Originally Posted by J.C.Denton
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
Here's my two cents and as a parent, a view from there as well. A custom built system is not by virtue of the build un-stable. What makes it un-stable are drivers, mis-matched components like power supplies, ddr, video cards etc... And if you overclock then that adds instability as well.
Here's the deal and there's no way to get around it. You live in South Korea. What you have available to you locally I can only guess. Parents by nature are conservative and want a good return for the money spent whether it's a computer or household furniture.... So...
I bought a Dell laptop for my daughter for college for several reasons. It came with programs that purchased by themselves are very expensive. I also purchased Dell's 4 year insurance plan. If any thing goes wrong, she sends it back to them for replacement. She doesn't overclock AND I upgraded everything from the get go with regard to hardware. The cpu, hard drive, extra ddr, video card, wireless components, sound card, speakers, etc...
If you buy a Dell, then the upside is: you'll get free programs that will cost you extra on a custom build if you don't already have the original program disks. You can also purchase insurance if you want.... It might be easier for you to get to the local Dell dealer for help and service? Will your system be more stable? I don't know. Adding other programs to a Dell or Compaq or Gateway or HP might make those computers un-stable as well.
The downside: All of the current pre-built computers have cut corners to offer systems at these ridiculous prices. Maybe it's the power supply or mother board or ram or video card or the use of on-board sound/video or all of them..... Somewhere cheaper components are used. In some cases even the computer case was built or provided to Dell with weird internal configurations for cooling and such. (I've torn apart a few pre-built computers and could not believe how they put them together!) Will they all last the 4-6 years you plan on owning your computer, probably yes... If you don't mod them or add components that upset the original build!
If you build your own, then I agree with others. Do it with your family, so that everyones "sees" what they are getting into. It can be a very fun thing to do. I've built a couple with my daughter's help and input. Buy only quality components, install them appropriately and get the right drivers for those components with the operating system you're using. And when I say components do not forget that hard drives, CD/ROMs, cases, and power supplies are all part of that list. Again, maybe in S. Korea the available parts and components are hard to come by, I don't really know.
If you build your own, then using Vista or XP as the operating systems are viable options. I personally would stay with XP, because it is a very mature operating system. Vista is still sorting out bugs, especially with drivers... And buy a "retail disk" of the operating system that you choose to use. Don't forget about the EULA rules and such. I hate to be a wet blanket on that one, but using someone else's disks is not following the EULA rules.
Overall, since your parents will be paying the bill, it will be their choice, BUT with good, and reasonable knowledge input from you.
I hope all of this helped, :-)