Hit or Miss

Call for help:

I’d like to be able to order a totally-customized computer — where I can specify that I don’t need a monitor (already have one) nor an operating system (already have Windows 2000 on disc). All the big players I’ve looked at (Gateway, Dell, Compaq, IBM, etc) automatically supply an operating system, but I don’t want to have to pay for what I don’t need. Any suggestions?

5 responses so far (Respond)


Dell will do it if you send them a specific request.

Anil Dash | 16 May 2001

Oh yeah I was going to say the same about Dell. Maybe Gateway will bargain with you, also. after all, new PCs aren’t exactly flying odd the shelves.

Charles | 17 May 2001

You might get some good ideas from this article at Slashdot. Apparently Microsoft is urging retailers to turn in people who request computers without operating systems and giving the salespeople rewards based on how many they turn in. The comments were pretty outraged, so they might have ideas on where else to turn.

Kris | 17 May 2001

Check out GamePC (http://www.gamepc.com), I recently bought a computer from them and couldn’t be happier. They have really high end parts to choose from (although some may be a little pricey) and let you customize everything down to the CPU fan. I bought a bare-bones system and then picked up the rest from different vendors with self-assembly to cut costs, but they also do full systems for you as well. If you know what you are doing, this is the place to shop.

John | 17 May 2001

you could always piece together a machine with parts you bought online. It worked well for me with a minimum of hassles, and I was able to cannibalize my old computer in the process. Now, what to do with that old 233 MMX…..

Bob | 18 May 2001