Long story short, be very carefull what you buy (assuming they allow returns, not so carefull), there may be hot deals galore, but beware, lots of their hardware is total shit!!! Some is quite nice though…
Some stuff might be worth looking at, but some might not (no matter how cheap). Problem is (on electronics/computer), you will likely never find the oem (probably built for them). You might find some cd/dvd deals, but frankly, compusa always went with the lowest bidder for media, but check out videohelp and take your chances on fakes.
I’m actually going to check it out myself though, (no rush there is a microcenter about 10 miles from me). Beyond that, depending on what they got, there is actually some hot hardware you can get cheap if they got it (cusa brand but only good hardware, available to re brand, or so simple a product, the cheap o Chinese vendors couldn’t even screw it up).
Their hard drive enclosures (pata, not sata), work like a dream. I have 3 (from store closings), and they work better that any others I have tired. They have never refused a drive (and I change them around), and have never had data errors, refusal to work etc).
I got a sata bay (takes 3 sata drives, takes up 2 5" bays), quick swap etc. The thing that sucks, I had 2 drive bays in hand (130$ items acording to them), gave one up (wasn’t sure it would work with my pata drives and pata adapters), and then got 3 sata drives cheap (at cusa closing). I really wish I had that other drive bay (quick swap of drives).
Edit (forgot to mention, the 3 drive bays were something like 20-25$, and I had 2 in hand!!!). 130 was the normal retail (saw lots of them on ebay near after for 40-60$ but shipping was typical, add another 20$…
It should be fun. Does anyone know their return policy (a lot of this stuff may be seriously outdated). Is it microcenters normal return policy or do special conditions apply (and I have yet to see them apply a restocking fee in-store, for any reason, but if its just a pos, will they give full refund)???
Fyi I used to shop (but hate) compusa a lot (it was right up the street). For a while, one of the tech shop guys was getting me good deals, as long as it was custom order (they couldn’t reduce the price to a reasonable level if it was already in their system at a price…). They actually had an abit nf7-s board for over 200$ in the case (couldn’t reduce the price), but he ordered me one for 105$ (just looked at the sticker the other day, going to get that system up again for a aux computer), and it was less that half price, because it was a newer revision and new part number (that they didn’t carry).
Just my thoughts
DVD_ADDICT is right.
I wouldn’t wipe my ass with one. I called their tech support years back (just a few years ago), and questioned why the math on their label didn’t work out (the maximum individual outputs didn’t even add up to the total watts promised (usually it more and you need to determine whats available on what rails). the point was, a 400 watt power supply, when you added up the rails, was only 300 watts (fyi I’m guessing at these numbers, you cant find specs on their units, not eve ul numbers, and it was years ago, (which with power supply, at least tells you the oem). They actually took a 300w power supply (acording to the power available on the rails), yet called it a 400 watt??? The therory is, it produces 400 watts at a certain temperature (for a second just after it powers up), then the power supply creates enough heat within seconds, its 300 watts (in a system, its 200 watts)?
I digress though (the power supply is the most important item in your system).
A lot of the crap that compusa had was used, damaged, returned crap that they were trying to pass of as new (with their closings anyway). I got a compusa gift card after a good fight, because pretty much all the koolance stuff they had was old returned and or many years out of date merchandise )koolance flat out told me that there was no waranty because compusa was piecing together all their old, used, returned, broken and defective stuff)…