Mouse & Keyboard, 1 Bi-directional Parallel EPP and ECP capable. Integrated 6 channel sound chip based on the ADI 1985 SoundMax chip with line in, line out, mic in, S/PDIF, CD, AUX and game port connectors. Hyper-Threading technology, Misc jacks for fans and temperature monitoring, chassis power and hard disk LEDs, digital power and reset, chassis intrusion detector, optional WI-FI connector for Wireless LAN Most Importantly; like all our components, Industry Standard Size Foot Print for easiest, most widely available/least expensive repairs or upgrades to future standards!  Add $180

   

Enhanced Version of P4C800 (The only difference is that it uses Intel's Gigabit LAN 875PE chipset instead on 3Com's LAN and so if you actually use Gigabit LAN it should be slightly faster on the network) Add another $15 so Add $195

   

The only difference between the P4C800 deluxe and the above P4P800 deluxe board is that the P4C800 has Intel's PAT (a memory Performance Acceleration Technology) included; however that can be enabled in BIOS on the P4P800. So the only real difference is that this board can take ECC (error correcting memory). So few would want to pay the extra $60 it costs over the P4P800.

   
 

 

   

Although we prefer Asus brand motherboards (for their added features) with Intel CPUs and chipsets so may prefer to actually get an Intel motherboard as well so two of Intel's latest offerings include;

   

Motherboard Option #5: Intel D865PERLK Pentium 4 Board based on Intel's 865PE chipset. Supports all Intel Socket 478 Pentium 4 or Celeron CPUs up to 3.2 GHz, Specifications - Include the latest innovations such as; 800 Mhz FSBus, Dual Channel 400 MHz DDR RAM slots, AGP 8X video slot, Serial ATA (Hard Disk interface) ports, Serial RAID 0, Eight USB version 2.0 ports, Firewire, Gigabit LAN port, AMI BIOS, 5 PCI Expansion Slots. Note: No legacy ISA Slots. ATX Design, RAM Capacity to 4 GB (2 GB Practical limit) of PC3200 DDR400 MHz Memory using the four built-in 184 pin DIMM sockets. Built In HIGH Speed Enhanced IDE/IO and Floppy Interface supporting 4+ IDE Drives at UDMA 133 MHz Speed. Other standard ports include; 2 Floppy Drives. IO Ports; 2 Serial 16550 UARTS, PS/2 Mouse & Keyboard, 1 Bi-directional Parallel EPP and ECP capable. Integrated 6 channel sound chip based on the ADI 1985 SoundMax chip with line in, line out, mic in, S/PDIF, CD, AUX and game port connectors. Hyper-Threading technology, Misc jacks for fans and temperature monitoring, chassis power and hard disk LEDs, digital power and reset, chassis intrusion detector, optional WI-FI connector for Wireless LAN Most Importantly; like all our components, Industry Standard Size Foot Print for easiest, most widely available/least expensive repairs or upgrades to future standards! $30 more than the Asus P4P800 but includes firewire ports. So Total upgrade price is $130 which includes RAM upgrade to 400 MHz dual channel DDR RAM and CPU Upgrade to Pentium 4 - 2.4 GHz 800 Mhz front side bus version. Add $130

   

Motherboard Option #6: Intel D875PBZ Pentium 4 Board based on Intel's 875P chipset. Supports all Intel Socket 478 Pentium 4 or Celeron CPUs up to 3.2 GHz, Specifications - Include the latest innovations such as; 800 Mhz FSBus, Dual Channel 400 MHz DDR RAM slots, AGP 8X video slot, Serial ATA (Hard Disk interface) ports, Serial RAID 0, Eight USB version 2.0 ports, Firewire, PAT technology, Gigabit LAN port, AMI BIOS, 5 PCI Expansion Slots. Note: No legacy ISA Slots. ATX Design, RAM Capacity to 4 GB (2 GB Practical limit) of PC3200 DDR400 MHz Memory using the four built-in 184 pin DIMM sockets. Built In HIGH Speed Enhanced IDE/IO and Floppy Interface supporting 4+ IDE Drives at UDMA 133 MHz Speed. Other standard ports include; 2 Floppy Drives. IO Ports; 2 Serial 16550 UARTS, PS/2 Mouse & Keyboard, 1 Bi-directional Parallel EPP and ECP capable. Hyper-Threading technology, Misc jacks for fans and temperature monitoring, chassis power and hard disk LEDs, digital power and reset, chassis intrusion detector, optional WI-FI connector for Wireless LAN Most Importantly; like all our components, Industry Standard Size Foot Print for easiest, most widely available/least expensive repairs or upgrades to future standards! $40 less than the Asus P4C800 but does not includes firewire ports, IDE RAID or Integrated sound. To add a PCI sound card like Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live 5.1 costs another $30 (Audigy 2 card $80). So total upgrade price is $170 which includes RAM upgrade to 400 MHz dual channel DDR RAM and CPU Upgrade to Pentium 4 - 2.4 GHz 800 Mhz front side bus version. Add $170

   
 

 

   

RAM - Dual Channel DDR 400 MHz - PC3200 - 3.2GB/sec. For above 800 Mhz FSBus Motherboards - P4P800s/P4C800/Intel

   

RAM - 512 Meg using two sticks 256 Meg PC3200 (400 MHz) Dual Channel DDR RAM (requires two banks filled at a time to take advantage of the dual-channel capabilities).

   

Optional RAM Upgrade to 1 Gig using two sticks 512 Meg PC3200 (400 MHz) Dual Channel DDR RAM. Add $90

 

 

   

Hard Disk - 80 Gig 7200 RPM, Enhanced IDE, 9.5ms, 2MB Buffer, 100 Mhz UDMA.

   

Hard Disk Options (all are 7200 RPM drives); 40 Gig deduct $20, 60 Gig deduct $5, 80 Gig add $0 (Included), 120 Gig add $20, 120 Gig with 8MB Buffer add $20 - so same price as 2MB buffer, 160 Gig 8MB add $70, 180 Gig add $100, 200 Gig 8MB add $130 or 250 Gig 8MB add $220. If you prefer a Serial ATA interface drive add $40 (we do not push them cause at this time they do not appear any faster). Many customers at our recommendation get 2 hard disks, using the second (hopefully larger disk) for fast rotational backups of their full software setup and for rotational fast data backups (both via routines we provide) and to store large data files (music and pictures) they prefer not to have clutter their main drive. A second hard disk 120 Gig 7200 RPM costs an additional $120. If you cannot get a 2nd hard disk or want off-site backups of at least your data we recommend a CD-RW drive. If your computers are on a network we can setup secondary backup routines to backup data to other hard disks on your network. We include an extra cooling fan with the purchase of a 7200 RPM drive.

   
 

 

   

Case - Medium Tower ATX with 400 Watt P4 Power Supply, Reset Switch, 10 Drive Bays! (4-5.25" & 6-3.5" Bays). Holds Industry Standard ATX footprint Motherboards, Pentium 4 Compatible, FCC Class B Approved.. Includes an extra cooling fan and two front panel USB ports. Color off white to match most drives. This is not a mini tower but a case that holds a lot. Measures 16.5 High x 8 Wide x 19"Deep (need 22" Deep for cords). We like this case because it hold many drives so we can space them out better and because it takes standard add-in fans that mount directly in front of the hard drives so again better for cooling the drives.

   

Note: Larger, smaller, aluminum, acrylic and cool looking cases are available.  Please call if interested.

   
 

 

   

Video Adapter: nVidia chipset GeForce4 MX440 with 64 Meg DDR memory and S-Video output jack, AGP 4X.

   

Video Card options abound also! If you plan to play many 3D action games or regenerate large CAD or graphic applications you should consider upgrading to one of the faster nVidia chipsets like the GeForce4 TI-4200 with 128 Meg DDR RAM and AGP 8X costs an additional $90. The GeForce FX-5600 also with 128 Meg RAM, AGP 8X plus DVI jack costs an extra $120. We can upgrade out base card to the GeForce FX-5200 with 128 Meg DR RAM and AGP 8X for as little as $40, but this is a minimal upgrade and not really what one may want for high-end graphic applications. Some video cards we offer include ATI's Radeon line and cards with TV Tuner, etc. You can sepnd as much as an additional $370 if you want to go all out. If interested in other options please see the common upgrade section below or call us. If you have a specific card you desire please feel free to buy it yourself and we will help you install it if you like or get you a price to provide you the card of your choice. If you plan to play a lot of 3D Games, DVD movies, do motion picture video capture or editing, or connecting to a LCD flat screen display - Please let us know now (in advance) so we can make sure to quote you a suitable video card!

