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It's time to start shopping. My main PC, originally purchased back in 2004, is simply not cutting it anymore -- choking on the newest games, stuttering, locking up frequently, and generally giving signs that it's time to find an upgrade. So I'm now researching the hell out of PC hardware, looking for the latest and greatest, getting up to speed again. Dual Core this, quad-SLI video cards, 1100 watt power supplies, Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate Edition....things have clearly advanced quite a bit since I went shopping for the Hattori Hanzo box in 2004. Still, to have gotten more than five years out of the PC is not bad, I suppose.

Who makes the best gaming PCs nowadays? Alienware has always been overrated, but Hypersonic, VoodooPC and Falcon NW always got good reviews. They're just damned expensive. Maybe I should get the component listings from one of the hyper-builders and then get a local shop to build it for me. I prefer small stores anyway.

*sigh* I guess this means the home theater speaker upgrade I was looking to make soon will have to wait a while longer.......


[[The Oracle would like to know what you're doing this weekend.]]

Date: 2009-11-14 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowstitch.livejournal.com
Personally, I'd never go with a prebuilt if I could help it. You're always better off, performance-wise, picking up custom parts and building it yourself!

I tend to augment my PC a little bit each year -- new drives or whatnot -- and make one huge technology shift every 3-4 years, so you're probably about due. I always feel a little sad about putting together a new system, because I never know what to do with the old ones. Even my slowest PC is more than adequate for web browsing and gaming with pretty much anything up to about 2006, but I am a PC gamer, so I tend to require more out of my systems.

About a year and a half ago I built my current "ground-up" rig: a Quad Core Q6600 on an Asus Intel-based "Maximus" mobo with an 8800GTS512 video card and 2 sticks of 2 GB 1066 DDR2. The processor easily overclocked from 2.4 GHZ to 3.0, because that was a particularly well-tuned revision of the Q6600. At these specs it's already showing its age, but I can run pretty much any game out there at middling to high settings, depending.

Date: 2009-11-15 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dslartoo.livejournal.com
I still have my machine from prior to this one -- use it for abandonware games and stuff that DOSBOX and other oldstyle emulators can't handle.

I have other friends who wonder why I don't build my PCs myself. The answer's simple: after spending my entire workday troubleshooting clients' PCs and hardware and software issues, I don't want to do any more of it myself. Even if it's for MY use. I just want it to work. I'd rather pay a bit more to have somebody put the box together for me, test it properly, do burn-in and stability checks, install all the needed OS and patching, and so forth.

And I'd never buy a prebuilt PC from somebody like Gateway or Dell. The manufacturers I *did* mention I use mostly for comparison shopping and to get up-to-date on the latest technologies. I would be glad to buy from one of them (all their PCs are hand-built, not preassembled a la Dell or Gateway) but they're freakin' ridiculously expensive.

Austin is a huge technology town. I'm pretty sure I can find someone local to put together a nice box for me, with my chosen parts.


Date: 2009-11-14 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verdragon.livejournal.com

I am in the throes of moving. But happy about it, even with the body aches and overwhelmed with the work it entails.

Date: 2009-11-15 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dslartoo.livejournal.com


Date: 2009-11-14 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marared.livejournal.com
Alienware got bought out by Dell a couple years ago - I wouldn't touch 'em now.

I need a new PC myself; I'm on a single core with PC3200 ram and full IDE ports. I've never had a single problem with this box, despite all that I've done to it; the only parts that are starting to crap out are both DVD burners. The video card and the sound card let me do far more than I rightfully should be able to get away with. As soon as I get out from under almost $3000 in medical debt (still waiting on Aetna on that hospital thing) I'm probably going to custom build one.

Working working working all weekend. Tis the season to drive myself batty with holiday busywork...

Date: 2009-11-15 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dslartoo.livejournal.com
That's another vote for custom-building, then. I just can't be bothered building the PC myself (see answer above). Should be able to find a local small shop to do it, I'd think.

I did know Alienware got bought out but they were never worth the ridiculously inflated prices they charged even when they WERE their own company. I mean, they could run up to $1000 more than even the other high-end PC makers like Hypersonic and VoodooPC, which were already overpriced. I use them just for comparison shopping. :)


Date: 2009-11-15 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ytsemaddy.livejournal.com
We got a crazy pimped-out laptop about 2 years ago from http://www.xoticpc.com/ . Laptop itself was a Sager, but we ordered it from Xotic. Their desktop menu seems borked, but if you'd consider a laptop (technically a laptop, but I swear it's designed for a linebacker's lap) they're a good place to go.

Date: 2009-11-16 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dslartoo.livejournal.com
I am thinking about a laptop at some point in the future but not for a while. The desktop will do me just fine for now. Thanks for the rec, though!

As it happens I found a fairly good place after some research on ResellerRatings. This place (http://www.pugetsystems.com) has an unbelievable 100% rating and nothing but page after page of positive reviews. I think I may be buying from them.


Date: 2009-11-17 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ytsemaddy.livejournal.com
I think my brain has vague recollection of "That's a good systems maker" so you're probably safe. :)

It's no longer available, but when it was, the HP Blackbird 002 was a thing of pure gear lust...


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