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January 5, 2007 4:27:35 AM

I live in a small little hick town in southern Illinois and we dont have any computer stores all I use is newegg but I would like to walk in a store and look at some parts in real life not just some picture can you guys tell me some good store then I can look them up and see how far of a drive it is.
January 5, 2007 5:30:47 AM

frys is pretty good too.
January 5, 2007 5:31:14 AM

Well I tried Google Local but without your ZIP Code I did not find much. Here in San Diego we have 2 Fry's, 4 CompUSA and about 30 other mom and pop computer stores, and seemingly the latest goodies. For example I can get a striker extreme with a quad core tommorow after a 20 minute drive and major cash withdrawl. When my MoBo died last week I was up and running in 4 hours!

Don't mean to brag, but it is interesting to regionally compare nerd densities!

Maybe you are better off shopping online, not as fun but think of the gas you will save.

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January 5, 2007 5:36:35 AM

I'll toss in Best Buy since no one mentioned that one.
January 5, 2007 6:10:52 AM

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I'll toss in Best Buy since no one mentioned that one.


eh, Best Buy is kinda lame. At least the ones in NJ (where I'm from) and now WI (live there now). It's mostly always outdated or discontinued PC parts that no one wants anyway.

CompUSA at least USUALLY has a bigger selection and most of the stuff is within the last year or so, tech wise.

EDIT: I'm talking mostly DIY parts, Mobos, CPU, Ram, etc. Obviously most of their stuff is up to date. :p 
January 5, 2007 6:15:39 AM

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eh, Best Buy is kinda lame. At least the ones in NJ (where I'm from) and now WI (live there now). It's mostly always outdated or discontinued PC parts that no one wants anyway.


The ones in my area are just way overpriced, like there selling a 1300xt for something like $200. But they have a decent selection of stuff.
January 5, 2007 6:18:09 AM

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eh, Best Buy is kinda lame. At least the ones in NJ (where I'm from) and now WI (live there now). It's mostly always outdated or discontinued PC parts that no one wants anyway.


The ones in my area are just way overpriced, like there selling a 1300xt for something like $200. But they have a decent selection of stuff.

True also. It's hard for any brick and mortar store to compete with Newegg usually. But, when you need a PSU or something RIGHT AWAY, it's usually about the same prices as Newegg + overnight shipping. :p 
January 5, 2007 8:12:02 AM

Thanx for all the suggestions yeah the best buy 2o miles from here is there is like a Radeon 9250 there for $150 then there will be a X1950 for $320 odd prices I mean come on 9250? Anyway thanx for all the suggestions! I'll have to check out this frys and compusa
January 5, 2007 9:55:24 AM

The question is flawed. It's like asking, What is a good walk-in whore house? What might be good for me may not be good for you.

If I can't get what I need online or from wholesalers we have a Microcenter nearby. CompUSA's warranty is non-existent and Best Buy is not.
January 5, 2007 2:35:25 PM

Best Buy has 7600GT for 199 clearance? Goodness, why does anyone buy retail unless they have to have it right that second? I bought the 7600gt on newegg 3 weeks ago for $143 - 65rebate = $78.

If you live in a little town in nowhere, illinois, odds are you don't have anything like a Fry's or Compusa. Stick with newegg. Then again, if you're just looking for a DVD drive or something generic, Walmart has them too. But don't look for a 20 to 24-pin PSU adapter at any big retailer.
January 5, 2007 3:28:30 PM

Personally, I'll stay away from the 'big' stores (Future Shop, Best Buy, etc...) cuz in my experience, their stock tends to lack variety and is not always current, and 'knowledgable staff' is a euphamism for 'we make extra money selling particular products".

I'd check around for a reputable store that builds in-house. The odds are good that the staff will be much more knowledgable and their stock will be more geared to demand.

Just my $.02.
January 5, 2007 3:39:46 PM

Quote:
I'll toss in Best Buy since no one mentioned that one.


eh, Best Buy is kinda lame. At least the ones in NJ (where I'm from) and now WI (live there now). It's mostly always outdated or discontinued PC parts that no one wants anyway.

CompUSA at least USUALLY has a bigger selection and most of the stuff is within the last year or so, tech wise.

EDIT: I'm talking mostly DIY parts, Mobos, CPU, Ram, etc. Obviously most of their stuff is up to date. :p 

Not to mention overpriced. $20 for a 120mm cheap ball bearing Fan?

Yeah.
January 5, 2007 4:23:28 PM

MEMORY EXPRESS!!!!!!
That's my local but nowhere near you guy's (Canada). Sorry just love that store, been in their warhouse a couple times and could have swore I had seen it before in my dreams of heaven. :D 
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