Yes, but I have no hardware buff, unless raptorck wants to schlep all around Jersey with me getting components and building a box.
And then if anything goes wrong, he's going to come all the way here from Brooklyn to fix it? I personally don't feel comfortable with even installing new hardware in a pre-fab computer, let alone building from the ground up. I don't know jack shit about hardware, like: "What the hell is an IRQ? Why do I need it? Why can't I just plug the damn thing into the motherboard and run it?"
And I agree with your throughput concerns; I also intend to rip a lot of stuff, and all the drive/processor speed in the world won't help if my throughput is crap. (Right?)
Blah blah blah, whine whine. I love how I said I didn't wanna build and everyone told me to build. I don't think you all understand; I really am clueless. If my computer doesn't start up, I can fix it any of two ways: reboot, or reboot in safe mode. If that doesn't work, I'm fucked. How am I supposed to *build* a box, then?
If I had a hardware guy, it would be different. I would watch and learn and do it myself the next time. I'm quick like that. But I have no hardware guy.
That's just a heads up to you guys. I appreciate all the feedback; I really do; but all the talk about building my own is not going to convince me until I can see some hard price and compatability data.
Right now, I'm looking at this Dell.
It's quiet— I like that.
For $1400, not including (OMG $$$) shipping I can get:
- 64MB DDR NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 Graphics Card with DVI [add $120]
- 64MB DDR NVIDIA GeForce3 4X AGP Graphics Card with DVI [add $280]
- 64MB DDR NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 500 Graphics Card with DVI and TV-Out [add $330]
Now let's talk about ways to get that price down. >=D