   
 

 

   

CD-RW Drive. CD and CD Writer combo drive. Samsung SM352 52xW/24xRW/52xR IDE Drive with your choice of Nero or Roxio Easy CD Software. We highly recommend a CD writer so you can backup your data.

   

If you really have no interest in CD-RW and want to save a few bucks we can put in a standard 52X non-writable CD Drive and save you $20. If you want a standard 52X CD in addition to the above writer add $30 (but not at all necessary for copying CDs). We recommend you consider upgrading to the combo DVD/CD-RW drive listed below for $30 so you can use DVD media as well.  DVD Writers are becoming popular as they hold six times the amount of data - they currently cost an additional $280 to $380 plus media in bulk $1.40 per 4.3 GB generic disk

   
 

 

   

Operating System - Windows XP Professional (For XP Home Edition or 98SE deduct $30 but we highly recommend Windows XP Professional as quoted.) OEM Licence - No CD included. If you would like the CD add $20 (our cost difference) to this quote

   

Pre-Installed with the latest security updates and common utilities people need or like, such as WinZip, Adobe Acrobat Reader, ThumbsPlus, Music Match Jukebox, Scenic Pictures and added Screen Savers, Temperature Monitor, Norton Anti Virus 2003 and one year of free updates. Backup Routines, Extensive Help and Tips Files, Extensive Internet Favorites List, added games if desired, and much more (see full details in the Why Buy DCI section of this site) Installed in a VERY organized and meticulous manner. We keep excess running applications to an absolute minimum so as not to degrade system performance. We run thorough burn-in tests and benchmarks to insure the computer is stable and fully optimized. We provide fast on-site service should you have a problem.

   
 

 

   
Network Adapter. 10/100 MB integrated Ethernet controller, (also 1 Gigabit if you opted fot the P4P800 or P4C800 board) . Required for Sharing an Internet Connection, Files and or Printers    

Fax/Modem - Internal 56.6k PCI Fax Modem V.92.

   

If you have Fast Internet Access and do not require a Fax or Modem then we can leave the Fax Modem out and deduct $20 from this quote. To be clear a 56k Fax Modem means you can receive data via modem at a maximum of 56k, however you typically will at best achieve about 48k, can send data at about a maximum of 33k. The Fax portion maxis out at 14.4k baud.  If you will need to use older DOS Applications then you need a modem with built-in UART/hardware Add $70. If you want a modem with extra communication software we recommend the Creative Labs Modem Blaster for an additional $50

   
 

 

   

Sound Card - Integrated on board 6 channel sound via ADI1980 6-channel CODEC and the SoundMAX Digital Audio System which can output 5.1 channel surround sound and features state-of-the-art DLS2 MIDI synthesizer with Yamaha DLSbyXG sound set.  Includes ports for Line in, Line out, Microphone, Game and S/PDIF in and out.

   

Although the above provides excellent sound, should you have another option in mind; like one of Creative Labs Audigy 2 options please call

   

Speakers - Good Amplified Stereo Speakers with Subwoofer, Power Adapter and Bass/Treble control:

   

Speaker Upgrade options abound too. While the above speakers are very decent for the average user, if you plan to play a lot of music or movies you may want to consider upgrading to some higher-end speakers which are listed in our common-add-ons section below, or please call for details or see the parts section of our web site for much more detail on many options. The next step up on speakers costs approximately an extra $70. You can spend over $400 if you go all out..

   

Some customers do not feel they need a sound card or the speakers. While we highly recommend them and they are generally standard issue we can remove the speakers (you still get built-in sound card) and deduct $50 from this quote.

   
 

 

   

Keyboard - Windows Layout with PS/2 Connector

   

For Microsoft Natural Pro or Internet Pro keyboard with extra buttons to control Multi-Media & Internet Programs Add $25

   

Mouse - Microsoft optical wheel mouse. Has no ball so requires no pad or cleaning (no it does not need a battery). PS2 on IRQ12

   

For Microsoft Explorer optical mouse with 2 extra programmable buttons Add $25.  For a Cordless/Wireless Optical Mouse with wheel add $45 (requires batteries and you may not like how often you need to change them). Trackballs are available.

   

Floppy Drive - 1.4 Meg 3.5" Direct Drive by Teac

   
 

 

   

Microsoft Word XP/2002 add $50  Or Word XP with Encarta and Money add only $80.  Many Microsoft software bundle options are available at discounted/bundled pricing as detailed with the recommended computer below.

   

Labor: Delivery and setup of all your peripherals, Comprehensive Meticulous and Full Software Setup, Transfer of any existing Data you may have on a another computer, Install any other programs you may have and want installed, Initial Training tailored to your particular level of expertise or needs,  Follow-up help and much more, as detailed on the Why DCI page, all of which can easily cost over $600 if purchased separately, but $0 when bundled with a DCI system as our attempt to compensate you for the higher cost of our computers.

   

Warranty: 2 Years Fast On-Site Parts and Labor Warranty. 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. 365/24/7 Direct support to the local technician you want to reach.

                   

Sub-Total Cost on our Minimum Recommended System.     (We can deduct up to $450 as mentioned below)

$ 1,880.00
 

 

   
 

F Recommended Computer E

   
 

Above System Plus (upgrade to CD-RW Drive and optionally a Monitor)

   
 

 

   

Monitor 19" (18" viewable). CRT Screen .22 dot pitch, 1600x1200 resolution max. We use brands like; Samsung, Hitachi and Viewsonic. To downgrade to a good 17" monitor deduct $30. Includes 2 Years of On-Site DCI warranty. We provide monitors at our cost with a system purchase so please feel free to supply your own monitor if you prefer.

$ 200.00

We do not like to sell LCD monitors, because we feel users satisfaction with such items to be very subjective and we feel such items should be seen and inspected by the buyer before the purchase. F.Y.I. - LCD monitors are usually made to run and look best at only one specific resolution which is typically 1024x768 on 15" models and 1280x1024 on larger models. This high resolution generally means icons and text is smaller than many people are used to. Besides costing about three times as much as a CRT monitor they have the following draw backs; reduced reliability, slower, reduce viewing angle, more limited resolution setting options, reduced image quality (less brightness and less contrast). Their advantages include; They look cool, they save energy and space, putout less heat. The main point to verify when buying any monitor for working with data is are you going to be comfortable working with text over a long period. As a service we will happily go with you to a local store that has many LCD monitors on display to help you pick out a model if you would like. 15" LCD monitors start at around $290 + shipping. 17" to 18" LCD's start at about $469 Some models include very basic speakers.

   
 

 

   

Upgrade to CD-RW & DVD Combo Drive. Adds DVD to the already included CD-RW Drive. Samsung SM352 52xR/24xRW/52xR and 16X DVD. Includes Nero or Roxio Easy CD and Power DVD software. Add $30

$ ??.00

CD ROM Drive #2. Sony 52X plain CD Read-Only Drive - For those that want two drives a CD-RW (DVD) Plus a CD. For those that plan to do a good bit of CD copying or just want a CD ROM drive to have maximum CD ROM compatibility. Not at all necessary for copying CDs as the included drive is plenty fast at copying a CD. Add $30

$ ??.00
DVD Writer Combo with CD-RW/CD Sony DRU510A. Burn your own DVDs. DVD disks can be purchased for about $1.30 in bulk and hold 4.3 Gig of data. Please call for details if interested in this rather new technology. Cost $380, Previous Model Sony DRU500A $280, OEM Model of DR510A $270 which has less of a software bundle. $ ???.00

CD-R Disks - Not Included.  For a cake of 50 (40X rated) CD-R disks plus CD marking pen add $30 to this quote.  For a cake of 100 disks add $55.

