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post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post
The thing I tell people is that your custom rig will come with minimum of a 3 year warranty on everything...with some having a life time, if you buy the right parts. (The CPU won't...but they don't go bad often.)
This. It seems like I'm always sending things in for RMA.
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post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Snow_Fox View Post
Under 500$ it is a bit harder to justify building your own rig.

I just tell people to keep in mind that anytime a pc cost less prebuilt it raises the question how did they build it cheaper than you can?

They had to cut corners somewhere and its usually in the quality department..
The fact that they buy components by the thousands usually goes a long way too.
    
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post #13 of 24
Notice in the Tom's build they still didn't have an OS included. I think Tom's build kinda sucked anyway for a budget build. I would have put one of those $100 HD 5830 Extreme's in there with an Athlon II and still included an OS.

The real fun begins at the $750 to $1000 mark anyway.
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post #14 of 24
Shaking my head. Tom's Hardware has really degraded. This is not news, and I'm sure they could've done some more research and found some actual $500 pre-builts, not $300-$400 pre-builts.
post #15 of 24
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I recently built 2 identical budget builds for under $500ea. that's AFTER tax and shipping. Came out to be $471.22 on Newegg.

Samsung SH-222AB - $20.99

GIGABYTE gz-ph1a3 Black - $24.99

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB - $59.99

Rosewill Green Series RG430-S12 430W (Single Rail) - $44.99

G.SKILL 2GB DDR3 1333 - $27.99

GIGABYTE GA-H67MA-USB3-B3 - $109.99

Intel Core i3-2100 - $124.99

Total: $413.93

After taxes, s&h: $471.22
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post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by AzO View Post
I recently built 2 identical budget builds for under $500ea. that's AFTER tax and shipping. Came out to be $471.22 on Newegg.

Samsung SH-222AB - $20.99

GIGABYTE gz-ph1a3 Black - $24.99

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB - $59.99

Rosewill Green Series RG430-S12 430W (Single Rail) - $44.99

G.SKILL 2GB DDR3 1333 - $27.99

GIGABYTE GA-H67MA-USB3-B3 - $109.99

Intel Core i3-2100 - $124.99

Total: $413.93

After taxes, s&h: $471.22
I would even say you got ripped off on that.
    
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post #17 of 24
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I would even say you got ripped off on that.
I don't generally follow intel cpus but do they even make budget cpus? That usually fell in AMD's favor over the years. Get an athlon II which almost guarantee'd to unlock extra cores and the L3 cache, and amd motherboards are cheaper for whatever reason, coulda saved 100 bucks.
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post #18 of 24
I'd compare barebones to building your own
post #19 of 24
They should have compared PCs that come from pre-built vendors that use custom parts like IBUYPOWER, AVA, etc. I find that these sometimes offer rigs comparable to custom-built ones at the lower price points.
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post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Snow_Fox View Post
Under 500$ it is a bit harder to justify building your own rig.

I just tell people to keep in mind that anytime a pc cost less prebuilt it raises the question how did they build it cheaper than you can?

They had to cut corners somewhere and its usually in the quality department..
You're forgetting that manufacturers don't pay retail prices, they mass produce and have volume savings/discounts. The whole process of building their computers is fully automated, they probably deploy the same image of an OS (fully loaded with drivers & bloatware) on all the computers from within a same series. That's how in the end they sell for much cheaper.
    
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