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Dell makes good machines, but will overcharge you and it's just more fun to build it yourself.

Rescearch the parts to make sure everything is OK before you do it, and you will be fine.

If needbe, have someone on here get the parts and assemble it, then send it to you for just shipping prices.

Lastly, like curiously high said, it's not that easy to mess things up, despite what you may hear, I built my rig after assembeling some pentium one's and I messed nearly every possible thing, I didn't even use the right screws and so I got the standoffs frozen to the motherboard and destroyed the motherboard tray, but it runs fine, I'm using it right now.
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I have built a computer for each of my 3 younger brothers, with my parents funding. Anything that goes wrong they will blame YOU. If you take extra care when putting it together you can usually avoid this step. Also make sure to install all the random programs they would want so that they have nothing to complain about. I built all 3 of my brothers computers with good parts that could be overclocked so I could use em later, and it took everything in me to not overclock them right away.

In the end my parents agree that the ones i built are great and run much better than any of the dells and gateways they swore by in the past. And I know what parts are compatible for all of em, so i don't have to go through dell for upgrades. The $700 gaming computer I bought for my brother with x6800 and 19" widescreen outperforms the $2000 dell they bought last year.

As long as you are willing to fix stuff when its having problems, building one can go fine even when your parents are really skeptical. You have to be tech support, if you are ok with that then everything will work out fine. If you end up buying a dell, get one of those XPS 410 like someone mentioned so you can upgrade later.
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Anything that goes wrong they will blame YOU.
thats what i was saying earlier. the forever downfall of building computers for family.. just do like he said and if you DO end up doing it custom try and give yourself some income so its not a waste of your time
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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
I second this order being given....

Don't come around these parts if you have a Dell, they suck period unless you are working for a company that has 1,000 computers all from the same company like Dell or HP. #1- Way to overpriced for the crap they give you and #2 you don't know what type of quality of parts are in the computer(off brand stuff that sucks).

Take the $1,000ish funding that your parents are giving you and buy a good system that can overclock and run circles around a Dell. Trust me, don't buy a Dell!!
    
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If you are around most of the time and are willing to risk it a little bit ( by little bit i mean sometimes stuff does go kaboom for apparently no reason) then go for a custom pc. Just remember to do backups regularly and test out components once every so often ( once a month is ideal according to me)

If you are not around very much or busy most of the time, go for the Dell, they are overpriced but they come with support which will , but your family will end up spending more money on getting a computer fixed because you are not around , then it will not be worth the hassle to anyone and will seriously make it harder for you to get a system no from dell in the future.
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post #46 of 60
j.c. denton first off all if you really want to go with something other than dell go talk to your parent and dont even mention overclocking.. because even the less informed personn will know tha computer parts will give up faster... but instead take time to make them comfortable with the manner... that's what i did with my dad... and since he uses auto cad and more software that are cpu hungry .... a pre built system wont be cutting it.. so take your time to explain what does what in a computer and why putting in good parts help the computing experience and have fun with your rig



PS... dont go with vista driver aint mature enough with everything.. so your parents wont blame the instability or the mismatching on you
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Originally Posted by CuriouslyHigh View Post
For the record, I have an old dimension that I've put through hell and back, and it still starts up a little faster than this gaming rig. Dells are good machines. I just don't like how pricey their high-end systems get.
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...it is a function of their time and the peace of mind knowing that if something breaks nobody has to take time out of their day to deal with it and they ship it back. dell is a very good company at what it was designed to do...

Nice. I guess all the bad rep for DELL's only from their prices. Well, I KNOW I can trust these guys now. But again, as much as I can be safe with DELL, I want to know if going the extra mile to save lots of money is worth it...



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JC are you in South Korea?
yes, I am. I KNEW I should've clarified this earlier. Sorry guys I'm such an idiot...



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Originally Posted by hobbes70790 View Post
thats what i was saying earlier. the forever downfall of building computers for family.. just do like he said and if you DO end up doing it custom try and give yourself some income so its not a waste of your time
My paranoia stems from my memories of seeing my older bro getting scolded after failing every one of our computer upgrades for a decade or so. To this day, I still don't know what caused all those system errors and non-detections. But seeing as how convenient things are supposed to be these days, I should be okay.... right guys?...


I'll call around tomorrow morning, talk things over with my parents, and if I can get the green light for a custom build, I'll ask you guys to check over my components to see if things will, at least theoretically, work okay. Seems foolproof enough! And I can come crawling back here if things get out of hand.


P.S.
Awesome build, pauldovi, I'll be sure to keep those parts in mind if I go custom-build.
post #48 of 60
Also, another idea is to find a local shop to see if they'll build you a custom rig for a great price. Let them know your situation and let them know that you COULD build it yourself, but parents want "piece-of-mind"!
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PS... dont go with vista driver aint mature enough with everything.. so your parents wont blame the instability or the mismatching on you
Oh yeah, having Vista installed is another thing my dad's adamant about. The fact that things might go awry at the fault of ONLY the OS, at which point the blame will still go to me is one more thing to worry about sure enough.. Or if I can convince him how unstable Vista is, I can cover up any of the errors on my part. Muhaha....

Still, I wouldn't prefer an unstable computer at all, and I'm so comfortable with XP right now. I'll have to think about this tomorrow..
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Dell Dimension Desktops are terrible. The parts are always changing... Get an Optiplex!
Check this out: Only $862!
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