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I enjoy building my own. I don't build bottom end machines, so building my own is cheaper than buying one of similar specs. Last few I built were in the $800-$900 range.

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Old 09-29-2008, 11:31 AM   #42
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I go new every 18 months-2 years. I bought a step or two down from top of the line. For example, I built my last rig and went with a quad-core Intel chip but not the quad-core extreme. I went with a very nice video card but not the NVidia 260. I bought a lot of RAM but 800 MHz not 1033 MHz. I bought nice hard drives but not 15k RPM drives.

Between my job, second job, and other projects, I spend a fair amount of time on my computer. It needs to be responsive or else it's frustrating.

I've been tempted to really deck out a machine, but the power would be wasted for what I do so I usually talk myself out of it.

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