Are System Builder Marathon Rigs Suitable for a First Build?

Bulldog17

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I am almost ready to build my first PC...and then I read about - and drooled over - the Enthusiast PC in the December 2009 System Builder Marathon.

I said I'm "almost ready" for my first build because I feel there are still a few things I need to learn about, like how to choose a case. I figured I would buy my last pre-made computer for Windows 7, and my next computer would be my first build.

The beauty of an SBM computer, as I see it, is that the experts at Tom's have selected all the parts, so I know they're well-matched and good quality, thereby removing a major worry for a first timer.

Of course, reasonable people can and do disagree about whether Tom's should have used "this" brand of video card instead of "that" brand, and every month new and better components come to market, but to me as a potential first-time builder...who cares? Any way you look at it I'm getting a computer that's more capable than what HP or Dell offer, even if it costs a little more. (And I have the satisfaction of building it myself.)

So what's your opinion: Is a System Builder Marathon PC a good choice for a first build?

 

soulbro

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I don't believe that's the case at all.

Also, I echo MadAdmiral's sentiment that the SBM builds are a great place to start for any new build, but that December's builds were a bit borked.
 
No, young tech becomes mainstream fast. SSDs are certainly the future, and there isn't a single most noticeable upgrade in computing today.

That said, SSDs do have problems that need to be worked out. However, once you reach a certain amount for the build, there isn't a good alternative to spend the money on.
 

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Thanks, tecmo, and thanks to everyone else, too. It's great to know that I can ask for feedback on my build.

I've got my eye on the 12/2009 "Enthusiast" PC (and not just because it was the "winner" of that shoot-out.) I don't need two video cards, and I don't need a fancy video card at all. (I'm no gamer.) I would trade the two video cards for one simpler card and a memory card reader and pocket the change. That ought to bring the price of the build to within reasonable distance of a similarly capable OEM buy, only I'll have better parts. (I already have software.)
 

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Yeah, but what I took away from that article was that SSDs last at least as long as magnetic drives, except that when an SSD "fails," it becomes read-only, rather than a paperweight. ;)

Anyway, if I have to replace my SSD every few years, it's still worth it to me...it just makes things so fast.
 

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I've seen some of the first magnetic drives ever made, the ones the size of a modern computer. Those things are fun to disect, and the weird thing is, some of those things still work after like 30+yrs.
 

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True,
But those dishwashers were made for an enterprise market, not for a consumer market.
Just look at the incoming inspection and mil spec. quality of the parts/ some of the critical ones.
Don't compare different markets.
Look at PC server builds today. a $150 motherboard vs. a $800 one. Of course some of that is mark-up.
 

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