Please comment on MWAVE barebone combo

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Because I don’t feel like going through the hassle of testing installing
and testing the mobo, CPU, and memory, I went to MWAVE.COM and found
this combo:

ATHLON 64 3000+
Total (w/out shipping): $400.50 (or $390.50 with a coupon) prices and reviews support that the pricing is very fair and
the mobo, case, and PSU are stable and powerful. But my only concern is
whether or not MWAVE’s own memory is good. Would I be better off
spending less for a 512 MB stick of Kingston RAM, or is the MWAVE memory
a great bargain?

Re: Please comment on MWAVE barebone combo

On Thu, 05 May 2005 23:45:34 -0500, Jonathan Appleseed

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You think they test it?
A though testing by a tech competent to do it, would take a
minimum of a couple hours.  Actually more wall-time than
that, but "human" time spent in smaller increments between
each test and configuration is what I'm considering.  A
sufficiently thorough testing of a combo would raise the
price by $100 absolute minimum, perhaps slightly less from a
vendor doing it en masse, but even Dell/HP/etc cannot
thoroughly test each system, it's simply not cost-effective
for a PC's low margin of profit.

Point is, "combos" are typically built by the "new kid" that
has the basic ability of holding a srewdriver but isn't able
to do much more so they're put to use doing this basic task.
IMO, you found usenet and that is as difficult as screwing
parts into a case.  You have to do any testing yourself
either way.

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I wouldn't call it good or bad either way.  "Any" memory
should be sufficient to run at it's spec'd timings- that's
the whole point of specs, a module that won't should be
considered defective unless it's the motherboard itself
that's to blame.

Regardless, if it doesn't work properly you have recourse
and can demand resolution- whether it be when you bought a
combo or the memory modules alone it doesn't matter.  Any
memory that runs at (as an example) 200MHz/DDR400 timings of
2.5,3,3,5, stabilty on a given motherboard, is just as good
for that system as any other module that runs stabily at
same timings.  So, the remaining question is whether you're
satisfied with the value of the bundled memory.  High-spec
memory will gain a few percent in certain applications,
perhaps around 4%, and will typically cost over 30% more,
sometimes a LOT more.  Generally the memory is matched to
rest of system- if system has a high-end CPU and video, HDD,
etc, the budget seems flexible enough to buy premium memory.

Otherwise, just buy if if you like the bundle for the price
and then test it yourself.  Memtest86 ran for several hours
is the best first-test for memory.  Do that prior to
installing the OS.

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