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Dell has pretty good systems, as long as you ONLY buy the standard configuration. As soon as you add or change anything, they steal you blind. The same goes with HP and other names. The most economical way is to build yourself, but if you have never done that before and may be overwhelmed by things like VSSADMIN, and you feel that you are equipped with two left thumbs, instead of opposable ones that are capable of grasping at straws, buying may be better, but keep in mind all of us here, who build their own systems, have had the same feelings once.
Another important aspect is that nearly all ready-bought systems from Dell, HP and the like do not allow overclocking.
What this means is that you can get an i7-920 for € 210, but at Dell you may need an i7-965 at an extra cost of € 500 which still does not perform as good as the cheaper 920 at higher clock speeds.
If you (or someone who can help you) is OK with building your own, go to my notes http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM and near the top I list what I am going buy
This is to edit SD material... for HD I have read that the 1T data drive I list should be a multiple drive RAID setup... and the nVidia 285 card to use the MPE module in CS5 that is due out soon
Thanks, Harm and John.
Harm, what is the price difference percentage-wise(like 30% more?) for the very same setup at specialist company like guygraphics vs HP or Dell?
You make a good point. If you have a list of components and go to a local shop, they can build exactly that and you have local support around the corner. That is a clear advantage. However, building your own PC is not difficult and the drawback is that the local shop may charge top $ for some components. When I built my own system, I used 4 different shops to get the components, one for the Areca card, another for the cache memory, another for all the disks and the last one for the rest.
Whichever way you go, you need to make a list for yourself of the components you want, get a feel for the current prices and decide whether that fits your budget. If you can find a local shop that can build the system to your liking and not charge too much, it is a very sensible solution.
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