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ok thats it i'll let you guys duke it out. I really appreciate all the comments, im actually learning lots of little things ive been wondering about and its really helpful. Im just going to listen to your arguments and make my mind up from that.
i thought we were all just making suggestions =/

imho, if he's actually your customer i would explain to him that he can build 2x really effin (fatherless child) fast computers for 5000 and it'll keep up w/ everything for the next few years w/ minimal updates, and then go from there....
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but the thing is i really want to experiment with the 5000.
    
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Buy second best of everything and keep the rest of the cash for yourself.

Get a flash case so he thinks it's good. If he knows little about computers you're in for a winner here.

I'm evil... I know... but business is business.
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5000 and budget in the same sentence... SIKE! More like buy whatever you want.
    
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thats the thing, the premium you pay for THE BEST components at the time is just for bragging in the first 2 months. 2 Months later, prices drop 20% or more, and you are just stuck with a "very fast" but VERY over-paid-for computer.

Instead, I think you should advise him to treat his computer as a long-term investment. Tell him to get the best components he can afford, like an E6600 or E6700, get a really nice watercooling setup that takes minimal maintainance, overclock to X6800+ speeds (so taht he cant complain on performance) and tell him to save the rest for when components need upgrading. I spend about 3300 bucks on my system 2.5 years ago, and while I have enjoyed my rig a LOT, I think taht I should have gone down this road. I could have gotten a BLAZING fast computer for about 2500, saved the rest for GPU and other upgrades down the line, when I really needed it.

I also think this is a scam. Until you get the money in hand, I am hard pressed to believe this is a legit deal. Hey, I coudl be wrong, but it seems like a lot for a custom build (I mean, him paying you 10%, thats steep). I mean, for what? A week of searching online for parts and maybe 3-4 days of build time and burn-in? Id really be surprised if this played out. I mean, he could just take your "advised build" and buy it himself and build it himself, with your advice: leaving you out in the cold. I hope not, but it seems like the most likely avenue.
    
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Buy second best of everything and keep the rest of the cash for yourself.

Get a flash case so he thinks it's good. If he knows little about computers you're in for a winner here.

I'm evil... I know... but business is business.
Don't do that.. Thats mean... And if he thinks he buying 5,000$ for the computer and paying you 500$ , and you go and spend 3,000$ and keep the rest for yourself... Thats something called scamming.
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Don't do that.. Thats mean... And if he thinks he buying 5,000$ for the computer and paying you 500$ , and you go and spend 3,000$ and keep the rest for yourself... Thats something called scamming.
No it isn't. He is paying him to build a computer. He doesn't need top notch over priced RAM that'll gain an extra 1% performance. He doesn't need quad core. There are lots of ways to save money. This guys is paying for the knowledge of our guy to build him a computer... something that takes years of experience to do properly. It's easily justifiable.

Dell do it all the time... infact all computer companies do it.

I agree with Killnine.

I mean... you could still give him a bit of cash if there is alot spare. But it's up to you, and where you feel comfortable.
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but the thing is i really want to experiment with the 5000.
how much experience do you have building computers anyways? honestly i wouldn't trust a kid in high school building a $5000 mchine for me if i wasn't educated on PC's. (assuming you're in HS).

Also you need to build whats best for him, not what you want to do. First thing in customer service is you're there for him. and charging him 500 bucks to build a computer is a ripoff period. I charge like 20 bucks plus a six pack of beer to get me through it. and that includes putting everything together and installing windows, drivers and making sure everything works correctly by running basic benchmarks...
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I agree. I built some PC's for people when I was in high school, but I only charged enough to keep me fed during the build. And even now, there is no way I would charge that much for a build. If he wants to spend that kind of money, he should be getting a pro job with a freaking airbrushed case or something. And as other people have said, this could be a scam for you. he could take your idea and build it himself. All in all, this is fishy.
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i've seen some gooood airbrushed cases one time i got a sweet hell scene on the side of my case. it was the "world inustries" skateboard stick devil fishing in the firiey pits of hell. it was cool.
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