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Buy Dirt Cheap, Or Build?

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#1 TempleCat


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Posted 26 April 2008 - 09:41 PM

I haven`t built a computer yet, have been shopping and considering though. My question arises from my past experiences with computers. Over the past ten years, I`ve had three computers, numerous internet providers, and feel I`ve been screwed by providers, manufacturers (by spending money keeping or repairing to keep my great PC`s going:), and spending all night on the phone on hold, so I can speak to someone I can`t understand. You see, I`m sick of spending my hard earned $$$$ on bound-to-be junk products. so the question is- Do I do extensive research and build my own PC so it`s fast AND long lasting, or do I just spend $289.00 at Wally-World on a cheap system, knowing it`s gonna start sucking in 3 or 4 months ? Any help will be appreciated! By the way, I`m not a gamer, just a hardcore Web Surfer who doesn`t want to spend all night waiting for a site to come up, or for my PC to decide to do what it`s told. Thanks in advance, and sorry for the long post, just wanted to get it all straight.

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 11:16 PM

Honestly i was sick of buying new computers that were all ready out of date as soon as you take them out of the box. i just got done building my first computer and i will never buy a name brand computer again. I feel its 100% worth it to do research and build your own.
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Posted 26 April 2008 - 11:31 PM

When you build your own:
  • You choose the components you want/need to install.
  • You get a better understanding of what the parts do, and how they interact with each other. (from doing all of the research)
  • You'll probably pay less, or the same, for better components.
  • No system warranty, but individual parts warranties.
  • No "Help Line" to call for assistance. (but you have Bleeping Computer)
  • Bragging rights. :thumbsup:
When you buy pre-assembled:
  • You get the components someone else thinks you want/need.
  • Generally, premium components are overpriced.
  • A system warranty. (which sometime, isn't as long as the individual component warranties)
  • A "Help Line" to call, for assistance. (and I use that term, loosely :huh:)

Edited by tg1911, 26 April 2008 - 11:33 PM.

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 11:57 PM

there's also the factor of having your own windows disk and no pre-installed crapware, a chance to make a data partition,
the experience to be able to reload windows or run a repair disk easily and so forth

and you know exactly what you are getting, a factory built one doesn't let you know that big hard drive is the slowest they could find, the ram the lamest available?
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 05:40 PM

You used the right word, Research. Just try not to keep the price down so low that you buy less than desired parts
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