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I want yall to say where I am right in these points & correct me where I am wrong

Now put Alienware , XPS or Envy aside & compare normal Branded pcs with Custom ones

Only a noob would refer to a Custom pc as ''Non/Un Branded '' they fail to realize that the parts are Branded & do they even know the meaning of non branded? non branded means china made meaning no brand made it where as Custom pc parts are made by brands such as Gigabyte , Asus , Evga , Corsair , G.Skill , Seasonic & I am aware that branded stuff is made in China too but then you don't call it made in china

I personally like Custom pcs as they're upgrade able & you can build them how ever you want to

People say Custom pcs can have incompatibility issues how ever I never ran into one probably cause I do research & read the reviews before buying the parts

Now the only benefit of having a Branded pre-built computer such as Dell , Hp , Lenvno etc is that all of their faults have been fixed , they're tested & One advantage of Branded PC's is you know that they will work and power up the first time you switch them on & you get Customer support number where as for Custom pcs you're on your own & forums like Toms hardware , Overclock.net & Linustechtips are your support

People say they use parts of the same brand unlike Custom pcs <---- That is not true I had a Hp technician as a friend & he told me they use MSI motherboards

Now I'll state the disadvantages of a Branded pc

1-They're only upgrade able to a certain extent
2- You cannot change their casing or motherboard to a different brand
3-You cannot add high end graphic cards to them ( due to lack of space) & if you're lucky & the casing has more space it would probably fit but I am sure the GPU would sag then
4-You cannot add big fans or Liquid coolers to them ( due to they don't have mounts for them although you can DIY through a drilling machine but not everybody knows how to use that)
5-Their power supplies are tier 4 & have small fan , low wattage , aren't modular & don't have 80+ ratings on them & they don't come with external PCI-E connectors such as 6 pin or 6+2pin which are needed for mid range or high end graphic cards ( I know you can get molex or sata to 6pin adapters but I don't recommend using them on a power supplies which don't even came with one 6 pin connector
6- Their motherboards don't have SLI/CROSSFIRE & they be m-atx (which are low end) I never seen a branded pc with a full ATX mobo
7- You cannot add a gaming power supply more than 550watts to them & if you do add a gaming power supply to them & they're mounted on the top of casing so it's fan will be at the bottom so it will throw hot air on the components where as in my Custom pc the psu is mounted at the bottom with it's fan facing down so it will throw hot air outside of the case & my case has a dust filter to prevent dust
8- They come with the OEM version of Windows ( which doesn't get any support from Microsoft & it's stuck to the motherboard )
9-They come with use less software's pre-installed / bloatware such as Norton & Mcaffee ( they suck , they slow down the pc & they're the worst )
10-They're expensive & they cost twice or thrice than Custom pcs & you build a Custom pc way cheaper with better specs
11- They don't have the ability to overclock
12- They don't have cable management mounts
post #2 of 5
I would love to get a Falcon-North West though. They were the very first gaming PC builders.
post #3 of 5
You forgot 13. Branded pcs come with the cheapest components possible; eg they advertise this laptop/desktop has 16gb ram but is using ddr3 1333mhz
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Most preconfigured pcs are just custom pcs that someone else sticked together for you... (edit: plus some cut corners on PSU/motherboard/pc case.)
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That's a very nice run down because you mention things I haven't considered yet.

I'm prepping to make a new build for my parents after discouraging them from a prebuilt and after doing some comparisons of the big 3 Lenovo, HP and Dell I'm really surprised how much worse their offerings are for the price.

My parents chose an Inwin 303 as their chassis so it really skewed the price but if I went absolutely barebones for a case they would still have better cooling performance because prebuilts below $600 don't seem to come with fans let alone everything else you could choose to get for a $10 more expensive case. You have to spend $200 more dollars before you consistently get a fan with the prebuilt pc.

On top of all that their CPU will be twice as powerful according to various benchmarks and gpu is 3-4 times as powerful depending.

The seasonic can handle overclocks and is backed with a 5 year warranty but if I went even cheaper I see options that still a have better warranty even if the quality is overall the same as a prebuilt psu.

The motherboard allows for decent overclocking, comes with a USB type C and Type A ports and has an extra pcie x16 slot these computers wouldn't have.

The ram is twice as large, the ssd is usable as a boot drive and the regular hard drive has 3 times the capacity of the best options.

On top of all that I have all 4 interface peripherals, mouse, keyboard, speakers and monitor instead of being forced to pay extra for 1 or 2 of them.

So far the only advantage I see prebuilt having is that they come preinstalled with Windows 10. I'm most likely going to have my parents use either Ubuntu or Elementary OS but I'm going to tinker with both some more to see if they give enough of an appropriate minimal fuss experience.

Handling warranty claims is also more streamlined with a prebuilt PC but I don't think the extra cost for the performance you pay for is made up for even if I ended up installing windows for them.

It's all the more surprising because I feel many of the machines made under the SteamOS initiative offer much better value for their money so I wonder what makes the economics of those prebuilt machines so different.
Edited by mutantmagnet - 10/5/16 at 6:41pm
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