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Building A System Vs Buying A Dell On Special


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ok, so we've all seen the tempting dell specials they have sometimes. after doing a lot of research here seem to be the two options I have:

 

1. Dell 4600 P4 3.0GHz w/HT, 800FSB, XP Home

ati radeon 9800 pro (already have)

audigy 2 (already have)

dell 16x dvd-rom + 16x dvd-rw

dell 120 GB Serial ATA 7200rpm

dell refurbished 1901 19" Ultrasharp LCD display

1yr warranty

+ 160 for 2xCrucial 512MB PC3200 memory (compusa special)

$1310-1360 out of my pocket

 

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2. AMD Athlon mobile 2600+ (barton) overclocked to 2.5ghz [101]

cPU cooling [50]

NF7-S Motherboard [102]

ati radeon 9800 pro (already have)

audigy 2 (already have)

Kingwin K11 aluminum case with fans etc [70]

good power supply 400-450w [50]

120 GB serial ATA [100]

decent 19" LCD display [500] or 17" LCD [350]

XP Home [100]

no warranty

+160 for 2x Crucial 512MB Pc3200 memory (compusa special)

$1060 (17" lcd) or 1210 (19" lcd) out of my pocket

 

which is a better deal? or how would you build differently?

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#2

 

 

 

!!!DELL SUCKS!!!

 

Go with 2000 or XP Pro. Don't get XP Home Edition as it also SUCKS

 

Don't get the Abit board. Go with a DFI Infinity or LANParty NFII Ultra B

 

Spend a bit more on the power supply, and get something high quality like an Antec or Enermax.

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If you're the kind of person that owns a 120Gig Sata and an ATI 9800 pro i wonder why you're even thinking about Dell

They do have great deals but for a certain kind of peoples those who surf, chat, or do regular stuff ... you know!

 

My nefew wanted me to build him one, but he's that kind of person who dont know the diffrence (and dont give a da..) between a video card and a motherboard.

I directed him to a nice shiny HP with a 3 year warrenty and hoopla at a great price and he's very happy.

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as the others said, you generally want to stay away from dell and other prebuilts. I have noticed some low-priced dells after rebates for less than $500 with lcd's....only thing i would consider from dell would be getting these strictly to remove the cpu, harddrive(s), cd/dvdrom(s), LCD and then getting a better mobo, videocard, memory, psu, probably a case also, the winxp cd (i have seen some sold with xp pro). I haven't priced it to see if it's worth it or not, but if it would save money getting it that way, those are the parts i feel they can't fudge-up.

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lol. i dont even see the point to this thred :lol:

 

were u actully considering getting the dell?

 

i mean the #2 is cheaper. you made it. it wont break down. you can overclock it. it doesnt look like crap.

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Thats one of the better dells that they are selling, but they dont show you the mobo... MAJOR factor. You can do what a lot of people are doing, go to a local computer specialist store, sit down, talk with the guy there and ask for all your parts and get them to build it (usually costs <$20)

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Well I have both xp pro and home and unless you are going to tweak your os then stick with home. As for your option why not go #2 but instead of getting a 2600 just go the 64 bit route and get the one year trial of windows xp 64 bit?

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first off go with #2 because Dell's are made with crappy cheap after market technology. also you said in your description on your #2 option that there was no warranty. if you get your parts from the right place all your parts would come with at least a one year warranty on it.

 

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I wouldn't let warranty be a factor in your decision. Your on OCC right? Your gonna OC right? Most manufacturers and shop offer really good warranties as it is, it may not be as easy as calling Dell...but you can still get replacement parts thru RMA services.

 

BTW: You can't OC a Dell...where's the fun in that? That's like buying a Lamborghini and having a 60MPH govenor on it.

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