$ ??.00
 

 

   

Bundled Optional Business Software Specials: Microsoft Word XP/2002 add $50 - Not Included, but highly recommended unless you already own Word. For MS Works Suite 2003 (Word XP/2002 PLUS standard versions of Picture It, Encarta Encyclopedia, Works, Money 2002 & Streets/Trips) add $90. If you need a spreadsheet or database than you should consider one of the following suites. - Microsoft's Office XP Small Business Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook) for $199 or Office XP Pro with includes Word, Excel, Access database, PowerPoint and Outlook for $299.

$       ??.00

UPS APC Back-UPS LS 500. 500VA/315W. Protects Computer & Software Setup from Power Outages & Surges & Includes Modem Protection. 1 Year DCI Warranty. 2 Year Manufacturer. The battery typically needs to be replaced about every 3 years and can be had for about $59. To add this UPS to this quote at our cost of $130

$       ???.00

Sub-Total Cost on a Recommended System:          (We can deduct up to $450 as mentioned below)

$ 2,080.00
 

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Please Note: The above components and thus the price is based upon our recommended top-quality components. However these days it seems few if any of our competitors offer such quality or cutting edge components, nor do they do your full setup. We too can cut costs if you desire. By using components similar to their offerings and reducing some of the excess services we include we can cut up to $450 off the above quote. The components that we would have to substitute include; A less expandable motherboard (saves $40) which integrates the video card (saving another $60) on the board and has less expansion slots. A smaller medium tower case with less wattage and less cooling saves $30. Low end speakers can save $35, Windows Home edition saves $30 which comes to a $195 discount. If you want only a one year on-site warranty as some of their low cost systems include deduct another $70 for a total discount of $265. If you do not need us to setup all your software and transfer data from another computer or keep a backup of your software setup deduct another $100, plus we shave off another $85 to bring you to our maximum discount of $450. And this system still includes an RJ45 LAN jack, and typically a faster and better CPU (512K cache Intel brand) than their low end systems typically include. Plus we still provide much faster support direct to the local technician you want to reach and that is familiar with your whole setup, delivery, added training, cleaner more user friendly software setup, and much more - please see the Why DCI section of this Web site for full details.

 

 

F Some other popular system configurations in minimum/summary detail:
Taken from our "Custom Configuration Worksheet Page".

System #1: Our Base System without a monitor:  $1,880 - (On special for $1,780)
 

Intel Pentium 4 - 2.4 GHz CPU, 512 Meg 333Mhz DDR RAM80 Gig Hard Drive 7200 RPM, CD-RW Rewritable ROM drive, AGP Video Card - nVidia chipset GeForce4 MX440 with 64 Meg RAM, 10/100 NIC, O.S. Windows XP Professional, Windows Keyboard, Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse, 6 channel sound, Good Speakers with Subwoofer, 3.5 Drive, 56k Fax/Modem, 6 USB version 2 ports. Add $170 for a 17" CRT Monitor or $200 for a 19" Monitor  - See Detailed Quote -

   
System #2: Above system plus 19" CRT Monitor and upgraded CD-RW to a combo CD-RW/DVD drive and Microsoft Word 2002/XP  $2,160
 

Intel Pentium 4 - 2.4 GHz CPU, 512 Meg 333 Mhz DDR RAM80 Gig Hard Drive 7200 RPM, Combo DVD/CD-RW drive, AGP Video Card - nVidia chipset GeForce4 MX440 64 Meg RAM, 10/100 NIC (PCI network interface card), Operating System - Windows XP Professional, Windows Keyboard, Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse, 6 channel sound, Good Speakers with Subwoofer, 56k Fax/Modem, 6 USB version 2 ports. Quality 19" CRT Monitor, Microsoft Word 2002 with CD   - See Detailed Quote -

   
System #3: Above system #1 but using Asus P4P800 motherboard and faster 800 MHz FSB CPU, Faster RAM: $1,980
 

Intel Pentium 4 - 2.4 GHz CPU (800 Mhz bus version), 512 Meg 400 Mhz dual-channel DDR RAM80 Gig Hard Drive 7200 RPM, CD-RW Drive (52xW/52xR/24xRW and 16X DVD), AGP Video Card - nVidia chipset GeForce4 MX440 with 64 Meg RAM, 10/100/1Gb NIC, Operating System - Windows XP Professional, Windows Keyboard, Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse, 6 channel sound, Good Speakers with Subwoofer, 3.5 Drive, 56k Fax/Modem, 6 USB version 2.0 ports. No Monitor - See Detailed Quote -

   

System #4: Above system #3 plus 19" CRT Monitor and upgraded CD-RW to a combo CD-RW/DVD drive and Microsoft Word 20012/XP  $2,260
 

Intel Pentium 4 - 2.4 GHz CPU (800 Mhz bus version), 512 Meg 400 Mhz dual-channel DDR RAM80 Gig Hard Drive 7200 RPM, Combo DVD/CD-RW Drive (52xW/52xR/24xRW 16xDVD), AGP Video Card - nVidia chipset GeForce4 MX440 with 64 Meg RAM,  10/100/1Gb NIC, Operating System - Windows XP Professional, Windows Keyboard, Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse, Integrated 6 channel sound, Good Speakers with Subwoofer, 3.5 Drive, 56k Fax/Modem, 6 USB version 2 ports. Quality 19 CRT Monitor.     - See Detailed Quote

   
System #5: The Works? - $2,530 - Like #4 above plus a Faster CPU, Faster video card and a large 2nd hard disk for fast rotational full backups
 

Intel Pentium 4 - 2.6 GHz CPU (800 Mhz bus version), 512 Meg 400 Mhz dual-channel DDR RAM,  80 Gig Hard Drive 7200 RPM, 2nd Hard Drive 120 Gig 7200 RPM with routines setup for fast easy Full backups, Combo CD-RW/DVD Drive 52xW/52xR/24xRW 16xDVD, AGP Video Card - nVidia chipset GeForce4 TI-4200 with 128 Meg DDR RAM, AGP 8X,  10/100/1Gb NIC, Operating System - Windows ; XP Professional, Windows Keyboard, Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse, Integrated 6 channel sound, Good Speakers with Subwoofer, 3.5 Drive, 56k Fax/Modem, four USB version 2.0, 19 CRT Monitor.   - See Detailed Quote

Our prices are not written in stone. 

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Add-ons and changes to above systems and their costs. Note: These bundled prices are only good at time you place your order. With a system purchase we include the following upgrades at our costs so if you want to upgrade one of the above quotes it will cost you the least to do it at the time we are quoting you your new computer.

 

Monitors:

   
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Monitor 17" (16"V) Flat CRT Screen, 0.20mm dot pitch, Color Super VGA, Max 1280x1024 resolution. Digital controls. 16" deep, 16" wide, 17" tall. specs vary by brand see details here.

$ 170.00
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Monitor 19" (18" Viewable) CRT, .22mm Dot Pitch, Max Res 1600x1200.  Dimensions are typically 18" high, 18.5" deep, 17.5" wide

$ 200.00

Monitor 21" (20" Viewable) CRT .21mm H-Dot Pitch, 1600x1200 max res, 85Hz, Such as the Samsung 1100P+

$ 530.00

Used CRT Monitors with (6 Month Money Back Warranty) - 17" Monitor $120,  19" (18" Viewable) .26mm Dot Pitch $150.  So Used Monitors start at

$ 120.00
D LCD Monitor 15" Flat Screen 1024x768 Start at (We probably would recommend a model above the lowest price ie +$50) with shipping $ 320.00
D LCD Monitor 17" Flat Screen 1280x1024 - Start at $ 470.00
D LCD Monitor 18" Flat Screen 1280x1024 - Start at $ 560.00
D LCD Monitor 19" Flat Screen 1600 x 1200 - Start at $ 680.00
D LCD Monitor 20" Flat Screen - 1600x1200 Start at $ 900.00

We provide monitors as a service and at cost with a system.  You do not need to buy the monitor from us and we will connect any monitor you provide during delivery.  If you get an LCD type monitor let us know in advance so we can quote you a system that will properly support it.  If you get an LCD type monitor let us know in advance so we can quote you a system that will properly support it. If a flat screen monitor needs service during our warranty period we will supply you a loaner (non flat screen) monitor while your is out for service.

