maybe he didn’t want the hassle of doing it himself… he said he didn’t want to build it himself, so i presume he could if he wanted to… i am most likely getting my next computer from a local store that builds them for parts +$75… well worth it in my opinion.
i thought dell had an option now where if you paid a little bit more they didn’t give you any bloatware? if not, this seems worth trying
It really isn’t that hard. Just do a little research for compatibility and be careful with the parts and static electricity when you assemble them. It’s really all plug and play and common sense. Also, don’t cheap out on parts like the PSU or mobo. That can make a headache, and if you’re having problems, there’s also a good chance it’s due to crappy ram.
$75 is certainly worth it to get the computer you want built if you don’t want to put in the time or suffer potential headaches. I can’t argue with that. It is fun and rewarding, however, so if someone does have the time I’ll give them all the encouragement in the world. I’m getting a MacBook Pro for my next computer and throwing all that out the window anyway.
Yea, my girlfriend has the 17" MBP with all the upgrades. It’s so sweet and she got an educator’s discount. I’ve been using iMovie, iDVD and Garageband for my own stuff and she can’t keep me off the thing. Can’t imagine what I’d do if I had Ableton Live, Final Cut, Aperture or Photoshop. I don’t want to fall into the commercials, hype, or fan-boyism, but it’s been so easy just to make it work and create what I want with quality, right out of the box. I look at it as a creative tool.
I’ll always be using Windows at work, I’m a network administrator and IT director for christ’s sake, but when I go home, I could give a crap about Windows Server and business apps. I want to do video and music production and photo editing, and it excels at that. Yea, I know you can do it all in a Windows environment, and I have up until this point, but when I invest in a new machine in order to perform those specific functions, it’s a good time to switch. I also really like MacOS and I think I’m going to wait for Tiger before I buy.
you probably could if you could get your hands on one of their motherboards… they don’t use a bios, they use something newer that Intel developped… beyond that it seems like pretty much standard parts/parts that you can easily get your hands on… maybe you can even get an appropriate mobo easily.