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post #11 of 17
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
-promo code: DM15A02US

(GPU + CPU Combo) GIGABYTE GV-N450OC-1GI GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) + X2 555 BE

Grand total: $447.44 - $55 (mail in rebates) = $392, leaves $58 for case and/or DVD drive.

To save more money:

PNY Optima 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD4096SD3-1333
-promo code: DM15A02US
Total: $26.54
for this RAM

Just downgrade the GPU to save money since you dont seem to have one in your custom build.
Edited by pLuhhmm - 2/11/11 at 1:30pm
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post #12 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by amstech View Post
No pre-built can match the price if you do it yourself. Period.
If so, youre buying parts from the wrong places.

Most prebuilt PC's are 2 1/2 -4 star rated at best.
one place won't have the best deals on all the exact parts you want,
if you order it from different places you will end up paying more for shipping.
In fact when I configured my build on Newegg, it tried to charge me for each component' shipping.
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post #13 of 17
Try building a better PC with i7, SSD, high end graphics..that's where custom is far cheaper than pre built..
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post #14 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by SoaFung View Post
i need some help proving that this prebuilt is inferior to this custom.

the contenders:

Prebuilt: ASUS Essentio CM1630-06 (with state sales tax = $497.94)

Custom: "New Rig" $518.30 including tax and S&H ($497.00 with Promo Code discounts @ newegg)
CPU $129.62 tax and S&H

MOBO $49.99

RAM $41.99 (15% off Promo code = $35.69)

HDD $69.99 ($10.00 off Promo Code = $59.99)

DVD-RW $18.99

PSU $39.99 ($5.00 off Promo Code = $34.99)

Case $49.99

Case Fan (don't like the front blue led fan on case and it doesn't have a way to turn led off on the case) $5.99

OS $99.99

Newegg Shipping = $11.76

so...is the custom worth it or does the prebuilt the winner?
I'd say go for a barebone, or a custom system that comes in a bundle so u can be 100% sure that the motherboard and the ram will be compatible and other things.
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post #15 of 17
Prebuilt-
Can't fully customized
Waste of money

Custom
Fully customizeable
Best use of money for performance
Learn something from building one.
post #16 of 17
Custom is WAYY better than pre-built!
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post #17 of 17
Another thing too is, pre-built PC usually come with basic warranties that only run for a year or sometimes less. Most stores make you pay for longer warranties. Also, most big box stores charge out the you know what for labor parts etc. Also, the individual warranties on most parts are better and are much longer than a basic warranty for a pre-built.


With building it yourself like others have mentioned, you get invaluable experience. You also get the ability to allow yourself for upgrades in the future.

You learn how it really works. This gives you good insight when troubleshooting computers. If you can put something together and make it work, making it work when it breaks is easy. You learn how something is supposed to operate, which makes it easy to determine what isn't working properly in the event of something going wrong.

I understand that building your own PC is intimidating at first. But there are so many helping threads here and online, not to mention the vast network of people here on OCN that are willing to answer questions make it very easy.
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