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Back when I built my lasy system (early 90's) there was a noticable difference in building yourself and buying premade. Is it still like this today? Say from places like ibuypower or cyberpower, do you really save that much more doing it yourself these days?
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Indeed.

Cost/Performance is better when building one's self.
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Originally Posted by Amdguru View Post

Back when I built my lasy system (early 90's) there was a noticable difference in building yourself and buying premade. Is it still like this today? Say from places like ibuypower or cyberpower, do you really save that much more doing it yourself these days?

Yes i can categorically say you see a noticable increase in cost/performance.
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For lower end systems, it's typically cheaper to purchase a prebuilt, whereas for a higher end system, it's cheaper to build it yourself.
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Originally Posted by krajee View Post

For lower end systems, it's typically cheaper to purchase a prebuilt, whereas for a higher end system, it's cheaper to build it yourself.

^ that.

Also, a lot of times they come out to about the same cost. The benefit is you have "high quality" components, with the con of multiple vendors to provide support rather than a central location.
 
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post #6 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by krajee View Post

For lower end systems, it's typically cheaper to purchase a prebuilt, whereas for a higher end system, it's cheaper to build it yourself.

i agree with this for the most part...buying a lower or semi Mid end Dell vs building is going to run about the same with pre-built being cheaper for the most part...sometimes you can get good deals that even come with a monitor and or a printer that you could always resell and make back some cash

but for the higher end stuff and the latest tech...building your self is always the best and most cost efficient route
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Originally Posted by krajee View Post

For lower end systems, it's typically cheaper to purchase a prebuilt, whereas for a higher end system, it's cheaper to build it yourself.


^this
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Like others have said, building a high end system is almost always cheaper, but for low and medium end computers you can often find good deals that make them cheaper than building yourself.

Building yourself is still much better overall, because you get to pick the parts individually and make sure they all meet your standards, and you also have the ability to fix or return individual broken parts instead of the whole machine -- which usually means less downtime and shipping costs.
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post #9 of 22
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For lower end systems, it's typically cheaper to purchase a prebuilt, whereas for a higher end system, it's cheaper to build it yourself.
another agree here.
also, you get quality control if you build it yourself.
ie. better parts, better cable management, better understanding of your rig, better TIM applications, etc.
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Thanks for the replies, it seems on the prebuilt stuff while the chip and graphic cards might be the same they really lack on the motherboards, also some of the PSU's seem pretty weak..
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