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  • Started 8 years ago by cho03
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Posts: 3

Hi guys,
I'm thinking of building myself my first computer. I've researched the parts, and I'm pretty sure that they are all compatible.
It's basically going to be a general use machine (internet, listening to music, some gaming), but also image editing (Photoshop), audio editing, and possibly some video editing in the future too.

So my questions:

Do you think it would suit my needs well?
Are there any substitutes that would be better and/or cheaper?
Any additions?

# Intel CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400/ 3.00GHz/ 6MB Cache/ 1333FSB/ LGA775
# Intel Motherboards:
Asus P5K-PRO motherboard
# Desktop Hard Drives:
Western Digital 500Gb 7200RPM 16Mb SATA 2
# Optical Drives:
Pioneer DVR 213LS Lightscribe Retail DVD Writer (20x Dual Layer Black)
# Desktop Memory:
Corsair DDR2 4GB PC-5300/667 (2x2GB) Value Select Ram (VS4GBKIT667D2)
# Cases (PSU included):
Cooler Master Elite 334 Black/Silver Tower Case (420W)
# Graphics Cards:
Asus EAH3850-MG-HTDP-512 RADEON HD3850, 512MB, DDR3, PCIE2.0, VGA, HDTV, 2xDVI, HDMI, HDCP
# Microsoft Windows:
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit DVD - OEM

I'm in Australia, and I'm using this Australian site for the parts.
All up, these parts cost $1,101.80 AUD, but there would be a $75 fee if i wanted them to assemble it.

Thanks for your time

Posted 8 years ago
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Cho03, g'day! I don't see a problem with the parts list, so I'll talk about do-it-yourself (DIY) versus having it done. With DIY, you might think that you are saving money but if you calculate the cost of your time, the savings won't mean much. When you build it, it's a great learning experience which you don't get when they build it for you. It's not always easy, in fact sometimes it's downright frustrating. But, when you're done you will have learned a lot and have the satisfaction of knowing that you did it. The biggest downside is the risk that something doesn't work. This can be difficult to diagnose and you'll have to return (RMA) any bad parts. Make sure the retailer has a good return policy for bad parts.

When you let them build it, you reduce the risk of a problem. For example, if the memory tests bad, they pull out the bad DIMMs and stick in some new ones. By the time you get it, all of the parts will have been tested to at least boot. BTW, you should also ask what they give you with that $75 fee. Other than putting the parts together, do they do any "burn-in" testing? Good luck.

Posted 8 years ago
Posts: 3

Thanks for your help.
After reading your post, I think I will get them to build it for me,
A) because I'm not 100% confident in building a computer,
B) They can test it, and make sure that the machine is working before I get it,
and C) I don't mind paying the fee.
I have emailed them with the questions you've given me, and I'll post back here when I get a reply.

Posted 8 years ago
Posts: 3

This was the reply:

"Hi Adam,
The $75.00 fee includes a system stability test."

A little vague.

Posted 8 years ago

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