I think if i were to DIY, why don't i build up on my current system?
I'm uncertain abt diy is because when sth goes wrong. is there a one fix place i can go for help? Whats the return service like? Thats my issue.
Performance a side, it is true that I always have problem with the USB port of the IBM machines...first encouter was a couple of years ago we received a brand new X series server...I think it was a x215 loaded Win2k server + sp4....you will get instant blue screen when plug in a tumb drive.....no bull ****, this is our production server and we "F" our vendor for that and they oblige to change it to a HP.......even right now I am still having a SFF series P4-2.4 that wouldn't detect our new 2GB imation tumb drive....and because of their front USB is deep in a groove...it will always prevent you to insert any fat tumb drive
Last edited by Big Kahuna; 9th December 2006 at 01:16 AM.
I have been buying Dell since 1998, primarily because of their onsite support, and also their machines may not be the sexiest but at least not detestable.
When your box start giving a problem, is when you fully appreciates Dell service.
talk about weird behaviour of USB devices. I recently bought a USB2 multi-card reader. This is plugged into a 4-port hub. For the first couple of days everything was fine. And then out of the blue, the card reader would not recognised (appear as unknown device) on two of the hub ports, but will work when plugged into the other two ports. what gives!?
USB readers work properly from start till now.
I'm waiting for Quad core to "settle down" before going for Dell's top end.
I've tried DIY, but it's seems more complicated then juz putting the pieces together. Optimal compatibility between the Mobo and all the peripherals is a very big headache.
In the end I opted for Dell and it haven't failed me for the 3 years I've got it.... easy access to the innards too if you want to change basic items like RAM/HDD/PCI cards. Only down side is that it dosen't come with any tweaking software to enable you to OC the processor..etc.
i will go for DIY if i will to setup a new PC today...i have been OCing my PC since 1st generation celeron days..u have the freedom of add change CPU, ram, g card, sound card blah blah....once there's a need or wants...i used to OC a AMD Duron from 600 to 1.0GHz and used for 5.5yrs and just upgraded to an old AMD Athlon 1.4Ghz (bought 2nd hand at S$20 )this year...cos got a dslr n using for photo need...i know is still slow as compare to the rest of u guys so DIY set is OK, OCing is OK, it won't kill your CPU...Oop!! i OT lio..sorry sorry..
last thing, if u have fren has interest in DIY, u r in luck...go DIY.
get a macbookpro or a imac.
you would not go wrong with a mac especially graphics wise. my advise is to wait for Leopard though, Tiger ought to be changed since it has already been around for 2years plus?
DIY is always the best but think of the maintenance. If you're able to handle it, then good. If you are able to diagnose hardware issues, then replacing them is trivial.
Dell imo, is a good choice for its warranty terms and relative stability. I think they're the only one that allows you to change the internal parts and yet still keep warranty for the rest of the system. I've swapped the hdd, video card and ram and they'll still honor the 3 yr warranty.
HP is another choice but they've been lagging behind the rest in the last few years in terms of hardware. Fortunately, they seem well on the way back with the departure of the last CEO. I liked their customer service @ Alexander. Impecable class, no BS straight to the point , lounge type waiting area but that was a few years back.
The main problem these days is software.
On branded PCs, the amount of bloat is insane. Most consumers cannot escape the OS deteriotion due to the amount of software that gets in sooner or later. Branded PCs have the recovery CD that at least gives the end user an easy way to recover. DIY? You either rely on that poor friend of yours to resolve or try to make your own recovery cd.
OK, after reading thru the pages, decided to book a system with DELL, the E520 series.
Now, .... the only upgrade I am still considering is the ram..... is it worthwhile to upgrade from a 533MHz to the 667 Mhz for another $120 (2 x 512Mb).
always the Light, .... always.