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* OMG Please Help in DIRE need of advice and suggestions !! *

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December 4, 2008 10:46:43 PM

I just built a computer last night for roughly 1000 without tax from NCIX.com, I am in Canada...
I'll list the stats after, but I just saw this tonight http://configure.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=ca&CS...
An i7 920 with 3gb RAM tri-channel and an ATI 3450...for 999
So pretty much the same price, but with an i7 CPU.

ARE DELL'S customizable just like clone PCS!? i've never bought one b4 or used...so no idea...please help!!!

The only problem is I don't know what PSU it comes with, what brand the HD is, what brand the motherboard is, although I imagine it's a x58 so it comes with everything such as two pcie x16 slots...
It's the same price as the following system I built and payed for (i can refund but it has to be QUICK)...and I have to wait til end of next week to receive parts to build...

Specs:
CPU - e8400
Mobo - EVGA 750i FTW SLI
GPU - 260gtx core 216 EVGA
HD - Samsung Spinpoint F1 640gb 7200gb 16mb buffer
Case - Antec 300
PSU - Seasonic M12 600w modular
RAM - Mushkin 4gb pc6400 ddr-800 2x2gb dual channel 5-4-4-12@1.8v
HSF - OCZ Vendetta 1

I know the dell comp doesn't come with a beefy GPU like my build...but I don't mind paying more for that...

This is what I see:
i7 920 > e8400 and future proof
X58 mobo regardless of brand > evga 750i sli
HD's are same size and same speeds
Antec 300 not that great anyways, dell case can't be too bad
PSU..this bothers me...i don't know what wattage/brand it is at all, and if it can handle SLI...
ddr3 tri channel > ddr2...
No HSF, i can add one i guess?

it looks like a heck of a deal so far....
what do u guys think? i have very very little time to refund b4 they ship..so please help!!!

December 5, 2008 1:13:55 AM

It looks like you have a very good system already. Herre's, in my opinion, the pros and cons for dell.

1) open the box, plug in and it's ready to go
2) PSU on the dell does not matter, if they say it supports xfire or sli then it will or they will replace it.
3) warranty, see above
4) hsf on the dell will be good enough because you will never be able to OC it. Dell basically locks the bios so the only changes you can make are minor at best.
5) no such thing as future proof and the gpu with the dell is barely better then integrated graphics.

Compare the parts on the dell for what you would pay to build the same system. If you are going to do that then find the cheapest x58 mobo available for the comparison.
December 5, 2008 4:59:11 AM

watch out with dells... they arent always as expandable...and some common parts are proprietary....so you wont be able to switch em...
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