[ILUG] Good for hardware?
gavin at fiachra.ucd.ie
Sun Jan 6 17:55:34 GMT 2002
On Sat, 05 Jan 2002, Paul Linehan wrote:
> Where is the best place to do this in the Dublin
> area (I've already had a recommendation for
> Jaguar - anybody any good/bad experiences?).
A friend and I recently built a few PCs. The way we ended up going was:
Small components from microdirect www.microdirect.co.uk ie
HD,cpu,fan,mobo,etc. they generally have consistently good prices unlike
Scan's "This price is good TODAY ONLY!" and they communicate if necessary
after the sale which I have found Scan quite unwilling to do. In
particular the staf will give you their email address so you don't spend a
fortune trying to ring them from Ireland.
Big Components from ireland IT Boutique www.itbdirect.com in Kildare and Marx
computers www.marx-computers.com on North Circular Road.
> I know a bit about PCs, but am a bit nervous
> about building one (it's my first time...) so
> somewhere with helpful staff would be nice
As the others have said, it's great fun and very interesting (well, the
first few times anyway) but this gear is expensive so be careful.
* Anti-Static straps are available from maplins for about a fiver. Make your
own if you want, but it's a nice precaution for very little money or
effort. Just a cable hooked from you to the Earth.
* don't skimp on cooling, particularly with AMDs or you may find your
machine is very unstable
* lhd.datapower.com the Linux Hardware Database, check it all works with
linux before buying it. I assume you're using linux ;)
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