Did you buy a Dell/HP/Gateway or Build your own computer?
I was wondering what percentage of people put up with Dell's with no expansion capabilities vs. building your own computer.
I have built 2 computers and am working on #3.
I have heard nothing but bad things about dells.
Been buying my computers 'prepackaged' - but the next one I get, will likely be custom built.
I have heard and experienced nothing but good things with Dell's, especially about their user support.
I build all my pc's myself, so I can choose exactly what I want to put in it, and it saves me money.
I have a few Dell machines that I sorta got for free, but I built 3 of my own.
Custom Machine #1
Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 2.4GHz
CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive
Custom Machine #2
Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.0GHz
CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive
Custom Machine #3 (Machine cheaply made, since I had a LOT of parts lying around and put them all together into a machine)
Intel Pentium 3 @ 550MHz
I have a ton of machines (a lot that I didn't build) but the above are ones that I've made myself.
I bought a pre-built Samsung laptop.
i built my desktop about 3 or 4 years ago. 1.5G pentium 4 with ati all in wonder 4x agp card.
I'm thinking that now it's time to upgrade my pc again.
looks like pentium D is a right choice for now and i feel like i have to replace most of the parts including mobo, main memory video cards and even the power supply
i don't do game on my pc but i like to build a machine that is not too obsolete. will it be necessary to move to pci express x16 video card with SLI supporting feature? or should i be satisfied with on board video in mobos which use such as 945G chipset. what do you guys think?
SLI is excessive, but onboard just sucks. Go with a standard PCI-E x16 board without SLI. AMD is cheaper in terms of cost/performance now, but that is supposed to change in the next 6 months.
I have been building my own since I was in Jr. High (22 now)
Opteron 165 (dual core) @ 2.5 GHz
2 GB Mushkin PC3200
37 GB Raptor / 200 GB Western SE
XClio 480w PSU (Channel Well)
Eclipse keyboard / MX518 mouse / Corepad XXXL deskpad
The dual cores are great even though there are not many multi-threaded apps out there for the average user (that will soon change). I basically throw anything I want at this system and it handles it with no slowdown...zipping, burning movies, minimizing a game and doing something else, and it is a monster for the BOINC distributed computing project with an average credit of nearly 500. All my years I always dreamed of a computer that simply did what I wanted...this is it finally!
Neat, what project are you connected to for BOINC ? I'm with Seti@Home, I have several machines around here (including the one I'm on now) trying to look for aliens. I really should put my 2 Pentium Pro machines off to the side for that, as I just recently put on a Pentium 4 system and it's beating them well into the stone age. I have other machines I can put in place of those 2 machines.