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    Question To build or to buy?

    My parents are currently looking for a new pc, the Athlon setup they have at the moment is really showing its age now.

    The choice is either i build them another one, or they buy one from Dell.

    Here is the Dell spec.

    E6300 C2D
    XP Media Center Edition 2005 Incl CD
    MCE to Vista Premium Upgrade
    Basic Package, 2 Year At-Home Service
    Dell™ 19" Value Flat Panel (E197FP) - UK/Irish
    1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x512]
    250GB Sata
    16x DVD +/- RW Drive
    Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3000
    Integrated Audio with Dolby Digital 7.1 capability
    Dell™ AS501PA Soundbar for use only with E15x, E17x & E19x flat panels
    Dell™ Black Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Ire
    Dell 2 Button USB Wheel Mouse - Black
    1.44MB Floppy Drive

    Comes in at £635.87 Delivered, but their budget is really £600

    This is my spec

    E6300 Retail
    2Gb (2X1Gb) Corsair Value Select, DDR2 PC5300 (667)
    250 Gb Samsung SP2504C SpinPoint P120
    Asrock CONROE945G-DVI
    NEC ND-7170A-0B
    380W Seasonic S12-380 aPFC Hi-End PSU
    AKASA Zen case
    1.44Mb Sony Black Floppy Disk Drive OEM
    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2b OEM Single Pack
    17" Neovo M-17B BlackTFT, 1280x1024, 12 ms, 500:1, 300 cd/m2, Speakers,VESA

    £611.07 delivered from Scan.

    Now i know its a smaller screen and doesnt come with the extra warranty.

    Would you say that all the parts in my spec would work ok and is worth going for?

    Thanks

    Andy

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    I would say to build yours. The dell one probably wont be too upgradeable in the future.
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    Get the Dell one, but knock the warranty down to the lowest (1 year collect IIRC).

    Both are similar, it's just easier with the Dell and you get a better monitor and graphics (not that's it's likely to be used much).

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    • madman045's system
      • Motherboard:
      • P9X79 Pro
      • CPU:
      • I7-3820
      • Memory:
      • 32GB
      • Storage:
      • Not enough!
      • Graphics card(s):
      • HD7970
      • PSU:
      • 850w Corsair
      • Case:
      • Corsair Carbide 300R
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7 Ultimate X64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2713HM & 2007WFP
      • Internet:
      • Plusnet FTTC - 30mbit/7mbit
    So is the GMA 3000 better than the 950?

    The Monitor is an analogue one from Dell, where as the one i have included is both DVI and analogue.

    Also parents wont use any of media centre's extras

    But i agree with the 1yr warranty, does make it cheaper.

    Also my spec can be upgraded which is also handy, not that i can see them wanting anything else, apart from a better graphics card perhaps.

    Edit: Right going for the dell, no floppy, smaller hdd, no av, 1yr collect and return.

    Comes to £504.25 Delivered
    Last edited by madman045; 01-01-2007 at 04:42 PM.

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