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Old 05-27-03, 04:03 PM
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Want to build a system, where would a buy parts?

I'm still mulling over the possibility of building a new system. I'm looking to do it as cheap as possible. I'm only looking for something that is maybe 1.6 ghz, as I'm currently on a 366mhz.

Where can I buy all the parts to build a PC, one stop shopping inlcuding an operating system.

I can use a bunch of stuff from my current computer. Thus I think all I need is a motherboard, processor, memory, hard drive, sound card, operating system.

I have a geforce 2 video card that is like 2 years old max, but should be fine cuz I'm not into gaming and such.

Thanks for your input as always.

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I didn't really mention this, but I would love suggestions on parts and what-not as I've not done upgrading in quite some time and don't really know what the best or decent stuff is these days.

Some more things.

Which to get, AMD vs Intel

Looking for at least an 80 gig hard drive

Soundcard is for a 3 speaker system

thanks
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You sure you want to build? It's hard to beat a Dell with all the deals they regularly have.
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You sure you want to build? It's hard to beat a Dell with all the deals they regularly have.
You think so? Cuz as I'm sure you are aware, I'm so torn between the 2 options.

The benefit of building it, is that I can use many of the part of my current PC.

The benefit of buying it (like Dell) is that I don't have to worry much, and could give my brother my current computer. He is using a word processor and has never used the internet! If he lived with me, he would've been online years ago. But he is only 12, and I think that it would be nice.

I really only can work with like 400 bucks though, which is the limiting factor on both cases.

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I also just noticed that Dell has refurb systems, has anyone ever dealt with refurb stuff?
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This system is 469.00 and it has integrated sound and audio which doesn't really interest me. Plus the Hard drive is smaller than I'd like.

I think that with Dell, the problem might be that the sytems are too current. I would suffice with more Hard drive and memory and a slower processor.

Dimension 2350 Series: Dimension™ 2350, Intel® Celeron® Processor at 2.20GHz DX2322C [221-2215]
Memory: FREE UPGRADE! 256MB 266MHz DDR SDRAM (mail-in rebate not valid) 256MP [461-8535]
Keyboard: Dell® Quietkey® Keyboard QK [310-1582]
Monitor: No Monitor N [320-3000]
Video Card: Integrated Intel® Extreme 3D Graphics IV [430-3900]
Hard Drive: 60GB Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive 60 [340-7397]
Floppy Drive and Additional Storage Devices: 3.5 in Floppy Drive 3 [340-8718]
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition¹² WHXP [313-7222][412-0309][420-1921]
Mouse: Dell® 2-button scroll mouse SM [310-1871]
Network Interface: Integrated 10/100 Ethernet IN [430-0441]
Modem: No Modem Requested N [313-3607]
CD or DVD Drive: 48x Max CD-ROM Drive CD48 [313-1476]
Sound Card: Integrated Audio IS [313-0847]
Speakers: No Speaker Option N [313-4514]
Bundled Software: WordPerfect® Productivity Pack with Quicken New User Edition COREL [412-0302]
Security Software: Dell SecurityCenter by McAfee, 90-day introductory offer MCAFE90 [412-0326]
Digital Music: Dell Jukebox powered by MUSICMATCH MMBASE [412-0298]
Digital Photography: Dell Picture Studio Image Expert Standard DPS [412-0271][412-0273]
Limited Warranty, Services and Support Options: 1 Year Limited Warranty plus 1 Year On-site Service AUY111 [412-0360][900-9054][950-7960]
Dial-Up Internet Access: No ISP requested NISP [412-0148]
Multi-Media Players: RealOne™ Player, with 14 day SuperPass trial REALBAS [412-0380]

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Dell would probably be the best bet for you since you're not as keen on top performance.

If you do want to build your own (which i will always do because its more fun and i enjoy researching and picking parts) and you want to order parts online, newegg.com is the best retailer. The best store you can walk into is probably Fry's, although there aren't a whole lot of those stores across the US.
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http://www.gotapex.com has the dell deals of the week. I didn't want to get in the Dell bandwagon, but I'm pretty happy with my system - do a search for Dell 4450 and you'll see why.
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Originally posted by Ranger
http://www.gotapex.com has the dell deals of the week. I didn't want to get in the Dell bandwagon, but I'm pretty happy with my system - do a search for Dell 4450 and you'll see why.
thanks for that link, I'll keep my eye out for a few weeks and see if anything solid comes around for cheap.
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Price out your parts at www.newegg.com .

Best computer parts site on the web, hands down.
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Originally posted by Draven
Price out your parts at www.newegg.com .

Best computer parts site on the web, hands down.
I prefer googlegear.com. It's almost always cheaper, especially when shipping is considered. But it doesn't have as extensive an inventory as newegg.
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If you have a Fry's nearby, there ad specials on the processer, mb, heat sink are usually pretty inexpensive. I can personally recommend newegg. I have heard very good things about googlegear.com too.
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If you just want a basic PC then I suggest just getting one of the lower end Dells. You really only save building yourself when you want a high end PC IMO.
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Get a Dell. Simple, no mess, warranty, tech support, legal software, quiet, good deal.
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Originally posted by zuffy
Get a Dell. Simple, no mess, warranty, tech support, legal software, quiet, good deal.
Seems a lot of people are giving me this advice, including some folks whom I know involved in the biz.

Guess I'll just keep my eye open for deals and jump on whichever are best.
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retail stores are going to rip you off.

for online shopping:
pricewatch.com
newegg.com

try to go to computer shows/expos. that way you get your stuff immideatly, and lower cost than a frys/best buy etc.
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http://www.sharkeyextreme.com/guides...le.php/2205101
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you can also printout prices from internet, than shop/compare at a computer show.
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www.ncix.com is where I deal for pc parts, pretty good sales if you sign up on the mailing list.
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I took the Dell road about a year ago. Pricing was more than reasonable, and I love it.

For one stop parts shopping - Fry's Electronics.

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