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Pros and Cons

April 2nd, 2009 (01:56 am)

Pro : I may well be getting into the beta for Champions Online MMORPG very soon!

Con : I think I'm gonna have to upgrade this computer so much processor, memory and graphics card-wise that I might as well just get a brand new gaming spec one. Which'll cost.

Pro : That five year loan from the bank is almost totally totally paid off!

Con : Keyword being "almost".

Anyone got any thoughts on just buying a new gaming spec computer from somewhere like Ebay? Or would I be better off going local?


Posted by: Joel Morton (physicsteach)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)

You're usually best off building it yourself, if at all possible. In this case, you can most likely keep using your case (unless it's some weird proprietary form factor), power supply, hard and optical drives, and maybe memory, and buy a new motherboard, processor, and video card(s), and maybe some new memory. It's not all that hard to do, and you don't really need much in the way of tools, just a Phillips screw-driver or two, and maybe an allen-wrench if you're unlucky.

Posted by: Brendan (brendanm720)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Chuck - Nerd Herd Logo

I always build my own and recycle parts as I can. I'm not sure how savvy you are, but I don't think you'll have much trouble. If you need advice, most of nerd-types can help you out.

If you're looking for a laptop, I'd buy whatever Toshiba has that meets your needs. Those suckers are very tough and I've had very good luck with them falling off of things while running (or being blown off by the wind) and them sustaining negligible damage.

Posted by: MoragMacpherson (moragmacpherson)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)

Building it yourself is second only to having your brother build it for you... then again, my brother's getting a little too advanced in the field of A.I., so I'm kind of afraid that the next box he builds me will be SkyNet (he's even an Air Force contractor).

Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)

Mr Cee used to build ours but Dell computers have come down so cheap now, we decided to go with upgrading one of their mid range ones. Worth a look anyway.

Posted by: deitrahs the wonder rock (deitrahs)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)

Be careful with Dells. They make decent gear, but some stuff - notably the power supply and motherboard - are proprietary, and Dell loves to charge ridiculous prices for replacement parts.

(That said, the best deal on the planet is a Dell laptop with CompleteCare coverage. Coffee spill? Covered. Cat pees on it? Covered. Elephant steps on it? Covered. TSA drops it repeatedly to make sure it's not a bomb? Covered. Think of it as a laptop with unlimited respawn for at least 3 years. And if they can't fix it, they replace it with a current model. Hmm...speaking of... I think mine's about near the end of its warranty. Time for an 'accident'.)

If you're looking for a tower PC, roll your own. All prebuilt systems have some kind of compromise in them... they never have the exact set of features you want. Rolling your own makes sure you have what you absolutely want, and nothing that you don't.

Also, prebuilt PCs come loaded with fifty tons of excess crap you'll never want or need. Installing just the OS and the apps you want minimizes what we call in the trade "DLL Hell", which is the primary cause of most of Windows' issues.

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