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Ignorance and/or lazyness. It's that simple. Most people don't know what really matters in a gaming pc. I took my sig rig (I had a GTX 260 at the time) to a lan party at my school and it was full of people like: OH how many megabytes does your video card have? They didn't even know what gddr2 or gddr5 was. All they wanted was memory. So I laughed when somebody with a 9400GT 1GB DDR2 came to me and said: AHAHAHAHHA my video card has more memory than yours. At that time I didn't know what to do, so I opened Crysis Warhead and asked if his 9400GT could run it at 1080p. Yeah, I thought so.
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I was out with my friend and his dad today and his dad was buying him a present because he passed all his classes. They went to Best Buy and his dad said he would buy him a "extremely powerful gaming computer". He asked the Best Buy representative what the best gaming computer is that they have in stock, and he showed us this:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pav...&skuId=1805571

Then his dad was like "You see that son? 2 Terabytes of Hard Drives (yes, he said Hard Drives)! You will be able to run almost any game." They bought the PC and a monitor which came up to $1600 with tax included.

Then he went on to explain that "The more expensive a computer is, the faster it is and thus it is better for gaming". I can see where my friend got his intelligence from. he passed his courses, but his highest grade was a 79 :3

Honestly, how much would that same PC cost if you wanted to build it yourself? I tried explaining to them that building one was much better for your money, but they couldn't get it through their thick skulls because according to my friend's dad "Building a computer is very difficult work. Even some of the brightest computer science majors have a hard time building a PC. That's why there are almost no PC component stores."

Ugh, imagine what could have come out of that $1600 spend on that useless PC =/. It was so infested with bloatware too that the PC took 5 minutes to load up.
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C'mon, its so stupid to say that pre-built computers have no place.

Example: Single mother of 2 just got tax return check and wants new computer to surf the net and mess with her digital photos. She has neither the time nor the desire to shop for components, assemble them, install an OS, find the software she wants and install it, tweak and mess with everything, then hover over it like a nerd day and night making sure it doesnt crash and everything works correctly. Geez.

Walmart will have exactly what she needs for ~$350, including a year of free tech support with a toll-free number, and she can have it at 9pm at night at her nearest 24/7 WalMart super center, minus the cost of gas money. She will be absolutely thrilled with her new computer and the world will continue to revolve.

This scenario will be repeated over and over, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from now until forever, or such a time that computers are not desirable appliances. To these people, a pc is just another device, much like a toaster, a television, or an air conditioner. They just want it in a box, everything included, they want it to work, they want help when they ask for it, and they want it now.

Not 3-5 days standard shipping, assembly required, no tech support, blah blah blah.

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Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er View Post
Its not all about performance. Its for upgrade-ability, quality parts, overclocking, looks, preferences. Also to top all that its fun so in the end you get a lot more from custom builds. Warranty can also be better. PSU - 7 Years, MB - 3 Years, GPU - 3 Years, HDD - 5 Years - RAM- Lifetime so you get much more warranty which you have to play $100 - 200 extra for 3 years and its will take at least 3 weeks to get the computer back.
Most people derive NO utility from building a PC, it's probably at the bottom of what they would like to do. People buying these PCs place no value on the ability to upgrade, nor do they care too much about looks or overclocking. Most people would rather pay rather than learn how to put together a PC. Why do people buy preassembled furniture? Why do people go out to eat? Why do people pay others to perform maintenance on their cars?

Yes you get lifetime warranty but who foots the burden for shipping the parts back to base? The end user. With Dell and HP they will often times pay for next day shipping back without the ridiculous 2 week turn around times that are the norm when you RMA a GPU. (I've had to send my RAM back twice to OCZ)

Say what you want but OEMs on the low end cannot be beat on just raw "specs". On the high end they aren't worth it from a sum of their parts perspective but most people purchasing those high end computers are high income earners who would rather pay more to have a PC built for them than sit there for hours doing something they probably do not enjoy.
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I remember explaining to my friends how I built my own computer, and they were like "of course the smart kid would his own computer". I then proceeded to learn that they thought you had to solder things and assemble hard drives? Had to explain to them that all the components come prebuilt and its like a much more expensive lego set. They still didn't believe how easy it was so I tore my computer apart, and proceeded to invite them over and show them how my 10 year old brother could put it back together perfectly. Their minds were BLOWN and ignorance was defeated
    
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This has inspired me to consider starting a computer business for my neighborhood...so much profit
Edited by wtRiViaL - 4/24/11 at 10:33pm
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post #187 of 207
For the same reason that 3 of the computer shops around here have closed. The average person will go to Best Buy or Walmart and get it already done for them. All they have to do is plug it in, and away they go.
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I will never buy a pre-made for myself, however, I always suggest them for friends, family etc... simply because I have no interest in being the repair person. The warranties you get with pre-builts, whilst shorter, tend to have a quicker repair turn-a-round time and less hassle if something does go wrong.
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No one mentions the smaller component distributors? They start of selling components then bundles for self assembly then finished computer. We have 3,4 reasonable e-shop where you, to some extend, can configure you out of problems of the standard configuration - they tend to choose the components they want to get rid off. But they are much cheaper than dell.
Edited by G woodlogger - 4/25/11 at 6:03am
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A friend of mine is actually regretting his purchase of a Dell at Best Buy over a year ago. It's a decent computer but he would like to upgrade his GPU, problem is he needs to upgrade his PSU first. It doesn't have the power connectors nor the power to run a new GPU. He paid over $1000 for this PC that uses a BTX motherboard (junk) with like a 375 watt (only one spare molex connector) power supply, and a 4200 series GPU (the thing is tiny)

I popped the case open and said, 'oh, ahh, you need to buy a power supply, you can't even run this GTS 250 card I have here.' I was gonna sell him the GTS 250 or my 4870 but he can't run them. Well he plays his PS3 most of the time now, lol.

For someone who doesn't plan to do any heavy gaming, pre builts are perfect but if you plan do future gaming then you are throwing money away.

Oh yeah the reason why he is regretting it is because I built his roommate a PC for $420 (he loved that number) that out performs his $1000+ PC plus it looks way nicer with the Cooler Master 912 case.
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