why I use and recommend a custom built
I do computer repair for a living-over 30 years! These are my personal observations. I have seen a company who advertises pc's ''built for lacal conditions'' I have come across some of these machines and i would not recommend them =- cheap boards and pci cards, some unbranded. On their adv. thay show a ''tech.'' with a mobo putting an oscilloscope probe to it? with a soldering iron close by!! caption '' we do all repairs in house'' this is the downside of custom built.
I also see ''brand name' systems bought from department stores etc. Some of these have low cost low-end cpus often have non industy standard PSU's and WinXP with only 256 meg of ram! I often get called to these machines when thay are a few weeks old, first thing they need is a ram upgrade preferably to 1 gig. By the time they call me every one in the family has their own account and pasword all have loaded whatever they fancy on the system and it runs like a dead dog! Now if you can purchase a custom built from someone you can trust- best hardware for the dollar, ram and cpu to match the reason the system is needed - eg basic word proccessing or high end graphics and sound etc. also if the end user is a newby, secuity software requirements need to be carefully considered and understood, I have seen some great systems along these lines and it has not cost the user an arm and a leg.
AMD 3200+, GA-7N400 mobo, 1 gig 3200 dual channel ram, MSI nvidia Gforce4 mx4000 128 gig video, win xp pro, dvd combo r/w, winfast tv card. 80 gig seagate 7200 h/d, dlink 4 port dsl router. Because I earn my living with computers I also run a Win 98 system.
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