I am building my 2nd kit (built 1st one in 99 - still going strong but it won't run either Deus X2 or 1/2Life2 so...).
My first question:
is it worth $100 to buy the cpu/MoBo/memory pre-built and tested (with free 2nd day shipping)?
Would it be better to go PCI express vs AGP 8X on the MoBo?
How about Athlon 64 vs 64(fx)?
I am trying to compare prices of pre-builts vs combos vs buying the pieces and assembling it myself.
I am trying to keep the kit price to $1200 or below and I still have to shop for memory, graphics etc. I can stick with my current 19" monster monitor and shop for a good deal on a 19" flat screen later.
The 2 places I am currently looking are at ZipZoomFly (every item is shipped 2nd day free) and J&N computers (all pre-assembled kits are 2nd day free).
FireFox with its tabs is really helping in this search!!
Any suggestions, comments, catcalls are welcome.
ps See, I am still smiling with holiday cheer.
pps I asked this on another board just to see what people think - I keep trying to complete my research and get this thing up and running but there is so much detail to pay attention to I find myself building the kits on different sites shopping carts then realize I am comparing apples and zebras because I missed a prefix, suffix or other detail modifier <quietly whimpers to self w/lower lip all-acquiver)