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Old November 17, 2011, 12:09 PM
hal314 hal314 is offline
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I'm not sure why you want to build a computer.

Building is somewhat complicated, but can reduce the cost of you computer by a bit, not a ton tough. If you aren't concerned with performance (ie: you are only surfing the web and maybe doing word processing), then I don't think there is much benefit to building unless you are really concerned about getting exactly the best parts.

Until you said that you wanted to get the best reliability I would have said get a laptop. I have had mine for 5 years and still works great. But laptop reliability does tend to be a little less than desktop.

That said ... you can get NCIX to build your computer once you have the parts selected, not sure about getting XP for it though.

Getting reliable will mostly be done by brand:

CPU: Intel or AMD should be fine
Mobo: Asus, MSI or Gigabyte usually are good
PSU: Corsair or (someother brand I can't recall) look for 80+
Case: whatever
DVD drive: whatever
Graphics card: don't bother, unless you are playing the latest games or editing videos
RAM: G.Skill, Mushkin, Corsair
Hard drive: Western Digital, maybe Seagate

And read reviews, both NCIX and Newegg have a good collection of reviews for components
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