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    Converged Hundredaire Socialite njbair's Avatar
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    Building a New Desktop

    I'm getting a big advance for some web site work I have coming up, and since it would be nice to do said work efficiently (and also because my current machine is six years old), I have decided to build a new computer. I'm looking for nerd input here to make sure that I do this correctly. I'd like to get another six years out of this new one. Here's what I've picked out thus far:
    • AMD Athlon 64 3500 2.2GHz proc
    • Asus A8N-SLI DELUXE mobo
    • 1GB DDR PC3200 RAM
    • GeForce 6600 128MB PCI-X vidcard
    • 200GB HD
    This is way more than I need, but including a case and a flat-panel monitor, I can put this thing together on pricewatch for under a grand. Whaddya think?
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    Looks good. I wanna give a warning about pricewatch: some of those companies are AWFUL to work with. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, do this for me. check out http://www.resellerratings.com/. This is a website of people who have bought parts online, and what they think of that company. I did business with a company named "BZ-Boys" based out of LA, CA, and they did the ole bait and switch on me, and then furthermore, delayed the shipping by two weeks AFTER the payment posted to them.

    I am not down talking pricewatch.com. Lord knows I LOVE that site, and I use it everytime I build a new system in this house. However, after my last problems, I always use the other site in tangent with pricewatch to make sure that the company I want to do business with is reputable.
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    Upside to building it yourself - costs less. Downside - its usually up to you to take care of it. I built my last computer and it has been great. Anything goes wrong, any warranty problems, I have to deal with the manufacturer.

    In contrast I bought my wife an Alienware laptop. (Yeah its way more expensive but you can't go wrong with glowing alien eyes.) The memory chip went bad, called up alienware and they shipped out a new ram card that day. No muss no fuss.

    I also like
    http://www.directron.com
    http://www.ecost.com
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com

    All are reputable companies.

    I am in engineering and every benchmark(Linux) we've run shows the AMD beating Intel. Pretty much if you need processor performance we recommend the AMD.

    I would consider spending more on the hard drive, video card and monitor. Especially the Monitor. Those are usually good for quite some time. Video Card I would consider going up in RAM but isn't too critical. Hard Drive space is cheap and it seems that 250GB is about the break point for now. You are talking a difference of $22 for 50 more Gigs. (According to pricewatch)
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    Mysterious Penguin sloppychachi's Avatar
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    Here's my suggestions...

    Monitor...
    Use slickdeals.net, spoofee.com, and dealcatcher.com to find a super sale on Dell LCDs - stick with the Ultrasharp if you can.

    Ideas and Suggestions...
    Extremetech always has a tremendous page on building your own boxes... I use their site for input a lot:
    http://www.extremetech.com/category2...,644478,00.asp

    Good Sites...
    For Software I have been using softwaremedia.com - awesome prices. I also have had good experiences with nerds.net and zipzoomfly.com


    Hope that helps...
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    Converged Hundredaire Socialite njbair's Avatar
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    Wow, I'm glad I asked. Obadiah, I was about to buy my proc from BZBoys. I saved a new ad and I'll check all the vendors before I buy anything. Thanks for the link.

    Sloppychachi, you mentioned Dell monitors. Any reason you stick with them? I'm particularly looking for one with speakers built in to save room on my desk.

    Thanks guys.
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    Mysterious Penguin sloppychachi's Avatar
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    Well I am actually ticked at Dell right now due to an issue with a camera but the reason I am a fan of their monitors is that the Ultrasharps are good monitors that can be had for superior prices. I am talking a 19"ultrasharp for around $270. You can't really beat that!
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    Mysterious Penguin sloppychachi's Avatar
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    http://www.spoofee.com/ has a good deal on Dell monitors right now
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