He guys. What a terrific resource here. So I got out of bed today and decided to build my own computer. I researched Intel processors (Why Can't I have ECC Inexpensively?) and that's about it, then decided to throw a bunch of stuff into a shopping cart, and here's what I brought home for $1,500.45. (Everything was bought from MicroCenter except the case, the rack drawer and the speaker.)
Question. If I bought an equivalent system from Dell or HP, how much do you think it would've cost? Just your impression - no need to research anything.
You might get something from them with similar performance figures, but you don't know what mobo you are getting. In Dell's case they use mobo's from different manufacturers not having identical specs in one computer model. Might have odd ball form factor. Power supply might be non standard with non standard connection to mobo. Doubt if memory will me as good as Crucial. Optical drive will be a crap shoot as well.
Dell generally maintains very good documentation back to very old stuff. HP documentation is rather poor for older stuff.
Dell's stuff is a crap shoot in general. Some of it really good. Some not. Their high end stuff is usually great. Disclaimer - I have worked at Dell multiple times in the past. That said, I will tell anybody that some of their stuff is good and some is crap
well, if you compare it to dell you would be speaking about alienware. for $1500 you get:
x79 but proprietary mb
8gb 1600 ram
2tb hard drive
psu most likely rated only for the components installed.
it wins out in the graphics department and the cpu department however doesnt include a ssd or 16gb ram. boot up will be slower however overall gaming performance will likely be better than what you have.
with that said.. its a proprietary motherboard, they are known for not giving much upgrade room on the psu and its likely a no name brand, the ram is likely not anything special even if its 1600mhz (it could be cas11), and i wonder if they at least give you a non reference design gpu.
the parts you picked are likely much higher in quality.
with $1500 you could have had a 770 or 780ti, 1866 ram, much larger psu and a few other odds and ends that you dont have.
microcenter cant touch some of the deals you can find online. their cpu and motherboard deals arent bad though and buying cases there is nice because they have many display models to play with.