Alright I have been thinking about building my own for some time, like right after I buy a PC. When the time comes to buy another, I get cold feet and just buy a factory made one again. Although I have dabbled in upgrading my old PC with memory cards, new video cards etc. I have yet to build one from the ground up. This time is no different.I have briefly looked at different configurations from various makers and have to say that there is no financial advantage for building my own. I don't think matching motherboard, video card, memory, and cpu for optimal performance is as easy as it once was. Here is what I'm looking at without disclosing who and where.Processor & Memory:Intel 45nm Core 2 Quad Q9300 ($270)Clock Speed: 2.5Ghz 6MB L2 Cache 1333Mhz Front-Side Bus 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2-800 memory; max capacity 8GB($80)Motherboard:NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI Chipset MotherBoard ($190)Drives:500GB (7,200 RPM) SATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive($100) 20x DVDRW drive with Double Layer ($23)16x DVD-ROM drive 12-in-1 Media ReaderGraphics: 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX graphics card ($215)2x DVI, 1x S-Video (HDTV Compatible)Plus the 600W power, mouse, keyboard, case, sound card, ethernet card, and Vista64 home edition for the price of $1499 minus $200 mail in rebate so it will end up costing me about $1300 without the monitor. Even if they sent the stuff in a box unassembled, I wouldn't be out any money from buying all of the components individualy. If it's all up and running when I get it all the better.The maker is cyberpowerPC and I know they have a pretty sketchy reputation, but it's being sold through Costco which has pretty solid reputation and fairly good return policy. C2H5SHDisclosure: Costco member and shareholder ;-)
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