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    Hardware in mainland China

    Is it cheaper to buy hardware in Mainland China?

    I.E. Supermicro, etc or even Dells
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    no, more expansive than in the US. however hardware in Taiwan is cheap.
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    Hardware from China and Taiwan is very cheap. A lot of major companies OEM from the two countries. It is definitely cheaper, but you need to check your country's import taxes etc and the cost of transportation. Normally importing via container loads will be much more economical but you need to buy on a large scale.

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    I'm going to China for 3 1/2 weeks and I figured at 35 lbs a pop or what not, I'd bring home 2 or 3 rackmounts ...*shrug*

    Or maybe just some RAM, some CPU etc
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    Today's price in China
    P4 3.0C - $190
    Kingston 1GB/DDR2 SDRAM/533MHz - $224

    Is that cheap?
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    What kind of 3.0 is that?

    qserver ... how much is like a dual 2.8 nocona generally in China?
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    $158 - Pentium 4 3.0GHz Prescott
    $159 - Pentium 4 3.0GHz 800MHz
    $169 - pentium 4 3.0GHz hyper threading
    $160 - Pentium 4 3.0GHz 800MHz 775
    $238 - Pentium 4 3.06GHz 533MHz

    Which one of these are you comparing to?

    *I'm not selling anything at these prices.

    I got these off of pricewatch
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    yah, i compare to pricewatch too, pricewatch is much cheaper than the hardware in China, that's why I said China hardware is expensive. The memory price was very high a while ago because of the Taiwan problem with China, now is pretty much dropped to the bottom.

    P4 3.0GHz/Northwood/Socket 478/512KB/0.13u/800MHz - $190
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    Hrm - i'd figured since 1/2 this stuff was made there, it'd be cheap to just pick up some or if its made in taiwan ... the shipping is cheap.

    Also - no matter how bad relationships are ... 80% of the money from Taiwan goes to business with mainland china so it'd be their folly not to do business with China.

    Anyway, any suggestions? I leave for Shanghai on the 9th, be there by the 11th I think so I want to pick up some good ol hardware

    My alloted luggage weight will be servers
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    Xeon 2.8Ghz Intel Xeon 2.8GHz(BOX)--NOCONA/800MHz/ L2/L3Cache 1M/Socket 604 - $290
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    no no - i mean full systems ... they do have those there don't they?

    How's the colo // dedicated server scene there
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    I don't think you should buy hardware in China. We setup servers in Shanghai all the time, I always think hardware price in Shanghai is pretty expensive compare to the US. And how would the warranty work after you get back to the US?
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    Originally posted by The Broadband Man
    no no - i mean full systems ... they do have those there don't they?

    How's the colo // dedicated server scene there
    We usually don't DIY these power servers, would use Dell, IBM or some other company's.
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    Is Dell asia's prices cheaper?

    warranty isn't really an issue - im basically assuming that like people like Intel supermicro etc since the stuff is made there would be chepaer
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    No, Dell in China is still more expensive than in the US.
    Generally hardware is more expensive in China than in the US. That's all I want to say. It's different than Taiwan. Harware in Taiwan is a lot cheaper.
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    Hrm so I should make a pitstop in Taiwan? Got any suggestions people? Where in taiwan? etc
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    Sorry, I can't help you with that. My base is at Shanghai.
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    Since much if not everything is made in China and Taiwan nowadays, I would recommend buying something authentic. Good luck on your trip.

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    Who said about fake? I am definitely looking for authetic but figured since there would be almost no freight charge ... it'd be cheap in those markets ... plus the inco,e levels are diff too
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    I think the consensus here is that you're not going to save any money by buying your hardware in China. Just get it in the US, and avoid the hassle.
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    Yeah - I already did Idea popped into my head this moning at 5am ... o well - just put through my order at 3pm - should be getting my stuff next week
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    You'll be amazed how expensive "quality" server systems/compoents in Taiwan are.

    For a full system from Dell, I purchased in Taiwan back in January 2005, Dual Xeon 3.0, 4GB RAM, 4*146SCSIHDD, and DRAC - around USD$6300. This price is after some discount!

    As for servers from Asus, Acer, and many other companies locally in Taiwan... well, they are more expensive, even white boxes.

    I know because I got servers both in the US and Taiwan.

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    Please keep in mind the Chinese custom service might impose duty on the equipment that you bring in. I know for desktop and computer the duty 400 RMB/each, not sure whether this apply to server or not.

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