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post #11 of 48
Where are you located?

In general cyber cafes are on the decline.. how many people are willing to pay for computer access when they already own one? And chances are if they're a gamer, they play consoles. You should consider looking up statistics on what the average household owns.. this may be a bad investment.

That said, the easiest solution is to get a major manufacturer to provide a volume discount, e.g. HP, Dell, etc. Get barebones models with decent processors (i3 or i5), so then all you have to do is buy more powerful power supplies and graphics cards. You can sell off the stock power supplies.

P.S. Remember, you're going to have to consider utility costs (electricity for tons of AC, as well as power for the rigs), internet, game licenses, accessories, and insurance for damage/theft of said accessories.
post #12 of 48
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I'm located in San Bernardino county and I'm gonna talk to some people that have one opened to get some information and to see if they want to open a new place in a different location. I'm also gonna go look around to see if anyone wants to give out a discount or get a sponsor. Thanks for the information so far and I'm taking everything in to consideration.
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I dont see how a cyber cafe will be profitable that close to silicon valley. Cheap parts. Cheap net. Compared to the rest of the US....which has cheap parts and cheap net to begin with.
post #14 of 48
Def stay on air as said. I'm not sure if an i5 is even needed. For longevity, yea, but surviving the beginning is your first challenge. I'd say go with i3 2120 for half and i5 2300 or 2400 for the the rest. Install less demanding games on the i3s. Someone built a cyber cafe in my home town (barren wasteland of a dying city biggrin.gif) w/ xbox 360s and services them and it's actually doing pretty well.
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Originally Posted by phenom01 View Post

I dont see how a cyber cafe will be profitable that close to silicon valley. Cheap parts. Cheap net. Compared to the rest of the US....which has cheap parts and cheap net to begin with.

Dude... it's nowhere near Silicon Valley... lachen.gif

@OP

The only way a cyber-cafe is going to survive is by doing three things:

* Being able to get conditional use permit for late-hour / after-hour business
* Offering classes in the day time for various things like eBay, Office, Windows classes, and so on
* Getting involved with the community by doing gaming events and tournaments with prizes (cash or local gift cards to Best Buy, etc), and doing them often enough to keep people paying to use the PC's for gaming
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post #16 of 48
This sounds risky unless your customers sign a waiver stating they'll pay for repair any damages done to the machine.

Examples,

rage punching the monitor
fist slamming keyboard
spilling liquids/foods on any of the equipment
theft

My problem is there is no chance in hell I'd pay to play video games in a cafe. As a PC gamer I am expected to have my own PC.

Lovely concept, sloppy execution seems to be the culprit with these types of ordeals .
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post #17 of 48
In any business the key is location, location, location my friend. I've lived near there at San Bernardino for a couple of years and I would suggest you place yourself near a mall or where there is obviously heavy traffic.

I would also agree with a lot of the posts here that you need to conduct a study on your initial cost (investment) and maintenance cost for the next 6 months (utilities, rent, salaries, etc), then decide if the business venture is worth it.

For what it's worth, I've seen a couple of shops that run PC and XBOX / PS3 side by side and they do well since they cover more types of gamers that way.

Whatever you do, good luck with the business!
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 2/15/12 at 6:28pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Schmuckley View Post

I don't see this as being a good investment @ this time..but..Here's hardware:
cheapest z68 mobos
i5 2400s
cheap 1600Mhz ram
storage is a nightmare..maybe cheap 32-40 gb ssd
hyper 212 coolers
560s for the graphics
or 6870s

I'd go with 1333mhz ram and a 160gb HDD. 32-40gb wont really let you put any games on, and thats what it would be fore. 160gb should let you put on a fair amount of modern games. Rest is fine.
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post #19 of 48
I would avoid water, and stay on air. and I do love the idea of a gaming cyber cafe, I would go to it, daily...If you make one in Florida I will be a loyal customer. And here is the rig I would build, it won't be 1600p goodness, but it will go hardcore on games...

CPU:

Motherboard:

SSD:

RAM:

PSU:

GPU:

Case:

Without Windows, this is $604.93. Not a bad price considering what in there. There are at least a hundred bucks of rebates so it cost, without windows around $500. Buy windows OEM, around $100 bucks and use it for 3 machines, that is capable of 1080p at high frame rates. Best of all, the Motherboard I picked was weak, and deals are abounding, but this list is what i could find. NONE of these items are on sale, meaning wait as long as you like, they only usually get cheaper. Now I am going to note that it runs off a SSD so you can download games and windows (or whatever OS you put in it) and have games, lightning fast speed is a plus. NOTE: the GPU is a 460, that is basically a 560 ti re-named, runs DX11 and is good enough to last. Hope this helps!
post #20 of 48
Hmm San Bernardino...I'm sure your already aware. Careful on this idea, theft can be an issue. Good luck!
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