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Bluesky
01-05-2010, 08:46 AM
Which is cheaper: buy or to build your own computer?

I have an available XP license and software, a hard drive and I have a monitor.

Can I build a fairly robust computer (I am not a gamer, so I only need a basic graphics card) for the same price or less than a comparable store bought computer?

NewCasa
01-05-2010, 08:50 AM
I prefer building. Not sure about cheaper but at least I know what goes into it and by the time it's built I've usually learned a few new things that will help me provide my own after market support.

Also, building allows me to pick and choose which parts to upgrade - there may be no benefit from getting a new DVD burner, for example. The build I am doing now will end up costing about $800 and I will be getting a pretty decent computer for that. It has been about 6 years since my last build, though I did upgrade some parts along the way.

Hans
01-05-2010, 08:59 AM
These days, if you just need a basic pc you are better off buying it. Hard to buy the individual parts for that price.

Bluesky
01-05-2010, 09:39 AM
OK, let me add to the list:

I have an adequatew
1. Hard Drive
2. OS
3. DVD burner and drive
4. Monitor
5. Video card

I need a MoBo, memory, processor and case. (I have a basic radeon vid card as well)

NewCasa
01-05-2010, 09:43 AM
Video card may need to be upgraded as well. What kind is the one you've got?

Bluesky
01-05-2010, 09:50 AM
I have a radeon.. it has a fan on it, and a plug in thingy. Not sure of the model number off the top of my head.

NewCasa
01-05-2010, 09:54 AM
I have a radeon.. it has a fan on it, and a plug in thingy. Not sure of the model number off the top of my head.

There have been several different configurations. Roughly how old is it?

Bluesky
01-05-2010, 10:01 AM
2 years old.. I'll tke it with me when I shop for the motherboard. I just realized, I might need a new case and power supply as well. Hmm.

NewCasa
01-05-2010, 10:18 AM
2 years old.. I'll tke it with me when I shop for the motherboard. I just realized, I might need a new case and power supply as well. Hmm.

You might want to consider looking at a 'bare bones' computer off NCIX or even Ebay. Usually with those you get a motherboard, processor, RAM, case and power supply at a pretty reasonable price. Not always name brand stuff, but not bad.

Hans
01-05-2010, 11:54 AM
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?sku_id=BDL10004144&catid=24014&logon=&langid=EN

HP Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 PC (Refurb) With 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD & HP 24in Wide LCD Monitor

799.98
You can't buy the individual components for that price.

Upper Decker
01-05-2010, 12:02 PM
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?sku_id=BDL10004144&catid=24014&logon=&langid=EN

HP Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 PC (Refurb) With 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD & HP 24in Wide LCD Monitor

799.98
You can't buy the individual components for that price.

And for those who get a new machine every 5 years or so are either going to get raped on warranty for that setup or be out of warranty in 2 years on that machine because the warranty on hardware for OEM machines only lasts as long you keep paying for it.

Hans
01-05-2010, 01:39 PM
90 day warranty on the desktop, the screen is new. You still can't buy the parts for that price.

NewCasa
01-05-2010, 02:17 PM
90 day warranty on the desktop, the screen is new. You still can't buy the parts for that price.

But he already owns many of the parts, including the screen.

Hans
01-05-2010, 03:57 PM
It all depends what he likes. He has older parts, this unit has newer parts. Larger monitor, more memory, larger HD, etc...
You can look at selling the old parts, or keep them to make a home media server.

ApocalypsePlease
01-12-2010, 10:49 AM
I think Hans' deal is already gone. That was a REALLY nice price for that computer, and the monitor looked decent. You definitely can't build a computer for that price.

NewCasa
01-12-2010, 10:57 AM
Weiner's got a nice machine for sale for $150. Needs a couple of upgrades, but it's a good deal for the price, even with the upgrades.

Hans
01-12-2010, 02:07 PM
Yes, that is a nice machine.