As long as it respects the other aspects and it doesn't go beyond say, 1500$, I can pay for it. So budget's not really a problem.
2) Are there any brands/resellers that you prefer or any you really don't like?
Not really. Of course, they have to be available in Canada.
3) What tasks will you be performing with the Desktop?
Gaming, Skype, everyday use (internet, word processing, etc).
4) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
Yes, Battlefield 3 and Diablo III are some recent games that I'm playing, but of course the more time-proof the machine is the better.
5) Do you mind buying parts online without seeing them in person?
If I can see peer reviews that support the product I do not need to see the parts in person.
6) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS X, Linux, etc.
Definitely Windows 7, I don't care for Hackintoshes and Linux computers. They are less compatible with the software I want.
7) How much hard drive space is needed?
Small SSD for Windows and a couple of essential programs (really, not a lot needed, I guess a couple of gigs)
Large HDD (over a terabyte I suppose, HDDs are cheap) for pictures from the interwebs, games, movies, etc.
8) What size desktop would you like?(All in one, compact, large)
Meeeh. As long as the rest's respected. I guess a large one would be better to avoid overheating?
9) Does the case need to be stylish?
No. Efficiency or value over style any day.
10) What resolution will the screen run at? One or Two screens?
I want my games to look sharp without being too taxing on the PC, so I'd say a little over full HD. 1200p or higher, but low response time and high contrast is important too. A single screen of high quality seems more important than two screens, unless you can convince me otherwise. I've heard good about IPS screens' colors and viewing angles, so maybe that?
11) Do you need any particular hardware?(Ports, HDD slots, double DVD drives, etc.)
DVD drives: at least 1
USB 3.0: at least 2
Of course, the usual microphone and headset ports.
12) How would you rate your technical skills?
Not really high, but I'm learning.
13) Have you ever built a desktop before?
No, but I'm going to be helped.
14) Do you need wireless connectivity?
(Nah, I have ethernet cables available.)
edit: Nope, I'd need it.
15) When are you going to be building this?
Late summer/early autumn.
16) Have you considered a pre-built desktop? Or even a notebook?
No for notebooks This is for home only and Sonic Sayz mobile parts are -no good-. Maybe for the pre-built desktop, if a company has very good power/dollar and has a Canadian branch.
17) Are you going to overclock?
Not planning to.
Last edited by Fish Teets; 07-09-2012 at 07:57 PM.
My name is Shomprakash and I'm a member of the Dell Social Media Team.
Regarding your query- going through the comprehensive list of requirements, i would suggest a custom built Alienware X-51.
It helps with your graphics requirements, and it looks really good (that's an add-on).
Alternatively, you can look at the XPS 8500 if you want an additional mSATA SSD on top of the regular hard drive. However, the factory installation on the 8500 machine will not have the OS installed on the 32GB SSD. It has been included as part of the new Intel Rapid Startup technology.
Reply here if you need help with this or if you want to talk to a Dell Sales Representative. We'd be glad to assist.