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It's been awhile but I am going to build a computer to use for a development system. (After checking out the Dell Precision Desktops I thought I could build one for a lot less and make one to my specifications) The last system I built was a gaming system for my son over 5 years ago. So my question is in the US where is a good reputable source for parts? I've looked at Amazon, NewEgg and Tiger Direct but are there any other recommendations and does anyone have any recent experience with these vendors. I know it is a non DP question but there is the remote possibility (and I mean remote) that at some point it could be re purposed for PianoTeq. smile Thanks in advance for any help.


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If you happen to live in a City that has a Micro Center I have always had good luck with them. They are 1/2 hour drive from my house. https://www.microcenter.com/

I use to go to Fry's Electronics too but the store is not what it use to be IMO.


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I've occasionally bought items from Newegg and B&H. Just for the occasional upgrade of a drive.

But my best supplier is Dell. I only have to buy one part from them, and I'm done. smile

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Newegg, B&H, and Amazon.

The return policy is the biggest issue today.... IMO. Oh and watch for sales... they all do have them.

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Originally Posted by EPW
If you happen to live in a City that has a Micro Center I have always had good luck with them. They are 1/2 hour drive from my house. https://www.microcenter.com/

I use to go to Fry's Electronics too but the store is not what it use to be IMO.


Mail order is the only option. There isn't any store that I am aware of other than Best Buy within an hour if not 2-3.

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I've occasionally bought items from Newegg and B&H. Just for the occasional upgrade of a drive.

But my best supplier is Dell. I only have to buy one part from them, and I'm done. smile


All of my business systems have been Dell up until now. My current development system is a Dell Precision Laptop with a i7 processor, 3 TB of SSD storage and 32 GB of memory. I run just about everything in VMs using Hyper-V typically no more than 3 at a time. That system is currently 4 years old and starting to show it. Now as I look at my usage most if not all of my dev work is not done on site. 20 years ago most of the work was on site but not today so I am thinking of going with a tower system running the virtuals. Ideally I want 64 GB a i7 processor with 8 cores, a 512 SSD boot drive and 2 TB SSD to hold the virtual systems. As for graphics all I need is the ability to drive 2 monitors, no need for anything that powerful since I don't do any video or graphics work. When I go to Dell's site I need to go to the workstation class computers to get even close to what I want paying a premium for it and getting things like advanced graphics that I don't want and they are much more expensive than a custom system. Besides it will be a fun holiday project. smile

I haven't checked out B & H but will do so. Ideally I want to get this ordered before the weekend so I have it in before years end.


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If you haven't bought everything yet, I'll vouch for Amazon and Newegg. Last full build 4 years ago from them, but a constant stream of parts from the big two. Hard drives, flash drives, a synology box, etc. Most of my life is digital, so I try to keep a lot of redundancy in my data. My wife would object if all our kids' pictures got wiped by a virus... I used to try to get my hard drives from Best Buy, after a single failure from Newegg a long time ago, but I guess Best Buy is never going to stock the brands I like, so I've gone back to mail order.


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