Least sucky desktop PCs?

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  1. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Reasonable reliable
    Not full of pre-installed crap
    Easy to replace broken parts with off the shelf stuff w/o having to go back to the manufacturer for some proprietary BS
    Drivers easily available on web site

    Who makes them?
     
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    your local computer store. Might I recommend PC Buzz in Santa Ana.
     
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    unless you go with a white box from a local place they're all going to have pre-installed crap.


    Emachines. I own two and have told about eight friends to buy them. I end up being desktop support for my friends so I wouldn't recommend it unless I knew I wasn't going to have a problem with it. I've replace or added memory, dvd burner, 2nd hard drive, tv-tuner, new video card.......... think that's it. Never had a problem doing an upgrade.

    Before anyone gets his panties in a bunch, I did those things by choice, not because there was anything wrong. I turned one into a media pc so that's why I replaced/added that stuff. The original equipment did not fail.

    Also, here's my pre-emptive link for when someone says emachines is shit. It beat dell, and most people say dell is pretty good.

    article - emachines steals the show
    http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,112915,pg,8,00.asp

    direct link to report card
    http://images.pcworld.com/howto/graphics/112915-2112p132-4b.gif
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    ...the one you build yourself with parts you picked out. Even a prebuilt box from a local PC shop is likely to have the builder's favorite free utilities on it.

    Building a PC isn't hard. Tuning it to within a hair's breadth of its limits is the hard part. I'm sure you know what all of the basic parts of a PC are, and there is always a thread or two on the first page of this forum with people asking "what's the best brand of part x?". Collect that information, grab your credit card, and start browsing Newegg. If their price seems high for any particular part, check out Dealtime or some other retail-comparison website to see what price other stores are selling the same part for.
     
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    Most don't. And you can ask them not to install them if they do.
     
  6. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    I know all about building PCs. I build my own because I love controlling exactly what goes in them. But I don't sell them because I'd rather not be free support for it. I can make more money NOT selling the box, then getting paid to troubleshoot it and fix it down the road.

    Jolly, I'll check out PC Buzz. I used to get parts from PC Club around the corner from them before they closed. Now I have to go to Fry's *shudders* when I need something in a hurry.
     
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    I worked at PC Club when I was still in High School. :) I know all about em. I ended up avoiding them once I quit. The company isn't so great. Some of the stores have nice people, and that can help, but overall the company chooses the direction they have to go. :greddy:

    PC Buzz will definitely take care of you. They were my preferred "local" shop when I lived down in Torrance. Great selection of on-hand Seagate hard drives, Intel motherboards, Asus and MSI products. On-hand stock of Corsair memory, etc.
     

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