Desk Jobs

MTower SP

Manufacturer:Xi Computer
Street price: $2,399
Phone: (800) 432-0486

The MTower SP can be configured to suit your needs. The system we looked at has an AMD K7 Athlon 1100MHz processor, one of only three systems that surpassed the gigahertz mark. A 40GB 7,200 RPM Ultra ATA100 hard drive and 128MB SDRAM make it comparable to HP's 1G PC, but for $800 less, you get a faster processor and a 16x DVD-ROM. The MTower SP comes bundled with a CreativeLab Live Value PCI 3DwaveT sound card, a Logitech InterNet Keyboard and a Microsoft Intellimouse as well as Windows 98.

Power Mac G4

Manufacturer:Apple
Street price: $2,499
Phone: (800) MY-APPLE

The Power Mac G4 has two 500MHz PowerPC G4 processors. The G4 is great for graphics professionals, offering an ATI RAGE 128 Pro Graphics card and iMovie 2. A built-in 56Kbps V.90 modem card provides Internet access, and regular networking can be had with its built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet card; an optional AirPort for wireless networking is also available. Expansion capabilities include three PCI slots as well as two FireWire and two USB ports. A 40GB hard drive and 256MB PC100SDRAM round out the specs.

Dimension 8100

Manufacturer:Dell
Street price: $3,513
Phone: (800) 388-8542

Powered by a 1.5GHz Intel Pentium IV, the Dimension 8100 is the fastest system we looked at. The mini-tower model offers 128MB RDRAM and 265KB integrated advanced transfer L2 Cache, along with a 40GB Ultra ATA-100 hard drive. The goodies on the Dell include a 12x DVD drive, and a 12/4/32x CD-RW. A 56Kbps WinModem and a 10/100 network card come pre-installed. Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business, Windows Millennium (ME) Microsoft Internet Keyboard and an MS IntelliMouse come bundled.

MicroFLEX 1.1G

Manufacturer:Micro Express
Street price: $1,949
Phone: (800) 989-9900

The MicroFLEX 1.1G has one of the fastest processors but still manages to cost less than any of the other systems we looked at. It offers many of the same goodies, like a CD-RW drive and a 12x DVD drive. Using an AMD Athlon processor with enhanced cache, 128MB SDRAM and a 30GB Ultra DMA hard drive, the MicroFLEX offers a good system at a great price. PCI audio with speakers, a 56Kbps V.90 fax/modem and a 10/100 BaseT Ethernet card come preinstalled. It also offers expansion capabilities, including 6 PCI slots and one AGP slot. A Microsoft Natural keyboard and mouse come bundled along with Windows 98SE.

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This article was originally published in the January 2001 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Desk Jobs.

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