I am looking into sourcing some parts to build a new computer.
Note: Skip to the next post for my new proposed computer build if you do not want to endure my background.
First a little background.
About 8 years ago in 2005 I bought my first desktop an all factory Dell:
Computer Package: Dell Dimension 5100
Processor: Pentium P4 Prescott 775 LGA 3.00GHz
Memory: 4X Samsung 256MB (200MHz) changed to 4X 1GB (200MHz+)
Motherboard: Intel i945G Express ICH7/R
Graphics: Radeon X600 256MB HyperMemory RV380 GPU
HDD: WD WD800JD SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 80GB
PSU: Factory 305W
OS: Windows XP 32bit (use of 3.5GB RAM max)
The computer has been amazing, very reliable, only thing I ever did to the hardware was clean the dust out periodically, and a few years ago upgrade the memory as I am a bit of a multi-tasker. I realize that any new computer will definitely blow this old one away, but I am debating 2 main things:
1. Whether I should buy another Dell or build my own desktop.
2. If I were to build my own what parts to use.
I acquired a lot of old computer parts and put together some computers for fun but they are all older or comparable to my old Dell. I even have a few single digit GB HDDs!
Pros and Cons of Dell:
- My old dell came configured with a HDD shadow copy or factory restore that came in handy when I reloaded the OS every other year or so. It was nice because I could simply back up my files and reload the system back to a factory reset whenever the windows rot slowed the computer. I know there is disk image software out there that can do something similar/better, but this way I did not have to bother with much other than the time it takes to re-set up the computer.
- No HW issues and a comprehensive warranty
- Relatively inexpensive and previous one lasted a long time (great value)
- Comes assembled and tested so it is less likely to not have DOA or similar issues
- Not upgrade-able
- Bottlenecks limiting the system
- Little control over OS features
- Less features such as raid, etc.
I am sure most people on this forum will likely say to build a computer instead of buying a Dell if I have the ability and time to put it together. A build is the direction I am leaning toward myself as long as the criteria in the second post can be met more efficiently than buying a Dell.