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Out of all those systems you listed how much experience do you have building them? Have any examples of your work?

 

No examples just my own builds, you can view my builds at ocidb.com and checkout my overclocks here. I still don't know what chassis to pick for my first seller and might just work with some of the modders to create a custom case or customize an existing case, but I do put together quality hardware and make sure it's 110% stable before I use it or sell to anybody.

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Honestly it's going to take some capital to get this going and make it attractive enough to find customers to spend that kind of money. Maybe you have a lot of contacts that know you. What do you plan to do to set you apart from the other big companies that are doing it? I would love to do a similar thing but there is very little profit margin in computers and it requires a lot of your time. Are you planning an entirely custom setups or any prebuilt units?

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Honestly it's going to take some capital to get this going and make it attractive enough to find customers to spend that kind of money.

You don't need much capital just enough money to have a small inventory that you can build systems from, nothing major maybe 5 systems ready at all times atleast until you're selling atleast 10 a week.

 

What do you plan to do to set you apart from the other big companies that are doing it?

 

Highly customized hardware and software configurations with highly overclocked but stable components

 

I would love to do a similar thing but there is very little profit margin in computers and it requires a lot of your time.

 

Actually this is the time to offer this as more and more users demand faster computers for all types of task. DELL didn't buyout Alienware for no reason.

 

Are you planning an entirely custom setups or any prebuilt units?

 

Both, but really I'm only interested in domain name ideas for now :D

so if you got some ideas post them here, I'm now figuring out which friends I can recruit to provide a chain in their state so the product can branch out.

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That's really great. I wish you the best of luck. Coming up with a company name and/or website name now is tough, especially something that's good and original. I think if you just built one really good looking prototype to show your work then you wouldn't have to have a lot of other parts on hand to keep your overhead low. I'd also try to keep everything you do in house and not outsource modding and/or painting to other people unless you have a connection with a good friend.

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Pre-configure PC systems based on the type of usage would be cool.

 

Examples would be:

 

  1. 3d Users -
    Greater than 4GB of RAM
    Quad-Core CPU
    SLI or Crossfire configuration
    Large RAID setup ~2TB 6x500GB SATA
  2. Gaming Users -
    4GB of RAM
    Dual-Core Proc Overclocked ofcourse
    SLI or Crossfire configuration
    Small RAID Setup ~500GB 4x250GB SATA
  3. Media Center PC Users -
    4GB of RAM
    Quad-Core
    Single GPU but with HDMI Connection
    Medium RAID Setup ~1TB 4x500GB SATA
  4. Casual Users - (word processing, internet browsing etc..)
    2GB of RAM
    Dual-Core Procs
    Single GPU
    Small RAID Setup ~500GB 2x500GB SATA

 

Was also looking at custom paint jobs on chassis and watercooling ofcourse.

 

Couple of things.

 

1. Wouldn't 3d users benefit more by having a card designed for 3d use as opposed to Sli/Crossfire systems? not that you can't have more than one anyways, but FireGL and Quadro cards aren't exactly cheap. Skulltrail might be a possibility here as well, since CPU power is likely to be more important. Of course you'd have levels for each type of user and that would be the extreme.

 

2. Most gaming rigs will have a RAID 0 setup. Having RAID 1 storage is an expense most people don't need, so I'd leave it as an option. While most companies will offer RAID 0 with Raptors, it would be more cost effective to use 3 or more small, cheap drives.

 

3. For storage use the new Western Digital drives - not the 500GB one. Pick the 320, 640, or 1TB drives. RAID 1 or no, these are supposed to be faster.

 

4. For the 3D user and media center (as well as other as an option) I would look for a dedicated RAID card. RAID 1 using an onboard controller sucks. It'll work in a pinch, but you're adding strain to an already overclocked system.

 

5. Casual users/budget users should get a single core Conroe. Who cares about anything here but price? Dual core is always an option if they want ti, but I'll bet the single core flies pretty well here, and saves you a few bucks.

 

6. I wouldn't recommend a quad core in a media PC unless it's not going into an HTPC case. They're awfully warm and those cases have poor airflow. If you installed enough fans to make it worthwhile the thing would be too noisy. Dual core will be more than enough here, though single core again should be an option. Keeping it cool and quiet is the key.

