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  Reply # 174967 31-Oct-2008 20:06
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If you aren't sure about putting it together, i can guarentee a computerlounge prebuilt will be a good bet. They have awesome service and do good quality builds (eg good cable management etc). Shipping is free also, as is the credit card fee.
If you've never built a computer before, well theres a first for everything, but prebuilt is an option.

Eg, this rig is a good option
and it uses almost the exact parts you've chosen at a pretty good price of $1,667.25 (theres a 5% discount for buying online off that marked price). If you want the 4870 instead, hit configure and swap it out, as with any other part.
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16Ghz + Thermalright True Black 120 Cooler | More
Motherboard ASUS P5Q PRO ATX INTEL LGA775 P45 | More
Memory Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX 2 X 2GB DDR2-800 XMS2 | More
Additional Memory None
Hard Disk Western Digital 640GB Caviar 3 Gb/s 16 MB Cache 7200 RPM | More
2nd Hard Disk None
Optical Disk Asus DRW-2014L1T 20X LIGHTSCRIBE Black SATA | More
Video Adapter ASUS Extreme ATI HD4850, 512MB GDDR3, PCI-E 2.0, TV-OUT, DVI, HDCP READY | More
2nd Video Adapter None
Sound Card On-Board | More
Case Coolermaster CM 690 Black nVidia SLi Ready No PSU | More
Power Supply Corsair 620W HX Modular Power Supply | More
Keyboard No Keyboard | More
Mouse No Mice | More
Monitor No Monitor | More
Operating System No Operating System | More

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  Reply # 175016 1-Nov-2008 07:44
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Hey there's nothing wrong with Dell.  You just bought the wrong system for your needs.

Best value though will be a prebuilt from a local supplier.  And there's heaps of choice.  You won't go wrong dealing with PB Technology - they do a number of "off the shelf" systems at pretty good prices.  Or if you want to customise what you buy, try Computer Lounge as in the previous post.  C1 Shppingmall also allow you to customise and have really good prices.

You shouldn't need to spend a lot of money to get what you want.  $1000 should get you a decent Core Duo box.

I was a geek before the word was invented!


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  Reply # 176534 7-Nov-2008 09:24
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I just built my computer this week.

It was a great experience!

Motherboard: Gigabyte around $400
CPU: intel core quad $330
RAM: corsair 4GB (2X2GB) with heatsink DDR3 $330
Graphics Card: Nvidia 9800 GT 1GB $330
HardDisk: 500GB western digital x 2 $200
DVD: writer $60
Case: $200
Power Supply: 650W $150

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