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Posted: 8/19/2004 4:27:48 PM EST
I'm currently deciding what I want for my first computer build and I've been browsing Newegg.com, they seem to have great shipping rates, excellent wholesale prices on about everything.

Anyone have any real experience?

Thanks

Also any tips for a first time builder?
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:29:02 PM EST
Newegg is outstanding. Nearly everything I order comes from them.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:29:16 PM EST
Newegg is fantastic. You can occasionally find better prices elsewhere (xoxnide or somesuch) but on the whole Newegg is a great E-tailer.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:29:20 PM EST
They kick ass. Great prices, fast delivery, and good cusotmer service.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:29:41 PM EST
newegg.com and tigerdirect.com are good ones i ordered from both before no problems what so ever
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:32:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By furball75:
newegg.com and tigerdirect.com are good ones i ordered from both before no problems what so ever


NewEgg is out fucking standing, Tiger won't get another penny outta me since they decided not to honor my last two rebates...
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:33:16 PM EST
New egg was my favorite until they set up shop here in TN. Now I am stuck going to zipzoomfly.com which isnt too bad either.

Yay for todays order. Now that I have a new tv its time for an HTPC.

ORDER TIME: Thu Aug 19 2004 11:08:10 A.M. PT

ORDER CONTENT:
1 x (320757) ATI All-In-Wonder 9600 AGP 8X 128MB DDR Video Card w/TV-Out & Video-In Retail ***Free 2nd Day*** @ $139.99

1 x (172656) Samsung TS-H542A/WRCH 12X/8X Internal DVD±R/RW Drive (Black) Retail ***Free 2nd Day*** @ $85.99

1 x (101212) Western Digital WD Caviar WD2000BB 200GB Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive *** Free 2nd Day *** @ $106.00
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:33:43 PM EST
I've ordered a few things from them as well and the products and service were top notch.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:37:05 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:37:28 PM EST
Ditto, what they said.


ByteTheBullet (-:
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:38:24 PM EST
NewEgg.com is good to go. I've bought stuff from them several times without a problem.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:39:25 PM EST
Built my entire pc with stuff from newegg. They rock!
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:40:28 PM EST
Nothing but the best service from newegg.com. AOK #1

MT
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:40:48 PM EST
newegg is good, despite their somewhat cheesy looking website. Accupc is good too, you just have to call a few times to find someone who speaks enough english to take your order.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:41:11 PM EST
I've ordered from them 2 or 3 times [I usually just buy directly from my work, I'm a tech for a local computer builder and I can buy things at cost (getting a 6800GT tomorrow for $378 )], all were good experiences. Decent prices, good CS, fast shipping, no mistakes.

--cfors
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:41:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By EladEflow:
Also any tips for a first time builder?



At Least 2 Hard Drives.
#1 System OS
#2 Data

You will find yourself probably installing Windows Several Times.... storing your Data on a 2nd drives minimizes the agony.

Get A Good Mobo...

Are you going Intel or AMD?
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:42:58 PM EST
My only problem with new egg is that they have a store in NJ, which means I get charged tax.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:45:41 PM EST
So, what are you looking to build?
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:47:17 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:55:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By EladEflow:
I'm currently deciding what I want for my first computer build and I've been browsing Newegg.com, they seem to have great shipping rates, excellent wholesale prices on about everything.

Anyone have any real experience?



Only place that will get my money. They are awesome!


Originally Posted By EladEflow:
Also any tips for a first time builder?




  • Go AMD.

  • Find out what the best component (HD, MB,
    Processor) was 4 months ago - buy that. You'll
    save a fortune.

  • If you are a gamer, GPU is more important
    than CPU (within reason).

