Originally Posted by ZHubbard83
It is onboard, so those areas you mentioned are taken care of. According to the guy helping me out, who really is more than just a salesman, he gave me his personal number and offered to help me build it if I desired his help. He is a true enthusiast just as you Hammer.
To the previous guy who almost came at me with an attack, I know that I have relatively zero knowledge, and I may be getting a little bit ahead of myself, but I enjoy a challenge and am eager to learn. I just finished up my junior year of college and am looking to improve my all around knowledge in many areas, building a computer would be a great start to doing so.
I think I had everything you listed checked off, as I mentioned the case costs $250 and has a built in cooling system and gauges that read temperatures and what not, seems pretty high-tec.
Ill keep you posted if you are interested, I have not ruled out getting an Alienware either. By looking at the inside of one of those I am sure I could learn a lot as well.
Compare what you're getting directly to the same configuration Alienware, the price difference won't be that dramatic.
A P4 3.4 Extreme is over $1000 and a top line vid card is $400-$500 at online discount houses. With your case that's nearly $1800 before memory, software, power supply, optical drives or hard drives so I think either your getting lesser components, or comparing it to a much higher spec Alienware.
If you configure an Alienware with lower specs, the price comes down dramatically.
I'm not trying to influence you one way or another, but I know you can't build the same spec machine for 50% of the equivalent Alienware, especially buying all your parts from a brick and mortar store like CompUSA. If you're serious about building your own, check out the prices at online sources like Pricewatch.com and you'll save more. Most motherboards come with step by step instructions on how to assemble a computer, and there are tons of websites that do it step-by-step.
The extra you spend at Alienware pays for the warranty and support which you'll appreciate if you have any problems, the labor to put the machine together, load and update the software, running in and testing the machine, the R&D testing program Alienware conducts to make sure the components you buy work together well, and the upgrade plan among other things.