 

7. Pick one sound card and use it throughout, if they choose to have one at all. Saves effort on your part. Sounds card should be standard on the media PC, optional everywhere else (though encouraged on the gamer).

 

8. I assume you'll offer Vista, XP, and a Linux distro as options for installation. Assuming of course they want you to do that. I'd probably push Vista and Linux over XP, simply because they'll end up using one or the other in the coming years anyways. Don't feel that Ultimate is the only way to go, the low-end Vista is fine for casual users.

 

9. 4 gigs of ram for everything but casual use huh? I'd argue that a media PC has no need for it at all. Yeah it's almost the same price, doesn't matter though. If you use 4 gigs you're going to make people use a 64-bit OS. Not a terrible idea, but some programs people want might not work. More importantly, you'll probably be including an HDTV capture card of some sort ton the media PC and you might not want to deal with it.

 

9a. Include a TV capture card of some sort. Maybe more than one (as an option)

 

9b. I would also argue against 4 gigs of memory on the gamer. I don't believe it is necessary and may be a hindrance. However, it's probably a selling point to the people that buy the thing so you might be stuck there.

 

10. Find a goddamn HTPC case that is the same xxxxing width as a normal stereo. Good luck with that.

 

11. Cases for other computers could go either way. My personal preference is business/awesome, which Lian-Li fits perfectly. The tiny cube could even be used for the casual user, though you'll hate putting anything into it. Personally I think the style of the case is a selling point for any of these, however gamers may disagree and want a more 'edgy' look that gobs of plastic can provide. Regardless or what you do, you'll need to do some light case modding to make them distinct to your services. Nothing major or anything, but enough to distinguish them from a standard case. The gamer should probably have lights in it. If you use a DFI board and watercooling, use UV lights and UV additive. Make sure they're easy to dim and shut off though.

 

12. Don't discount mATX board for the casual user and media pc. There are plenty of very, very good ones out there that overclock well.

 

13. Consider using an AMD processor for the casual user and media pc. They're still cooler which means they can be quieter. There's nothing wrong with using a Sempron when you don't need more than that.

 

14. With every single computer you sell (at least those running Vista or XP) include a USB stick with all drivers and programs you used. These things are cheap enough you might even be able to have them personalized by someone. Of course you culd also use a CD, but that's less cool.

 

15. MediaMonkey should come pre-installed on all of them. It's awesomeness knows no bounds. Also an anti-itunes script should be installed so that if anyone tries to install it the computer will go up in smoke. Oh, it also voids the warranty.

 

16. You might also consider getting NOD32 or Kaspersky installed for them. Much better antivirus software than the free ones, imo.

 

17. Offer a 'tweaked' Windows installation for an extra price for all but the gamer, and automatically do it on the gamer. Some people will pay $50 for something that takes you all of half an hour to do, and is probably worth it.

 

18. Sell a bottle of good hot sauce with the gaming computer. I don't know why, it just sounds good. Gimmicks work.

 

19. If you're overclocking these, be sure to pick a point that you know you can reach given any processor. Such as hitting 3.5Ghz on a Q6600 with watercooling - you know that there's a 99? chance you can hit that with every board and processor ordered. Memory too, if you put DDR1000 in there make sure you at least hit that point. I probably wouldn't recommend overclocking the memory much though, the stuff dies too damn often and they aren't gonna know better.

 

19a. As an option, offer "full overclocking". You'd have to charge up the butt for it though, and something would have to be added to the warranty.

 

20. I'd recommend using DDR2-800 for everything but the gamer. Yeah faster could assist the 3d machine, but you'll be having 8 gigs in that guy anyways and probably would only be able to get around DDR900 or so.

 

21. Maybe have custom aluminum fan grills made? In any case, use fan filters on all of them, especially the media pc. Or make them an option, whatever.

 

22. Use the Corsair HX series for all but the gamer pc. If the new 1000HX happens to have a 140mm fan and modular cabling as well, then use it too.

