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Disadvantage of Prebuilt PC's?

by ksoiehawo / July 14, 2005 3:03 AM PDT

I was looking into buying a dual-core PC from HP, but I would like to know what would be the disadvantages of buying a prebuilt system instead of building it myself.

The main thing I can think of is the expandability of the system, and I can't seem to find any pictures of the interior of the system...

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Here's a thread started in
by TONI H / July 14, 2005 3:17 AM PDT
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You can find
by Alan Copeland / July 14, 2005 3:19 AM PDT

Interior views on HP site if you know your model number. Contact HP tech support for information.

The first obstacle to home brew is compatability. Second is warranties from multiple vendors.

Many build their own and save money, but unless you have special requirements I think you can do well wih HP/FCompaq etc.

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Prebuilt vs. Do It Yourself
by danthelanman / July 14, 2005 3:48 AM PDT

Prebuilts - Pro's - can save time, $$, and will come with some sort of warranty and support. Con's - Proprietary Hardware, ''extra'' unwanted software and support (sometimes difficult to get quickly). Also, best if able to configure system to presumably meet your needs for several years.

As for ''expandability'', if you go Prebuilt, I'd load it up with everything your thinking you'd like to have. Will cost more initially, but at least you've got it installed and under warranty with the system. If you build it, you can certainly wait til you really want it (and have the $$, if that's an issue)to install certain devices. Just try to anticipate some possibilities and make sure they'll work with the initial configuration.

Good Luck.

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Hard Drive
by ksoiehawo / July 14, 2005 4:38 AM PDT

For the HP, on the website it lists, 1 internal 3.5 bay (occupied), and thats a bit of a concern to me.

cause I think the 3.5 is for hard drives, and I need a lot of storage, and I already have a internal drive full of photos/video/music thatd id like to add to the system and an external hard drive that i wanted to add to the system.

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and the motherboard...
by ksoiehawo / July 14, 2005 4:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Hard Drive

is there anyway to find out what mobo the HP uses? or do they use some sort of custom mobo that HP makes?

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Dual Core vs Single Core
by ksoiehawo / July 14, 2005 4:49 AM PDT
In reply to: and the motherboard...

Im going to use this system for a lot of video editing, so would I see a big differenec from going from a 3.0ghz single core to a 3.0Ghz dual core?

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Extra HDD - MoBo - Dual
by danthelanman / July 14, 2005 7:52 AM PDT
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In ''General'':

You should be able to mount at least one more drive in most any box. Especially if your not installing multiple CD/DVD drives. May need some extra brackets, but those are easy to come by. As for external, as long as OS is supported by device and port type available, non-issue.?.

Most HP MoBo's are specific to HP. Makes finding a replacement difficult and expensive once out of warranty. FYI: Just parted-out an HP with a bad MoBo that was just over 1.5 yrs old. Just didn't make $$ since to purchase and install replacement.

The thing with Dual's is to make sure your apps can take advantage of the second processor. Most don't. Your $$'s are probably better spent on RAM.

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video editing
by ksoiehawo / July 15, 2005 4:12 AM PDT

would video editing take advantage of a dual core processor?

the HP case does seem awfully cramped though, cause they took a lot of the space up for their special HP external drive thing that slides into the case...

if this doesnt work out, im just going to wait for the 3800+ Athlon64 X2 (does anyone know what the clock speed would be?), and build my own system.

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You'll be toatally peede off,
by Ray Harinec / July 15, 2005 4:53 AM PDT

when you find how little freedom the BIOS will give you.

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by ksoiehawo / July 15, 2005 4:14 PM PDT

i dont really touch the bios cause i never know what im doing....

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