Originally posted by paint
but for what I have into this box it would have cost me
a few hundred dollars more to build my own.
This system out of box with no OC got just over 10,000 when I ran it threw 3DMark03. It also performs better than expected
running Q3, Doom 3 and COD. Runs any of the Adobe CS programs flawlessly. So if you know what you want and how to
order it you can get a sweet machine for your dollars. And not have to build your own.
And if you know where to shop you could have saved in excess of $400 i bet.
A 160GB drive can be had for $50 after rebates (just bought one from Fry's)
1 gig of RAM is pretty vague. Do you know the manufacturer or speed? A decent kit would be something like Mushkin DC-PC3200 2-2-2-5 Special 512*2. ~$100-175 is expected for decent overclockign RAM. More for better overclocks obviously.
From what you spec'd i would say no more than $1000 (a "crap load of other things" is hard to price lol).
Also not mentioned is what kind of overclocking do you get with that expensive rig? Any? 3.4GHz P4 chip is slower than my chip in most tests. Your RAM (w/e it is) is also most likely stock. If you spent more than a grand i would say you got ripped.
In the time that it took from when you ordered the computer to the time you got it plugged in and turned on I personally could have had my computer built and overclocked and ready to go. That is the one thing i hate about ordering stuff, it just takes too long.
Not meaning to dump on your computer. It's just you said if you built it yourself it would have cost more, and i seriously cannot see how that is possible unless you shop at overpriced stores or cannot find any good deals.