Originally Posted by CrazeD
So, the only reason you want a Dell is because you don't know how/don't feel confident building your own?
Well don't fret it then. Pretty much any of the members on this site would be glad to walk you through building a PC. And once you do it, you'll kick yourself for not having just done it without question to start with. You'll find it is actually very, very easy to build a PC. Everything is made to fit one way, and one way only. If something doesn't just pop together, it's not made to be there. Most of the components come with installation guides anyway.
Your $3000 will buy you a pretty amazing PC. Please don't waste it on the junk that is Dell. Sure it has a warranty, but so do most of the individual components that come with your PC. Plus Dell will probably figure out a way to not honor their warranty and you'll get ****ed anyway.
You can match that $3000 Dell with a <$2000 custom built PC, or, if you want, you can just go with a $3000 custom built PC and totally rape games for years to come.
I strongly advise you listen to all the people in this thread and just build your own PC. ****, I'm sure someone here would even be willing to build it and ship it to you if it came down to it.
What CrazeD said.......listen to him hoodstar. You want me to run you through it real quick?
1. Order parts
2. Receive parts.
3. Unpack parts.
4. Lay computer case on its side and open it up.
5. Install PSU by putting four screws in the back (if you have problems look in manuel)
6. Place CPU in its socket on mobo.
7. Apply thermal paste to CPU. (google it, there are many great guides for doing this)
8. Attach CPU cooler according to included instructions.
9. Replace the I/O shield of the case with the one that comes with the motherboard (refer to manuel if you need help)
10. Most mobos come with risers that you put in the case so the mobo isn't laying on the tray.
11. Put motherboard in place and screw down
12. Insert RAM, it takes 5 seconds.
13. Screw hard drives into the hard drive cage, plug in SATA and Power cables.
14. Insert optical drive. Plug in SATA/IDE and Power cables.
15. Plug in all the front audio ports and lights, plug in HD Audio cable (refer to mobo manuel)
16. Insert the video card into the PCIe socket. Plug in PCIe power cable.
17. Hook up all fans to power cables.
18. Plug in the ATX 12v onto the motherboard and also the CPU 4/8 pin power cable.
19. Replace side cover, stand computer up, plug in monitor/keyboard/mouse and power this baby on.
20. Put windows CD in and follow on screen instructions. Vista should take about 30 minutes to install on this bad boy.
Oh yeah, I knew I would do that....I meant to put the Q9450 as the CPU instead of the mobo twice.