   

We do not like to sell LCD monitors, because we feel users satisfaction with such items to be very subjective and we feel such items should be seen and inspected by the buyer before the purchase. LCD monitors are usually made to run and look best at only one specific resolution which is typically 1024x768 on 15" models and 1280x1024 on larger models. This high resolution generally means icons and text is smaller than many people are used to. Besides costing about three times as much as a CRT monitor they have the following draw backs; reduced reliability, slower, reduce viewing angle, more limited resolution setting options, reduced image quality (less brightness and less contrast) . Their advantages include; They look cool, they save energy and space, they putout less heat and they weigh less. The main point to verify when buying any monitor for working with data is are you going to be comfortable working with text over a long period. As a service and along with the sale of a DCI computer we will happily go with you to a local store that has many LCD monitors on display to help you pick out a model if you would like.

   
       

Word Processor/Office Suites: at Special System Bundled Prices.

   
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Microsoft Word XP/2002.CCCC

$ 40.00
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Microsoft Word XP/2003 bundled with Encarta Encyclopedia 2003 Standard, MS Money 2003 Std, Works, Picture It Publishing, and Streets & Trips on CD or DVD. Called Works 2003 Suite

$ 80.00
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Microsoft's Office XP/2002 Small Business. (Word 2002, Excel, Publisher and  Outlook)

$ 180.00

Microsoft's Office XP/2002 Professional. (Word 2002, Excel, Publisher, Outlook, Access, Power Point)

$ 290.00
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Microsoft's Office 2000 Suites are the Same Price as above 2002 Suites which does not require product activation

$ Same
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Note: Microsoft's XP products include software that examines your computer to calculate a key that prevents you from installing the program on more than one computer. While we are not suggesting someone should steal software it used to be that you could install programs on more than one computer (use it like a book they called it) as long as it was not used on more than one computer at a time. As I have a computer in my bedroom and one on my office I liked the ability of using the program I purchased regardless of where I was - seems reasonable?  But no more. As a computer tech I am constantly testing various hardware cards and troubleshooting customers computers by changing hardware or upgrading hardware and their current copy protection scheme makes my job more difficult and time consuming.

   

Microsoft Office Suite Small Business 97 Ver2 (Word97, Excel97 and Outlook98 )

$ 119.00

Microsoft Office Suite Professional 97 (Word97, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook97)

$ 199.00

Corel Word Perfect Office 2002 Suite with WordPerfect 2002, Quattro Pro Spreadsheet, Presentations and Paradox Database

$ 50.00

Note: Like other computer vendors, the above software is bundled at a special price and our cost with a system purchase.  We include the CD's, but such software does not come with and hard documentation. You do not need buy it from us and we will install any common software titles you provide.

   
 

 

   

More Popular Software: (We will Pre-Install any common software titles you provide)

   
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Microsoft Encarta Deluxe Reference Suite 2003 (Encarta Encyclopedia, Thesaurus, Dictionary, Quotes). This title comes on 6 CD's, but we can install in on your hard disk if you desire so that you can access all of its features much faster and more conveniently than can be done from CD

$ 80.00
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Backup Software #1: Norton Ghost Personal Edition with Boot CD and Menu to do Backups and Restores to a 2nd hard disk.

$ 35.00
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Backup Software #2: DataKeeper. Rotational automatic backup of data to 2nd Hard Disk and/or Network Drive.  Or for $0 Karen Replicator

$ 35.00

Norton Anti Virus 2003 OEM - Included with System Purchase

$ 0.00

Norton Internet Security 2003 (Anti Virus, Personal Firewall and Site censoring for children)

$ 49.00

Norton PC Anywhere version 10.05 Host & Remote OEM

$ 60.00

Corel WordPerfect Suite 2002 (WordPerfect10, Quattro Pro, Presentations, Paradox)

$ 50.00

Quicken 2003 Basic (Deluxe version $45)

$ 39.00

Microsoft Money 2003 Suite

$ 65.00
 

 

   

CD-RW/DVD Oprtions: Prices based upon a system quoted with a CD-RW Drive

   
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CD-RW Drive. CD and CD Writer combo drive. Samsung SW252 52xW/24xRW/52xR IDE Drive with your choice of Nero or Roxio Easy CD Software. We highly recommend a CD writer so you can backup your data., Burn Proof Technology

$ Included
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Upgrade to DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive. Adds DVD to the already included CD-RW Drive. Samsung SM352 52xR/24xRW/52xR and 16X DVD. Includes Nero or Roxio Easy CD and Power DVD software, 8MB Buffer, Burns a 700MB CD in about 3.5 Minutes. Burn Proof Technology

$ 30.00
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CD-RW/DVD Combo Samsung SM348 48xW/24xRW/48xCD and 16X DVD. Internal IDE CD-RW/DVD drive. Rated speeds of 48x Read, 48x Write, 24x Rewrite and 16X DVD Read, with 8MB Buffer, Burns a 700MB CD in about 3.5 Minutes. Burn Proof Technology. Includes a bundled copy of Roxio's Easy CD creator, CD Copier and Direct CD software plus. Upgrade price on a system quoted with just a standard CD CC

$ 80.00
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Cake of 50 CD-R Disks. 40X. Or 100 CD-Rs for $55. Both Include CD marker.

$ 30.00

Two CD Drives: Additional Standard 52X CD.  For systems quoted with a CD-RW drive, if you would also like to have a standard CD, thus both drives to insure maximum compatibility reading all standard CDs or to ease copying CDs then add.

$ 40.00

Two CD Drives: Additional Combo CD ROM/DVD Drive.  For systems quoted with a CD-RW drive, if you would also like to have a second CD that can also play DVD titles then add.

$ 90.00

DVD Writer Combo with CD-RW/CD Sony DRU510A. Sony takes the risk out of buying a DVD recorder by bringing all the popular DVD formats into one high-performance drive. Burns DVDR, DVDRW, and CD-R/RW discs. Does 4X max DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW, 8X DVD read, 2X DVD-RW, 24X-CD-R, 16X-CD-RW, 32X-CD, 8MB Buffer, Includes Veritas RecordNow, DLA, Sonic MyDVD, Cyberlink PowerDVD, Veritas Simple Backup and Backup Now and disaster recovery software, Burn your own DVDs. DVD disks can be purchased for about $1.30 in bulk. Such DVD disks hold 4.3 Gig of data. Mostly used for backing up larger data sets and Ghost images of full software setups, and many backup DVD movies (but software to do this is not included however we can show you how to get the software and do this inexpensively)

$ 370.00

Note: You can get the OEM version of above - Sony model DWU10A which is the OM version of above drive which comes with less of a software bundle - includes only Veritas Simple Backup and NTI DVD-Maker Gold Recording Software

$ 270.00

Note: You can still get the previous model Sony DRU500A on close-out special for $100 less

$ 280.00

DVD Media: We do not sell DVD Media but for you information they can be bought online at SuperMedia Store for the following approximate prices. 1) DVD-R 4.7GB Generic Qty1 $1.30/$2.64 Qty25 $28 Qty50 $63 Qty100 $105 - so about $1 each for 2X write speed DVD-R media: Name Brand Qty1 1X $1.35/6.63 2X $3.69 Qty10 $36 Qty50 $62/195 Qty100 1X $83/113 or 2X $134 so cost about $1.05 to $1.40 each in quantity. 9.4GB Generic Qty1 $2.64 Qty50 $134Ea Qty100 $249 so $2.49 Ea.  Rewritables: DVD-RW 4.7GB Qty 1 Generic $1.70 Name Brand $6.88  Qty 50 Generic $63.  DVD+RW 4.7GB Qty1 Generic $3/$3.80 Qty50 $135/$185, Name Brand Qty1 $6/$9. They probably cost a bit less now. We find DVD+RW works best in the Sony and burns at about 2.4X speed so about 30 minutes to burn a 4.3 Gig disk

$ NA

If you want to be able to show movies out to a TV then you also may need to upgrade the video card to a model with Video-Out which if we know in advance probably adds $0 and you need to buy and run a cable to the TV. There are many options that should be discussed if you are interested in DVD or TV so please call

