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    Dell
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post #21 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by not2bad
Go custom and make it look "pretty" for her
Hey good idea!

Although, Personaly I'll go with Dell, I'm getting tried of running around fixing relavtive's computers and then not getting paid
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post #22 of 34
It's a great resposibility. I built a nice 2.4Ghz P4 machine for my mother. (I live 1300 miles away)
It worked great for months, but at the sign of the first major glitch her tech had her replace it with a Dell.
People don't want to fix machines they didn't build.
With the Dell, I know she is OK.


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Originally Posted by Strider_2001
yeah I would go Dell...The only time I would build a computer for someone is if they paid me well for it or if it was someone that knew a good deal about computers but just did not know totaly how to build them...I built one for my aunt and she calls me prolly at least once a week saying that something wont connect to the internet or it is running a little slow....one day windows got corrupt and she was freaking out saying that if she bought a prebuild it would not have happened...So that is my exp with custom built for a friend or family...
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post #23 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Strider_2001
The only time I would build a computer for someone is if they paid me well for it
That is wrong!

I never charge people when I build their Intel systems. So far in the 5 years I've been doing this as a hobby I've built about 15 and fixed 2, well not fixed really but adding memory to one and another one to replace a PSU that had about 1/2 pound of dust inside, which it obviously die eventually. But out of the 15 I've built, none so far none of the people have called me to fix anything or add anything.

Just make sure the person gets a system with at least 512MB of RAM.

During this past holidays, I told several people to get a Dell but ended up getting an HP or Compaq, FF to mid February I hear them saying their system is slow......duh! is not the computer, it's the lame 256MB of RAM installed in that crap, specially with an on-board video that uses 32MB of RAM, so now they have 224MB of RAM handling all XP tasks? Sorry that 224 ain't going to cut it. BTW, those who didn't listen to me, all 2 people, I'm not going to help, they got them from BB, let the Geek Squad charge them $150 for installation and parts.
post #24 of 34
Nasqul, it's great to have a hobby. Your friends are lucky to have you.

Computers are my living. It pays the mortgage plus.
I provide a good service and I charge good $$, my clients and customers are glad to have me.
It's not wrong to make a living providing a needed service.


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Originally Posted by Nasgul
That is wrong!

I never charge people when I build their Intel systems. So far in the 5 years I've been doing this as a hobby I've built about 15 and fixed 2, well not fixed really but adding memory to one and another one to replace a PSU that had about 1/2 pound of dust inside, which it obviously die eventually. But out of the 15 I've built, none so far none of the people have called me to fix anything or add anything.

Just make sure the person gets a system with at least 512MB of RAM.

During this past holidays, I told several people to get a Dell but ended up getting an HP or Compaq, FF to mid February I hear them saying their system is slow......duh! is not the computer, it's the lame 256MB of RAM installed in that crap, specially with an on-board video that uses 32MB of RAM, so now they have 224MB of RAM handling all XP tasks? Sorry that 224 ain't going to cut it. BTW, those who didn't listen to me, all 2 people, I'm not going to help, they got them from BB, let the Geek Squad charge them $150 for installation and parts.
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post #25 of 34
Oh! Sorry there Bdog, I guess I should've said;

Unless you do that for a living. Forgot that some of you guys are in the business and work in retail places that sell them.

I was refering to those that don't and aren't. Although it's been quite a while since I built one. I've been asked lately but kinda don't want to do it.

My jobs pays me pretty good but if there were two things I'd like to do for part time is PC stuff but above all: bicycle mechanic. Luv Litespeed and Colanago w/ Dura Ace drive-train & Mavic Wheels. Then again, I wouldn't wanna work on weekends.
post #26 of 34
I would go for the dell just because it already has the programs she needs on it... Microsoft Office is really expensive......... So is windows XP...

Thats the only way I can look at a dell as a good thing.
    
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post #27 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nasgul
That is wrong!

I never charge people when I build their Intel systems. So far in the 5 years I've been doing this as a hobby I've built about 15 and fixed 2, well not fixed really but adding memory to one and another one to replace a PSU that had about 1/2 pound of dust inside, which it obviously die eventually. But out of the 15 I've built, none so far none of the people have called me to fix anything or add anything.

Just make sure the person gets a system with at least 512MB of RAM.

During this past holidays, I told several people to get a Dell but ended up getting an HP or Compaq, FF to mid February I hear them saying their system is slow......duh! is not the computer, it's the lame 256MB of RAM installed in that crap, specially with an on-board video that uses 32MB of RAM, so now they have 224MB of RAM handling all XP tasks? Sorry that 224 ain't going to cut it. BTW, those who didn't listen to me, all 2 people, I'm not going to help, they got them from BB, let the Geek Squad charge them $150 for installation and parts.

How is that wrong...Why should I run over there to fix a computer every week because they can run a virus program right or do things on it that they should not be doing on it....If it were Dell they would be charging the same for tech support...All I am saying is if I am going to take the time to build someone a good machine and offer tech support then I am going to get a little bit for my time...There is NOTHING wrong with that at all...
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post #28 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Strider_2001
How is that wrong...Why should I run over there to fix a computer every week because they can run a virus program right or do things on it that they should not be doing on it....If it were Dell they would be charging the same for tech support...All I am saying is if I am going to take the time to build someone a good machine and offer tech support then I am going to get a little bit for my time...There is NOTHING wrong with that at all...
I agree. If you have another job and make money that fixing your freinds computers is just a hobby its a different story and your choice. There are people out there that dont like to waste their time with *******. I am supposed to fix some idiots laptop for free becuase he spilled milk on it. Neither i expect that and the customer. I dont charge my freinds money but instaed the treat me out or respect the fact and repay me differently. Customers, instaed of going to geek squad and getting charged 75/hr a flat rate to fix a pc is a lot better. I have had many recall customers even though i am working in a corparation. There is nothing wrong with making extra money on the side.
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post #29 of 34
I would say if you enjoy tech support and you are confident about your build and you WANT to do it, custom it.

I drop VNC on every machine I build and I have a little custom .exe I use for all tech support needs so for me, its not a big deal.

Same thing, if you enjoy it and you want to, custom it and put your name all over it
post #30 of 34
"REAL FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS BUY DELL'S !"

No, not a custom Dell either!
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