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(Firstly, please move this to the correct forum if it doesnt work here. I -am- discussing Intel though, sort of! tongue.gif)

I have spent the last couple of weeks scour the internet for deals here and there as I build my machine. Having discovered this site, the community is phenomenal – always trying to help your fellow techie! So, this got me thinking.

I’m technically inclined and I want to put this to some use. If I spent a month or two here and there finding fantastic deals from instore/online retailers and put a PC together piece by piece (without modding/OCing unless requested to do so), how well/easily would it sell, and how would I sell it? For example:
Lets say that microcenter is running a deal (I5-2500k+P67 board) for a total of about $290. Grab that and some case fans that are selling for 3 bucks a pop, along with a case that someone here sells or newegg has for a reasonable price, pick up a shell buster on a wb caviar black 750gb for $50, PSU for 50, a GPU for 100-130, and some RAM for $45-50. Lets say this all comes up to be $630. Would I be able to sell this for any profit at all into the general community?

My thinking is to put it on craigslist/ebay/amazon to sell…either someone that doesn’t know how to build a PC, doesn’t want to, or a kid wanting a gaming PC for sub 1000, would want to snatch it up. How well does this work? Where/how would I go about doing it? What are the pros and cons to such an idea?
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WD Caviar Black 750GB Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 23" Acer H233H Thermaltake 600W 
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Johnny Five
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WD Caviar Black 750GB Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 23" Acer H233H Thermaltake 600W 
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Originally Posted by BioZeke;14644616 
(Firstly, please move this to the correct forum if it doesnt work here. I -am- discussing Intel though, sort of! tongue.gif)

I have spent the last couple of weeks scour the internet for deals here and there as I build my machine. Having discovered this site, the community is phenomenal – always trying to help your fellow techie! So, this got me thinking.

I’m technically inclined and I want to put this to some use. If I spent a month or two here and there finding fantastic deals from instore/online retailers and put a PC together piece by piece (without modding/OCing unless requested to do so), how well/easily would it sell, and how would I sell it? For example:
Lets say that microcenter is running a deal (I5-2500k+P67 board) for a total of about $290. Grab that and some case fans that are selling for 3 bucks a pop, along with a case that someone here sells or newegg has for a reasonable price, pick up a shell buster on a wb caviar black 750gb for $50, PSU for 50, a GPU for 100-130, and some RAM for $45-50. Lets say this all comes up to be $630. Would I be able to sell this for any profit at all into the general community?

My thinking is to put it on craigslist/ebay/amazon to sell…either someone that doesn’t know how to build a PC, doesn’t want to, or a kid wanting a gaming PC for sub 1000, would want to snatch it up. How well does this work? Where/how would I go about doing it? What are the pros and cons to such an idea?

Pros.

> Can be profitable

Cons.

> Lots of set-up work
> Limits on PayPal accounts until a bank account is registered
> You might not be able to keep up with demand (e.g. Hire more people)
> You can only offer 1 Year warranty
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I was actually thinking about doing this in my hometown as well as post it on craigslist in neighboring areas. I would have pre-built systems for X price, or have my customer tell me what they want their machine to be able to do for them, then make decisions on parts from there. I would order what parts I see fit for that customers need, keeping future ability to upgrade in mind, and of course charge a $75 - $120 upcharge for me building it.

I'm probably going to get slammed for this post with things like "just call yourself Dell" or "You're no better than *insert big box company here*" But I think It's a good idea to get some cash on the side for something I love to do. smile.gif
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