Overclock.net › Forums › Overclock Marketplace › Appraisals › Appraisal: My time building my friend's rig?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Appraisal: My time building my friend's rig?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I was unsure where to post this at....but I think I got the right spot, anyways...here's what happened today.

I tried to convince my friends to buy from newegg and let me build it. They didn't listen, so we took a trip to Best Buy. There, they bought a Gateway computer with the following specs:

Athlon X2 6000+ @ 3.0GHz
3GB DDR2 533
500GB Hard drive
19" Widescreen LCD
Keyboard/Mouse/Speakers, and a printer

Now on top of that, they also purchased an Antec 500w earthwatts PSU and a BFG 8800GT, and the 3 year geek squad warranty (rofl). They got it all home, and I was the one that got to install the power supply, the GPU, and install windows, all the updates, and remove all the Gateway crap.

On top of this...I ALSO had to rebuild their old computer completely. It had about 3 inches of dust built up inside it, and the northbridge cooler clips were broken. So I had to go down with my own money and buy some Arctic Silver Thermal Glue stuff, to fix the cooler. I then had to finish building this rig, install Windows and all the Updates and all that fun stuff AGAIN! I also sold them my 7800GS OC AGP card for their second rig for $100. That was the only money I saw today.

Now if that wasn't enough...I also had to go down and get their dinner (with their car, and their money)....but I wasn't offered anything more than breadsticks. This was at the Olive Garden, not pizza.

So what do you guys think would be a fair amount to ask from them? I'm getting mixed ideas here. I'm just happy they got a great rig (although super overpriced). However I'm being told that I should've charged them for all the time I worked for them. I was there noon till 9pm working for them. Now keep in mind also though, they're really good friends of mine (I've known her since 6th grade, I'm now 21, and him since 9th grade..they're both my age). So what should I do here guys? Should I just leave it be and just be happy they have 2 great rigs, or should I ask them if they can possibly pay me a few bucks...or even a few hundred bucks? I mean I really don't know. I'm being told that I should ask for no less than a 9600GT, lol. But I'm also being told about $50 is fair. I just don't know. Ideas? Thanks.

And mods...please move this thread if its in the wrong section. I am asking an appraisal...its just based off time, not parts. Thank you.
Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 11
It really sucks that they ended up w/ a pre-then-re-built rig, but oh well...

for some1 else to do all that would have probably been a few hundred bucks. you essentially rebuilt, from the ground up 2 rigs, software and h/w on the gateway, and you gave them a good deal on a 7800GS.

I think at bare minimum he should have offer to take you and your significant other out for dinner sometime. However that's courtesy, you can't ask that of some1, lol.

I'd approach it saying ya know I'm saving up for a few upgrades for my rig and mention all the work put into his rig. Oh the power of suggestion

essentially I'd let him pick what he feels is fair but AFAIK that's probably about $200+ worth of work.
post #3 of 11
Geez, that's really dumb.

I don't see why they didn't want to settle from a homemade computer, rather than a Gateway with some "upgrades." Doesn't make sense. Just remember, karma.
post #4 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by DesertRat View Post
It really sucks that they ended up w/ a pre-then-re-built rig, but oh well...

for some1 else to do all that would have probably been a few hundred bucks. you essentially rebuilt, from the ground up 2 rigs, software and h/w on the gateway, and you gave them a good deal on a 7800GS.

I think at bare minimum he should have offer to take you and your significant other out for dinner sometime. However that's courtesy, you can't ask that of some1, lol.

I'd approach it saying ya know I'm saving up for a few upgrades for my rig and mention all the work put into his rig. Oh the power of suggestion

essentially I'd let him pick what he feels is fair but AFAIK that's probably about $200+ worth of work.
QFT! I charge people $40/hr for computer work. For good, close, friends, I charge $20/hr. ½ price for family and friends, simply because my time, is money! Especially when I could be elsewhere, working on someone elses computer making $40/hr! I would first start by saying, "I normally charge "X" amount of dollars per hour for computer repairing and upgrading, but because you're like family, I'll give you a 50% discount!"
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Oh I forgot to mention, they've got another friend that would've done it for free....but he was telling them to get the 7300GT because it had a higher core clock (or some BS like that).
Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
Oh I forgot to mention, they've got another friend that would've done it for free....but he was telling them to get the 7300GT because it had a higher core clock (or some BS like that).
rofl. Gotta love ppl who think they know computers and tout what they say as gospel... Honestly tho I was close to that when i 1st started really getting into computers. the experience w/ my 1st rig humbled(and educated) me alot, lol.
post #7 of 11
I have to say, i think a 9600 GT would be sweet. I'd agree that it's $200 worth of work, but for a friend... I'd keep that favor handy...

these friends of yours, do they have any really useful skills? You could always use this act of goodwill for leverage when you need something. Charging friends for a service just tends to create bad blood.

Although, i think it's downright ridiculous that they would have you pick up their food and only offer you breadsticks... That would have been too much for me to tolerate. I would have been all like " OH, so first you won't listen to MY advice, and NOW you want me to be your ****ing delivery boy!? I don't think so!"
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600K Asus P8Z68-V Pro Crossfire HD 5870's 4x4 GB G.skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Caviar Black 1 TB Windows 7 x64 build 7000 Syncmaster 226BW x 2 Corsair HX650 
Case
Tech station 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600K Asus P8Z68-V Pro Crossfire HD 5870's 4x4 GB G.skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Caviar Black 1 TB Windows 7 x64 build 7000 Syncmaster 226BW x 2 Corsair HX650 
Case
Tech station 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by alexgheseger View Post
I have to say, i think a 9600 GT would be sweet. I'd agree that it's $200 worth of work, but for a friend... I'd keep that favor handy...

these friends of yours, do they have any really useful skills? You could always use this act of goodwill for leverage when you need something.
Lol, not really. They're quite good at popping out babies (they're 21 and have 2 kids, 1yr old and a 4yr old), lol. Other than that.....they can play Wow quite well. That's all this rig was intended for, rofl! They told me it was impossible to turn all the settings up....and I proved them wrong with their OLD COMPUTER with the 7800 in it. Coulda with the existing FX5200 it had...but I wanted something for today's work, lol....so I sold them a card.

Come to think of it....the wife is quite good at taking photos (she's a professional photographer)...maybe I could get her to take my wedding pictures or something, lol? Nah, I'd rather shoot for the cash if its possible for a better GPU for my rig, lol. I just don't know for sure what I did was worth. I'm too confused, I'm out of here for now. I'll check the thread again tomorrow after work and see what y'all come up with. Thanks guys.
Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 11
$100 + dinner + leftover parts
post #10 of 11
i would have just said $50 but they didn't give you dinner even though you were there and made you get the food now thats just BAD. so around $100+the money you used on his PC.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Appraisals
Overclock.net › Forums › Overclock Marketplace › Appraisals › Appraisal: My time building my friend's rig?