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What do you guys think?

Person wanted to get a dell i3 550 from staples for $449

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $43.99

GIGABYTE GA-H61M-D2P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Intel Motherboard $79.99

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case$49.99

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
$124.99


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$20.99


Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR533D2N4K2/4G$59.99
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CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply$44.99


Subtotal $424.93
Tax $0.00
UPS 3 DAYS $9.03
Order Total $433.96
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I would take the one built from parts ordered from newegg over the dell. Selling point for me would be that each individual part has its own seperate warranty. Where as if a peice of hardware fails in the dell you have to send the whole pc in to get it fixed.

Awesome build btw. You might be able to get some of those parts cheaper though if your patient and wait for newegg deals.

edit: also, sometimes newegg will price match other websites. Not sure what there policy is on this. But I was in the market for a coolermaster haf 932 and amazon had 1 that was cheaper than newegg and it had free shipping. I emailed newegg support and gave them the link and the lady made me an offer of similar value. She told me if I buy from newegg at full price she would refund me $15 after I received the case. I was really impressed by this even though it wasn't quite as cheap as amazon even after the refund, they still did there best to keep me happy.

When it comes down to lower prices, I still prefer to go to newegg just because there service is so great. And you can feel good knowing that if one of your parts arrives defective or fails within the 30 days it will be a painless experience working with newegg support to get the problem resolved.
Edited by AliceInChains - 6/7/11 at 5:50pm
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Totally wrong RAM you got there. You need DDR3, not DDR2.

The build could even be a bit cheaper. This bundle is $385:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.660856

Add the dvd drive.
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If the Dell has OEM Win7 then it's definitely a plus...But you have a much better psu than those crappy generic psus they put in those machines and you have an unlocked bios mobo instead of a crappy OEM board with locked features...You also have a better cpu, the 2100 is a lot better than the preivous i3 550. And what's the DDR2 ram for? Isn't sandy bridge only able to support DDR3?
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RAM must've been an accident on his part. No big deal.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231253
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Lol well go me, I recieved everything today (going to upload some pics)

DDR2 ram fits TERRIBLY in the SB build..

As for warranty purposes yes, it's much easier to send back the RAM to kingston or the HDD to WD..

I didn't like the bundles they use Seagate drives (every single on I've used failed within 2 years)

The case CM 430 is really good, the quality of the paint feels amazing and there are meshes for the fans almost everywhere. It includes one front fan which has a nice blue LED glow.

I had to run out and get some 4GB DDR3 memory, I should have check the thread right away... but it's okay I'll use the DDR2 memory later on I'm sure.

Anyway's here are some pics.












Final cable management:



Note, I am quite upset that the Corsair PSU is MADE IN CHINA, I was under the impression it's a Japanese PSU.
Edited by MGX1016 - 6/10/11 at 8:25pm
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