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Of course you know I would have to disagree with this.......

Building my own computers for many years has taught me that you may not always get a better deal, per se, but you can get exactly what you want and in the configuration you want it. Also, you get the knowledge of how you make these boxes work and how to troubleshoot them.

Then, when you want to upgrade, you can pick and choose components to add without buying new computers or taking to your local shop to get parts replaced (for a high fee).....

And, as far as the OS goes, I use Linux (free) as well as multiple licenses from my Technet account. No real issue getting a Windows install if I need it. wink

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Of late, #1 Son has kept us in good computers from his Pawn Shop but if I were 'in the market' for a Desktop right now, I'd go for this one or maybe even this one from 'New Egg'.
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I admire the 'do-it-yourself' builds you & 'Desperado' have accomplished over the years but there's no way (for me) to justify spending the money & trouble it'd take to equal one of these.
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Beetle, I have not heard anything good on HP,Compaq,Gateway,eMachines. All made by HP to poor standards with much bloatware and trialware.

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Have had very good experience with HP, Compaq & eMachines -- they all come with bloatware which is easily removed.
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(Am using 'Chrome' on the Laptop' so text formating isn't working.)
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My 1st PC was an HP and my oldest had an HP laptop...nothing good to say. I am only suggesting about what is out there now...not what you have dealt with in the past. Except for your new laptop, your stuff is old like mine (I believe). No offense.

-- Edited by NicKnayme on Saturday 12th of February 2011 04:03:25 PM

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Well, I am a Dell man, if push came to shove. They have a great customer service department and will service what they sell without a question.

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NicKnayme wrote:



Except for your new laptop, your stuff is old like mine (I believe). No offense.

-- Edited by NicKnayme on Saturday 12th of February 2011 04:03:25 PM




 My current Desktop -- not a slouch!
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name
Motherboard 
CPU Type AMD Sempron, 2000 MHz (10 x 200) 3400+
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset ATI Radeon Xpress 200, AMD Hammer
System Memory 3264 MB  (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award (01/17/06)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
 
Display 
Video Adapter ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series  (256 MB)
Video Adapter DisplayLink Graphics Adapter  (32 MB)
3D Accelerator ATI Radeon Xpress 200 (RS480)
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB]  (FQQU6C119898U)
 
Multimedia 
Audio Adapter ATI SB450 - AC'97 Audio Controller
 
Storage 
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Disk Drive Maxtor 6L100M0  (93 GB, IDE)
Disk Drive Generic USB SD Reader USB Device
Disk Drive Generic USB CF Reader USB Device
Disk Drive Generic USB SM Reader USB Device
Disk Drive Generic USB MS Reader USB Device
Disk Drive Seagate FreeAgent USB Device  (465 GB, USB)
Optical Drive ATAPI DVD A  DH20A4P
Optical Drive LITE-ON COMBO SOHC-4836K
SMART Hard Disks Status OK
 
Partitions 
C: (NTFS) 88255 MB (56936 MB free)
D: (FAT32) 7124 MB (1508 MB free)
L: (NTFS) 476937 MB (476829 MB free)
Total Size 558.9 GB (522.7 GB free)
 
Input 
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse HID-compliant mouse
 
Network 
Network Adapter D-Link DFE-530TX+ PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter (rev.F)  (192.168.0.100)
Modem PCI Data Fax SoftModem with SmartCP
 
Peripherals 
Printer HP Deskjet F4100 series
USB1 Controller ATI SB450 - USB Controller
USB1 Controller ATI SB450 - USB Controller
USB2 Controller ATI SB450 - USB 2.0 Controller
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Mass Storage Device
USB Device USB Mass Storage Device
USB Device Wireless USB Host Adapter
USB Device Wireless USB Host Radio



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DDR and IDE is like mine...we would be classified as antique in today's circles. Sorry Beetle!

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Can't argue with that -- but you can get a new computer today & it'll be obsolete before you get it home!!
Just know that I'm perfectly content with my "antique" Desktop!



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I am also satisfied with mine. Does it do everything I need it to do? Yes. Am I proud of it? No. Would I like a new one? Yes. Will it happen this year? Maybe.


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