People in Europe - should I buy a pc now or in 7 months time?

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#1

Case for buying comp now: No chance of DRM-infected bios/hardware. Guaranteed free of the “compensation tax” that RIAA are planning to add to every PC sold in Europe. (they’ve started already in Germany.)

Case for buying the parts individually in 7 months time: Comp hardware gets cheaper with time, so better value in 7 months.

But (and here is the question) How likely is it that ALL computer parts (mobo, ram, cpu etc) will be lumbered with this tax, in the future? I know it sounds pretty unlikely that the RIAA could get a 15% tax put on ALL seperate PC components, but if you had told me 6 months ago that one day there would be a 15% tax placed on all PCs sold…

well, u see my point. so opinions please.

ps - will Dvd-rw’s be commonplace in 7 months? many thanks.


#2

I have serious doubts they can pass this “law” on the entire EU , because the RIAA has no saying in Europe , only in the US of A.

And the EU is investigating the DRM thingy on Windows Media Player 9 at the moment.

In 7 months time , DVD will be more and more popular. Some LiteOns will be available as well then.


#3

If DVD is your only real concern, I’d see no reason why not to buy a system now and a DVD-/+RW drive later this year…

A reason to way might be, if you want to have a computer running on the AMD Athlon 64 or the Intel Prescott CPU. But then again… you can wait forever… there are more new technologies to come…


#4

Wait some months and buy a motherboard with internal S-ATA support (not those ones with a PCI controller).