Homebuilt VS HP

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I'm trying to help a friend figure out the best system for him and
right now its hard to decide if we should go with a system that I can
build for him from newegg.com or this HP from amazon.com

(Amazon.com product link shortened)

The HP for $719 + S/H which is about $32 :
 AMD Athlon 64 3800+ processor
250 GB hard drive
1 GB of RAM
LightScribe multi-format DVD/CD burner with dual-layer support
9-in-1 memory card reader
ATI Radeon XPress 200 video card with up to 128 MB of shared video RAM
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

The system from newegg.com $772.85 + S/H which is about $55 :
Microsoft Windows XP Home
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard
1 GB of RAM
LightScribe multi-format DVD/CD burner with dual-layer support
52-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader
430W Power Supply
Geforce 6200TC supporting 256MB
Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Motherboard

I kinda prefer the XP Home vs the MCE just because we don't need it.
Any input on what you   think would be the better idea would be
appreciated, thanks.


Re: Homebuilt VS HP

If you can build your own there are many advantages, you can build to
your design is the main one,  whether being a lot cheaper really does
depend on varying factors, the manufacturer buys in bulk for one, one
good point is it get's you to learn a lot about them and not afraid
to tackle the slightest problem.

The disadvantages are you have to take whats on offer and that many a
time you do not get installation disc etc. Also if you took this
route you 'could' possibly end up being responsible for the slightest
problems that occur.

Gee it wasn't long ago when a 40Gb hard drive and 512Mb of ram was the
'bees knees', maybe the manufacturer uses 200Gb hd's to get their
products to sell and entices customers with 1Gb of RAM....
peice of cake when you buy in bulk

Imagine having a 250Gb hard drive full.... "and it goes wonky...
new words for the dictionary eh".


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