Originally posted by ChetDesmond
It comes to about $1200. Now for questions:
1) Is building it myself REALLY cheaper/worth it if I've never done it before?
2) Is any of this stuff not compatible or just plain bad?
3) Where can I cut corners? / Is this overkill?
4) This is basically copied from cyberpowerpc.com, is there a better place to buy?
5) How will this system look in a few years?
6) Do I need things like an IEEE 1394 card? Or can I salvage this and other things from the computer I own now?
Well thats all I can think of for now, again thanks to all of you who will soon be running the world. [/B]
1) Well, i'll admit Cyberpowerpc Has some great prices, but you'd be able to shed off a couple hundred, depending on who you buy from. But honestly, Just build it yourself, man. I thought about going Cyberpower PC, but then I decided not to due to some shady reports about their business Ethics and built myself a PC for the first time. Now I feel silly I ever thought about buying Cyberpower, the experiance of building a PC yourself is worth it alone. It's actually not that hard, really(like putting together lego pieces). But people seem to think so and it makes you feel smart
2) Everything should be compatible.
3) It's not overkill enough in my opinion :P. A very nice Budget build though and probably a smart thing to do(other than just waiting, of course) with DX10 right around the corner. I'll say this now, though, ATI cards play Oblivion much better than NVIDIA cards, they're built with Shaders in mind.
4) Yes, much better places.
5) Bleak. You'd have to go all out (around 2,000$) for a system that will look OK(Gaming-wise) in a few years. DirectX 10 certainly doesn't help things at all.
6) Don't even know what that is.