If it can only have 1 inte


If it can only have 1 internal hard drive its due to the lack of physical space or mounting brackets. I built a computer last year for $1300 without ever having built one before. They really are NOT that hard. I’ve been told that Dell is going to Hell. They were great at first and once they captured the market they started cutting corners with their products. I know alot of people that had Dells break down. If you want to spend $1700 on a pre-made Dell, that same $1700 can build you a custom machine that blows it away. For $1300, here’s what I built (last year at this time)

A Pentium D 2.8GHz dual core processor with a Zalman heat sink, 2Gig of DDR2 667 RAM, Intels 975 chipset, an ATI Radeon X1300 pro video card with 256MBs of video RAM, a 550w power supply, 5 Pioneer DVD+/-R burners, a 250G SATA boot drive, a 200G and a 160G IDE hard drives, and a tower to hold everything that has USB 2.0 and firewire ports. I use Adobe Premiere 6.5, Encore 1.5, Audition 2.0, CS2, Canopus Procoder 2.0, 3ds max 5, and Gear video 8 on XP pro w/SP2. It runs extremely quiet and fast. If Dell built this for me I’d spend $3000.

An external hard drive can be fast enough through firewire and perhaps even USB 2.0. Partitioning 1 drive does nothing. Its like trying to play both sides of a vinyl record with the same needle at the same time.

If you really don’t want to be bothered with building a pc, go for it (the Dell). But for the same money you could do alot better. Start with a chipset that will be fast enough for your needs, find a motherboard with that chipset that has the features your looking for (type of processor, pci-x slots, firewire, USB 2.0, SATA compatible, etc), then get your processor, RAM and video card to match your board. Add a hard drive, power supply, heat sink/fan, optical drive and tower and thats it. If you buy all the right parts, it will work every time.

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