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Ok whatever you are using lol back to the topic. I'm also interested in making some profit in building customers pc. Even if I make $200 per build is good enough for me.

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anyways back to the point.
if you read my first post and you have any questions about what to charge or how to "carry yourself" etc. send me a private message and ill give ya some notes.

the only reason i did this was so i could get money to move to PA for college.
i was able to get enough money for me first two terms tuition, 2 months (plus deposit) worth of rent, and enough to hold me over until i found a job in about 6 months...it's extremely profitable, you just need to do your homework.
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This is the kinda work that I do and what I dePosed is that people don't trust some randome friend of a friend or the randome guy off of craigs pist witutheir money to build them a pc.. ifyour really patinoye about it o suggeat youbuild tqhe c tqhen try tqo sell it. That takes all the fun and makes it into stress....
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Nice grammar.
Thanks. I only notice it after people tell me for the 20th time.. -_-
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For example what are some free tools we can get and where from, to use to performance a job on a pc. What's tools is a must have to able to work with any sort of problem in a pc?

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you should be able to use just the windows tools.
honestly though, everytime i've fixed someones computer that was software related, i backed up the stuff they wanted to keep, scanned it all for viruses and then just put a clean install of windows on.
every single customer was happy that their computer was 5X faster than it was an hour before.

the only things i had were a couple of windows disks (xp sp2 32,xp sp2 64, win7 64, vista 32, vista 64), a 8 gig flash drive for back ups and for McAfee (which i put onto their PC and used to scan the back ups).

bringing a laptop would be soooo much better, i didn't have one at the time but it could have helped tons.

everytime i did a clean install of Windows, i would create 2 dvds for them, one is for a back up of just the OS and the other had all of the drivers (and McAfee) strung together with an autorun for simplicity to the user.

there are a lot of tools for HDD checks, memtst like software, malware/anit-virus you could use. just find some things you like to use and use them, most of the fixing is quite simple if you're able to back up their files.

EDIT: almost forgot, you want imgburn if you want to keep ISOs of the OSs and to be able to create them the backups
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thanks everyone with all the great info you guys are giving, i didnt put it in my op but i was also going to do computer repair with this, and bronx bomber90 had a great question that iom curious about too. I know of a few programs, but what are some you would recommend?

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For example what are some free tools we can get and where from, to use to performance a job on a pc. What's tools is a must have to able to work with any sort of problem in a pc?
 
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I do ~5 builds a year for friends, friends of friends, family and the last one was actually for a guild-mate on the other side of the country.


1. The only way to really be successful is by word of mouth. Someone telling someone how good/well you did on their job.
2. Again, word of mouth, if you're working local give Craigslist a shot.
3. No idea.
4. I think you'd be more frustrated with that, most of the computer places here are more along the lines of scam shops than anything else. Extremely old hardware for stupidly high prices to take advantage of people who don't know better. On the offchance you have a legit shop that does custom work, Id suggest talking to them, make sure you're comfortable with the people that work there. Working somewhere where you know more than all of the other employees combined will really put a damper on the experience.
That's the way it is most everywhere. People like us know better but the people who buy from those places really don't know any better. Believe me I have tried educating people like that and telling them how much of a rip off they are but no one ever listens.

Best thing to do is to leave them to their own devices. These are the kind of people who when you tell them how easy it is to build a computer, they will come right back and tell you that building a computer is really hard and only professionals can do it. So I leave them to spending a grand on Core 2 Duo rigs with ddr2 ram, or tell them to buy a mac.

However I think doing computer repair would be a much better way of getting customers. Most of the time you can solve a problem with a reformat and back up of files anyway. Then hopefully you will get some recommendations or customers.
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That's the way it is most everywhere. People like us know better but the people who buy from those places really don't know any better. Believe me I have tried educating people like that and telling them how much of a rip off they are but no one ever listens.

Best thing to do is to leave them to their own devices. These are the kind of people who when you tell them how easy it is to build a computer, they will come right back and tell you that building a computer is really hard and only professionals can do it. So I leave them to spending a grand on Core 2 Duo rigs with ddr2 ram, or tell them to buy a mac.

However I think doing computer repair would be a much better way of getting customers. Most of the time you can solve a problem with a reformat and back up of files anyway. Then hopefully you will get some recommendations or customers.
i agree with you 100%
it's like automotive repair, people think it's all impossibly rediculous to fathom and since their under-educated about it (haven't put forth effort to learn it) then they will pay premiums because they think it's normal.

let them think that....that's where us Comp geeks get us our $$$Millions
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I build/repair pc's in spare time, does not pay very well and I HATE old dated pos's like dell slims and crap/ Also noone cleans out there systems so they are all covered in a crust of nastiness, also much worse if they smoke/have pets. About the best part of it is learning things but I do make enough spare change doing data transfers and repairs to buy the occasional upgrade for my pc. I also re- TIM 360's that my friend is where i make my money.
    
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