should i build or buy?

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i am thinking of buying parts from newegg and building a computer

the parts i think are very descent and it would be cheaper to build than to buy from somebody like gateway
which i think tech support could improve a lot
but i need advice
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Seagate 120GB 7200RPM $85.00

DDR RAM 512 MB $78.00

AMD Athlon XP 2800 Barton Core $121.00

ATI Radeon 9200SE 128MB $52.00

AMD Motherboard Socket A $49.00

Creative Labs Audigy PCI $48.00

X- Dreamer 352 Watt Power Supply 2 Fans $51.00



Total: $477.00

also i'm stickin to a budget of under $500.00
since money is limited
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Looks like you hit your mark (assuming you already have a case, and modem/network card). I know I buy 'em at work -- sometimes prebuilt stock, sometimes custom -- but the one I'm using now was self-built and I think from now on that's the way I'm going to do it for my own PC's. I like the benefit of having what you want and not being stuck with some manufacturer puts in there.
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thank you so much
my cousin has built many computers and he says hes going to stay that
way too

also the x-Dreamer is the case and i think my friends has a network card he will give me if not
they are cheap
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another thing

should i go wireless or wired

we already have wireless networking

802.1G
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There's no substitute for the feeling you get from building it yourself. With that you also tend to know your system and its' expansion capabilities better.
I'm guessing that this is meant to be a personal/home system whos build isn't on a deadline, If this is the case I suggest building your own and getting the experience/satisfaction from a self-built system. :D
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building your own PC's gives you allot of experience and confidence <- most of the time :D It also gives you the satisfaction that if something goes wrong you can fix it yourself ;)
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I say go wireless, looks like you allready have pieces in place to go that route anyway :D
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try here as well...top-quality parts and PC's just like you built it
yourself but without the hassle. My next one will come from here
and I know several people with one from these people already:

http://www.ibuypower.com/mall/lobby.htm
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actually i'd rather build so i know every piece of hardware on the computer

good for fixing
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I'd build, but don't skimp on the motherboard...

I just spent $139 on the Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard (Regular retail is about $160-180 for this version of the A7N8X, but I know the guys at the local PC store so they give me a discount).

I'm glad I spent the extra and got a GOOD board. On-board 6.1 Surround, dual on-board NICs (one is 10/100, one is Gigabit LAN), 8xAGP slot, 5 PCI slots, 6 USB2 ports onboard, 2 Firewire ports onboard.

And it's fast like you wouldn't believe..

Oooh, and no more annoying beeps! The bios has VOICE capabilities...

"System completed power on self-test", "Computer now loading operating system" is what my PC says out of my speakers when I turn it on :D
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Axe wrote:
but don't skimp on the motherboard...

Very true, very true.
Axe wrote:
Oooh, and no more annoying beeps! The bios has VOICE capabilities...

"System completed power on self-test", "Computer now loading operating system" is what my PC says out of my speakers when I turn it on :D



:shock: very cool, you can turn it off if you want though right ?
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Yeah, I can turn it off, and there's this neat lil editor for Windows, so I can actually store my own sound files for the BIOS to use...

It tells me (audibly) if there's a keyboard error, FDD error, HDD error, etc. If there's a problem with the processor, or the memory, etc.

And it's fast as hell.
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more than likely it is playing thru the PC's speaker (the one that beeps) not your regular speakers
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ModernDestroyer wrote:
building your own PC's gives you allot of experience and confidence <- most of the time :D It also gives you the satisfaction that if something goes wrong you can fix it yourself ;)


I would agree with that, i never trust the market, then never do their jobs so u can always go and ask them for help so they can take some money.
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ModernDestroyer wrote:
more than likely it is playing thru the PC's speaker (the one that beeps) not your regular speakers


Nope, it's coming through my regular speakers (the mobo has on-board 6.1 surround, and it pumps it through that).

If my speakers are turned off, no sound. If they're on, the mobo speaks through that :)
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sorry I miss read ur earlier post I thought you were asking where the sounds were coming from, nevermind :D
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hehe
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I could definately have some fun with that mobo axe. For instance swap the keyboard error with "Hey, your not the usual guy." unplug the keyboard and get friends/family to boot it up while I "go to the bathroom" :lol:
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lmao!!!
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or you could have it say "ERROR, ERROR, Now Reformating Hard Drive please reload the windows operating system....."or "Good morning Dave" <- I think it was from 2001 space odyssey or something like that :D
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lol i never really thought about what a computer would tell me... well when i used to have an emachines i could feel it laughing at me whenever i tried to play battlefield lol

but yeah... building ur own computer is the best feeling ever... i personally like the unpacking of the stuff for some odd reason...

and u can actually point at each piece of hardware and say "I HANDPICKED IT!"

well, at least for me that's cool enough =)

of course, u will probably end up w/ higher end hardware too and all that good stuff =)
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ya
i get that feeling too
also the smell
mmmmm...
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To put in my two cents, Ive used newegg for parts for some time now. The prices, ease of returns if you have a problem, mostly free shipping and getting stuff from across the country in 2-3 days is really nice.
Motherboards are like anything else, you get what you pay for.
I have built several machines around inexpensive m/bs though and not had the first problem.
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CASE:
If your building your own PC my advice is to always use good quality parts like the case. There are so many crap cases out there that are really horrible to open to add parts to.

MOTHER BOARD:
Also read and read about motherboards and get the most reliable and stable one and NOT the fastest because speed does not make that much deference.

RAID?
Also one question are all PC’s RAID now cos I two want another PC and I have always had a uncompressed C drive but all my important work is on a separate hard drive partitioned so I have a 3rd drive as my web server drive?!? So the question is to RAID or not?
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well, i already bought the parts with a sony dvd writer, audigy es, print server,50 ft network cable for 5 bucks, a x-dreamer case, 2x 256MB RAM cards, athlon xp 2800 barton, xp pro full with sp1a, microsoft black keyboard&optical wheel mouse, and a 120 GB hard drive. plus i already have a video card at home so I can just use it. This is gonna be a family pc. plus i have a 52x cd-rw and a floppy drive. 2 cd drives...that rocks!
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good for you twmspro. that's exciting I'm sure :thumbsup:
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sounds like a great new family pc to me. ;-)
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thanks for the input
i cant wait
too bad newegg doesnt ship on weekends then it would be here by like tuesday
it was ordered sunday
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Buliding your own is the way forward, we built the one i'm using now, we got everything at a computer fair last saturday, i took £500 and came home with £180 lol not bad eh ?
i have a lovely case thats lit up blue i can see everything thats in there, its really super that cost £40, just now a delivery guy came by when he saw the case he was gobsmacked lmaoooo, out of that £320 i even managed to buy a dvd player so i'm quite happy with my shopping from last week...and glad to be back on-line.
:)
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suzie wrote:
... just now a delivery guy came by when he saw the case he was gobsmacked lmaoooo, out of that £320 i even managed to buy a dvd player so i'm quite happy with my shopping from last week...and glad to be back on-line.
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he was what? :?

its nice to hear you got a good deal and have your machine up and running suzie. :)
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