well I actually get the componants like you, a friend we know builds the stuff.
and installs the os.
When your mbrs went couldn't you just restore them?
I mean the files were still there or did you need to reformat, I thought just 
loading the oses back  on a rescue basis would poot them back or something.
At 04:31 p.m. 7/04/2009, you wrote:
>Hi Shaun,
>Actually, I hand build all of my desktops, because they tend to be more 
>reliable, run better, and use higher quality hardware than you get with the 
>name brand computers like Del, Compaq, Gateway, etc. There is a good reason 
>why someone can walk into Wal-Mart today, pickup a Compaq desktop for $499, 
>and go home with a brand new computer. The reason being is often times the 
>hardware components in those computers are whatever they could get in large 
>quanities, for as little money as possible, and are whatever the manufacturer 
>has left over from an earlier run. Not to mention they get the cheapest, most 
>affordable software bundles, which cuts the cost of the computer, but isn't 
>necessarily the most desirable for anyone with a reasonable amount of computer 
>skills.
>For example, the Compaq notebook I purchased last year comes with Windows 
>Vista Home Basic on it. Well, for the average computer user that is probably 
>ok, but there are definitely some disadvantages to using Vista Basic instead 
>of Ultimate. One of them is Home Basic will not allow you to change your 
>security polacies because the security manager, secpol.msc, is missing in Home 
>Basic. In Vista Ultimate if I want to fully customize User Account Control all 
>I need to do is go to the admin tools, launch the security polacy manager, and 
>tell it what features i want/don't want. In Home Basic User Account is on or 
>off. No way to change its settings. That really sucks, because you can't fully 
>customize the operating system like you can with Ultimate.
>Anyway, the point of this e-mail is to say building your own custom computer 
>sounds geeky, but you get to choose exactly what you want, how you want it, 
>and it is fully customizable. It costs a lot more up front but it usually pays 
>for itself in the end. A good heavy duty name brand power supply that costs 
>$75 is probably going to last you longer than some no name wong foo power 
>supply that costs $35. I try to build my computers with stability, 
>reliability, and long term use in mind rather than try and sell x number of 
>computers with the least cost possible.
>Of course the obvious disadvantage is that since I am fronting the cost for 
>everything, putting it together myself, etc I can't just send it into Del, 
>Compaq, or someone if something gets broken. I have to do that myself which 
>most of the time isn't a big deal since my desktop systems are usually very 
>low maintainance anyway. However, when something goes wrong like a system gets 
>hit by lightning, a motherboard dies, whatever it seriously burns my rear that 
>Microsoft will charge me for a new product key for Windows just because I had 
>to replace a hardware component. However, I think product activation and 
>machine specific keys are here to stay.
>
>Smile.
>
>
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