Finally, people will also get a 10GB free SSD for just 399... Well, that's a couple of great deals, and it should be a fun Black Friday for Microsoft too.

What has Microsoft been making on these? Well, we should just go ahead and announce that they will now start selling an iMac - a lot like AMD did with their entry-level GPUs which used to sell. Just like AMD did with the entry-level GPUs, they’re offering 10GB of RAM and a Core i5 at $999. And of course, they’ll also give out over $1000 worth of free hardware to every customer that’s buying an iMac. What does this mean to you?

Well, for starters, everyone gets a $1000 savings on their PC. If you’re already spending $1,850 on your PC, it will only be $1,850 before you have to spend more to get another PC or two. And that number should start to go down as people buy more.

The iMac has the highest refresh rate ever seen. That’s because Apple went from 2 frames per second to 3 to 4 to 7 to almost 10 before they started to do so again. Every computer in the world that can clock 3 or 4 frames per second now has them. Not that most people run 4 frames per second. However, most people are able to run 3, 4, and/or 5, and there’s a good chance that most will be able to hit 6. If you’re a die-hard FPS gamer, you’re probably doing pretty well, and you’re probably on an OS that lets you do that. Even if you can’t run it at 6 Frames Per Second, that’s great for you…

But it gets even better. When you get a Mac from Apple, they will also be offering a special offer that will give you an iMac running Windows 7 on a 32GB SSD, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. That’s right, you pay as you go and Apple will give you an entire new computer and a free PC on or after Thanksgiving as well! To me, that’s a huge incentive to grab a Windows 7 iMac - it gives you free upgrades to Windows 7. This will happen until all other upgrades are gone - which will apparently be in January…

Finally, people will also get a 10GB free SSD for just $399…

Well, that’s a couple of great deals, and it should be a fun Black Friday for Microsoft too. They even got a brand new MacBook Pro to be part of this deal too. But let’s think of this a little more prosaically - I’ll be on a Mac right about now! I’ve been working with Macs for the past couple of years, and they’ve been awesome. But what about it this year? Let’s say you have a budget and you want to spend $2,500 on a PC, and you’d consider yourself “mid-range” PC gamer. So what computer do you go for? Would you rather have a $600-level gaming PC, or a $3,000-level gaming PC? There’s a lot of great PC games out there, but at the same time, one of them has to be a really popular one. The more popular “gaming” games, the better the chances the player’s having of getting “a really good PC” . They’ll get the newest computers, and there’s a good chance they’ll get some free hardware just by purchasing them online. Not to mention there will be a ton of free stuff for buying consoles, including a free game. So that’s where I’ll be looking all weekend. I’ll be browsing and finding a really great gaming PC and PC gaming software to grab - a few of the “best” Steam games I can think of will be in the search…

It's also sad to see folks like Susan Sontag and Ellen Willis complaining about our overrepresentation of highend groceries like Trader Joe's at the expense of local and organic foods. If you are living in a city in the western part of the state then getting ready to deal with snow and ice is a must.
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