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Frugality doesn’t always pay – Just buy Dell

November 6th, 2005 Tony Leave a comment Go to comments

ChaintechAfter my business bought several Dells in the past few months I decided that I would try and save a few bucks and just do an upgrade on the couple of home machines that were lagging. Bad idea.

What I bought:
Chaintech motherboard

AMD Athlon 3200+

• 1GB of DDR 400Mhz

These were purchased in combos with multiple rebates from TigerDirect so the total cost was only $120.

However, I have spent about 12 hours of pure frustration as this setup would only post about 50% of the time. Finally I believe I narrowed down the problem to a simple jumper setting and some BIOS settings that were absolutely unintuitive.

Yes I probably saved $700 per machine but I’m not sure if it was worth it. I wouldn’t recommend Chaintech primarily because their documentation is pretty lousy. Not to mention I don’t have the beautiful Dell 24″ LCD at home. :(

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