  • Cooling is important

  • Buy more power than you think that you
    need

  • Tom's Hardware Guide



Good luck!
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:58:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/19/2004 4:59:01 PM EST by SO-COM]
Buy from newegg. Just check their reseller rating on www.resellratings.com Personally, I think they are responsible for the near death of business like CompUSA. They just give such a good price that home builders go there for parts.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:58:40 PM EST
+1 for www.zipzoomfly.com. Pretty every computer part (with the exception of big and heavy parts like the case) have free shipping, and their prices are usually a couple bucks lower than newegg---and with free shipping. Their service is topnotch, since their website is updated often, and lets you know if something is on backorder and expected date.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 5:07:05 PM EST
newegg is great, can't beat them in my opinion. A co-worker of mine swears by directron though, who aren't bad either.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 5:16:45 PM EST
I bought LCD from Newegg. Very reliable, fast shipping and good prices.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 5:23:19 PM EST
Bought my Radeon 9800 Pro from newegg.com. Ordered it on a Friday night, and received it on Tuesday morning. Had I ordered it on like Monday or something I imagine it woulda been even faster.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 5:24:40 PM EST
Another vote for newegg.

My entire machine is newegg parts (except the display).
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 5:33:06 PM EST
NewEgg rocks!!! ZipZoomFly (formerly Googlegear) is excellent too. Monarchcomputer.com here in GA is excellent but don't shop much there due to sales tax, bought a AMD 2100 and they gave me a T-shirt.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 5:35:07 PM EST
newegg and cyberpowerpc are who i use
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 5:48:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/19/2004 5:53:38 PM EST by EladEflow]

Originally Posted By PrivateJoker:

Are you going Intel or AMD?



AMD XP 3200+ 2.2 ghz Barton core

ASUS "A7N8X" nForce2 Ultra 400 (supports dual channel ram)

EVGA Geforce 5600 256DDR

Corsair 2x512 DDR400 (PC3200) Dual channel

Right now with everything I want I'm coming in right under 1000 dollars (Listed above is not everything, I basically have everything I need for a gaming desktop), but I think I may take your advice and get two HDDs... so for the OS all I need is a small HDD and then a larger one for my data, or will that slow my OS down?

Great thread guys
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 5:51:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By EladEflow:

Originally Posted By PrivateJoker:

Are you going Intel or AMD?



AMD XP 3200+ 2.2 ghz Barton core

ASUS "A7N8X" nForce2 Ultra 400 (supports dual channel ram)

EVGA Geforce 5600 256DDR

Corsair 2x512 DDR400 (PC3200) Dual channel

Right now with everything I want I'm coming in right under 1000 dollars, but I think I may take your advice and get two HDDs... so for the OS all I need is a small HDD and then a larger one for my data, or will that slow my OS down?

Great thread guys




That's what I'm running right now, except I have a weaker video card.

For the hard drives, I bought a small fast drive to load the OS on,and three 250 gig drives for storage.

Link Posted: 8/19/2004 5:56:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
That's what I'm running right now, except I have a weaker video card.

For the hard drives, I bought a small fast drive to load the OS on,and three 250 gig drives for storage.




I'll never need a quarter of that for storage. I'm looking at around 80gbs total, any drive recomendations?
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 5:57:39 PM EST
Newegg is good.

However, before you buy any computer related items get to know this site:

www.resellerratings.com
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 6:02:24 PM EST
+1 for Newegg. The Egg rocks.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 6:05:39 PM EST
newegg is number 1 for me right now, with zipzoomfly 2nd.


I will never, ever deal with tigerdirect again. If they were the last computer company on earth, I would give up computers.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 6:09:58 PM EST
I've bought lots of hardware from NewEgg.

Highly recommended.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 6:11:52 PM EST
I've placed several orders. so far, so good!
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 6:12:13 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/19/2004 6:18:17 PM EST by DJbump]
Newegg and ZipZoomFly are my two primary PC sources. Good prices, great shipping, and excellent service. Sometimes you can find something for a few dollars cheaper from other sources (ZZF, for one) but Newegg's Fedex shipping is outstanding.

There are plenty of tutorials online for first time builders--stick to the ones on the big hardware sites (Hardocp, Anandtech, Tom's Hardware, etc) and you won't go wrong.

Other than that, I would suggest also trying some form of Linux in addition to Windows. You may at some point grow tired of the security/viruses/crashes/etc. with Windows, and if you do, Linux is the solution--give it a try in a dual boot configuration.

Good Luck
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 6:14:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By Q3131A:
Newegg is good.