 

23. If you stick with one brand of PSU you may be able to work out a discount with Corsair, so look at their memory too. Same goes for other brands, i.e. Thermalright for all air cooling (gpu, cpu, chipset), Danger Den or Swiftech for watercooling, Evga for all graphics cards, Auzentech for sound, etc, etc.

 

24. In all seriousness send some homemade cookies with the casual rig, good popcorn with the media rig, maybe energy drinks for the gamer (along with the hot sauce) and I have no idea for the 3d one. Maybe energy drinks for them too. If I bought a rig and was setting it up I'd want sumthin to munch on too, and cookies sound xxxxing awesome.

 

Anyways, that's all I've got for the moment.

 

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25. Find an affordable front panel display for the media player. I have the Thermaltake and it's okay, but a dimmer one would be much nicer. Blue would also be nicer.

 

26. Offer a Blu-Ray drive but don't make it standard on any of them, even the media pc.

 

27. Since you're knowledgeable about Linux anyways, you could probably offer a server-oriented rig for small businesses as well. Might bring some extra cash in, plus get your name out to the people that hired you to do it.

 

28. Might also offer a dedicated server for home use that could have ALL of your media stored and backed up on it. So then you could have a real, dedicated RAID 5 array with all movies and whatnot right there that anyone on your network can access. This coupled with a media PC might work out well, because then you can just include an SSD on the computer itself and stream movies from your server. Saves room, noise, and heat. Hell, a server would be great for a music jukebox as well if it's done right. Call it the mini-cloud or something. You could offer a super low-end media pc for rooms that just need music too, with the only expensive part being a small screen on the front that would display only media info. Linux would be perfect for that.

 

29. I have too many ideas for a Saturday.

 

30. Run a Xeon based system for the 3D rig. Probably for the server(s) as well.

 

31. The inside of the gamer case should be painted black. If you end up using steel cases I'd paint all of them, it looks much more professional.

 

32. Use aftermarket SATA cables, you can get round ones that are quite flexible. They look better, are easier to route, and look better. :)

 

33. Use a naming scheme that makes sense. The easiest is to use number and letters, and this would be the most professional way to do it as well. If you stick with Lian-Li cases this is the way I'd go. If you must come up with names, go with a theme and stick with it throughout the lineup, like names of Greek gods, Names of (fierce) animals, pornstars, whatever. Just go with it. If you go with numbers (as I heavily suggest) make sure they're on the front of the case but somewhat subdued like model numbers on stereo equipment. It looks more professional that way, though I have no idea what it would cost to have it painted like that. Get some good cutouts and it might turn out just fine.

 

34. Remove and logos from the original case. Coolermaster, Lian-Li, etc, etc. UNLESS you get a deal with them, then you might want to consider not doing that.

 

35. For the gamer you might want to rig up a voltages display on the front.

 

36. Pretzels with the 3D rig.

 

37. Actually for the gamer case you might just want to outsource it. There are plenty of companies that do great paint jobs already. I mean, it's not like you're paying for it and it might actually turn into a selling point.

 

38. You know how some high-end hand-made cars have a little plaque on the inside with the signature of the dudes that made it? Do that, it'd be funny. And different. Maybe number them too, just for crap and giggles. The number might actually be a good idea so you can keep track of revisions. Then if somebody needs help later on all they need to do is read that number and you can look it up in an excel file and know EXACTLY what you put into it. Hardware changes often enough that this would be a good idea, at least if you want your computers to stay current.

 

39. Charge them if they want the original boxes and cables that came with everything. Because shipping empty boxes is f'ing expensive.

 

40. For the love of god don't put a damn touchscreen on any of them. What a waste.

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Make sure you have enough startup capital to cover what your building in case your left holding an expensive overclocked rig with all warranties blown due to custom heat sinks n such. Nothing worse than people changing their minds at the last minute.

 

Get your small print air tight legally.

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likewhoa why don't you try to focus on your product and customer base first and then while that is developing build up the website. technodanvan makes a lot of good points. You truely have to do something different in today's market to get it out there and for it to be successful.

