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when you have a brand new $1400 computer sitting under the tree in DELL boxes and you are sitting on this piece of shit computer thats slow as hell and the internet pauses every other second:banghead :banghead i wanna be on the 19" flat screen w/ 3.0 GHz and other cool shit to keep me occupied......................only a few more days BWAHAHA
 

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No kidding man.

I pretty much know what i got, Gift Certificates for JBG, 4wheelcustoms and cruisercustomizing.com (bike parts).

Been surfing the sights trying to decide what to buy and i am on the verge of just saying "f!ck it" and ordering it without the Gift Certificate.
 

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I could have built you one with the same or better specs for cheaper :toothless



I guess if you can't build em, buy em. I'm positive it's reversed when it comes to Broncos, I can't mod my truck worth a shit, I'm suprised I didn't mess up my K&N fabrication.....I'd bet you could build your own truck from scratch if you had the time.
Hope you have fun on your new beast :thumbup

If you need any case mods (aka engraved graphics...) talk to me :)
 

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hey ziggy what can you build me for 800 bucks? i got a keyboard and monitor and shit i just want a faster computer

ken
 

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Well I have to throw my .02 into this one. It has now got to a point where its more cost effective to buy off the shelf on any computer systems. When you consider the cost of all the componants and then the time invested in putting it together into a running piece of equipment you blew all your savings in labor cost. Just go to Dell.com and check out their outlet site and you can get deals all day long on stuff with a warrenty. I run an IT helpdesk for the Navy and we have had several users here that wanted to save money by building their own machines (great idea to start but once you figure in just one of my techs time involved in getting it straight the savings were non existant). I don't know about anyone else but my time is fairly expensive and if you want to build one for fun more power to you, but for the real savings in time and equipment off the shelf is a no brainer.
 

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I know what you mean. I got some gift certificates and parts under the tree and i have to wait just 3 more dayssss
 

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Well I have to throw my .02 into this one. It has now got to a point where its more cost effective to buy off the shelf on any computer systems. When you consider the cost of all the componants and then the time invested in putting it together into a running piece of equipment you blew all your savings in labor cost. Just go to Dell.com and check out their outlet site and you can get deals all day long on stuff with a warrenty. I run an IT helpdesk for the Navy and we have had several users here that wanted to save money by building their own machines (great idea to start but once you figure in just one of my techs time involved in getting it straight the savings were non existant). I don't know about anyone else but my time is fairly expensive and if you want to build one for fun more power to you, but for the real savings in time and equipment off the shelf is a no brainer.
I understand where you come from, but in all honesty, if Dell built their computers with ALL quality parts (every computer I've ever seen has good specs except maybe 2-3 parts, aka 5200rpm hdd, 256mb RAM (512 is minimum these days), crappy video card/onboard, the motherboards are usually stable but not at all overclockable or very upgradable...just to name a few) their systems would be MUCH more expensive. Give me a COMPLETE list of parts they use in one of their computers and I'll tell you how much you can save by doing it yourself.

Oh, and yes, time IS expensive, that's why I build MY OWN, to save ME money :toothless

It's really not that hard AT ALL to build a computer, basically go to www.newegg.com ......pick your parts, go to www.pcmech.com/byopc to check if you have everything, post your list on forums.g4tv.com (in the Call For Help section) or here if you want to make sure everything is compatible, and when it arrives plug it in. It's very difficult to mess something up (I can only think of 2 scarry parts of building computers for first-timers, and that's popping on the processor's heatsink and plugging the case's front panel pins in correctly).

I agree, if you get someone else to build it, you probably won't save much (if any at all) and you won't get a (very limited) warranty like you would at Dell. Not saying that your parts aren't warrantied, because most all of them are under some sort of manufacturers warranty.(most of my current computer's parts still have their 2 or 3 year warranties on them).

If you don't trust newegg.com, check here:
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I don't think 9200+ people would let you down.

The reason I said I could save him money is I wouldn't have charged him to do it. I've built 7 computers so far and have only recieved the free gifts that come from newegg.com for spending a certain amount or purchasing a certain item. You can never get too much practice, at least that's how I see it.

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Ken, I could build you a SCREAMIN' computer for $800, but I would not feel comfortable shipping a fully built computer....I just don't feel that a computer should go through that torture before arriving at it's destination, I'm 100% positive something would rattle loose or break before it got to your house.
 

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It's pointless to buy a desktop these days for anything but the most serious gaming. After having my wireless laptop for 2 years now, I will NEVER go back to a desktop on purpose. They can make me use one at work, but not at home.

There's just no good reason to buy a desktop anymore. Not even cost.
 

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I am building my serious gaming PC for just over a grand......everything but the case is coming from Newegg.com. I am gonna start after the new year. Going to keep my dell for playin on the internet (porn and FSB)

Building them isn't as hard as putting together a Bronco......and there are websites like this one for computer geeks that i frequent.
 

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i agree that putting one together is easy and cheap, but this is for my parents and they just want to get one and have be as easy as possible for them, the next computer i get i will build myslef for me, but for now i have a 4 yr olf dell that is running like a charm, only had like 2 hicups on it and i wont get anyhting new til this one shows me its not worthy any more
 

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Hey, I wasn't trying to down anyone for building their own PC, just pointing out that there are options out there. Heck I specked out my dream PC about a week ago and the parts would run close to $3,000. I know that it could be done cheeper but like I said this was my top of the line config and that didn't include time in putting it together. Most PC parts are plug and play if you know what to look for. I guess I have gotten spoiled working for the Navy and dealing with DELL for so long. If something gets FUBAR here a little trouble shooting and then one call and the parts are here the next AM and no questions asked. I guess thats where I am comming from.
 
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