Im in the process of buying a computer (leaning towards building my own) and ive seen that the hpe-180t (hp elite top of the line series) comes with pc 8500 1066mhz ram instead of most of the competitors 1333 mhz ram. Otherwise, the prices are pretty much the same (dell vs hp vs diy).
My question is this.
Combo deals through manufacterers are cheaper than DIY (that is-- i get a monitor pretty much free by buying a system). i need a computer that will both be high-performance, capable of hard-core gaming, and capable at multitasking for years to come. I also dont wanna smack myself in the face when it comes to price.
Will the 1066mhz ram hurt my performance much? Do you guys think that it's worth the pretty-much-free monitor to buy from a manufacterer?
I'm aware id most likely void my warranty by upgrading a manufactured comp.
I also have never had to deal with a warranty thru an individual component manufacturer like intel, asus, xfx, ati, etc. If a part does go bad after the exchange period has passed via my microcenter, how good are these companies about replacing/fixing defective and or broken parts compared to the big companies like hp dell etc?
After taking all this into consideration...do you recommend getting a system thru Hp or Dell...or building your own. And how much of a hit will i take by getting the 1066mhz ram. If i do buy a computer thru a manufacterer...which is better performance/tech-support/warranty wise?
DDR2 1066 is at the top side of ram speed for dual channel kits. you wouldn't notice a difference with performance at all, a lot of people don't even do anything hardcore enough to see the diffrence between 800 to 1066. even with "hardcore gaming"
Honestly most people here, if not all, will tell you to build your own computer. It will save you money, you will gain knowledge, experience, and pride in knowing you built your rig yourself. If you decide to build your own just ask the people here and they will provide the knowledge and tips you need to succeed.