Quote: Originally Posted by Chocolope
Recently I got into home audio and I've found that windows has more programs for ripping and storing music in a way thats conducive to what I'm trying to do.
I'm a college student so for the most part I will be using a music player(Foobar), microsoft word and my browser the most and that will make up 90% of my use. I do a little bit of video editing and photo editing but nothing intensive. The computer will be hooked up to a DAC so the soundcard is virtually irrelevant I think but maybe not. I have been looking at the velocity micro line and I like the look and specs of those but I want to know what you guys think I should do.
I've never heard of Velocity Micro, but I checked them out at Reseller Ratings. You can read what I read here: Velocity Micro - VelocityMicro.com - Reviews, Ratings and Prices at ResellerRatings
Not particularly complimentary.
I configured and priced a PC at Velocity Micro. It came to 1250. I'd estimate that the parts cost about 850 at a well known retailer. So they get 400 for assembly and warranty. And I don't think Microsoft Office or Word is included in that price.
The motherboard used was an Asus P67, which is a good board. The other brand names were undetectable, other than the Microsoft OS. That makes me nervous.
I'd be a little gun shy about them and wonder how you came to choose them over Dell or HP or a local builder or other choices? You don't mention gaming, but Velocity Micro seems geared toward gaming.
Building isn't a major ordeal and is a great learning experience, but I can understand as a first timer and college student that you may not have the time or inclination to build.
I'd at least try to configure a machine at other well known suppliers like Dell, Acer, or HP so you can get a feel for what is available and appropriate prices.
You should lower your expectations generally regarding customer service and technical support, regardless of which brand you buy. Just hope you don't need it and have no significant issues.