$ 0.00
 

 

   

CPU Options: (Upgrade prices based on Pentium 4 system quoted above with 2.4 GHz CPU)

   
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Intel P4 - 2.4 GHz CPU Socket 478, 512K Cache, 533 Mhz FSBus - Included in Quote

$ 0.00

Intel P4 - 2.53 GHz CPU Socket 478, 512K Cache, 533 Mhz FSBus

$ 50.00

Intel P4 - 2.66 GHz CPU Socket 478, 512K Cache, 533 Mhz FSBus

$ 100.00

Intel P4 - 2.8 GHz CPU Socket 478, 512K Cache, 533 Mhz FSBus

$ 220.00

Intel P4 - 3.06 GHz CPU Socket 478, 512K Cache, 533 Mhz FSBus

$ 440.00
       
 

 

   

Motherboard Options: (Upgrade prices based on quote above with P4PE Motherboard and DDR 333 MHz RAM)

   

Asus P4PE Motherboard - Detailed above in the quote. - Included

$ 0.00

Asus P4P800 Motherboard - Detailed in Full as an option in above quote. 800 MHz Front Side Bus Version board takes dual-channel DDR RAM and 800 MHz front-side bus version Intel CPUs

$  

Asus P4P800 Deluxe Motherboard - Detailed in Full as an option in above quote. Adds RAID and Firewire

$  

Asus P4P800-VM Value Version - Detailed in quote section above. cut-down version less PCI slots and integrated graphics

$  

Asus P4C800 Motherboard - Detailed in Full as an option in above quote. Intels latest chips set add PAT technology which can also be added to P4P800 boards and can take ECC memory

$  

Asus P4C800-E. Same as above but using Intel's LAN Gigabit chipset instead of 3Coms and rated a bit better for Gigabit

$  
 

 

   

DDR RAM PC2700/333 Mhz 2.7 GB/s - Upgrade Price on system quoted with 256 Meg:

   
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512 Meg upgrade from 256 Meg. Using 1 bank 512 Meg PC2700 333 Mhz DDR RAM

$ 50.00
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768 Meg Upgrade from 256Mg. Using 2 banks (one 512Mg and one 256Mg)

$ 100.00

1 Gig Upgrade from 256Mg. Using 2 banks 512Mg each bank - PC2700 333 Mhz DDR

$ 150.00

Note: Although motherboards claim up to 3 GB RAM capacities their current practical limit is more like 1 Gig as RAM availability is limited to sticks of 512 Meg

   
 

 

   

DDR RAM PC3200/400 MHz 3.2 GB/s Dual-channel. Upgrade Price on system quoted with 512 Meg DDR 333 MHz:

   
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51 Meg upgrade from 256 Meg. Using 1 bank 512 Meg PC2700 333 Mhz DDR RAM

$ 50.00
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 FIX THESE!  7 Meg Upgrade from 256Mg. Using 2 banks (one 512Mg and one 256Mg)

$ 100.00

1 Gig Upgrade from 256Mg. Using 2 banks 512Mg each bank - PC2700 333 Mhz DDR

$ 150.00

Note: Although motherboards claim up to 3 GB RAM capacities their current practical limit is more like 1 Gig as RAM availability is limited to sticks of 512 Meg

   
 

 

   

RDRAM/RAMBUS RAM PC1066/RIMM4200 4.2GB/sec - FASTEST RAM Used on Asus P4T533 boards

   
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256 Meg upgrade from 256 Meg DDR RAM. Using 1 bank 256 Meg PC1066 32-bit RIMM4200 module instead of DDR Module. So upgrade motherboard to the P4T533 for $50 and upgrade RAM for $60.

$ 110.00
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512 Meg upgrade from 256 Meg DDR quote above. Using 2 banks 256 Meg PC1066 32-bit RIMM4200 modules. So $50 for motherboard upgrade + $180 for RAM upgrade.

$ 230.00
 

 

   

RDRAM/RAMBUS RAM PC800 3..2GB/sec used on P4T533 Boards which are not even shown above

   

256 Meg upgrade from 256 Meg DDR RAM. Using 1 bank 256 Meg PC800 RAMBUS module instead of DDR Module. We do not feel PC800 RAMBUS memory makes sense as those that want RAMBUS must want the added speed and PC800 is slower than the PC1066 we quoted above and PC1066 memory costs about the same. So we are calling Non Applicable

$ NA.00

512 Meg upgrade from 256 Meg upgrade above. NA see note above.

$ NA.00
 

 

   

2nd Hard Disk. - Preferred Backup Method.- Fast Full Backups - Includes Backup Routines:

   

Hard Disk   60 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100 - All include setting up backup routines!

$ 120.00
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Hard Disk   80 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100

$ 130.00
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Hard Disk 120 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100

$ 180.00

Hard Disk 160 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100

$ 220.00

Hard Disk 180 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100

$ 250.00

Hard Disk 200 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100

$ 280.00

Hard Disk 250 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100

$ 450.00
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Backup Software #1: Norton Ghost Personal Edition with Boot CD and Menu to do Backups and Restores to a 2nd hard disk.

$ 35.00
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Backup Software #2: DataKeeper or (Karen Replicator for $0). Rotational automatic backup of data to 2nd Hard Disk and/or Network Drive

$ 35.00

External Rotational Backups: Two Firewire Hard Disks 80 Gig each $140 each plus one PCI Firewire card $49 (unless motherboard already has Firewire) plus Labor to install and setup backup routines $100=140*2+49+100=

$ 429.00

Backup Advice and Options: If your data is important to you we highly recommend you learn how to backup, and do backups of your important data as it changes. We will gladly teach you how and provide routines to do this task if you buy any reasonable backup device. For off-site data backups we recommend complimenting the 2nd hard disk with a CD-RW drive or for important company data backups, instead of a 2nd internal hard disk getting two external USB v2 or firewire hard disks that can be rotated off-site. If you do not get a 2nd hard disk, at least consider getting a CD-R drive to backup your data. If your computer is part of a local network we can setup backup routines to backup your data across your network to another local hard disks. Other backup options that could be setup include; backing up data to some web space you may have and that is commonly included free with high speed Internet connections, If you have a computer setup with Windows XP Professional at home and at work and have high speed Internet connectivity at both end you can transfer data either way as well as control either PC from either location.

   
 

 

   

Hard Disk Upgrade & Downgrade Prices from a quoted 80 Gig 7200 RPM drive:

   
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Hard Disk 40 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100

$ -30.00
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Hard Disk 60 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100

$ -10.00
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Hard Disk 80 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100 - Included in Quote

$ 0.00
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Hard Disk 120 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100 (with new Serial ATA interface $95 instead of $50)

$ 50.00

Hard Disk 160 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100

$ 90.00

Hard Disk 180 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100

$ 120.00

Hard Disk 200 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100

$ 150.00

Hard Disk 250 Gig 7200 RPM, IDE, ATA100

$ 320.00
 

 

   

Power & Modem Protection:

   
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UPS APC 650 Watts. Protects Computer & Software Setup from Power Outages & Surges & Includes Modem Protection. 1 Year DCI Warranty. 2 Year Manufacturer. Battery typically needs to be replaced every 2.5 years & can be had for about $59

$ 130.00

Power Director with Surge Suppressor & Phone Line Protection

$ 20.00
 

 

   

Misc Add-Ons:

   

Firewire IEEE 1394 three ports on PCI card. 400 Mbps

$ 49.00

Firewire IEEE 1394 3 ports by Adaptec model Fireconnect 4300

$ 89.00

Firewire IEEE 1394 dual port by Orange Micro, 2 Firewire Ports on a PCI card

$ 99.00
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Zip Drive: Internal IDE 250 Meg with Disk. Installed and tested and comes with 1 disk. Most useful if you need to transfer files to another computer that also has a ZIP drive; otherwise a CD-RW does a better job ZIP drives have a 1 Year DCI warranty. DD

$ 129.00
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Zip Disks 250 Meg Disks. 4 Pack

$ 80.00

Extension Cables for Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor or Phone Line. $5 per cable

$ 5.00

Labor for us to make and keep a backup of your initial full software setup. Which we will keep on a hard disk for you $0 if asked in advance of delivery. Labor for us to make a backup of your software setup on CD-R disks which you will keep Add $0 if you purchased a CD-RW drive we can use. For us to create a restorable CD-R set of disks on our CD-RW drive at our shop add $60. Should you require us to restore such a backup from a hard disk backup we charge $60, However it is easy for you to restore a CD-R backup yourself. Note the cost to resetting up your setup from scratch (ie if you have no full backup) can cost $500 and up.

