I agree in general
by El Alquimista - 8/18/07 2:45 AM
In Reply to: custom build it ... by guybert
If you are thinking of a customized system, then building it yourself is best -- if you have both the skills and the time (just don't expect to save money in doing so). But if you go to a local shop, be very careful; there are good shops that will give you exactly what you want, and there are others. I have had experience with both. To guard against the latter, put everything, in detail, into writing and get it signed by the shop owner or manager. Also, research every component in order to make intelligent choices (e.g., ending up with a case that takes 15 minutes and three hands to get into is not fun).
Even if you don't need full customization, some is generally desirable. You may want to choose processor speed, RAM, drive types and capacities, video capabilities, etc., etc. Be sure you get a full Windows disk also, not just a restore disk. Such simi-customization is usually available, within limits, if you buy directly from a main-stream manufacturer. I have obtained several such semi-customized Dells, and have been generally satisfied. Some semi-customization is also available from full-service stores (such as Best Buy, CompUSA, etc.), either as special order or in-store upgrades -- but watch out for extra charges. Don't expect any degree of customization for low-end systems or machines bought through general retail such as Costco, WalMart, Target, etc.
I also agree with an earlier post regarding quad-core. Until software, both OS and Apps, is available to fully support them, they are not worth the money. If you are thnking of the future, your machine may be approaching obsolescence in other aspects before much supportive software will be available.
Hope this helps some
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