 

I'd really like to see your ultimate htpc build including which software you'd use. They're probably the most difficult to setup because so many factors are involved. They're just not mainstream enough to have a great product backing and support. Be prepared to put in a lot of time with customer support on the media pcs unless your customer is savvy.

 

I think that making them seem like they're "special editions" will probably be good.

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Couple of things.

 

1. Wouldn't 3d users benefit more by having a card designed for 3d use as opposed to Sli/Crossfire systems? not that you can't have more than one anyways, but FireGL and Quadro cards aren't exactly cheap. Skulltrail might be a possibility here as well, since CPU power is likely to be more important. Of course you'd have levels for each type of user and that would be the extreme.

 

Yes, the 3d/2d Systems will feature Quadro Nvidia cards for SLI configurations and FireGL for Crossfire configurations, Gamer cards are just not meant for 3d intensive applications.

 

2. Most gaming rigs will have a RAID 0 setup. Having RAID 1 storage is an expense most people don't need, so I'd leave it as an option. While most companies will offer RAID 0 with Raptors, it would be more cost effective to use 3 or more small, cheap drives.

 

Well I plan on tweaking each OS minus the Gaming systems as those are probably gonna be extra for customization as gamers tend to install more programs than 3d,media center pc & casual users, so they will pay a little extra for some OS Performance Tunning. On the RAID part all casual user systems will feature a Mirrored RAID1 array for backups and the rest can select it as an optional feature. The gaming systems will feature a 4x250GB RAID0 array which should be pretty fast.

 

3. For storage use the new Western Digital drives - not the 500GB one. Pick the 320, 640, or 1TB drives. RAID 1 or no, these are supposed to be faster.

 

I plan on offering Seagate Drives as it's what I've always used and trust, for gamers and 3d systems the Raptors will be an option.

 

4. For the 3D user and media center (as well as other as an option) I would look for a dedicated RAID card. RAID 1 using an onboard controller sucks. It'll work in a pinch, but you're adding strain to an already overclocked system.

 

I was thinking to get around this I can setup a schedule task that will sync data to a 2 drive RAID1 array on a once a week and per month basis. We wouldn't want the drive copying data constantly to a mirrored array as this will put unnecessary strain on the controller and cpu.

 

 

5. Casual users/budget users should get a single core Conroe. Who cares about anything here but price? Dual core is always an option if they want ti, but I'll bet the single core flies pretty well here, and saves you a few bucks.

 

Agreed, most casual users can benifit from a nice single core CPU but with at least 2GB of RAM and a raid1 array to keep backups.

 

6. I wouldn't recommend a quad core in a media PC unless it's not going into an HTPC case. They're awfully warm and those cases have poor airflow. If you installed enough fans to make it worthwhile the thing would be too noisy. Dual core will be more than enough here, though single core again should be an option. Keeping it cool and quiet is the key.

 

I was thinking of watercooling most of the high-end systems that being 3d,media pc (HTPC) and gaming systems. You're right providing Quad-Core should be optional as those babies get really really hot. Single core might not be ideal as those systems will benefit from more than one core if they are to be used with a TV capture card and if people are gonna be encoding their music collection or television programs on the spot.

 

7. Pick one sound card and use it throughout, if they choose to have one at all. Saves effort on your part. Sounds card should be standard on the media PC, optional everywhere else (though encouraged on the gamer).

 

I was thinking of the Auzentech C-Media card for Windows and one of the AC97 cards for Linux based systems.

 

8. I assume you'll offer Vista, XP, and a Linux distro as options for installation. Assuming of course they want you to do that. I'd probably push Vista and Linux over XP, simply because they'll end up using one or the other in the coming years anyways. Don't feel that Ultimate is the only way to go, the low-end Vista is fine for casual users.

 

Seeing that Win7 will be available in a couple of years and that most businesses (3d and audio production) market prefer XP-64 over vista, I will only offer Vista as an optional OS, for gamers XP might be best and for media center PC I think vista should work well but for casual users they should stick with a tinyXP variant. Unless Vista has gotten better over the past months but last time I tried using vista it was a pain in my arse.

