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post #11 of 27
Buiiiiiiiiiiild.
It's no where near as hard as people think, I didn't know much when I built my first computer (when I was 15) and now I know so much compared to everyone I know.
Still nothing compared to some of these folk on OCN.
post #12 of 27
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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.
This ^^^ - You'll save time, money and energy in the long run by spending a week reading, building and configuring your own system. You'll never look back and will be shocked at the premium people pay for sub-par systems when purchased from a retailer.

Building a PC system from boxed components to OS installed takes a matter of hours, and the required investment in reading to learn the process is probably another few hours, then all the tricks of the trade in PC maintenance you should learn are another few hours again. Allow for 10-15 hours and a week for the entire process, and you'll thank yourself at the end of it ... so will your pocket book and your performance, both today and in a years time.
 
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post #13 of 27
Build it yourself - you can get the right parts that you want for the job, rather than some of the compromises that go into ready-builds.

The only way I'd go ready-build is if it was quite a bit cheaper than building it myself, and that the difference would be enough to cover upgrades that the ready-built would never have - like a real video card, or enough memory.
post #14 of 27
I was in the same boat as you just after Christmas. I was planning on buying a pre-built but im glad i didnt! Im looking forward to the arrive of all the parts hopefully this week. You get a better quality PC made for what you want it for.
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post #15 of 27
Build.

Look where you're asking this question.
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post #16 of 27
BUILD IT!!!! You will normally get a better warranty if you do it yourself, a lot of shops will only give you a one year warranty when most of your parts are 3 year to lifetime warranty and you always have us to help out with the kinks if any. good luck
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post #17 of 27
"If you build it He will come......" Best movie line I could think of for this.

Serioulsy though. You definatley want to build it. Theres a pride that comes everytime you turn on the power button. YOU BUILT IT.

No to mention that when you purchase from Dell, Gateway, HP etc theres a lot of proprietary connections etc etc etc. and alot of useless crap programs that bog down your system. When you build your owns it simple, clean, and way more upgradable.
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post #18 of 27
Build it. I always get this "ITS ALIVE!!" feeling when I turn it on for the first time.
Edited by EternalRest - 1/4/11 at 11:10am
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post #19 of 27
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Build it. I always get this "ITS ALIVE!!" feeling when I turn it off for the first time.
LOL how is it alive if you it's off??
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post #20 of 27
Build it. It's a great learning experience, plus you don't get any bloatware.
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