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Is it really worth it to build your own $400-800 compute?, It seems like The big companies can buld a low or low-middle quality computers for cheaper. They get the parts wholesale and the operating system is uch cheaper for them too. It seems like if I try to build the equivelent of a name brand computer like HP or Dell, I only start saving money somewhere around their $800 systems. Have any of you thought the same thing?
    
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It probably is cheaper to do like you said an buy prebuilt.. but with prebuilt, you can't OC, which can get you like $200-400 worth more performance..
    
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Yeah that's true, I've noticed the same thing but advantage still falls to the home built system in that it's easily upgraded; not always the case with a prefab like a Dell.
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Is it really worth it to build your own $400-800 compute?, It seems like The big companies can buld a low or low-middle quality computers for cheaper. They get the parts wholesale and the operating system is uch cheaper for them too. It seems like if I try to build the equivelent of a name brand computer like HP or Dell, I only start saving money somewhere around their $800 systems. Have any of you thought the same thing?
that is true; otherwise all of us here would be rich making systems! most ppl are fine with dell
    
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of course its worth it. i got my system for only 600$ when i first made it. it never had any problems nothing it never let me down, and upgrading it was easy! now i have a medium to somewhat highend pc and i love it, if i got a dell i would have constant problems and such like all my other friends do.
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very true, if you're building a low end system its cheaper to buy one prebuilt because

1) OS, is a killer for us (custome self builders) and major companies get licensing and they can give it to you really cheap

2) they can make their own low end components which means it will be cheaper

but building it your self gives you more customability. and prebuilt systems you can't overclock (except using that overclocking software, but not always)
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Early last year, I bought a Dell for my wife - purely because I couldn't get a build to match the specs of the Dell for any cheaper. Including the 19" LCD, it was only $500 - it's a 3ghz Pentium D with 2gb ram, 80gb hdd, dvd burner, XP home etc. I could have built a similar machine for about the same price, but the 19" LCD really pushed it over the edge and she needed a monitor with it too (BTW, the Dell LCD's are *really* nice).

She does some image editing stuff for scrapbooking and web surfing and the machine has worked perfectly for her. I think that for a low-medium end computers to be used by non-techie type folks, prebuilt systems like Dells are the way to go. Of the 4 people I know with Dells, only one is having trouble which is actually related to Vista usability (my mom is having a difficult time making the switch from XP) rather than Dell quality.

Would I ever buy a Dell for myself? Nope. Would I reccomend one to a non-technical friend who just wants a cheap computer that's ready to go with no monkeying around or OC'ing? Yeap.

Well, I guess I technically use a Dell myself...but I didn't buy it - it's a company issued laptop for work. I'm on my 2nd one now (just got upgraded to a C2D machine ) and haven't had any problems with either.
     
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If you just run to newegg or CompUSA or something and buy everything new, no, there wil be no "value" in it, and you'll have to put it all together. But, if you have the time, you can build a super-PC with used parts, things that might need a little repair-etc., for only a few hundred bucks. It takes a lot of time though.
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If you just run to newegg or CompUSA or something and buy everything new, no, there wil be no "value" in it, and you'll have to put it all together. But, if you have the time, you can build a super-PC with used parts, things that might need a little repair-etc., for only a few hundred bucks. It takes a lot of time though.
but building your own is much more satisfying(sp) plus you dont get all that extra crap compaq/dell/hp put on the computers
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true, and like others said, you get the OS which means you can easily reformat and re-install if you need to whereas dell, hp, etc. have stoped shipping the oem OS disk with the computer making a real pain to get a disk, also i would like the satisfaction of building my own pc that is nice and customizable (no way thats a real word but idc).
    
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