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Hey everyone. Sorry about the stupid title. That was to get your attention. But sadly, it just might become my reality...

See, the thing is that my parents and I are sick of how slow our shared comp is, and I've been given funds to get a hold of a new Vista-installed computer (about $1000-ish). But seeing as how my family has been through a couple nightmarish experiences upgrading even single parts in the past, my parents are pretty adamant about buying a pre-built system from a "respectable" computer company.

According to them, mix-&-matching parts individually will almost always cause incompatibility issues, resulting in a really unstable system if I can even get it to boot up. Thus, I'm stuck with the most respectable company on this side of the ocean: DELL

I've read almost as many good comments as bad about Dell, so I decided to see what they had to offer. Vista, E6600 CPU, no-name 2GB RAM, a no-name monitor I have no option of leaving out, etc no-name, etc no-name............ and the total is $1250. Not a total ripoff! Too bad I'm stuck with a f***ing geforce 7300. Jesus.........

But it doesn't look like I have much of a choice.

The only way I'll be able to go custom-build is if I know for sure that pre-builts being more stable is BS.
Does this paranoia hold any merit? If I just decide to go "w/e! I can handle this s**t!" and something doesn't work, my parents'll probably disown me.

Please give me your sincerest opinions. I'd like nothing more than to save my family money and have some fun in the process, but it's got to be the right choice for me.

Thank you!
post #2 of 60
BUILD IT YOURSELF OR DIE!

No, seriously. Build a computer like mine, get Vista from someone on here--hell, I'll give it to you if you want--and overclock it.

My $1200 rig runs circles around that Dell and can split the atom while standing on it's head, singing the star-spanged banner. If you must, get a barebone kit, and toss in a CPU and GPU and good RAM. It doesn't really get much simpler than that.
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You're forbidden to come back here if you get a DELL

Also tell your parents that custom built > DELL and if you do research before hands. Chances are that everything will be compatible
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post #4 of 60
Yeah, pre-built is more stable is plausible.. barely. Computer components are standardized so the most pre-built system use what you would use. There are a few minor "incompatibilities" or issues but those tend to be OS or driver related. The only advantage an OEM would have is that they tested the configuration before selling it.
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post #5 of 60
that avatar is um...... nice

i would go with the dell just for simplicity. yes you could get a better computer for less going custom, but from what you said about your parents it probably wont be worth it. i.e. if you custom build it, any little thing that goes wrong (and depending on their knowledge they could see spyware as a hardware fault) is YOUR fault, not dells, so you get the rap and the blame and the hassle.
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Originally Posted by CuriouslyHigh View Post
BUILD IT YOURSELF OR DIE!

No, seriously. Build a computer like mine, get Vista from someone on here--hell, I'll give it to you if you want--and overclock it.
His parents want stability, not overclocking ability.
Build your own, but buy a board with no overclocking features.
Most of our instability comes from overclocking, explain that to your parents.
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post #7 of 60
Dell!!!!!!! (playing devils advocate)
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post #8 of 60
If you must go Dell, go with an XPS 410 for the base of $899. Then upgrade as needed.

Exactly what I did -
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post #9 of 60
Sit tight and i'll build you one rite now
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post #10 of 60
i would reccommend building it your self its fun and u can getexactly what you want and if you ever need help some 1 is all on here will to help
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