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post #21 of 60
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OK, everyone here will probably tell you to build your own, because we all did. However, if your parentals aren't willing to let you build it, Dell really is a good option.

I've been working all summer on Omnitechs and Dells. Trust me, I would much rather use a Dell than half of those prebuilts out there. The Omnitechs are just terrible. Dell has stylish cases (IMHO, I love them) they are well put together, stable, and for the most part affordable. You will almost always get more for your money building your own, but if that isn't an option, I would really be hard pressed to find a better prebuilt than Dell.
glad to see i'm not the only one on this side of the fence. yes this being a site thats main function is custom build computers, overclocking and the lot we are going to bash dell to no end, and i am generally with them, i am NOT a fan of dell. but i AM a realist and think that in your situation dell would be the lesser of the two evils. your parents wouldn't notice the difference between the two computers anyways.

get your parents a dell so you aren't in charge of anything that goes wrong with it and so it isn't your liability. then live with the dell and save up and do a custom one for yourself.
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We see these threads a lot, with similar situations. Your parents are misinformed, but they're not going to believe you.
My parents were the same way, then I finally convinced my dad to allow me to. He actually helped me build the computer and now he knows has a better idea of how comps work. That was like 3 years ago, since then I've build two more. I'd advise you do the same thing.
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post #23 of 60
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WOW I'm having trouble reading your replies as fast as you guys are posting them! you guys kick ass!


Well, if all else fails I'm considering getting a starved Dell and feeding it upgrades like Hobbes and Aura, but THEN I heard some things about pre-built machines being hard to upgrade and such... (and damn the cheapest Dell XPS line right now is about $2k....)


Mucho gracias for offering to build me a rig! Sounds sweet but I bet my parents will have a fit when they find out it's not from a big name company.... Most likely they'll trust you guys even less than me (which isn't that much!)... I might consider deceiving them with the ol' logo sticker, but I don't wanna think about what'll happen if they find out.


Wow another page of replies as I'm still typing this up. Thanks for the concern guys.. Never had this much sincere help before from an online forum


Well anyways, I guess I could risk building my own, and I could probably make up some stories for my parents to make custom-building seem attractive.
I guess the most important thing is knowing if custom-building is more unstable or not, and it seems from all your posts that the only thing pre-built services offer is testing computers before shipping them out...

Maybe I should just take the plunge and risk it! I don't wanna risk you guys, either haha
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You're also forgetting a GPU.

He doesn't need two Barracuda's, btw. Lol.
i zoned out on the GPU. Shame on me
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post #25 of 60
The XPS 410 at base was $899 last I checked.

It's more than capable of upgrading - I have a power supply, ram, graphics card, fan controller, and 3 fans in mine that were all aftermarket upgrades.

Any lower-end Dell (like the dimension E520/521) would not be able to do this however. The cases were not designed to be upgraded so easily.
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i zoned out on the GPU. Shame on me
Hah. Well a 7900GS will fit his needs and it's like what, $150?
post #27 of 60
I have an idea

Since your parents won't let you build your own rig buy one from a PC manufacture for example Velocity Micro

They are like how you say it not budget boutique but they are awsome they will be a bit more expensive then dell but they will give your parents asurrence that you didn't build it your self plus on a good budget
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post #28 of 60
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WOW I'm having trouble reading your replies as fast as you guys are posting them! you guys kick ass!


Well, if all else fails I'm considering getting a starved Dell and feeding it upgrades like Hobbes and Aura, but THEN I heard some things about pre-built machines being hard to upgrade and such... (and damn the cheapest Dell XPS line right now is about $2k....)


Mucho gracias for offering to build me a rig! Sounds sweet but I bet my parents will have a fit when they find out it's not from a big name company.... Most likely they'll trust you guys even less than me (which isn't that much!)... I might consider deceiving them with the ol' logo sticker, but I don't wanna think about what'll happen if they find out.


Wow another page of replies as I'm still typing this up. Thanks for the concern guys.. Never had this much sincere help before from an online forum


Well anyways, I guess I could risk building my own, and I could probably make up some stories for my parents to make custom-building seem attractive.
I guess the most important thing is knowing if custom-building is more unstable or not, and it seems from all your posts that the only thing pre-built services offer is testing computers before shipping them out...

Maybe I should just take the plunge and risk it! I don't wanna risk you guys, either haha
Make up some rediculous story about how building pcs yourself is a learning experience and the first step to knowledge that can help you attain a good career if you try hard enough, and how custom-build PCs are the future of good computing because they offer much more value and a better personal feel than any cold prebuild ever could. Make up something about how a good side-window blue LED case on that custom rig will turn a lot of heads even if it's got a sempron and 128 megs of RAM, it looks and feels more impressive than most high-end prebuilts. Make up some story about how Dell is such a *****ty company that they will actually go push a seed into the ground for six dollars, and then for an additional fee, kindly offer to take and sell your old rig and keep the money.
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You also don't need an overclocking board, picture this
Dad says "Hey JC why is there a blue screen with a bunch of numbers"
JC says " Um er, I was running The blend test in Orthos and I think the Ram is borked"
No Overclocking board!
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Dad says, "Hey JC why is there a blue screen with a bunch of numbers?"

JC says, "Because I bought a Dell and tried to make it perform well and play games and fold, and the speaker on the motherboard emitting a hyena-laugh like sound and it caught fire. I hate you Dad."

Dad says, "Damn, I thought if I named you after that dude in Deus Ex you could make a "icebreaker" hacking program appear out of nowhere and make this do whatever you wanted it to."
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