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  • 45% (28)
    Dell
  • 54% (34)
    Custom
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post #1 of 34
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I am working on a perposal system for a friend who needs a computer for basic web browsing and the like. I could build one for her, or buy a Dell for about $50 more. The Dell comes with a 17" CRT however. So, my question is: Would you buy the Dell or build custom? It would not be overclocked, so that is not a issue.
post #2 of 34
If its for you build it. If its for a freind buy it from Dell. Saves you the headaches of calls when things dont work. Dell gets you support and she can call them.
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post #3 of 34
If it won't be overclocked, and it's cheaper, and it's just for web browsing and word processing, go Dell.

If it was me doing it, I'd custom build, just because I like to.
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post #4 of 34
Depends on how much your dumping into it. Sub 500 i would go dell.
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post #5 of 34
I would go custom build, but that's because I love building PC's and I love getting a good deal on stuff. With some research, you can source parts for a custom build at same or lower cost than similar spec Dell and at least you know what's gone into the PC and exactly how it's configured. If you get a Dell for your friend, she will probably go to you first to help troubleshoot anyway, as you won't put her in a call cue forever and she probably trusts you to do the right thing for her, more than some faceless corporation.

Custom build all the way .

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post #6 of 34
You guys dont think getting annoying phone calls is not worth it. We all like building pc's here but like he said its not for him. I dont know but i have built a couple pc's for people and even if there internet is not connecting for 5 minutes they call me because thats who built the computer. Its very annoying and im just letting you know.
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post #7 of 34
Dell all the way, I think you should try an HP or something, if you get lucky, you can get a Sempron 3400 S939 Prototype CPU. But yeah, most OEM under 500$ are the best bet, and the plus being the Support that gets bundeled.
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post #8 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by grkgus
You guys dont think getting annoying phone calls is not worth it. We all like building pc's here but like he said its not for him. I dont know but i have built a couple pc's for people and even if there internet is not connecting for 5 minutes they call me because thats who built the computer. Its very annoying and im just letting you know.

LMAO


This is so true. I had a buddy who built a system for a friend, and he would always complain about how slow it was. Come to find out, he was constantly surfing "adult" sites with no virus software and had "no time" to run even a free ad-aware sweep.

He had like 600 spyware hits and 6 major trojans!!



BTW - if you do build a system for friends, be sure to tell them the second they install AOL you no longer will answer their calls



Seriously, if this is for people who just want a box on their desk to point and click the internet, why bother building them a system? It would be like putting a supercharger on your grandma's 1993 Buick LeSabre.......what's the point?

Have them buy a Dell unless they want some real performance out of the thing. That's my opinion.
post #9 of 34
build it, and casemod it. Its always fun to show off.
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post #10 of 34
Because she will have Dell tech support, the Dell would be more blameless for you.

It is tempting to build a nice cheap runner, it would be a better machine and more fun.
But, do you want to be Tech Support?
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