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very true!

I tend to hangout on Xbox forums and in one discussion about the Pro's and Cons of having a PC compared to consoles, there was a poster there who said that PC's are extremely expensive because if you get a virus you have to buy a new PC. I wish for the sake of mankind that I was joking
Is there a PC gamer that does not build their own computer?
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Is there a PC gamer that does not build their own computer?
In my unit of 300 People I can say me and 3 others are capable of building a PC.

Yes the others can operate Word, Facebook, and youtube, they can install VLC and watch pirated movies, they can even play Starcraft 2, but beyond that they are a lost cause. Tell them to format their HD, install AVG, malwarebytes, MSE, and they look at you with a blank expression on their face.

I was at the book store yesterday and they have "Farmville for Dummies" on the shelf. They also had Mafia Wars, iTunes, iPod, and DroidX for dummies.

This makes me ashamed to be an American, I had no idea people can be that dumb.
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In my unit of 300 People I can say me and 3 others are capable of building a PC.

Yes the others can operate Word, Facebook, and youtube, they can install VLC and watch pirated movies, they can even play Starcraft 2, but beyond that they are a lost cause. Tell them to format their HD, install AVG, malwarebytes, MSE, and they look at you with a blank expression on their face.

I was at the book store yesterday and they have "Farmville for Dummies" on the shelf. They also had Mafia Wars, iTunes, iPod, and DroidX for dummies.

This makes me ashamed to be an American, I had no idea people can be that dumb.
Funny you bring that up. I have a guy I know that had Droid X for dummies! He couldnt figure out why his batt died so quickly with GPS, Wifi, etc always on and a 15min backlight time out!

Guess we all started somewhere...
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Funny you bring that up. I have a guy I know that had Droid X for dummies! He couldnt figure out why his batt died so quickly with GPS, Wifi, etc always on and a 15min backlight time out!

Guess we all started somewhere...
Yeah but we didn't start from a book. You learn just by doing it.
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I am a FIRM believer that if you do not have the ability to build a PC and install the OS from scratch, then you have no business owning a PC.

Then again I guess its reasons like this on why I still have a job...
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Yeah but we didn't start from a book. You learn just by doing it.
qft

Learn by trial and error. Most of us are capable of evolving
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I am a FIRM believer that if you do not have the ability to build a PC and install the OS from scratch, then you have no business owning a PC.

Then again I guess its reasons like this on why I still have a job...
Which reminds me! Just last week I was in the Internet cafe. The owner there was charging a customer £40 (~$65) to install Windows 7. The customer seemed quite chuffed to have got a great deal...

I was speechless
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Which reminds me! Just last week I was in the Internet cafe. The owner there was charging a customer £40 (~$65) to install Windows 7. The customer seemed quite chuffed to have got a great deal...

I was speechless
That is the going rate for a PC repair shop etc.

I part-managed a very reputable computer shop. We charged £40 an hour for all repair jobs, including installation of an OS, which would take approx. an hour of our time. We'd never overcharge and always give a fixed quote to the customer. The installation would also include the transfer of any files they needed, installation of additional software, drivers, configuration, tweaking etc etc.

Some places charge well over £50-60 for the same job. So £40 is really not that bad.
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That is the going rate for a PC repair shop etc.

I part-managed a very reputable computer shop. We charged £40 an hour for all repair jobs, including installation of an OS, which would take approx. an hour of our time. We'd never overcharge and always give a fixed quote to the customer. The installation would also include the transfer of any files they needed, installation of additional software, drivers, configuration, tweaking etc etc.

Some places charge well over £50-60 for the same job. So £40 is really not that bad.
I was actually shocked that there was actually a service where you pay to install an OS. I guess it's because I've done it so many times myself. For the most part you don't actually need to do anything -Just let it install and go do something else.
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My mother thinks her computer can get spyware when it's shut down. So once a month, I go over to her house, turn on the PC, and run a sweep. Then shut it down till next month. It's a perfectly usable machine with a spare x16 slot that's just BEGGING to be filled with a folding card. But she "needs" it. She hasn't used it in over three years. That's my shock. Mother doesn't always know best.

On topic.

I hope Steam gets tons and TONS of sales, because I went bonkers for the Christmas deals, I'm ready to empty out my wallet again.
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