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buildinga new rig on the internet is not always easier on the wallet

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Hey guys, I wanted to share an almost damaging, wallet busting experience while building my new Pc. I have been into PC's since I got a Compaq Pasiario back in 98! it was cool back then, but lacked any kind of performance, I believe it had an AMD chip with a 4 gig hard drive and 64 MB (that’s right MB not GB) of ram. I believe it cost my dad like 1000 bucks something like that. it came with everything to get my homework done. Anyway. Since then I always wanted to build my own Rig. 2 machines later (prefabs off the shelf) I decided to build my own $#!%.

So to make a long story short, with my newest setup dubbed "Neo" finally went from a spreadsheet to sitting on my desktop. I had been keeping up with all the newest hardware for about a year. I know things can get out of hand with pricing, and we look for the lowest price. Usually the internet mostly dominates in low pricing, but some factors have to be taken into consideration. Etailers most of the time want you to pay for your own shipping if something goes wrong within 30 days, at that point the lowest price just went out the window and now there are delays and downtime. Sometime local shops can cut some nice deals and you have can pick up on the spot. I am lucky to have a Micro Center just a couple miles up the road. I got a good deal locally and they usually price match or if not they come really close. I get home put everything together confident in my pc building skills. Boom! Hit the power button system failed to post and got a 55 code on the MVF board. Instinctively I hit the net for answer. Come to find out I had 2 pins bent. I was like ***!!! How could it be? I seated the chip properly!? Went back to Micro center with knots in my stomach because I know that is a store policy, mobo not returnable if the pins are bent. The rep cut me some slack since it was less than 24 hrs after purchase. I have heard some cases on some forums where the outcome wasn’t so lucky, so out of money on shipping (probably both ways) and a F@#$ed Mobo.

So my advice to you guys, is to shop on the net and get your stuff locally. Because most places will price match now a days, and you’re done, in and out, bada bing bada boom. another piece of advice, one that is to your advantage. When you buy a mobo, chip, gpu, or ssd or pretty much anything that has an extended warranty. Get the extended warranty, but only if they replace the item under the warranty. You might say why would I need the warranty F#$% it I don’t need it. Don’t think of it as a warranty think of it as a payment upfront, for your next upgrade. New hardware is coming out all the time, so when there is a chip or gpu or whatever that is released, you can get it at a heavily discounted price. Let me break it down I bought my mobo and chip for 459.99 + 3.5% tax. The warranty was 29.99 for the mobo and 19.99 for the chip. So let’s say in 1 year I want the MVIF and the new Intel chip all I got to do is go back and say it’s fried, And boom! new board and chip for 50 bucks or $100 if I put a new warranty on the new items. I it sucks to add cost to a build, and believe me I thought about it for a while. So I hope somebody can use this info, I know it was long but if it helps the next guy I am all for it. I am not going to even proof read it’s late and I am tired lol. Any questions just post them up.thumb.gif
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I too have had the experience of Micro Center going "above and beyond" their stated warranty.
Great store!
My System
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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But you would be lying.
New i7 950 build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-950 @ 4.2ghz MSI Big Bang x58  Crossfire Sapphire 7970 OC  6gb HyperX 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
C300 64gb , Agility2 90gb, 2x WD greens Raid 0 Samsung 830 series 64gb H100 Windows 7 64bit 
MonitorPowerCase
Crossover 1440p OCZ ZX850W Lian li Pc-x2000f 
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New i7 950 build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-950 @ 4.2ghz MSI Big Bang x58  Crossfire Sapphire 7970 OC  6gb HyperX 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
C300 64gb , Agility2 90gb, 2x WD greens Raid 0 Samsung 830 series 64gb H100 Windows 7 64bit 
MonitorPowerCase
Crossover 1440p OCZ ZX850W Lian li Pc-x2000f 
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I got lucky this time. I have heard worse. in the diy the guys don't know jack S#!% about anything. No one knows about water cooling either. i am not saying they have to know about everything because i sure don't, but atleast have an idea. last time i asked for an opinion it was the worst purchase ever, waste of money. Now i just look on the net for reviews and make my decision that way.thumb.gif
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