 

9. 4 gigs of ram for everything but casual use huh? I'd argue that a media PC has no need for it at all. Yeah it's almost the same price, doesn't matter though. If you use 4 gigs you're going to make people use a 64-bit OS. Not a terrible idea, but some programs people want might not work. More importantly, you'll probably be including an HDTV capture card of some sort ton the media PC and you might not want to deal with it.

 

For the media PC 4GB is ideal as it will perform encoding of video/audio which will benefit from the extra RAM, on using a 64bit OS I think the 32bit emulation of Vista and XP has improved alot and more and more software companies are porting their code to 64bits. on the capture card, we won't provide support for it and will just re-direct users to the manufacturer's support technicians.

 

9a. Include a TV capture card of some sort. Maybe more than one (as an option)

 

fo'sho :)

 

9b. I would also argue against 4 gigs of memory on the gamer. I don't believe it is necessary and may be a hindrance. However, it's probably a selling point to the people that buy the thing so you might be stuck there.

 

People like to think they can multi-task and with 2GB that simply is not enough and 4GB is what you want to be able to play games while encoding some video and playing your mp3 collection at the same time you're loading 1000 images from a pr0n gallery. Well 4GB prices have come down in price also and like you said it's a selling point and that's the idea, to sell some hardware and provide outstanding support and a good looking system that's faster than the rest at the same price or lower than most.

 

10. Find a goddamn HTPC case that is the same xxxxing width as a normal stereo. Good luck with that.

heh, help me! :)

 

11. Cases for other computers could go either way. My personal preference is business/awesome, which Lian-Li fits perfectly. The tiny cube could even be used for the casual user, though you'll hate putting anything into it. Personally I think the style of the case is a selling point for any of these, however gamers may disagree and want a more 'edgy' look that gobs of plastic can provide. Regardless or what you do, you'll need to do some light case modding to make them distinct to your services. Nothing major or anything, but enough to distinguish them from a standard case. The gamer should probably have lights in it. If you use a DFI board and watercooling, use UV lights and UV additive. Make sure they're easy to dim and shut off though.

 

Yes plan on adding some mods to an existing case so that it can be a genuine design and not something you buy at newegg. UV lights will be eye candy for the gamer pc and those customers will want eye candy plus speed.

 

12. Don't discount mATX board for the casual user and media pc. There are plenty of very, very good ones out there that overclock well.

 

The casual user chassis will be a mATX board, those users don't need alot of processing power they just need to be able to get on AOL (lol), open the internet (IE, lol) and browse for pictures and listen to music.

 

13. Consider using an AMD processor for the casual user and media pc. They're still cooler which means they can be quieter. There's nothing wrong with using a Sempron when you don't need more than that.

Yeap :)

 

14. With every single computer you sell (at least those running Vista or XP) include a USB stick with all drivers and programs you used. These things are cheap enough you might even be able to have them personalized by someone. Of course you culd also use a CD, but that's less cool.

 

Yes that's a great personal touch that can be offered. I plan on using "Driver Genius" to generate backups of all the drivers and provide them on a self-extracting executable inside the USB-Stick :) CDs are so 1980.

 

15. MediaMonkey should come pre-installed on all of them. It's awesomeness knows no bounds. Also an anti-itunes script should be installed so that if anyone tries to install it the computer will go up in smoke. Oh, it also voids the warranty.

 

Need to checkout mediamonkey :) and anyone that tries to install Itunes will get a big FAT BSOD, lol

 

16. You might also consider getting NOD32 or Kaspersky installed for them. Much better antivirus software than the free ones, imo.

 

Going to be using NOD32, Spybot and remote S.M.A.R.T monitoring for the hard drives.

 

17. Offer a 'tweaked' Windows installation for an extra price for all but the gamer, and automatically do it on the gamer. Some people will pay $50 for something that takes you all of half an hour to do, and is probably worth it.

 

Already planned :) Believe it or not some users will pay even $250 for a tweaked OS.

 

18. Sell a bottle of good hot sauce with the gaming computer. I don't know why, it just sounds good. Gimmicks work.

 

umm hot sauce for the gamer, that sounds great.

