Originally Posted by IEATFISH
Do you all really think that they will be selling the components for how much they cost to buy on newegg? How would they make any money at all? I'm going to quote myself from another similar thread:
Judging by the responses, I would venture to say that the majority of people in this thread are 13-25 and single. You must realize that while your life is full of free time it isn't the case for most people who have lives, jobs, and homes. Of all the things to spend spare time on, computers is not one that is all too important. We do it because it is a hobby, NOT because it is cheaper. In reality, for how much I can make at work per hour and how valuable the time is to spend with my wife and daughter, I would MUCH rather spend an extra 10-15% for a prebuilt, preinstalled, preworking PC with full support.
For me, however, this is one of my hobbies and so I build them myself. But for the majority of people, buying prebuilt is not at all a bad thing. Alienware has the support of Dell behind them which many people will rag but with which I have never had any unpleasant issues. (and for this thread, Walmart)
All in all, you could do EVERYTHING in your life yourself. Stop going to the store and grow your own garden, make your own biodiesel, do car repairs, CNC your own stuff. Most things in life are cheaper to do yourself but time = money and I am perfectly content paying someone to do my plumbing for me regardless of how cheap it would be to do myself (within reason, of course). I should also add that if you are happy with what you payed, then why worry? Every person in this thread could have gotten a better, cheaper PC ( sometimes *gasp* even a prebuilt) if they would have shopped around more or waiting a few days. But no one rags on you for doing it. Get over other people being content with their purchases.
TL;DR When you don't have this much free time or care to spend time on your PC, you will realize priorities for you are not the same as they were in the past.
*clicks invisible Rep+ button*
But on that same note, my friend bought a Micro Velocity machine that had the following specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 @ 3.33GHz (Factory overclocked and it had the AC Freezer Pro 64 on it)
ASUS P5N-E SLI Motherboard
4GB DDR2 667 RAM
Windows Vista 32-bit (Yuck...)
550w Micro Velocity PSU (two 12v rails with 20A on each)
320MB 8800GTS (Was introduced to the site maybe a month before too)
Ending price? $2,000
I was floored by the machine when I saw it. It performed beautifully by comparison to anything I'd ever seen. And I've got the mobo out of it at the moment, works still, and the CPU, and the GPU, and the RAM... and they got the machine around the middle of 07'. Four years later it still runs? I say that's a win.
Then I sold them my Xeon machine for $800 and they were like... "lolwut?"
Twas funny actually. ^_^ Kept asking me "if I was sure" and I kept telling them it was all it was worth and this struck them as just ignorance. Thinking I was misinformed. Then I showed them the wishlist for everything on newegg, for what it had, and it totaled like $1,100 new. They took it without question then.
Here's the machine I sold them:
Intel Xeon X3440
ASUS P7H55D-M EVO
Look at the VRMs on that thing!)
8GB G.Skill DDR3 1333
64GB Kingston SSDNow V100 Series
ASUS DirectCU 1GB GTX 460
ASUS CD/DVD Burner
Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
Broadway Com Corp - ATX Mini TowerEdited by Imglidinhere - 4/27/11 at 11:54am