However, before you buy any computer related items get to know this site:

www.resellerratings.com



Lol,

Everything I've looked up has Newegg.com listed as the "Smart buy", cheapest prices plus the highest rate of approval.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 6:18:10 PM EST

Originally Posted By DJbump:
Newegg and ZipZoomFly are my two primary PC sources. Good prices, great shipping, and excellent service. Sometimes you can find something for a few dollars cheaper from other sources (ZZF, for one) but Newegg's Fedex shipping is outstanding.

There are plenty of tutorials online for first time builders--stick to the ones on the big hardware sites (Hardocp, Anandtech, Tom's Hardware, etc) and you won't go wrong. Other than that, I would only suggest also trying some form of Linux in addition to Windows. You may at some point grow tired of the security/viruses/crashes/etc. with Windows, and if you do, Linux is the solution--give it a try in a dual boot configuration.

Good Luck



That's funny,

On my current system (Compaq)

1.2 Celeron

512 Pc133

Geforce 2 MX400

Windows XP Pro (Always kept up to date) with Norton 2001 as my antivirus (Always updated) I've never had a crash, but I also backup my essentials, and format once a year over at Sniper_Wolfe's, we make it into a LAN party of sorts.

Hopefully my homebuilt system is even more reliable.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 7:29:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/19/2004 7:31:40 PM EST by DJbump]
EladEflow-

The two drive suggestion given earlier is a good one. I'm glad that XP has been stable for you. The odds are, though, that eventually, Windows will either crash on you, be crippled by a virus or a security breech--that's just the reality of the situation.

Having OS on one drive and data on another works as a failsafe just as a dual boot with LInux would. For that matter, if you DO go the two drive route, you could partition the OS drive for XP and the Linux root/swap directories, while drive two would have a partition for XP data and a partition for Linux data.

It's just a suggestion, of course, feel free to completely ignore it.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 7:30:56 PM EST
I normally go with werever is cheapest, I have heard alot of good stuff about them, but havent gotten anything yet.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 7:44:55 PM EST
Newegg rocks .

I've probably spent more $$$ there then I have on my BRD . Their customer service
is great . RMA's are handled quickly and usually no questions asked . In fact I'm waiting on an order right now which has only been 2 days and I fully expect it tomorrow .
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 7:46:40 PM EST
Order all the time from them, but my favorite is zipzoomfly
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 7:51:59 PM EST
Newegg does a shitton of business on campus.

Hell, they probably account for half the packages going to the dorms. (engineering college)
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 10:06:59 PM EST
Go with the extra harddrive space. You never know when you will need more and the price is low enough where it is worth it. I am sitting here right now listening to the wonderful sound of half terrabyte humming along and I still need more. Backing up your movies and music takes space but it is nice to be able to call them up from anywhere without having to hunt down the cd or the dvd.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 10:14:41 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/19/2004 10:17:14 PM EST by Atencio]

Originally Posted By EladEflow:

I'll never need a quarter of that for storage. I'm looking at around 80gbs total, any drive recomendations?



I prefer Western Digital 10,000RPM SATA 74 GB Raptors, myself.

If you need extra space later you can always buy a big EIDE drive and run it externally via USB or firewire. I try to keep as little as possible on my primary drive.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 11:04:47 PM EST
I buy almost all my computer related hardware from Newegg, unless there's a deal somewhere else that's just too good to pass up. They have excellent customer service, and shipping is extremely fast. I often times got packages a day or 2 ahead of schedule. I recommend them frequently to others.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 11:20:31 PM EST
Buy the 36 gig WD Raptor SATA for your OS, $100 at ZipZoomFly, then buy a WD 200gig SATA, $120, for porn.


Originally Posted By EladEflow:

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
That's what I'm running right now, except I have a weaker video card.

For the hard drives, I bought a small fast drive to load the OS on,and three 250 gig drives for storage.




I'll never need a quarter of that for storage. I'm looking at around 80gbs total, any drive recomendations?

Link Posted: 8/19/2004 11:45:50 PM EST
As if you need any more votes of confidence...

NewEgg rocks. Got a large order a day sooner than expected.
Link Posted: 8/20/2004 12:00:45 AM EST
Don't forget to check with www.sharkyextreme.com/.
Link Posted: 8/20/2004 12:14:37 AM EST
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