It should be noted that this falls short of being an apples-to-apples comparison, owing mostly due to the fact that SCSI opens up more configuration possibilities. For example, LHS use a faster but smaller hard drive, some of the places use small hard drives ( a 9G hard drive will usually cost an extra $250 or so ). The onboard controllers are usually cheaper ( they add at most $200 to the price of the motherboard ) . Warranties shouldn't be taken for granted: a machine with a 2 year warranty is worth about $100 more than the same machine with a one year warranty. Actually, I find it hard to pick any vendor as offering the "best price" . However, it's interesting to note that some of the shops usually considered "expensive" don't look so bad when you look at SCSI systems.
The different vendors include different "value-adds". For example, ASL ship their machines with Xi accelerated X-servers, and Penguin ship with a boxed set plus extra docs. The value adds make for an "error" of about +-$50 in the prices.
Also, it's worth noting that the different vendors vary in what they
do in the way of burn-in, testing, and configuration options for the user.
Vendors like VAResearch, LHS, and Penguin do some "burn in" on their
systems prior to shipping.
|Vendor||Model||Motherboard||SCSI controller||HD||Video||Modem||ZIP ?||Warranty||Price|
|Advanced Systems Labs||PII SCSI||ASUS P2B-S||Onboard Adaptec AIC 7890 U2||4.5G LVD IBM||Matrox||External||SCSI||1 year||$1878|
|The Computer Gallery||custom||ASUS P2B||Adaptec AHA 2940 U2W||9.1 G IBM||Matrox||External||IDE||?||$2035|
|Dell||Precision WS 410||(?)||onboard U2W of some kind||9.1G U2W||Diamond Permida 2 8MB AGP||No||No||3 year||$2415|
|Linux Hardware Solutions||PS350WS100||ASUS P2B||Intraserver 3140U||4.5G LVD Seagate Cheetah||Diamond or Matrox||None||None||?||$2361|
|Penguin Computing||PII SCSI||Supermicro P6SBU||Onboard Adaptec AIC 7890 U2||9GB Quantum Viking II||Matrox||External||SCSI||2 years||$2213|
|ASUS P2B||Adaptec AHA2940 U2W||9G IBM Ultrastar||Diamond or Matrox||External||SCSI||2 years||$2382|
|TCU-inc||Custom||ASUS P2B-F||Adaptec AHA2940 U2W||9.1G Quantum||Diamond or Matrox||External||SCSI||1 year /
|VAResearch||VARstation 28||Intel SE440BX||Symbios 8951U||9.1G Quantum Atlas||Matrox||Internal||None||1 year||$2305|