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Buy or Build a Computer?
Posted 07 October 2008 - 12:21 PM
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 03:42 AM
i'm trying to overlock
Posted 03 July 2009 - 12:56 AM
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Posted 08 July 2009 - 07:24 PM
dont you just love seeing the stupid questions that we used to ask?
Desktop: || lappped Q6700 w/ lapped TRUE || ASUS P5Q Deluxe|| Sapphire 4870 1GB || Mushkin Ascent XP2-8500 (2x2GB) || 2 x WD6400AAKS || Corsair HX620W || Lian-Li PC-60FB || 2 x BenQ G2400WD || Vista Ultimate 64bit || Samsung SH-S223Q || Logitech MX518 || Logitech Ultra-X || SteelSeries SX || Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 || ATI TV Wonder 650 PCIe ||
Server: || E5200 w/ XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 || ASUS P5Q-EM || EVGA 8800GTS G92 w/ Accelero S1 R2 || G.SKILL 6400 2x2GB || 1 x WD6400AAKS || 4 x 1TB Samsung F1 || SeaSonic M12II SS-500GM || Antec Three Hundred || Samsung SH-203BL || Ubuntu 8.10 ||
Posted 08 October 2009 - 08:58 AM
..... WHOOPS!, wrong thread!
(couldn't resist, the title of the thread was asking for that ..... for those who don't get it, listen to Wiley's track 'Wearing My Rolex')
I'd build anytime, everytime.
I never buy a pre-built PC, especially OEM machines (HP, Compaq, Fujistu-Siemens, Dell etc.) and I'd 100% avoid any PC World own brand PCs (you know: Packard Bell, Ei Systems, eMachines etc.)
Posted 10 October 2009 - 01:43 AM
True. Then again, only buy laptops that you can customize.
Build, except for laptop
Posted 13 October 2009 - 02:03 PM
Posted 15 October 2009 - 02:06 AM
Who's the two buyers in the poll?
Posted 15 October 2009 - 04:05 AM
Edited by e-t-c, 15 October 2009 - 04:20 AM.
Posted 17 May 2010 - 04:45 PM
Build your own PC and get exactly what you want for less than the cost of a typical laptop. If you're a gamer that will be slighly higher, but you'll still save $$$.
What I got for uner $800:
- Micro-ATX motherboard with SATA (6), dual Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, capability for Phenom CPU and 3GB RAM, both analog and digital video, 6-channel sound, e-Sata, FireWire, and yet I still got a floppy interface and parallel printer port! w/1-year warranty
- 300 GB SATA 2 hard drive w/3-year warranty
- 500 GB SATA 2 hard drive w/3-year warranty
- AMD 3.8 GHz CPU (decided not to go for the Phenom now)
- 4GB RAM with built-in RAM heatsinks
- LG LightScribe Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW drive
- Huge CoolerMaster case with lots of vents, bottom-mount PSU, and designed for liquid cooling (I won't add that, though; I don't game)
- CyberPower 750-watt PSU (lots of transistors, quality, as evident by heavy weight)
- Very quiet system (though I can tell it's on, thanks to the # of fans)
- 4 case fans (one with blue light)
- Dust ventilation on front
- Cable-management system
- Tool-less hard-drive installation
- CPU heatsink/fan, cables, adapters, and all the other little details
FYI, I got the floppy disk for free, and the monitor as a gift. But it would still be less than the price you spend on a "good" PC system and far less than a good laptop. And of course I am not including the huge-capacity backup power supply because that doesn't come with a PC, anyway.
"If something looks too good to be true, it's best to shoot it, just in case." -- Fiona Glenanne [Burn Notice, USA]
- Windows XP Pro SP2 (Also have legacy Windows, not installed, except I lost my ME disk. Can install a legacy version in extra space if needed to help troubleshoot.)
- Linux (Slackware 13), KDE 4 (but will go back to 3, 4 imitates Vista too much), wireless automatic, no need for monitor drivers
- Linux (Absolute Linux), GNOME, comes with CUPS already configured/running, hundreds of printer-drivers built-in, no need for monitor drivers