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Do I go Custom Build or Dell for Workstation and next 5 years?

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April 30, 2013 8:36:17 AM

I'm putting together idea's for computer workstation build. I am debating however. Do I go with Dell and get complete coverage for the next 5 years or do I go custom build and buy extra component of each at time of purchase???

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April 30, 2013 8:38:47 AM

Most components come with a long warranty.. For instance a lot of the ssd's available have a 5 year warranty. Just have to check each part. Why would you want to buy an extra one?

I say go with a home built. You will have more quality parts and a more powerful system overall versus getting a pre built.
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April 30, 2013 8:40:14 AM

I'm thinking like Motherboard usually only have 3 warranty and most times near the 2nd to 3rd year warranty the motherboard usually gets replaced with something else. Dell would send me replacement product for same one.
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April 30, 2013 8:44:46 AM

K i see what your thinking. But I still wouldn't buy extra parts. Think about it like this.

Typically... You won't have to replace any parts. Ive built a TON of machines and I'd say on average after being built and working on a 5-10 year span Ive had to replace parts on maybe 1 out of 30 machines. If you get quality parts from the start you usually won't have to worry. Yes... Sometimes you just have bad luck or something happens (coffee spill etc) where your forced to replace a part. BUT ... If that happens lets say on your 3rd year at that point instead of buying the same board you may want to go ahead and upgrade at that time to the latest and greatest technology.

If it were me. I'd still go with the build yourself and only get 1 piece of every component. Let those warranty's ride the 2 or 3 years with the assumption that it's going to work 5 years with no issues. Chances are pretty good that it's going to last well beyond 5 years without problems.
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April 30, 2013 8:45:55 AM

If it's for your job and you can not wast you time on this forum to sort out the upcoming problems with a home build, then go with Dell and get complete coverage. :-)
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April 30, 2013 8:47:43 AM

In one office I frequent, one department uses only custom built machines which are managed and serviced within the department. The other departments buy Dell's which are managed by an outside IT firm. The IT firm is there at least 3-4 times a month with one problem or another. Today one user uninstalled a well known zip program, since then he can't double click on icons on desktop to open programs. The IT firm's recommendation was "get a new computer".
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April 30, 2013 8:56:55 AM

How much extra protection would you go then for Custom build pc? Like 3 phase surge protection and APC or ?
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April 30, 2013 9:11:26 AM

moulderhere said:
How much extra protection would you go then for Custom build pc? Like 3 phase surge protection and APC or ?


As long as you have a solid power supply you shouldn't need anything more than a standard surge bar. If you're the cautious type an APC would be recommended.

But really - build it yourself. You will get a far better system than any Dell garbage you could possibly buy.
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