if your not sure whether or not you want to build your own, check out http://www.cyberpowerpc.com
. Just wait for their 5% off and free shipping deals that they have like 3 weeks out of every month. They basically just assemble the parts for you. No proprietary hardware, you just choose what you want and they'll put it together. It actualy turned out to be cheaper that buying stuff off of newegg for me.
And from what i understand, its not a good idea to use the powersupplies that come with the case
Heres something that you could do from them for $1291 (including xp pro and with the current 5% off). It also comes with a 3 year warranty, lifetime support, free shipping, and no tax unless you live in california
and it comes with : Age of Empires, Age of Mythology, Rise of Nations, and Flight simulator
- Aspire x-dreamer mid-tower case
- Enermax 535watt PSU
- Athlon X2 3800
- CPU fan w/ heat sink
- 3 extra case fans
- MSI K8N NEO4-F nForce4 mobo
- 2 gb corsair value select ram
- Geforce 7900 gt
- Wes Dig Caviar 250gb
- NEC 3550A 16X DVD+-RW drive w/ dual layer
- Creative Labs SB Audigy SE sound card
- 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer
- Floppy drive
- Windows XP professional
Thats got everything above, AND it includes the operating system, a soundcard, 2gb ram, a decent power supply, the warranty....
Plus, when you look at the prices you listed from the other forum, those dont look like they include the extra ~75 youll pay for shipping, and the extra ~50 you might have to pay for tax (i dont know about newegg in florida...)
Ne way, it really seems like you'd be getting more for less from cyberpower
The only advantage i could see in building your own is that you would gain knowlege about the computer... More important to some people than others... personally, i have decent knowlege about computers, but im happier with a warranty and lifetime support...
sorry for the book