I'm in Toronto, actually...plenty of Canada Computers around here, though some of the local residents on another message board (that discusses reliability/pricing/customer service of the stores themselves) said that CC is a bit shady for elevated prices and suspect parts. But I'll drop by one of their locations today just to compare.
I actually asked my dealer for an eVGA card to begin with, but he said the BFG had a longer warranty. Methinks he might have some sort of deal/discount with these other brands if he's more inclined to push those ones instead of more reputable brands. I'm starting to think I should look to buy elsewhere, though he came highly recommended by a friend/business associate.
I follow your remarks on the SATA optical, I'll do my best to find one...and roger that on the 667 ram.
Thanks for your (as always) speedy and knowledgeable help.
edit: forgive my ignorance, but ECS? I don't know what company that is...are they involved in unethical business practices or something?
I also left 2GB of ram as an option, but he quoted me an additional $145 (!!) for the upgrade. I figure when it comes time to move over to Vista, I'll swap out for 2GB then.
Last edited by superunknown; 02-27-2007 at 08:51 AM.