So the time has come to get a new family computer... The computer will be used mostly for work, word processing and so on, and some moderate gaming (Sims 3, Flight Simulator, that sort of thing).
We've had terrible luck with prebuilds, especially HP, where as I've often read online, the hardware craps out right after the warranty is up. Meanwhile we have a computer we got custom built at a shop in 2001 still chugging along with Windows ME on it (good times...) so we decided to go that route. Got a quote today for one and I want to know if this is good value or not. Always been pretty knowledgeable about software but I'm pretty clueless about hardware other than a general idea of what's good. The quote is for $821.96 Canadian, tax included.
Asus F2A55-M/CSM Socket FM2 Mother Board
AMD a8-5600K Quad Core 3.6 GHz APU Socket FM2 CPU
Kingston 8GB Hyper-X DDR3 RAM
Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB BLUE SATA3 6Gb/s 7200 RPM 64 MB Buffer Hard drive
LG SATA 24x DVD +/`- RW Dual Layer
Sapphire AMD Radeon R7 240 with Boost 2GB GDDR5 graphics card
Built in wireless
Comes with Windows 7 (yay) and Norton antivirus (yuck)
They fully build it, install software and include a 1-year warranty on all parts and labour
Thoughts? Seems pretty good from what I've seen (especially including the extra graphics card, prebuilds seem to get pushed into the $1000s to add that) but wanted to check before we go ahead and buy it.
Edited by thoive, 28 March 2014 - 08:55 PM.