| | Re: Pentium 4, Pentium D, or Athelon barebones?
On Wed, 11 Apr 2007 21:15:27 -0400, "snydley"
>It's funny, you call some of Tiger's kits junk,
Not so funny, Tiger Direct was even involved in some credit
card scams that billed people for undesired phone services.
They are a company best avoided.
>but then suggest maybe to go
>with Dell, or HP. Last month I put together a computer from parts from Tiger
>to replace a DELL that my Aunt has , that is less than a year old, and the
>repair guy has "repaired" it 3 times already.
Then the repair guy didn't know what he was doing.
>He was at her house the day I
>delivered the Tiger computer, and I got a look inside the case once he
>opened it up. Talk about a piece of junk! The power supply was SO tiny,
>maybe 3" x 4" and everything looked so cheap.
You may not have any idea what you're talking about.
They use average or above quality components, certainly
better than the typical Tiger Direct bundles. So what if
the PSU was mATX? If they desiged the system to use lower
power, that will work fine.
Remember also that what you get from the OEM depends on what
you CHOOSE to buy from them. Anyone who merely picks the
cheapest thing, GETS that. At least with the OEMs you don't
find generic PSU or motherboards from PCChips/etc.
>He was there again replacing
>the 3rd motherboard.
If you are as experienced with assesing parts as you
suggest, why didn't you do the work?
>I'd much rather buy parts from Tiger than to buy a
>P.O.S. from DELL or any of those OEM dealers.
If you want to avoid OEMs, ok... but Tiger Direct is a bad
choice and their barebones even worse, it's like begging for
>I believe they put the
>cheapest parts they can buy into those things so they can maximize their
I have serviced quite a few OEM systems. Yes they do cut
corners to save a buck, but that's what you get anywhere at
lowest cost. At least with the OEM you have a certain
quality level that is higher than the cheapest TD barebones.
>I wasn't acting like it was some "special situation", I was just asking
>peoples opinion's on Pentium D's, and AMD systems, because I've never used
>either, and whether or not anyone knew of and good deals on barebones or
>parts at this time. Maybe you think some of Tiger's kit's are junk, but
>I've built 4 systems this way in the last 6 months, researching the parts
>first and have had nothing but great luck with them. But, I'm not afraid to
>admit that I don't know it all or to ask for people's opinions before making
I can't believe you had researched much if you didn't come
across hundreds of warnings to avoid Tiger Direct. Further
there is no research that would tend to suggest their
barebones are a good option, rather a cheap one.
So maybe if TD offers a bundle on certain cheap parts you
might get a small % lower cost, but it is not a reason to
avoid OEMs and not a reason to build a system with so many
corners cut. "Reliable" was written and I just can't
recommend a generic seller known for shady business
practices and an unknown "bundle" as in general the odds are
extremely high of running into problems with this approach.
So you build 6 systems, come back in a few more months or
years as they are not out of the infancy stage, if a system
cost 10% less but didn't have 90% of the lifespan then it
was no bargain.
I hope Tiger Direct is shut down, there are plenty of Better
Business Bureau filings as well as tons of people who wish
they'd never had anything to do with them.