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Old 05-05-2007, 03:18 PM   #1
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Default Age old question

...to build or to buy.

I haven't kept up on market trends so I'm not sure where it's at now. Are there any benifits to building your own computer anymore? Also could anyone give me some links for good places to buy computer parts or full computers.

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Old 05-05-2007, 03:23 PM   #2
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umm i would def say build simply coz you save money and you get exactly what you want the only down side is if you have to buy an OS then its usually about the same so ????? umm if your from us then every1 seems to take a liking to newegg.com but im from uk and think ebuyer.com and misco.co.uk are great sites

so simpler

build :

exactly what you want
cheaper (if you dnt wonna buy an OS)

Pre built :

convinience
more expensive
might not get what you want
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Old 05-05-2007, 04:51 PM   #3
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perosnally if you can build a computer yourself without any problems then i would say build unless you are like a company who wants an office full of comps in whihc case ring round all the majour manufacturers/retailers and give them an example spec and how many ask them for a discount . i dont think you want lots of comps so i say build
cheaper -if you want xp you can get xp at the moment -get the exact spec you want -gives you a special feeling after 20 hours of tweaking all is erfect-pretty much still have a warrenty on the parts -if it breaks you dont have to wait 3 weeks for a tech to come out cos there is a tech on hand at all times
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Default Re: Age old question

build.
And that is probably the only answer you will get from this forum.
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Build.
Buying will not be what you want and It will be more expensive.
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Old 05-06-2007, 10:18 AM   #6
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I would say build aslo, that you know you get exactly what you want and not extra software you don't want or won't use.
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Old 05-06-2007, 10:29 AM   #7
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This forum is really biased, you won't find someone digress from this answer: Build

This way, you know more about your computer, which will spare you the time of checking what kind of RAM or skt type you have later when you decide to upgrade, plus, building it is a nice experience and it's pretty fun once you get it working. And then you've got places like newegg that make it worthwhile for your wallet to build your own computer. The list goes on.
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just another addition as well as well as knowing what is in it when you upgrade you also know what is inside when it goes wrong so you dont have to try to find out about mobo etc when it isnt firing up
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Hey,

i sort of supported buy Pre built i just gave him options.

i dnt think you can call a forum biased as its a selection of people with an interest in computers so i dnt think its classed as biased if the majority people of a group with a knoledge of computers suggest build. i would class it as an educated answer as i think most people that suggest build have bought pre built and built there own pc's so have the experience in both sections and have obviously found it better to build.

im not having a go at you (dnt mean to sound mean) im just stating why i think there is so many people saying build and i dnt think its coz we are biased

and what classes some1 as biased ?? i dnt think some1 that has done something like or enjoyed it and then reccomends it is classed as biased
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i have to agree with everyone else, and go with build. buying a pre-built you're paying for labor and software that is of no use to you.

However, if you do want to look at pre-builts, check out Acer. they are real good quality and are the only company i know of that 99% of its tech support is based in America (texas to be exact).

for parts, if your in America go with newegg.com. They do not delive outside the US so if you don't live in the US it's kinda pointless to look there. I'm not sure if Tiger Direct ships outside the US....
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[edit] sorry about the double post... i only hit "Post" once.
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i have to agree with everyone else, and go with build. buying a pre-built you're paying for labor and software that is of no use to you.

However, if you do want to look at pre-builts, check out Acer. they are real good quality and are the only company i know of that 99% of its tech support is based in America (texas to be exact).

for parts, if your in America go with newegg.com. They do not delive outside the US so if you don't live in the US it's kinda pointless to look there. I'm not sure if Tiger Direct ships outside the US....
if you are in the uk try
ebuyer uk
overclockers uk
microdrect
aria pc
dabs
are just a few i know about , and i think prebuild is better for us sure but for some people that just need a computer to go on internet etc i have found dell or mesh to be pretty cheap computers for this and it is more convinient but i would always build in future unless i want finance cos not all places give finance deals on components only pre built systems .all in all pre built is mainly targetted at people that know fcuk all about computers and only the basic stuff like email and internet
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build because:
1- its a great learning experience and you'll shop smarter the next time you purchase a computer
2- you'll be able to troubleshoot 10x better when you have built a computer on your own.
3- pre-built computers RARELY give you quality parts for the money you pay them.
4- aftermarket products and separate components have been tried by thousands of people, and it will be very easy for you to find what you are looking for and later on get help with the products.
5- SAVE MONEY!!!
6- some of the coolest parts are only available if you buy them separately, so why waste money on cookie cutter shit thats being mass produced to cut prices.
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gotta agree with everyone, build your own, building your own maximizes your $ two ways...

1. you can usually build the same spec system cheaper than a prebuilt...
2. you can pay the same amount and get a far superior system than a prebuilt...

also, you can think ahead and choose parts that will be upgradeable to fit your needs later on, so that you don't have to buy a whole new system later, you can just upgrade the same system...

if you're patient and willing to wait for deals/specials and are proficient enough to incorporate open box products into your build over a few months you can save even more $...
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build i compaired the prices and i saved 500 bucks pluse got more for my money and quality parts
only con is that no costomer support
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only con is that no costomer support
I don't consider that to be a con. Most companies don't have good customer support, and they charge you to fix stuff anyways. I'd say build, better parts, cheaper price and more options for customizing. The only time I say buy a pre built comptuer is if you don't want to build, or are in a bit of a rush for a new PC.
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^^ agreed. the best customer support is looking in the mirror and asking yourself the question. virtually all other companies give you a phone number to call that leads to some guy reading questions off of cue-cards.
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depends on whether you understand how to build a computer. if you understand where everything goes, what you need, and how to do it than build.

if not than buy.
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the best customer support is looking in the mirror and asking yourself the question.
I disagree, the best customer support is coming to this board with your problems, I really don't think the posters here (including you celegorm) really know how helpful they are...

this place is a life saver for me...

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^^ I don't know that i would really call us customer support though. more like "people who look out for other people, and help eachother with problems"

I do see your point though. And after thinking it over, i would probally put a forum like this above myself. Afterall, its very easy to over-look things on your own computer.
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