When thinking of getting a new Desktop for the real Geek there is no question to build it from selected components and not buy one of the shelf.
TheTechLounge sent us just a note that they created a part list for a mid-range ($1,500) complete desktop system including monitor and all input devices.
I did a quick check on Dell.com what a similar system to what TheTechLounge proposes would cost. I got a complete Dell Dimension 4600 system (see specification below) with bigger HD and what i think more important 2 year warranty and at-home service for about the same price.
I for my part would not build a mid-range PC myself. I think it only makes sense to build highly specialized machines or if you are into modding. Mid-range PCs are the focus of the Dell's of this world.
I am currently looking into building or buying a highly optimized Desktop PC for a Graphics Designer (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, etc.). This system requires great 2D graphics performance and fast disks. If anybody has a suggestion here or knows of a recent hardware guide for a 2D optimized PC please email us
|Dell Dimension 4600 Desktop Computer||Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology (3.20GHz, 800 FSB)||WPB328H||[221-4141]||1|
|Operating System||Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional||WPXP||[313-7222][412-0409][412-0688][463-2282][420-4838][420-4927]||11|
|Memory||1GB Dual Channel DDR SDRAM at 400MHz (2x512M)||1GB4||[311-9004]||3|
|Keyboard||Dell Quietkey® Keyboard||QK||[310-1582]||4|
|Monitor||19 in (18.0 in viewable) M993 CRT Monitor||M993||[320-3954]||5|
|Video Card||128MB DDR ATI RADEON 9800 PRO Graphics Card with TV-Out and DVI||128PRO||[320-2871][320-2575]||6|
|Hard Drive||FREE UPGRADE! 160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)||160SP||[463-0356]||8|
|Floppy Drive and Additional Storage Devices||No Floppy Drive Included||NFD||[340-8688]||10|
|Mouse||Dell 2-button scroll mouse||SM||[310-1871]||12|
|Network Card||Integrated Intel® PRO 10/100 Ethernet||IN||[430-0412]||13|
|Modem||56K PCI Data Fax Modem||DFAX||[313-2279]||14|
|Document Management||Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0||AAREAD||[412-0705]||15|
|CD or DVD Drive||Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+RW/+R) w/double layer write capability||16DVDRW||[313-2745][420-4919]||16|
|Sound||Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio||IS||[313-2758]||17|
|Speakers||Dell A425 Speakers with Subwoofer||A425||[313-2134]||18|
|Productivity Software||WordPerfect®, Powerful Word Processing||CORELM||[412-0551][412-0701]||22|
|Security Software||No Security Subscription||NS||[412-0732]||25|
|Digital Music||Dell Jukebox - easy-to-use music player and CD burning software||MMBASE||[412-0691]||27|
|Digital Photography||Paint Shop™ Pro® Trial plus Photo Album™ Starter Edition||DPS||[412-0521]||28|
|Limited Warranty, Services and Support Options||2Yr Ltd Warranty, 2Yr At-Home Service, and 2Yr Technical Support||S222OS||[950-1261][950-3338][950-1260][412-0360][900-8241][960-2800]||29|
|Internet Access Services||6 Months America Online Internet Access Included||AOLDHS||[412-0585][412-0625][420-3224][412-0687]||37|
|Dell Media Experience||Dell Media Experience||DMX||[412-0660]||115|
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