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post #1 of 27
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is it better to build a pc for £600 or buy from an independent shop for £700?

this is a concern of warranty and if something goes wrong then its the shops problem but building it will mean i have to sort it out.
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post #2 of 27
Build yourself. It's a great experience.
post #3 of 27
Build it yourself. A lot of fun, and you still get warranties with everything, but the warranties are for each individual part, rather than the system as a whole. Not too hard to figure out which part goes bad, we've gotten pretty good at that here on OCN .
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post #4 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by richierich1212 View Post
Build yourself. It's a great experience.
^^^
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post #5 of 27
A builders warranty is always nice to have. You don't have to mess around with the PC trouble shooting, you just send it back and they will sort it. When you have issues and you've built the PC, it can be a nightmare. The worst I had was when my old Gigabyte motherboard stopped working properly and my hold PC kept blue screening. I couldn't work out whether it was the CPU, memory, motherboard etc... if you send back the wrong part, you'll get charged postage and perhaps an admin fee.

It comes down to whether you want the experience of building and need the cash. If money isn't an issue and you really aren't that interested in building, just get it done for you.
post #6 of 27
I say build it, it's a great experience and it really helps make you understand what is in your computer and it will give you significantly more for your money. Most parts have at least a 3 year manufacturer warranty as well.
post #7 of 27
As said in the posts above, individual warranties are carried on each part you buy new. Build it for the experience
Edited by ydna666 - 1/4/11 at 9:03am
post #8 of 27
If you build it yourself, you have a good chance of being able to fix it yourself.
If you buy it complete and need it fixed it could be gone for weeks.
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post #9 of 27
Build it! It makes you aware of whats going on in your pc, and its a great feeling to see your accomplishment. Great experience! You'll be glad you did.
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post #10 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by alex98uk View Post
A builders warranty is always nice to have. You don't have to mess around with the PC trouble shooting.
Its way easier to work your way around your own build...
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