Well, I figure this is about a good a place to ask as any.
I want to upgrade my PC, in that I need a completely new system. I'm no longer able to keep my very patient spouse on the crappy computer (and it really is pretty bad. It's a 466 Celeron, if I'm remembering correctly), especially now that we're playing games online together (thanks to my sister needing temporary storage for her PC).
Problem: I'm, as I know clocker and Virtual know, in the middle of nowhere. Quite literally. I could order parts, but I have no garauntee if they'd even arrive in one piece. And with few people accepting cheques anymore, especially reputable places online, that makes it difficult. The only *real* computer store is at least a two hour drive, and even there they don't carry much. I could go to Future Shop (an hour and a half drive), but their prebuilts make me cringe and their "customization options" make me flee.
So, I get to my point (which takes a while because I'm killing time at work, waiting for coffee). Are there any places you could suggest that sell parts cheaply (this means no American sites people the duty would kill me), and won't flake out if it doesn't work, or it's broken, or if it never actually arrives? Or maybe even a place that gives a very very wide range of options for customizing, so long as it doesn't charge an arm and a leg?
And just to head this off already...No. I won't buy an Alienware machine. I like my money, thank you.