Piecing a computer through tigerdirect.com, and most of the good mobos out there that are commonly suggested aren't carried by tiger. I'm new to this so bear with me. A few of them I can get through a mobo/cpu combo but I have to wait for it to ship and they typically don't have the cpu that I want.
What I'm planning on getting:
2 gb 800 ddr2 ram
8800 320mb gts
I'm really just using this for gaming. I won't ever OC, and I won't ever need SLI or RAID.
Typical suggested boards they don't carry:
GIGABYTE P35 DS3R (no gigabyte p35's at all)
ABIT IP35 PRO (or any abit ip35)
Tigerdirect doesn't carry them. They have maybe one of them in a bundle with a E6750, but I'd have to wait like 3 weeks and that's not the cpu I want. I'm buying through them because they'll assemble my computer for me and install os for like $125 and there's a warehouse nearby my house.
Must say Tigerdirect's selection of motherboards is even worse than their selection of PSUs.
Lol, hi aevm.
Well does anyone suggest somewhere I can get a custom built reliable computer for a good price? I've got about $1500 to spend, need an OS but no monitor. I've heard very nasty things about ibuypower/cyberpower.com but that's the closest I come to getting what I want for the price I want. Anandtech gave them a good review, but from what I've read you have like a 50/50 chance from getting what you ordered vs a non-functional pos so I'm skeptical to go anywhere really. I want the specific things I listed but I don't want to actually build it myself so I have no better place to go than tigerdirect.
The answer is man up and build it myself, but I'd really rather just spend an extra $2-300 somewhere and not look back. Please advise.
My suggestion would be to buy the parts yourself and find a local computer repair place to put it together. For most people the actual assembly is half the fun but if you don't want to do it then that is your best option.
Isn't there some small local shop in your area that builds custom PCs? For example I live in Ottawa where there are 1 million people and about 20 such shops. The one where I went last time even let me bring some parts myself and did price matching on others. They charged $35 for assembly, but of course they also got some profit on the parts.
Maybe you can ask a friend who has built PCs before? Give him $100 and a beer or two, it's fair enough for a few hours of work.
How about other shops that assemble custom PCs and send them by mail? I know NCIX does this in Canada, but I don't know if NCIXUS does it too. This is a bit risky, I guess, what with disgruntled postal workers dropping the packages