Okay. I've come to the point in my life where I'm about to buy my first pre-built desktop machine. I've decided that I'm glad to pay someone to fix the computer hardware (e.g. RMA it) when it breaks rather than dealing with many vendors, warranty terms, etc. on my own.
So. I'm looking to go back to Intel CPUs after my one AMD box. The CPU or motherboard stopped working--I'm not sure which because I've not taken the CPU off the board. My requirements are reasonable, I think:
- Tool-less design;
- Good airflow and heat dissipation properties;
- Good overall design within the "guts" of the system;
- Reasonable warranty length;
- Best "bang for the buck"
I would hope to also have some options, below:
- Ability to "un-bundle" operating system;
- Motherboard's ability to hold 4GB RAM;
- Heat-pipes (passive cooling) preferred over fans (active cooling)
I would enjoy going at this on my own with a Lian-Li case and the COOLEST-RUNNING components possible (that's a MUST), but I'd need to pick one or two vendors, as I don't want to RMA bits and pieces all over the country should anything happen.
I've got discs, RAM (which may be too old to migrate), and a rather good power supply to donate to this new machine. I _DO NOT_ want to migrate my case, as it's a POS. Indeed, I turned down an offer from the vendor to replace it with another one; it'd be the same issue all over again. This is the second of two of these cases that have had this same issue (killing motherboards).
EDIT: Looks like I'll be building my machine. *sigh*