$ ??.00
 

 

   

Networking Items - for sharing files, printers and fast Internet access:  Labor to Configure is additional

   
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Network Adapter 32 Bit 10/100. Included!

$ 0.00

Network Switch LinkSys 8 Port 10/100 MB Full Duplex.

$ 90.00
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Network Switch 10/100 & Router. 4 Port. Can also share a Fast Access Internet connection. Linksys Cable DSL Router - For $15 we recommend you upgrade to the 8 port below

$ 115.00
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Network Switch 10/100 & Router. 8 Port. Can also share a Fast Access Internet connection. Linksys Cable DSL Router

$ 130.00

Print Sharing Device.  Connect a standard printer direct to your network switch

$ 150.00

Labor to Configure a Network, Cables, Hub/Switch, Shared Internet. $80/hr.

$ Call.00
 

 

   

Video Cards Upgrade Costs: (Price to upgrade a system quoted with our standard video card)

   
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GeForce4 MX440. nVidia chipset, 64 Meg DDR memory, AGP 4X

$ Included

GeForce4 MX440 nVidia chipset, 64 Meg DDR, AGP 8X, Plus Video Out, DVI and Dual VGA

$ 40.00

GeForce4 MX440 nVidia chipset, 64 Meg DDR, AGP 8X, Video In and Out

$ 60.00

If you plan to play many 3D action games or regenerate large CAD or graphic applications you should consider one of the following GeForce4 Ti chipset options - particularly the last two:

   

GeForce4 Ti-4200. nVidia chipset, 64 Meg DDR, AGP 8X, Video Out, DVI.   135-50

$ 90.00

GeForce4 Ti-4200. nVidia chipset, 128 Meg DDR, AGP 8X, Video Out, DVI. 155  (with Video-In add$?215-50 $180 so another $60)

$ 110.00

GeForce4 Ti-4400. nVidia chipset, 128 Meg DDR, AGP 8X, Video Out, DVI.  194

$ 150.00
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GeForce4 Ti-4600. nVidia chipset, 128 Meg DDR, AGP 8X, Video Out, DVI.  208  (with VIVO $292 add $100 more so probably better to just get the next card Ti-4800SE with VIVO)

$ 170.00
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GeForce4 Ti-4800SE.nVidia chipset, 128 Meg DDR, AGP 8X, Video In & Out, DVI.

$ 170.00

nVidia GeForce Chip Set video cards are available from many manufacturers and with many options. Please call if you are interested in a particular video card. You do not have to buy the video card from us to have us help install it or provide support.

$ Call

ATI Radeon 9100 Atlantis, 128Meg DDR RAM, AGP-4X, Video-Out, DVI & CRT $90

$ 40.00

ATI Radeon 9100, 128Meg DDR RAM, AGP-4X, Video-Out, DVI & CRT $110

$ 60.00

ATI Radeon 9500, 128Meg DDR RAM, AGP-8X, Video-Out, DVI & CRT $170 (With only 64 Meg deduct $20)

$ 130.00

ATI Radeon 9700, 128Meg DDR RAM, AGP-8X, Video-Out, DVI & CRT $260

$ 230.00

ATI Radeon 9700 Pro, 128Meg DDR RAM, AGP-8X, Video-Out, DVI & CRT $340.

$ 310.00

ATI All-In-Wonder Video Cards: All below ATI All-In-Wonder cards include a Stereo TV Tuner, Video Capture/Video In, Video Out, Audio In and Out, Remote Control  and TV on Demand. Note: No computer based TV on Demand card can compare to a real TIVO or Replay TV type dedicated unit!

   

ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 7500, 64 Meg DDR, AGP-4X, DVI $135

$ 99.00

ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500DV, 64Meg DDR, AGP-4X, DVI $185

$ 150.00

ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500, 128Meg DDR, AGP-4X, DVI and remote.$270

$ 250.00

ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 9700 Pro, 128Meg DDR, AGP-8X and remote. $400

$ 380.00

Video Card options abound!  Some prefer 3D nVidia chipset video card, or Radeon ATI Video Card. Some need video card with a TV Tuner, DVI input jacks, Video-In and or Output Jacks, etc. Please call for details if you desire such options. We recommend nVidia chipset cards as we feel they are more tested by software developers.

$ Call
 

 

   

Hauppauge WinTV USB with FM Tuner or ATI External USB TV Wonder. Requires a USB port.

$ 120.00
 

 

   

Sound Card Options: (On systems quoted with Integrated Sound)

   
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Built-In Integrated Sound Chip C-Media 8738-MX Provides 6 channel sound with Game Port, Line In, Line out, S/PDIF and Microphone ports: - Included

$ 0.00

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live 5.1. PCI card with game port:

$ 30.00
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Sound Blaster Audigy (rated 4 time more powerful than Creatives Live sound card) OEM version. Includes one SB1394 (firewire mostly compatible port), Audigy synthesizer chip, 5.1 Speaker Support, EAX advanced HD, Full Duplex, Game Port, 24-bit ADC & DAC, Speaker Level and crossover adjustments, 100dB SNR, 96/48 kHz playback rate, 24-bit/16-bit playback depth, 32-bit effect engine, Better software bundle such as Creative PlayCenter 3 and surround mixed etc.

$ 70.00

Sound Blaster Audigy MP3 like above Audigy card, but added software specific to Music/MP3 tasks like Enhanced PlayCenter 3 allows you to rip, organize, customize, and burn quality MP3 or WMA files and features a full 320 Kbps encoder for 9X MP3 ripping acceleration

$ 100.00

Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer, like standard Audigy card, but includes two of todays hottest gaming software titles full version. The actual titles vary depending upon the time purchased

$ 100.00

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum: Like above standard Audigy plus; Audigy Drive (white, take a 5.25 bay) to interface to additional analog or digital device connectors including professional audio gear, home-stereo receivers, Optical DACs, MIDI devices, and DV Camcorders. Also includes a remote control

$ 180.00

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum EX. Like above Audigy Platinum but the Audigy drive is black and external, thus does not take a drive bay. Also includes two extra software titles

$ 225.00
 

 

   

Speaker Upgrade Costs: (On systems quoted with our standard $50 speakers)

   
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Altec Lansing IBM345. Two 5 Watts per channel RMS satellites (10 Watts combined) and one 20 Watt subwoofer, Freq Response 30Hz - 18kHz. Black

$ 0.00

Altec Lansing AVS300. Two 7 Watt satellite speakers and one 10 Watt subwoofer, Freq Response 70Hz - 18kHz

$ 0.00

Altec Lansing AVS200. 2 Speakers, No Subwoofer, 3 Watts, Freq Response 110Hz - 18kHz

$ -30.00

Creative Inspire 2.1 2400. 2 black satellite speakers (4.5 Watts RMS) and one Subwoofer (12 Watts RMS), Realistic EAX and 3D positional audio with supported games

$ 0.00

Creative Inspire 4.1 4300. 4 black satellite speakers (6 Watts RMS) and one Subwoofer (17 Watts RMS), Realistic EAX and 3D positional audio with supported games

$ 30.00
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Creative Inspire 5.1 5300. 5 black satellite speakers (6 Watts RMS each = 30 Watts) plus one Subwoofer (18 Watts RMS), Dolby 5.1 home theatre quality. 6 discrete channels. creates a 5.1 sound field with 4-channel sound cards Realistic EAX and 3D positional audio with supported games. Best performance when combined with a Audigy sound card

$ 50.00

Creative Cambridge SoundWorks 320. Two 4.5 Watt satellites and one 12 watt subwoofer. Frequency Response 42 Hz to 20 kHz

$ 10.00

Creative Cambridge SoundWorks Digital. Two 8 Watt satellites and one 24 watt subwoofer. Frequency Response 30 Hz to 20 kHz

$ 55.00
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Altec Lansing ACS48. Two 20 Watts per channel RMS and one 40 Watt subwoofer, Freq Response 35Hz - 20kHz

$ 70.00
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Altec Lansing ADA880W Dolby Digital Speakers. Four 40 Watts per channel RMS and one 40 Watt subwoofer, Freq Response 20Hz - 20kHz, Remote Control

$ 210.00
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More Options:

   

Web Cameras start at $69, but a decent one with a USB interface and microphone that can also be used as a basic digital camera away from the computer costs

$ 190.00

Microphone required for recording or sending voice files.

