Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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RE: A third option ?
by gan17 on Sat 29th Sep 2012 02:10 UTC in reply to "A third option ?"
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....going to some local computer shop that I trust, telling them what I want, getting a price and a component list from them, and quickly checking on the web if their proposal makes sense before accepting their offer.

Actually, Neolander, when I say "build-it-myself", it's usually what you're saying. I haven't really built a computing rig from scratch myself (just not enough hours in a day) for almost a decade now, to be frank.

Usually do my research online with regards to component compatibility with OpenBSD and Linux. Once done, I get a friend who runs a store to source and build it for me. Leave the choice of casing, wiring and cooling to him, since he's good at it. Might not be the cheapest possible option, but I value him enough to pay him whatever he asks for. Plus I get great support; he's open on weekends, he sometimes drives down to my place with parts I ordered, or at least sends someone down to the lobby of his building so I can just do a "drive-thru" (which I just did 2 weeks ago picking up a new Plextor SSD), and best of all, I can buy on credit if times are tough.

Only perform minor upgrades, cleaning or parts replacements by myself.

Edited 2012-09-29 02:16 UTC

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