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Old 01-18-2006, 11:54 PM   #1
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Default Custom-built vs. Prebuilt

Let's have a discussion on which is better. I'll open up my argument.

In my opinion, custom-built is better only for budget, home rigs. $2000 and under, including the operating system, is my ideal range for custom-built.

But when it comes to higher class machines, like gaming and workstation rigs that exceed $2000, I believe pre-built is the way to go. I mean, if you build the computer yourself, there isn't really much price difference.... a difference you can find in lower-scale machines. Additionally, if something breaks, you are techincal support; you have no reliable source but yourself to turn to.

So the question is, what's so good about custom-built computers, besides the small amount of money saved?
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Old 01-19-2006, 12:04 AM   #2
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I think the opposite though. For power systems, I like to go custom build. Any other systems or for budget minded people, prebuilt is the best option. I look at Dell and they have nice systems for such an unbeatable price.

Custom built computers has one advantage. You get whatever you want. Maximum compatiblity with other aftermarket parts. You also know every component that goes into your PC (because you're the one that build it) so no researching is needed to find parts info. If you are careful with spending, you can adjust to buy lower end parts and vice versa for high end components. So I guess custom built PC's can also be pretty cheap too.
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Old 01-19-2006, 12:07 AM   #3
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I use fairly high Pre-built HP computers. It's not that I don't want to build my own computer, it's just that I don't have time to go around, looking for parts. With HP, have a problem, I send in the bad part, they send me the new part. Simple as that.

So, if time is an issue, Pre-Built, if you have time, build your own.
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Default Re: Custom-built vs. Prebuilt

You already said it- you are support. I would much rather build a custom PC, then spend my money at one place for a system from one of the major manufactures. You still have to be your own tech support with them also, due to outsourcing.

Custom Built: You know what you have, how you configured it, and what you can do with it. Plus the knowledge form researching the best parts at what prices.

Pre Buit: Another company designed it, and put it together for you. You have no clue what other programs come with it- and you won't use them anyway. Tech support is a joke- warranty is a joke- give all my money to a major computer maker in one lump sum? No Way!
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I liek custom PCs because you choose the parts, you put it together, you get the satisfaction of accomplishment and knowing that you built a PC, somethign not every can do. I liek some pre-built PCs as well though, although they generally tend to be higher priced. So the budget conscience person may want to go custom rather then prebuilt.
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I just can't see myself going prebuilt PCs anymore. Well, my laptop is prebuilt-but it's a laptop, lol. I don't care for the performance on that thing, as long as I can have a portable PC that does word processing and surf the Net. That's it.
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OMG speaking of tech support, I worked as a Network Admin assistant before and we had all these Dell's in which components had to be replaced because they were bad. We had to go through official channels (call support hotline, do the step by step tests over the phone, blah, blah and all that stuff). The people on the other line were mostly from India, not to my surprise. I had one heck of a time understanding them.

All I needed was to get those parts replaced because of warranty.
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OMG speaking of tech support, I worked as a Network Admin assistant before and we had all these Dell's in which components had to be replaced because they were bad. We had to go through official channels (call support hotline, do the step by step tests over the phone, blah, blah and all that stuff). The people on the other line were mostly from India, not to my surprise. I had one heck of a time understanding them.

All I needed was to get those parts replaced because of warranty.
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With the Pre-Built systems, do they come with the bundled components?
Like Video card- Games, manual etc. or Motherboard-Anti virus software etc.
You get the point.
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The only thing i have against pre-built computers besides generic parts is that they come loaded with crappy software.....i can't stand it. It slows the computer down, since there are liek 5 aol trials 6 msn trials 22 word processors and 47.5 firewalls included but dont worry each thing runs out after 60 days..
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Without a doubt, custom built PCs are a far better option.

I personally have never bought a Computer (pc), I've always built them. I remember building a 286 PC many years ago with Windows v3 / Dos .

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thats wicked and oldschool, i still have that new car smell and wasnt around for those computers, well, my family didnt own them when i was growing up.
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I agree with trd. Custom = power build. You can't settle for less than what you want. Prebuilt is for grandma's and the like, where dell can give her a nice flat screen for free along with her celeron and 256mb of ram and an 80gb hd. You have to do it yourself. It's the only way. Right now, the top system: fx-60 or x2 4800+, water cooled and oc'ed, 2gb of ram (ocz gold), two 15,000rpm hd's in raid 0, then two 500gb hd's in raid 1, dual 7800gtx's 512mb each, each with a water cool block and oc'ed of course, x-fi pro, turbo cool 1k psu, some plextor dvd drives, and some massive case to hold it all.
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Generic? Is a Asus motherboard generic?


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I just can't see myself going prebuilt PCs anymore. Well, my laptop is prebuilt-but it's a laptop, lol. I don't care for the performance on that thing, as long as I can have a portable PC that does word processing and surf the Net. That's it.

EXACT same thing HERE!
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asus can be good sometimes but not all the time, i have a P4S800 in one of my other comps and it SUCKS if u plug in the front usb ports on the thing my ide ports stop working...anyways prebuilt is deffinately better since a lot of companies tend to throw in the cheapest components they can find then just try to make it look nice whereas with a custom built comp u put exactly what u want in it to suit your needs
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I agree with trd. Custom = power build. You can't settle for less than what you want. Prebuilt is for grandma's and the like, where dell can give her a nice flat screen for free along with her celeron and 256mb of ram and an 80gb hd. You have to do it yourself. It's the only way. Right now, the top system: fx-60 or x2 4800+, water cooled and oc'ed, 2gb of ram (ocz gold), two 15,000rpm hd's in raid 0, then two 500gb hd's in raid 1, dual 7800gtx's 512mb each, each with a water cool block and oc'ed of course, x-fi pro, turbo cool 1k psu, some plextor dvd drives, and some massive case to hold it all.
Everything there can be matched and exceeded... except the harddrives, but those are easy to acquire... just select the "no" option and you can install it yourself.
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asus can be good sometimes but not all the time, i have a P4S800 in one of my other comps and it SUCKS if u plug in the front usb ports on the thing my ide ports stop working...anyways prebuilt is deffinately better since a lot of companies tend to throw in the cheapest components they can find then just try to make it look nice whereas with a custom built comp u put exactly what u want in it to suit your needs

I think you said that wrong.
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what did i say wrong exactly?
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