$ 9.00

Headset with noise cancellation and battery. For use with voice recognition applications

$ 49.00

Larger Full Tower Case. For those that think they may need more than 4 - 5.25 accessible drive bays. Upgrade Cost is:

$ 70.00

Many other specialty items are available. Call for details or help in researching.

$ Call.00

Special or specific keyboards: Like Microsoft Natural Keyboard or keyboards that have additional multimedia and Internet related buttons, which we do not push as they add another program running all the time to use those added buttons which we have never seen anyone actually use. However these keyboards only add about $25 to a systems cost. So typically add

$ 25.00

Specific type of mice or trackballs available. Call for details. Microsoft Intelli Trackball adds $20 to a system price. We are mice men as we prefer our finger to stay near the buttons when moving the mouse. However a trackball can be easier for a beginner as it pretty much forces them to keep the mouse steady when they click a button.

$ 20.00

Go Back by Adaptec. Software Based Protection. Protects your Software setup allowing you to Go Back in time should something go wrong with your software setup. Not totally fail safe as it does not protect against Hard Disk crashes, theft Etc and does take 10% of Drive Space and does slow down disk access some. I highly recommend it if you have young people using the computer. In such environments we recommend the customer consider both Go Back and a 2nd Hard Disk for fast FULL backups. Go Back software

$ 89.00
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Tape Backup HP/Colorado or Seagate 20 Gig Internal IDE drive with backup software and 1 formatted tape. Installed and tested and containing a backup of your computer plus routines setup for you to easily backup your data and your entire hard disk. We do not push tape backups as they are slow, often unreliable and frequently require multiple tapes to do a full backup. We much prefer the 2nd hard disk option. Tape Drives (like ZIP drives) have a 1 Year DCI warranty but typically 2 years through the manufacturer, but we do not trust them, and so dont push them and we dont see why we should stick our neck out warranting them.

$ 299.00
 

 

   

Used Office Parts. Discounted with 90 Day Money Back Warranty:

   
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Scanner Microtek ScanMaker E3. Color Flat Bed scanner with ISA adapter, so requires a computer having a legacy ISA slot.

$ 69.00
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Printer HP Laser III with New Toner

$ 360.00
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Monitor 19"

$ 179.00
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Video Card ATI All In Wonder Pro 128 AGP 16 Meg $60 or Upgrade Price

$ NA
 

 

   
 

 

   

General Upgrade Step Suggestions: If you are willing to spend more to bump this system up the items we would recommend (in the order we recommend) upgrading or adding include; A word processor like a Microsoft Word, unless you already have that software. A backup device of some type; CD-RW (maybe already included in quote) and/or 2nd Hard Disk for Fast Full Backups.  If you plan to collect a lot of music files or videos then you may want to consider a larger hard disk. If your location has power problems than we recommend a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to protect your computer and software setup from power outages.  If you plan to use the computer to play a lot of music then one of the higher end speakers. If youngsters will be using the computer we recommend a full backup device and perhaps the Microsoft Reference Suite. If playing a lot of 3D action games we recommend that you consider one of the higher end nVidia chipset video cards.  If you plan to capture motion videos in and out to a DV Camera we recommend a firewire card which is included on some system.  If you will be using the Internet a lot we recommend fast Internet access through Bellsouth or Cox Cable.

 

 

We will at no additional charge upon delivery of your computer setup most any existing devices you own and want connected; unless you have an unusual amount of items, or unusually complex item(s). You do not need to buy your Printer, Scanner, Monitor, Camera, Palm Pilot or other peripheral device from us to have us help set it up. Please notify us at the time of purchase (before delivery) of what other devices (with model numbers), software and data you will want configured so we have a chance to get the latest drivers in advance, and verify that the computer we are selling you can handle them. Configuring a new network or Internet sharing is charged additionally.

 

 

DCI will provide you with a printer, scanner, digital camera device, etc if requested, but there is no value we add to such items, nor can we service them is the have a problem as we do not have parts for them. We will connect such devices if you purchase them elsewhere and have them available when we deliver your system. If we do provide any such devices we do not provide warranty on them as the warranty is provided by their specific manufacturers.

 

 

Printer, Scanner, Digital Camera models mentioned below may need updating and are provided as a guideline so please call if interested.

 

 

Printers: Mostly we push HP Laser or Desk Jet Printers, Epson if you prefer. Printers vary considerably in price and features and you need to decide if color is important or if a faster, more reliable, less costly consumables, B&W only laser printer is more suitable or both. Other considerations include duty cycle volume, paper/media size and thickness requirements, cost of consumables/ink and paper. Ability to share/network, Media Trays and Warranty. Some people might prefer a combo printer, fax, copier, scanner type device. An HP DeskJet printer with cable can be purchased for as little as $130. We recommend you get one with a USB interface and also get the cable length you will need. We personally find Ink Jets more costly over time because of the price of their consumables (Ink Cartridges) and we find them comparably slow and less reliable than the B&W only laser printers. If you plan to use share the printer in a network we recommend a printer designed for sharing so please give us a call. You can get current info on various printers at www.hp.com. Current printer reviews can be found via a search at zDNet.  A low-end color printer the Cannon BJC 210 2/5PPM 720x360 PPI & USB cable can be had for as little as $89.

 

 

Scanners: We push Epson and HP brand scanners. We recommend you get one that has USB support. Please call if you want our assistance in obtaining a scanner.  A decent flat bed scanner can be had for about $100.

 

 

Cameras:

Logitech Quick Cams: For sending images over the Web, via Email, and simple Video and Image capturing. These are not real quality digital cameras. They typically require a USB port and some include a microphone. Some can be used away form the computer for taking pictures. The prices we quote included shipping and labor to setup, test and go over it with you if purchased with a new system. Prices start at $69 and go up to $190 for their QuickCam Traveler.

 

 

Motion Video Capture/Edit:

 

If you have or plan to get a movie camera that has a firewire IEEE 1394 interface and plan to load movies on the computer for editing then you should consider adding a Firewire port to this computer which comes bundled with ULead's Video Studio SE Software for $129. If you plan to do motion video capturing please let us know so we can recommend a video card that has Video-In and Video-Out jacks like one of the ATI All-In-Wonder or Guillemot Cougar Video Edition cards which Add $80. Also you should have a CD-RW Drive for off loading or backing up your video files. The Video Capture & Editing software can be upgrade to Uleads Video Studio 4.0 full version from the Standard Edition for $120 or you may want to consider the highest rated Adobe Premiere 6 software for $599

 

 

Monitors:

 

We sell quality monitor brands; like Samsung, Viewsonic, Hitachi and Optiquest. We bundle them with a system as a service and at our cost plus shipping. We provide 2 Years of onsite warranty on the monitors we supply; and will provide you with a loaner should it need servicing during those 2 years. However you typically have a 3rd year of warranty provided through the manufacturer. We do not sell Flat Screen LCD type displays as we cannot provide loaners on them. We will connect one you provide to our system, but you should notify us during the quote phase so we can quote you a video card with DVI jacks to best support LCD Displays. Also note you can not run such monitors clearly at a resolution less then 1024x768 pixels and so may not run all your applications particularly children educational titles.

 

 

Furniture: If you need a good spacious work desk for your computer we have inspected computer desks at Office Depot on Veterans and can recommend a good one (Bush #HM22418 Office Depot Item# 172631) which we have used and costs about $220 with tax. We recommend you go by and see it (or visit www.officedepot.com) and if you want one have it delivered and assembled for approximately an additional $80 as assembly can take 4 hours.

