I started this search back in February. I may finally be ready to make a decision and would like to hear from anyone regarding this decision.
Back in February, I was looking at buying a brand new name brand computer and was considering a Lenovo or Asus. However, every time I looked at the ones I was considering I was encountering two things. There would always be bi-polar reviews - those that praised the computers and those who gave negative information regarding them. And, there was always something missing from those computers that I really wanted.
Last night I did a search on used computers for sale in my local Craigslist which had an Intel I7 CPU in it. I did not see anything appealing.
I decided I really want what I want and no longer want to put up with any of the significant wait times I oftentimes do with this computer whether it because it has no USB 3.0 ports, it has a low end CPU, it only has 2.75 GB of usable RAM. On top of that it only supports one monitor and I want to have at least two, if not three.
That then leads me to either building one myself or having one built for me.
Regarding me building one for myself here is what I wrote to someone last night..
Briefly, here was my first computer build experience. I was at a computer show in Springfield [45 minutes from me] one Saturday. About 1/2 hour before the show ended, I impulsively decided I wanted to build my own computer! So, I bought all the parts. Got home. Finally got everything together at 11:30 PM and nothing happened! I looked up the company where I bought the parts from and discovered that they were going to be at another computer show on Sunday. Except it was in Southington, Connecticut - 1 1/2 hours away! So, I flew down there [in my car] and brought the computer in. I had one thing installed backwards. I paid them $35 to finish the installation and install Windows 98. And, then while I was there I bought even more parts from them to upgrade it. That was really the last time I built one! I've replaced and added a lot of components but that was the only one from scratch. I'd hate to spend $1,500 plus for parts and then end up with nothing working again!
While I was searching for computers for sale on Amazon which might possibly meet my needs I came across one with a five star rating. I then looked up reviews on the company...
The reviews were here:
There are 158 reviews. I read all of them going back to 2005. I don't think these are planted / made up reviews. On a scale of 10.00, the reviews averaged 9.83. Quite impressive.
I've had several back and forths with them to get a final quote.
My dream computer from them will cost delivered to me $1,706. Quite a lot of money for what computers sell these days. But it gives me everything I need / want. It may actually be overkill for my needs but I'd rather have resources to spare than have to put up with the limited resources frugal me has put up for way too many years.
What is in this computer is:
Intel Core i7 i7-4790K.
This is an extremely fast CPU and Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Computer CPU Processors. It also gets a New Egg Customer Choice Award Winner. It also costs as much as what I'd bought three used computers for at a computer show!
Crucial 480 GB Solid State Drive
I keep all my data on external hard drives and only the operating system and installed software on an internal drive so this drive has more than enough space.
Gigabyte GTX650 Video Card
This card allows me to plug three monitors into it.
Two Asus Internal DVD-Writer Bulk
Having two will allow me to put an original (source) DVD / CD in one and the destination DVD / CD in the other without having the pause where you have to shuffle the DVD's / CD's
Windows 7 Professional
Everyone who seems to know anything about computers prefers Windows 7 over Windows 8
The main draw for this motherboard, besides it having the Asus name, is that it gives me 8 USB 3.0 and 6 USB 2.0. USB 3.0 is a highly desired item for me.
Antec HCG750M Power Supply 750W
This should offer me plenty of power for what is currently going into the computer plus whatever else I may want to add to it in the future.
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB RAM
Two Inateck 4-port USB 3.0 Expansion Card
This will give me 8 more of my much sought after USB 3.0
Their price also includes:
Full System Assemble with 48 Hour Testing and Burn In
12 Month Parts & Labor Depot Warranty
If I built it myself then I have no guarantees it works once I put everything together plus, obviously , no warranties on the computers as a whole. I would have manufacturers' warranties on each component.
For each of the above components, I searched both Amazon and New Egg to note the reviews each component received and what the prices were at Amazon and New Egg.
All the components received between four and five stars (out of five) at both Amazon and New Egg.
If I were to buy all the components from Amazon, I could save $186. If I were to buy them all from New Egg, I could save $139. If I were to buy all the components from whoever sold them cheapest - Amazon or New Egg - I could save $213.
Finally, this coming weekend is a sales sale holiday in Massachusetts. New Egg does not charge sales tax on shipments to Massachusetts so no difference. Amazon stated that there would be no sales tax on what they sold directly but not necessarily so on sales from their sellers. If I assumed, though, that I could pay no sales tax on all I'd purchase from Amazon then I could save a total of $281.
Therefore, if I were to build it myself, I could save somewhere between $213 and $281. I'd have to order all the components separately. Wait for them to all arrive. Put them all together. Hope it boots up on the first try. Then spend a fair amount of time installing the operating system. And, then no warranties other than what the manufacturer offers.
I'm thinking it is well worth the price difference to finally get a computer professionally assembled and then shortly after finally have my dream computer!
There are a few more things I want to investigate about the computer but I'm about 95 on a scale of 100 on placing the order!