Always better value if you build it yourself (well 99% of the time there are some cheap deals out there), I build my own computers, but the question of what to get, always get the fastest CPU you can, as much ram as practicle, then the rest depends what you want to do with it, play games, word process, watch TV, burn DVD's - - lotsa questions you need to answer :0)
I did put something here, but it vanshied, I think
$2000 you get all the software (os, appleworks suite, imovie, idvd, itunes) + dvd burner + 17" monitor.
I reckon they are great value for money
Falcon Killer (if you believe what Ford Service Departments have to say about me)
AU II XR6 - October 2001 ~ December 2002 - RIP
BA XR6 - December 2002 ~ Soon to disappear if Ford CRC can't fix it....
45,000km service coming up - and i'll be asking for a sizable list of fixes:
* Gearbox (3rd time)
* Steering click (5th time)
* Brake Shudder (2nd time, and has the applied "Fix")
IT Warehouse do some good deals if ya got one around ya anywhere.
UTE KILLER!! RIP. BA XR8 UTE 24/12/03 - 9/2/04
ED XR6 sedan for sale, manual, 145,000kays, green, stock standard. Good condition.
Any offer considered.
Now driving a 04 BA XR8 Manual Envi ute. Mods to come...
*CPU - AMD Athlon XP. The Intels seem to be faster than supposedly comparable AMD models, but the AMD is cheaper and better value and performance for the money
*Brand name 400 MHz DDR RAM (Kingston, Corsair)
*Graphics card - the momentum seems to be swinging to ATI graphics cards now - the latest GeForce FX, I think the cooling fans are a bit noisy - that will drive you nuts in the long run.
*Hard drive - Seagate, Western Digital - get one with 8MB cache. 120 or 160 GB drives are the best capacity per dollar at the moment. After that the prices go up more.
*Sound card - In my opinion, I've always stuck with Creative Labs - the Audigy 2 model has full DVD sound quality.
*As for the motherboard, one with the NForce2 chipset seems to be best for Athlon XP processors currently
For PC and parts prices in Melbourne - the Age newspaper's Green Guide on Thursday has a few ads from computer vendors.
I personally wouldn't touch brand name PCs like Dell etc. You will pay extra for a PC with every price shortcut possible. Whereas if you custom build your machine, you can end up with a quality machine for similar money. Most vendors will advertise the good brand name parts, and not mention the crap brand names of the parts that make up the rest of the machine.
Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.
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