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I built my system recently and then went to Dell's website to try and configure exactly what I have. I wanted to see the cost difference. First of all, Dell doesn't offer everything that I put into mine (well, as of about a month ago they didn't anyway). Dell charges such an outrageous fee for upgrades. Going to 16GB of ram was something like $700 extra on their site. Well, I paid less than $200 for my memory, so where is the justification of Dell charging $700 for the upgrade? As close as I could configure my whole rig on Dell's site, the price tag was $4000. I paid a total $1700 when I built it myself.

It comes down to what you want in your system though. You want something pretty basic, it might pay to buy from Dell, or CyberPC or whomever. If you want higher end components, there's no question that building yourself makes far more sense.
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post #22 of 27
Its easier on a custom job to replace parts as each piece of hardware has its own warranty rather the the entire computer in one lump. So instead of having to send the whole tower in you can just send in the part. saves on shipping. also. NO BLOATWARE
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post #23 of 27
Also, I don't think that Dell is offerring the i3-2100 processor in their rigs yet. I could be wrong.
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post #24 of 27
If all you want is a computer just to surf the net is hard to beat some of the deals on cheap computers. If you want a high end setup its always better to do custom work. You get what you want and only what you want for a lot less. None of that pre bundle bs.
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post #25 of 27
Just explain to him that he can build a more powerful PC for a lot less money if he (you) does it himself. Parents love that "saving money" thing.
post #26 of 27
You can go cheaper, get better quality, (Dell OEM mobos and PSUs are the minimums needed to run them with no extras.) have way more upgrade possibilities and the satisfaction of having done it yourself. A huge plus on my book is that you don't have to deal with all the bloated crapware( like Norton) the comes on a pre built. Take the Dell price and do your homework. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much more you can get with a DYI.
    
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post #27 of 27
It's a Dell. Reason enough.
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