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post #11 of 31
You can't combine the core speeds Well, you can if you want, but it doesn't work that way.

And did you look at the configuration for the $1800 system? Thats with a dual core 2.8, 1 gig of ram, a 6800 (single), Windows MCE, etc.

***EDIT

Gator kinda sorta beat me to it, even though I linked it already.
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post #12 of 31
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yeah maybe i linked the wrong page the one i looked at was 3.2 EE with sli 7800's or maybe they have a good marketing scheme
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post #13 of 31
It usually is with online places like that.

"Buy this, GEt this..starting at $1800"

When in actuality that system costs twice as much
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post #14 of 31
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yeah maybe i linked the wrong page the one i looked at was 3.2 EE with sli 7800's or maybe they have a good marketing scheme
Good marketing scheme. Always watch for the "starting from _____" Where ____ is some really attractive price (like 1800 for an SLI 3.2 dual core rig)...
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post #15 of 31
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yeah it is customizable but i dont see where yall got the 2.8 from i didnt see it anywhere on that page. but i dont really care that much either.
its just a computer
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post #16 of 31
Check my post #5. The link in that takes you right to the configuration page of the $1800 system. The first selection is processor, and it's on the Pentium D 820, which is a 2.8.
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post #17 of 31
Personally prebuilt systems are the worst thing, especially if you know what you are doing with computers. Prebuilt systems are expensive, non-upgradeable, and just down right suck. The fact that you cannot upgrade them means that in a few years it will go straight to the dumpster (all its worth in my opinion).

Here is my quick breakdown (off the top of my head) of what it would cost to build nice OC-able system yourself: (all in USD)

Case: 50-100 (decent case, 50 and you have to cut your own holes for fans, 100 you dont)
PSU: 40-120 (if not included in case, price depends on your tastes)
Motherboard: 100-200 (Higher price usually more options for OCing)
CPU: 100-200
CPU Fan: 40-80 (I paid 40 for mine and it works great)
RAM: 100-300 (Depending on quality and amount(1-2GB))
Video Card: 100-200 (Prolly gotta get a sale to get a good deal)
Hard Drive: 100-150 (300GB prolly gotta get a sale here also)
Floppy Drive: 5-7 (these are super cheap if you dont have one laying around)
DVD/CD Burner: 50-100 (again, might have to get a sale)
Sound Card: 25-50 (Mine is a 5.1 Sound Blaster and is only 25-35 these days, works great)
Speakers: 70-100
Fans and Fan Guards: 55-65 (If computer case needs to be moded)

These are prices that i have paid myself.

So the total comes to 835-1672

This is of course asuming you have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. If you do not add the following:
5-60 for keyboard OR 20-60 for combo (even wireless)
10-50 for mouse OR 20-60 for combo (even wireless)
Monitor: 120-300 (CRT-LCD monitors)

Note, these prices DO NOT include rebates which are very common. ALSO, if you decide you have to go all out on components which is not nessicary it could cost considerably more. (For example: 150 on a wireless keyboard and mouse that is really no better than one that costs 60)
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post #18 of 31
Those Dells may seem quick, but dont forget that they are loaded down with tons of bloatware.
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post #19 of 31
Personally, if I'm spending that much money on a computer, or even anything, I'd like to know where and how that money is spent. Plus, being a tech junkie, I'd need to know that I built it up myself. Guess it's a pride thing. That way, I can tweak it the way I want. I'd never buy a prebuilt just because I can always get better quality parts with less money. There's nothing special about any of the parts. Remember, you're also paying the people who assemble the computers. There's no way I'm going to pay someone else to do the part I love to do most. I'd pay more attention to my machine, I do things the way I want done and it's free if I do it myself.
    
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post #20 of 31
It's blantanly obvious that building is cheaper, and All the damn crap-ware Dell throws on their computer pretty much sucks of the memory (not really just venting).

The only time you need to buy retail or pre-built, is if it's your first computer since you dont have the peripherals or OS (since peripherals can cost just as much as a system itself) or if you're buying a laptop.

If laptops could be built at an afforable price I'm sure we would all build one
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