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What is cheaper and better?

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#1 Lloyd T

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:08 PM

Is building your own computer cheaper and better than buying a computer that was built by a big company (like Dell)? Or is it the other way around?

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:17 PM

For low-to-mid-end PCs, I'd say that it's about sixes, and probably in more cases the OEM (like Dell) can offer you the same PC for a better price. However, the "intimacy" and you feel with a homebuilt system and the upgradability (particularly with the power supply) can really come in handy. As for higher-end PCs, I would definitely say it is cheaper to build your own.

If you have the bucks, build your own. You learn a lot in the process.

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 06:38 PM

Depends on the user...and you seem to have left out some choices.

There's a 3d tier of choices that are comprised of vendors like those offering systems at www.pricewatch.

In any case...if the user has no concept of maintaining the system, he/she probably ought to go the boxmaker (Dell, Gateway, HP, etc.) route. A person who doesn't even maintain a system...is not likely to want to put one together and make choices about components.

The primary advantages to putting a system together are personal satisfaction, self-education, and a sense of accomplishment that the typical user of a boxmaker PC will never understand or want.

There was a time when it really was considerably cheaper to build rather than buy...but I think that day has pretty much passed.

As the previous poster stated...you also have to realize that the market has high-end, low-end perspectives. So I don't think there is one answer to your question, much of it depends on the situation and the user.


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Posted 17 October 2008 - 02:21 PM

Well im building another system for my cousin. Its basically the same system listen in my sig but with a THermaltake armor, E8400, MSI 9800GT oc, and a 640gb 32mb cashe seagate and it came out to around $1000. Where i build a system off dells website with an 8400, 640gb hdd, and a 9800gt and they wanted $1500. Just depends on what your doing
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