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If you're serious about this I would concentrate less on the specs and more on how you are going to convince his parents to write a check for $4k+ to their son's mate at school...

You will be able to come up with a great build. No problem. Your price will be competitive.

BUT, you are not Dell, or HP or anyone else the average consumer has heard of. You are a kid at school. You have no reputation to speak of. Overcoming this credibility hurdle will be key to closing the deal.
    
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There's one thing I noticed while reading through this thread that I don't like at all. Some people suggested buying one thing and passing it off as another (i.e. buy 8GB and keep 4GB for yourself, calling a Q6600 Extreme, etc.) or just generally ripping the kid off. So what if he has a ton of cash that he hasn't worked for? Is it then your duty to "teach him a lesson" by wrecklessly and dishonestly spending that money? I would much rather have a "spoiled rich kid" stigma than a "dishonest crook" one.

If you are "hired" to do this build, put together a couple spec sheets and have a sit down with the kid; explaining each. At this point tell him that you normally get a certain flat-rate or percentage for your services. Once the decisions are made, build the system with all the care and attention you would as if it was your own. If you're successful, you'll most likely find yourself with more jobs and more money through good word-of-mouth. Rip the kid off and you WILL eventually be had. All it takes is for someone with decent computer knowledge to see the situation and realize something doesn't add up. You then have one pissed-off kid (and probably parents) who have every right to come to you for retribution and by doing so will destroy your reputation as a go-to guy for computers.

I get my "customers" through word of mouth. I get involved with what the customer wants. Explain what makes a certain component good and then give them options; parts you know work well. Letting them make the final call makes them feel good. I build the system, test it, and guarantee it against defect. I have only ever had one computer come back to me with a problem and since it was Nvidia's fault, I still feel pretty good about my record. That one person told three others and so on and so forth and now I have a pretty good rep for computers.
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There's one thing I noticed while reading through this thread that I don't like at all. Some people suggested buying one thing and passing it off as another (i.e. buy 8GB and keep 4GB for yourself, calling a Q6600 Extreme, etc.) or just generally ripping the kid off. So what if he has a ton of cash that he hasn't worked for? Is it then your duty to "teach him a lesson" by wrecklessly and dishonestly spending that money? I would much rather have a "spoiled rich kid" stigma than a "dishonest crook" one.

If you are "hired" to do this build, put together a couple spec sheets and have a sit down with the kid; explaining each. At this point tell him that you normally get a certain flat-rate or percentage for your services. Once the decisions are made, build the system with all the care and attention you would as if it was your own. If you're successful, you'll most likely find yourself with more jobs and more money through good word-of-mouth. Rip the kid off and you WILL eventually be had. All it takes is for someone with decent computer knowledge to see the situation and realize something doesn't add up. You then have one pissed-off kid (and probably parents) who have every right to come to you for retribution and by doing so will destroy your reputation as a go-to guy for computers.

I get my "customers" through word of mouth. I get involved with what the customer wants. Explain what makes a certain component good and then give them options; parts you know work well. Letting them make the final call makes them feel good. I build the system, test it, and guarantee it against defect. I have only ever had one computer come back to me with a problem and since it was Nvidia's fault, I still feel pretty good about my record. That one person told three others and so on and so forth and now I have a pretty good rep for computers.
Thank you, atlast
    
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I was reading those as well. Don't do that. Especially because it is documented here. It's just dumb. I don't think the OP wanted to do that in the first place though.
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Just get that spoiled fatty a Celeron, toss it in a flashy Aprevia case, and call it a day.
    
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I love Lian Li...but this kid needs something more like a CM 830...something that reeks money like a TJ09
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Just get that spoiled fatty a Celeron, toss it in a flashy Aprevia case, and call it a day.
That is the worst advice I've ever read.

Typically, when I do business, I try to make an honest day's pay doing an honest day's work.

That way, I get an honest man's reputation.
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If this kid wants a flashy appearance, what about the new Cosmos S? It's huge and definitely has that performance/bling factor.

64-bit OS with at least 4GB of quality memory

If the money is there and top-notch is desired, a QX processor is the way to go along with a top-notch mobo like the Maximus Formula or Striker Formula.

SLi or Crossfire capability. Sure but which one? It's a mighty interesting time right now in the video card market....

These are just brainstorms for now.
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That is the worst advice I've ever read.

Typically, when I do business, I try to make an honest day's pay doing an honest day's work.

That way, I get an honest man's reputation.
i aggree with thie comment. people come backwhen there honesty involed.
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Just get that spoiled fatty a Celeron, toss it in a flashy Aprevia case, and call it a day.
Pretty sad...

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That is the worst advice I've ever read.

Typically, when I do business, I try to make an honest day's pay doing an honest day's work.

That way, I get an honest man's reputation.
I agree...
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