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may i ask you how many small businesses do you know that charge 100 bucks to build a computer (that are currently still in business?)

at the computer shop i used to work at they bought all the parts, put it together and tagged 50 bucks on top of the "gross" price. and they STILL went out of business because they couldn't stay competitive w/ the best buys and the dells and circuit city's and stuff...
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If this has been stated, please ignore. But...

Why would some guy who doesnt know how to build a computer/use it need the performance of a $5,000 rig.. that just sounds ridiculous to me...
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In the Uk PC makers/distributers can buy parts from the manufacturers for (correct me if I'm wrong) 80%? of the value the shop will sell it for. So that's an instant 20% profit, plus any charges they add on top of that. I don't know too much about distribution though - so take that with a pinch of salt.

If the computer shop buys from other retailers, it is not surprising they went out of business.
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Haven't read the whole thread so this may have been mentioned....

I'd do a dual Xeon board. The 5100 series Xeons are hawt (dual core, hyperthreaded). Throw in a large quantitiy of the fully buffered dimms.

Only downside is very limited motherboard options. SLI is rare on said motherboards, but there are a few out there.
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It's a niche market. As I stated, commercial businesses charge little for the build, if they want to stay around.

However, this is a kid who runs a small business building computers and explaining the user how to use it. He does not sell hardware. In that case, if I were a n00b, I'd say $100 is definately not unfair.

However, I would do it for free or a nominal fee, just because I think it's fun! Heck, I wanna play with $5,000 of hardware for a week

(PS: my rig also was several thousands worth of investments... roughly $3,250 I guess)
    
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holy **** i go out to compusa for a hour, and this thing gets four more pages, no way i'll ever be able to catch up now
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Don't worry... it's mostly some bickering back and forth.
    
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It's been a long night... nothing wrong with some friendly banter I say.

But yea, the general things I want to know are:

-Does this person have the money?
-Do you want to spend all of the $5000?
-What is your time limit for building this thing?

At the moment I stick to my idea of get the second best of everything, and give him the change. Draw him up an invoice too I say.
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I would first of all, make sure the person is good for it. Don't want to spend $5000 on parts then not get the money.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kamakazi View Post
I would first of all, make sure the person is good for it. Don't want to spend $5000 on parts then not get the money.
I would compile a shopping cart (or carts) and then invite the guy over and tell him to bring his Debit/Credit card. I would never use my own money on something like this...
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