 

19. If you're overclocking these, be sure to pick a point that you know you can reach given any processor. Such as hitting 3.5Ghz on a Q6600 with watercooling - you know that there's a 99? chance you can hit that with every board and processor ordered. Memory too, if you put DDR1000 in there make sure you at least hit that point. I probably wouldn't recommend overclocking the memory much though, the stuff dies too damn often and they aren't gonna know better.

 

Yes plan on picking a point of stability that's almost near the limits. for Q6600 that is about 3.5GHz on H2O and 3.2GHz on Air but since each system's CPU will vary and since We'll be performing stability testing on all overclocked and non-overclocked systems those overclock speeds may vary.

 

19a. As an option, offer "full overclocking". You'd have to charge up the butt for it though, and something would have to be added to the warranty.

 

For those users that demand extreme overclocking we will offer Phase-Change cooling at an EXTRA price ;)

 

20. I'd recommend using DDR2-800 for everything but the gamer. Yeah faster could assist the 3d machine, but you'll be having 8 gigs in that guy anyways and probably would only be able to get around DDR900 or so.

 

agreed

 

21. Maybe have custom aluminum fan grills made? In any case, use fan filters on all of them, especially the media pc. Or make them an option, whatever.

fo'sho

 

22. Use the Corsair HX series for all but the gamer pc. If the new 1000HX happens to have a 140mm fan and modular cabling as well, then use it too.

 

I like Mushkin RAM myself but I will be testing various memory configurations on the first build so that I can find the winning combination as most of the pre-build systems will have the same hardware minus the CPU/RAM and Mainboard.

 

23. If you stick with one brand of PSU you may be able to work out a discount with Corsair, so look at their memory too. Same goes for other brands, i.e. Thermalright for all air cooling (gpu, cpu, chipset), Danger Den or Swiftech for watercooling, Evga for all graphics cards, Auzentech for sound, etc, etc.

Yes was thinking that too, man you are a great help! you're hired!!! :)

 

24. In all seriousness send some homemade cookies with the casual rig, good popcorn with the media rig, maybe energy drinks for the gamer (along with the hot sauce) and I have no idea for the 3d one. Maybe energy drinks for them too. If I bought a rig and was setting it up I'd want sumthin to munch on too, and cookies sound xxxxing awesome.

 

Anyways, that's all I've got for the moment.

 

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I don't want to send any perishable foods in case someone decides to eat a cookie after it's been sitting on the desk for months and becomes sick then decides to sue us but the idea is sweet.

 

25. Find an affordable front panel display for the media player. I have the Thermaltake and it's okay, but a dimmer one would be much nicer. Blue would also be nicer.

 

yes that will be a selling point for the gamer pc.

 

26. Offer a Blu-Ray drive but don't make it standard on any of them, even the media pc.

 

definally

 

27. Since you're knowledgeable about Linux anyways, you could probably offer a server-oriented rig for small businesses as well. Might bring some extra cash in, plus get your name out to the people that hired you to do it.

 

Well that's another website I'm working on and was also thinking for the casual users a Linux based PC can work out. We'll as long as those casual users aren't looking to install any more programs other than, firefox,openoffice,media player,music player,chat program (kopete),image viewer (gcview) & graphics program (GIMP)

 

28. Might also offer a dedicated server for home use that could have ALL of your media stored and backed up on it. So then you could have a real, dedicated RAID 5 array with all movies and whatnot right there that anyone on your network can access. This coupled with a media PC might work out well, because then you can just include an SSD on the computer itself and stream movies from your server. Saves room, noise, and heat. Hell, a server would be great for a music jukebox as well if it's done right. Call it the mini-cloud or something. You could offer a super low-end media pc for rooms that just need music too, with the only expensive part being a small screen on the front that would display only media info. Linux would be perfect for that.

 

Linux will be the File server OS for all media center and users that want a system that will hold all they data on a RAID system, shared through CIFS.

 

29. I have too many ideas for a Saturday.

 

It's SUNDAY, keep bringing them on ;)

 

30. Run a Xeon based system for the 3D rig. Probably for the server(s) as well.

 

yes XEON will be the choice for those 3d systems but there will be Core2Dou Cores as optional CPUs.

