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as you can tell by my sig specs im in need of a new system. i want a complete overhaul in terms of switching over to intel core 2 duo. my dilemma is ive never built my own rig and am hesistant to buy all the parts and mess it up and waste money..although i think with some studying i could eventually build my own pc..

as ive been cruising these boards lately i can tell getting everything off newegg is a nice option in terms of cost vs. performance...but i hate to admit dell has some nice payment options/deals for a core 2 duo 2.1 8600gts 256mb card and 22 in monitor for about 1300 bucks plus 12 month interest free payment plan

thats bout the max i can afford..do you all think i should suck it up and just tinker my way around puttin in my own rig/mobo/etc?. if so can anyone suggest a great monitor to get that'll keep me around 1100-1200 bucks (bigger the better). no need to list me a build cuz in the previous posts ive seen builds listed for about 900 bucks which are killer

from what ive been told putting in the core 2 duo processors has gotten very easy compared to my s754 processor which i bent the pins tryin to get right last time i got brave enough to do my own installs..everything else is doable for me in terms of ram/dvd drives/hd's etc.

thx for help!
post #2 of 6
Go for the custom. I know for a fact you can build that rig from Dell, for cheaper. Nowadays a CPU is literally place and snap (as in pushing the HSF down with the little lever.) Very simple. So you won't have any issue with it.
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You could get a Dell screen, but if you get a bigger screen you'll need a better graphics card.
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It's not that hard to build, and I do not think you'd mess it up, as long as you can ground your hands. ^^; With 1.3K you can custom build avery nice computer.
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do it yoself man i saved over 500 bucks making mine back when i built it few months ago if i can install a cpu you can install a cpu
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I suggest you go custom too. Even if you tr to mess up there is no way you can actually install something the wrong way.All PC parts have different @shape@ its like a puzzle. Even if you try to put something on the wrong place it will not fit. One of the hard parts is the heatsink. Well not hard, you should just remember to not put a lot of thermal paste. And I am sure if you will need her overclock.net will help you for sure. Ummm just remember to not "push" things hard. If its supposed to go there it will go easily in... especiially the CPU >>
    
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