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Old 10-29-2003, 04:08 AM   #1
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Default Fry's: Builds Good Computers?

I'm just wondering if anyone here has experience with Fry's built computers, because I need a desktop badly and when I went there, they seemed very well valued. Anyway, if no one has, anyone have any suggestions for places to get good computers? I'm not looking at a Dell or Alienware, but I want a gaming PC.

Spanks in advance
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Old 10-29-2003, 04:59 AM   #2
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*cough* get a dell *cough cough*
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Old 10-29-2003, 05:19 AM   #3
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ubid.com

got a nice sony vaio there.
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Old 10-29-2003, 09:59 AM   #4
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if you want a machine, but don't want a name brand like dell, find a local computer shop and have them build you a system.

otherwise just build your own system.
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Old 10-29-2003, 10:53 AM   #5
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word, Chris.

Sony, while making a nice computer (the Vaio is pretty sweet) is a pain in the ass to deal with. When I used to service them, their software is all proprietary as is their hardware. Their restore CD worked ONLY in their Sony Vaio CD ROM drive, which, by the way, ran about $300 when I could get a 52x drive (at the time) for $75. If you popped this drive in, you could not do the restore, but rather, had to install the software from scratch then manually find all the drivers. What an ass pain.

I'm not sure about the computers Frys puts together. They seem to be pretty decent, but with computers, the best way to go is have a shop build one custom for you or build it yourself. Computer hardware is so cheap now that you can replace a motherboard for under $150. The only time I would recommend worrying about a warranty is if you purchase an HP/Compaq/Dell, etc. I say this not to make light of their reliability issues (although I can do that if you want), but because their parts are SO expensive. Back when I serviced HP (was a tech at Comp USA), I saw multiple people come in JUST out of their warranty period (even though most companies do offer a 30 day grace at the end of the warranty) with a fried mobo and the replacement part was $600 or more!!

They couldn't put in a board off the shelf because the boards in these systems were custom built to fit the cases they came in, which were not standard cases so they were forced to buy an all new computer. And they probably found themselves in the same place down the road.

So, to stop rambling - buy a custom pc from a local shop, or build it yourself. It's really VERY easy to do.
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Old 10-29-2003, 11:53 AM   #6
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Another vote for build it. It's easy. And you've got us to help you!

And you'll get much better quality parts for the same or even less money.
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Old 10-29-2003, 12:40 PM   #7
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build it if you need help i'll send you one of my students
go to www.slickdeals.net occasionally they'll post some sweet deals dells are having amongst other goodies.
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Old 10-29-2003, 01:06 PM   #8
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yeah, another vote for build it yourself. its not that hard at all. i just built my first one a couple days ago and i freaking love it.

oh and one last thing, don't listen to anything mexicanpizza says.
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Old 10-29-2003, 02:53 PM   #9
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Oh and don't let Steppin Razor build your computer...it will short out every 10 seconds! muahahahhahaha
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Old 10-29-2003, 02:54 PM   #10
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I highly recommend PixelUSA on Bascom in San Jose. They'll give you a decent price on parts, build it, and do a burn in right there. I highly do NOT recommend Fry's.
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Old 10-29-2003, 04:53 PM   #11
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Originally posted by mexicanpizza
Oh and don't let Steppin Razor build your computer...it will short out every 10 seconds! muahahahhahaha
sorry, my computer crashed.... just kidding!!

seriously though, can i at least help him pick out his parts?

go to www.newegg.com to get your stuff. awesome service, fast shipping, and a good amount of information so you can make a semi-informed decision.
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Old 10-29-2003, 06:22 PM   #12
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I hate buying stuff online...too much DOA stuff.

I like Central Computers on Stevens Creek @ Saratoga. Good prices, lots of OEM stuff, and helpful salespeople.
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Old 10-29-2003, 07:15 PM   #13
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dude I can build you one under $800 hella fast

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Old 10-29-2003, 09:46 PM   #14
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just for pricing info, i got a nice Raidmax case, a 1.8 ghz northwood pentium 4 (that can easily be over clocked to 2.4 with the stock cooling), 256 MB PC3200 Geil DDRAM, 64 MB MX400 video card, and Asus motherboard (will hyperthread, support 800 FSB) for $370!! I just used the CD-ROM and 40 GB HD I already had, and I'm absolutely LOVING my new setup.
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Old 10-29-2003, 10:30 PM   #15
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hey yall, new to the forum! from the bay area too!!!

heres my imput...
forget bestbuy, forget fry's, for get slickdeals.net, forget techbargains.com.....

meet your new friend...

www.bensbargains.net

enjoy!=D....where the dawgs go for the low down on deals.
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