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Thank god i caught my friend before he bought this POS
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...05b58f8ce5en02

They can't build their due to their lack of knowledge. BTW this is Canadian, not american (so .ca websites)
I was thinking of reccomending them a quad core Dell with a i5 760 (inspiron 580)
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If youre buying pre-built, Dell is a logical choice. I would just buy a decent tower w/ a nice CPU. Ignore upgrading ram/videocard/hard drives from Dell. Those are easily added later and usually alot less expensive if u buy it elsewhere.


Or, you could just ask your buddy for $100 labor charge, and build him a $900 computer that would exceed his expectations by leaps and bounds.

Im so used to building systems on a tight budget(less than $500 bucks), for $900 your choices are endless!
    
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Why Dell? You could settle for this:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16883227304

There's also NCIX that will build systems for you with you choosing from their inventory. Example:
http://pc.ncix.com/ncixpc/

Pick the Vesta i5 3200 SLI..won't matter, because you will change the components. Take note of the + Advanced Options hyperlink above each component...that can be used to search through their inventory for different components. I'll indicate what to search for through the drop-down menus

CPU: LGA 1155 / vendor: Intel / Keyword: 2500K....Core i5 2500K
Motherboard: LGA 1155 / vendor: Gigabyte or Asus.....Gigabyte P67A-UD3 or Asus P8P67
Video Card: ATI / Keyword: 6950....Sapphire or XFX Radeon 6950
Case: Vendor: Coolermaster / Keyword: 912.....Coolermaster HAF 912
DVD Writer: Vendor: Asus....ASUS DRW-24B1ST

Everything else unchanged or No Option. This should be a lil less than $1200CAD.

No monitor, mouse, keyboard though. If that's needed, I guess some sacrifices can be made.
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post #4 of 11
Guess the question is, do you want to be their customer support in place of Dell?

If you think they're likely to run into issues they wont be able to fix themselves, I would pack them off with a Dell personally.


Otherwise you could go pretty much anywhere, assuming they don't have a dodgy track record.
    
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post #5 of 11
Use his money to buy the parts and put it together. That's prebuilt as you'll get when it comes to OCN.
post #6 of 11
You can customize a system at http://pc.ncix.com/ncixpc/.
And you have some good pre-built systems at; http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...NG&PageSize=20
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post #7 of 11
Should just build it yourselves. It's really not that hard and its rather fun to do! You don't need to be experts and you've got all of us here at OCN to help!
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post #8 of 11
What is your buddy going to use his system for? If it's just browsing the internet, watching vids, etc. pre-built is fine. If it's for gaming you should never go pre-built IMO.

Laptop route might be better as well.
    
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Assuming you can't build it for him, you could try Newegg.ca or

. When I bought my first 'serious' computer, I went through http://www.velocitymicro.com/. I like that they use retail-grade components and have fully US-based customer support. You could check and see if they ship to Canada.
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Originally Posted by Crabid View Post
Guess the question is, do you want to be their customer support in place of Dell?

If you think they're likely to run into issues they wont be able to fix themselves, I would pack them off with a Dell personally.


Otherwise you could go pretty much anywhere, assuming they don't have a dodgy track record.
You see, that is exactly what i was thinking. If it ever messes up, i'd have to fix it or get blamed. I sent them off with a nice inspiron with a i3
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