 

 

Our Fast Service Warranty turn-around on repairs to hardware failures is typically done within 1 day and includes the basic mission critical components of the computer (CPU, RAM, monitor, video card, motherboard, hard disks, network card, modem, CD drives, power supply, case, keyboard, floppy, mouse) for 2 years. Proprietary peripherals like; a monitor we will supply a loaner while repairs are made. External 3rd party peripherals like; Scanners, Cameras, Printers are not covered under our warranty, but thru the manufacturer, however we will provide free phone support on such devices if connected to a DCI computer. Software malfunctions that develop after initial delivery and inspection are not covered under warranty. It is your responsibility to protect your software setup. We can recommend and supply backup devices (like a 2nd hard disk), routines and training to help you protect your software setup. As we setup all your software, Internet and peripherals you need to understand the time required to redo your complete software setup from scratch (if need be) can be much more costly than the cost of a backup device.

 

 

DCI guarantees that all our computers are assembled from industry standard size components. There is plenty of room for future expansion and there are many competitive suppliers for replacement or upgrade components so you are less likely to outgrow a DCI computer. DCIs warranty repairs average under 8 working hours. DCI is a member of the Better Business Bureau and received the Better Business Bureau's Award of Excellence for consumer relations. DCI has been in continuous operation since 1984 and in that time we have never had a client file a complaint against us.

 

 

All orders are taken by phone; as we do your full setup as we feel some discussion is needed to verify you get the computer that will handle your particular needs and desires. Points we feel need to be addressed include; What version of Windows do you desire, DVD, what type of video card will you require, what type of monitor you pan to use now and later, what level of backup protection you require, how many people will be using the computer and their ages, will you be running any special critical applications so we can verify compatibility and performance of the application with the computer we are quoting, what peripherals and data you plan on using or moving, whether you will be using a network, who your Internet provider is or will be and do you require shared internet access.

 

 

Some potential customers just want as they put it - A computer for simple word processing, Internet access and email. If this is all you require then our recommended system is probably over kill and we can quote you a lower cost, but still quality system with quality support, that can be upgraded to the higher functionality of the recommended system should you discover you need more space, speed or options. Still we will not cut corners.  In our opinion it is not justified to cut $100 of a system price by using low-end close out, or off brand CPUs, cases, video, sound, etc.

 

 

Terms: Payment due when computer is delivered. All computers are sold locally so unfortunately we are required to add tax to all hardware sales. First time buyers and extra costly system purchasers will be required to put down a deposit of 50% when ordering a computer. Your computer will be ready within 7 or fewer working days from the date we get your order confirmation.  If you opt for some higher end options we may require a few extra days to get them in and tested.

 

 

Advice: If you plan to get a computer to run current software (such as Windows XP) we highly recommend as a minimum the computer should include a 1.8 GHz Pentium 4 class CPU, 40 Gig Hard Disk, 17" Monitor. Some open drive bays and expansion slots, 256 Megs of RAM. Also we recommend some backup device. Whatever you are buying a computer to run our highest recommendation is to get a computer that is assembled using all Industry Standard Components (NOT a Proprietary One Source Design). And we highly recommend you purchase from a local source that is committed to providing quality hardware, an optimized software setup and fast support.

 

 

DCI Price Note: Some people are shocked at the price we quote. We do not charge more because we are cocky, we charge more because it simply costs more to assemble quality non-proprietary computers; as each part is purchased separately and as we use only highly acclaimed components. Plus we do the whole job the hardware and your software setup. Include basic training, backup solutions and fast on-site service. It bewilders us that so many are willing to spend $30,000 plus for a decent car, but are not willing to spend a reasonable amount on a complete computer package that they will be depending upon to run their business.  When comparing similar systems our price is comparable as demonstrated here.  If you decide to purchase elsewhere we ask that you compare apples to apples and whatever you decide to purchase we wish to thank you for having given us the opportunity to submit a quote. Also regardless of what you buy please keep us in mind if we can be of any assistance.

 

 

If you think our prices are too high we might consider selling you a computer at cost plus you add what you feel is reasonable for the value we add and hopefully something for the cost of stocking extra parts to be able to provide fast quality support.

 

 

 

All prices are subject to change. As we are only human we cannot guarantee all prices on these pages are current or correct. Please call 717-7917 for the most current information.

 

 

F Custom Configure your Own System - Worksheet:

F Compare Our Prices to a Similarly Configured Dell:


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Service Rates:

$80/hour. We will give a discount on follow-up support on a new DCI Computer. We do not charge for travel time unless your location is further than 20 miles.  We have not raised our rate in over ten years and now we come to you and we do not charge for travel time.  Sure some may charge less, but we doubt they have 18 year of experience and frequently those with less experience take a lot longer to get the job done and do not do as good a job. I personally have done service for other technicians that are Microsoft certified and have found some of them to be completely unqualified at even the simplest of things, some are unable to even edit their menu system. Many are unaware of the numerous problems being caused by spy/ad-ware these days and do not know how to check for or remove it.  I know of some technicians that have had to remove the same virus multiple times because they either do not get it fully removed or do not apply updates to guard against reinfection and thus end up costing their customer much more than we would have cost them.  Like computer system purchases we feel when it comes to service the base cheapest price is rarely your best value.  We are professionals and we feel you do get what you pay for in this case.  CompUSA charges this much if you bring it to them and we are told our service is immensely superior and much faster.  Service Reviews:

Lately we have been getting a lot of calls for service (on non DCI brand computers) when it is too late, after they have been hit by a bad virus or have suffered from a hard disk failure, and they frequently ask what could they have done to prevent it or to prevent it in the future.  Typically the fault was that they bought there computer like they would buy a TV or stereo, from a source that does not ask adequate questions or provide beginners with even the minimal cautionary suggestions.  We always recommend a backup device and if the user gets one we setup routines to perform backups for them. We also provide a good Anti Virus program and other utilities plus instruction on how to protect their software setup.  To help them avoid similar problems in the future we provide them the following list;

 

 

- Seven Steps To Help Protect your Computer Software Setup and Data -
by David Charbonnet with DCI Computers 717-7917

1) Install a good Virus Scanner (we recommend Norton AntiVirus 2003 - not an added utility suite bundle). Keep it's virus definitions database up-to-date by downloading updates regularly! Verify it is set to protect your email accounts. If you do not download the updates don't bother getting the program and live unprotected on the edge of disaster.

2) Download Windows Critical Updates. Accessible under Internet Explorer's Tool Menu called Windows Updates. If you do not find it there just go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ At that page click on Product Updates. You need only install the Critical Updates listed at the top of that web site.

3) Run Lavasoft's Adaware regularly to.   More frequently if you have kids that use the Internet. Available at http://www.lsfileserv.com/index.html or a link can be found on this page http://www.dcicomp.com/links.htm. This program is needed to check for and remove adware and spyware programs which virus scanner do not check for and which have become a popular source of problems.

4) Backup your Data (including Email/Contact list, Internet Favorites list and passwords if that is important to you) to external media like CD-R disks.  If you have no backup device you can call us and we can back you up or install a CD RW drive that you can backup to. Remember it is not a matter of if a hard disk will die but when. Plus Virus and user error have it in for your data. It is best if you can backup your entire software setup.

5) Use good judgment and caution when opening Email attachments or downloading any software from the Internet. And train any other people that may share your computer to be courteous and not take chances with your software setup.

6) Resist the urge to download and test a lot of unneeded so called shareware or freeware on your main computer. Each program you install modifies your software setup and indeed the operating system itself and few can be truly fully removed. You take a risk with each program that you install and all programs contains some bugs. I personally do not load such programs on my main computer, but test them on another hard drive to determine if they are worthwhile and seem reliable.

7) If you can afford the time and minor costs, learn or have someone (like us) teach you how to backup your full software setup. It generally requires purchasing a second hard disk (under $140) and an inexpensive program like Norton Ghost that can easily, quickly and fully backup your entire setup to the second hard disk. You can backup multiple computers if you have them to this same hard disk.


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