 

31. The inside of the gamer case should be painted black. If you end up using steel cases I'd paint all of them, it looks much more professional.

 

I plan on running custom paint on the chassis and adding mods to them to make them unique to our business.

 

32. Use aftermarket SATA cables, you can get round ones that are quite flexible. They look better, are easier to route, and look better. :)

 

Agreed.

 

33. Use a naming scheme that makes sense. The easiest is to use number and letters, and this would be the most professional way to do it as well. If you stick with Lian-Li cases this is the way I'd go. If you must come up with names, go with a theme and stick with it throughout the lineup, like names of Greek gods, Names of (fierce) animals, pornstars, whatever. Just go with it. If you go with numbers (as I heavily suggest) make sure they're on the front of the case but somewhat subdued like model numbers on stereo equipment. It looks more professional that way, though I have no idea what it would cost to have it painted like that. Get some good cutouts and it might turn out just fine.

 

http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/bl/bl_myth_gods_index.htm has some nice names to pick from, also gonna pick animals names and galaxy names.

 

34. Remove and logos from the original case. Coolermaster, Lian-Li, etc, etc. UNLESS you get a deal with them, then you might want to consider not doing that.

 

Yes gonna strip all signs of manufacturer on chassis and stick my own logo on there.

 

35. For the gamer you might want to rig up a voltages display on the front.

 

fo'sho

 

36. Pretzels with the 3D rig.

 

heh i wish :) How about a rubix cube?

 

37. Actually for the gamer case you might just want to outsource it. There are plenty of companies that do great paint jobs already. I mean, it's not like you're paying for it and it might actually turn into a selling point.

 

I can find a cheap play around here that will do a custom airbrush paint job, remember I live in NYC and graffiti artist are everywhere here :)

38. You know how some high-end hand-made cars have a little plaque on the inside with the signature of the dudes that made it? Do that, it'd be funny. And different. Maybe number them too, just for crap and giggles. The number might actually be a good idea so you can keep track of revisions. Then if somebody needs help later on all they need to do is read that number and you can look it up in an excel file and know EXACTLY what you put into it. Hardware changes often enough that this would be a good idea, at least if you want your computers to stay current.

 

agreed.

 

39. Charge them if they want the original boxes and cables that came with everything. Because shipping empty boxes is f'ing expensive.

 

I hope people won't ask for this and I will try to avoid sending them boxes as we will need those in case of a return to manufacturer.

 

40. For the love of god don't put a damn touchscreen on any of them. What a waste.

LOL i totally agree.

 

Thanks for your great feedback technodanvan good to see someone with an eye for business and good ideas, I look forward to some more feedback and have noted all your ideas and appreciated the time you took to write them all up. BTW have you setup your linux boxen yea? If not I'll be glad to do it for you, just google Compiz-Fusion and you'll see what to expect from my setup :)

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Thanks for your great feedback technodanvan good to see someone with an eye for business and good ideas, I look forward to some more feedback and have noted all your ideas and appreciated the time you took to write them all up. BTW have you setup your linux boxen yea? If not I'll be glad to do it for you, just google Compiz-Fusion and you'll see what to expect from my setup :)

 

I'll think on it some more and see what I come up with, I feel pretty drained after yesterdays brain-fest, lol.

 

I might take you up on that linux thing, I'm building a computer this week for myself from some spare parts. I'll probably put XP on it first and overclock it. After I get her stable then I might have you help me out. I considered dual-booting but I'd kind of like to be forced into using Linux for a while. Rig as follows so you can prepare for it's awesomeness:

 

DFI Lanparty nf590

AMD 2800+ Sempron or 3800+ X2 (really haven't decided...I really realy want to use the Sempron for some reason)

2x1GB DDR2-1000 Mushkin Redlines

7600GS

2x80GB Hitachi drives in RAID 0

1x320GB storage drive

 

And I'd like to use a MyHD MDP-130 TV Tuner card. Don't really need it, but I paid $200 for it a year ago and have never used it.

 

All I really need is the internet and open office, anything else is unnecessary.

 

Anyways, I'll get back to you on the business. :)

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