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post #11 of 22
For a lower-end system it can be a toss-up in terms of price.
I essentially "tied" with Dell when I had to do a family build last summer, but the quality of the components I had in there were far better than cheap garbage you'd get from them in a basic desktop build.

For mid to higher-end gaming rigs, forget it - building yourself is always better.
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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..

Yeah, they usually include nice or decent parts as far as graphics and CPU go (what people look for), but then they skimp on everything else to make it as cheap as possible -- reducing the ability to upgrade in the future.
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post #13 of 22
krajee said it the best. But It may also depend on how much shopping around your willing to do for the best price, Or a site might have a deal on something you want. I Always hit up Newegg, Tigerdirect, Directron, CompUSA, Performance-pc, Frozencpu. Just to see if I can save a few bucks here and there.
post #14 of 22
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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..

This is true but if you're building a low end pc you don't need that kind of quality. But you can slightly beat the oem price but when you add in the cost of windows oem is cheaper.

I stop building low end system because of this. No money to be made then I have to support the system for essentially free
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post #15 of 22
Depends.

I used to snag extremely cheap almost bare-bone desktops from manufacturers like Dell and HP. The reason they include bloatware by default is because those companies pay to have the manufacturers to have that junk installed, which theoretically lowers the price of the computer, hence competition. I'd buy a nice processor, and then swap out/add every other component I wanted to soup-up on my own.

On the other hand, if you buy every component you want for a custom build on sale, you may be able to make it cheaper. It's really a toss up. Have a set budget, see what components you can buy, and then see what a manufacturer will offer. If the manufacturer can offer something better for the price, go for it.
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Cyberpower was about 300 dollars more than building myself when I was pricing - every other prebuilt was WAY MORE expensive.
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I wouldn't ever buy a dell for myself even if it was cheaper, takes all the fun out of building and customizing wink.gif
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post #18 of 22
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What about the DIY kits off newegg? Seem to have some decent stuff..confused.gif
post #19 of 22
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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 all the way. eMachines became really popular because if you're just playing on the Internet or a student, you don't need an expensive PC. Retail generally has a markup on the costs of things which is how they make money. I want to know exactly what I'm using and have always did a custom build.
post #20 of 22
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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?

i priced out one of the boutique builders don't remember who. They actually showed all the parts and manufacturers they used to build the rigs. And it ended up being roughly a $200 premium not including shipping to have them basically assemble it for you. That was only 1 instance though.

Now if you are talking about a big company like Dell. It is cheaper to build a highend system yourself by a large margin. however for a complete low end office/web browsing build, complete meanings tower, keyboard, monitor, mouse. It is probably cheaper to buy a Dell. Cause you can get a solid dual core system with monitor KB/M from them for sub $400 at times.

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the "boutique" I used to check price difference was DigitalStorm
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