Thread: Buy or build a PC
August 24th, 2005, 07:47 PM #1
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Buy or build a PC
I want a new gaming PC, but am unsure of whether to build it or buy it. People who i know have built their own PC have always had problems with it, so i was thinking of getting like an Alienware PC. Is it possible to build a similar PC to an Alienware one with the same speed and specifications, because im sure itd work out alot cheaper??
Also, ive noticed for example the AMD athlon 64 4000 is worth around £250 on its own, but ive seen PCs being sold with peripherals, 1 GB RAM, 19" monitor and the same CPU for around £1000. Doesnt this mean that buying ready made is cheaper then building? Because I recently bought a Samsung 19" SM913N LCD screen for £200, im thinking maybe i would have been better of getting one of these computers (from www.meshcomputers.co.uk) instead and i would get a 19" LCD screen plus a whole new computer too.
What are your views on this please??
August 24th, 2005, 07:55 PM #2
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You can easily match a Alienwares specs and save a good £200-400 if you build your own PC. With Alienware, although good machines your paying for the name. Heck even a Dell XPS is better value for money then a alienware. Building is better plus it's fun to build a PC in my opinion. Infact I can't wait to build my next PC when I get some cash.
Do a lot of research tho if you do plan to build. First time building you will always encounter problems but once u know, u can fix any problems if something goes wrong.
When shopping for parts, buy online rather than stores. If your in the US, try www.newegg.com. If ur in the UK then try www.microdirect.com or www.ebuyer.com.
August 24th, 2005, 08:14 PM #3
I would build my own, but I have had quite a bit of experience doing so...if you don't want to build one, you could easily get a good one prebuilt...I would NOT get an alienware though, I have heard of so many problems from them, if you want pre build, I would get one from http://www.cyberpowersystem.com/ ."The problem with quotations on the internet is that the sources are hard to verify" - Abraham Lincoln
August 24th, 2005, 08:28 PM #4
August 24th, 2005, 08:31 PM #5
If your lazy, just buy a prebuit, it'll be a bit more expensive but you wont have the hassle. If your going to build one you really need to look into it and do alot of research on exactly what you want and what components are best suited to one another, make sure you already know how to put it together before you start and scout around for some common problems.
You'll get a better pc, exactly what you want and for less cash if you build it yourself, but it also requires you do all the work and deal with any problems yourself.
August 24th, 2005, 10:28 PM #6
I'd build my own, cheaper.
August 26th, 2005, 03:03 AM #7
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actually, there are a few cases where buying a pre-built computer costs less than buying everything separately. for example, the [LINK="http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/compare.aspx?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&id=dimen&l=en&s=dhs"]Dell Dimension[/LINK] series are all pretty darn good deals. even if they are Celerons and have no dedicated video card, i know i would have a very hard time putting together a machine similar to the Dimensions for the same price.
but for higher end PCs, it would be better to built it yourself.
Last edited by hulkMAD; August 26th, 2005 at 03:09 AM.
August 26th, 2005, 03:25 AM #8
the thing is... prebuilt computers are a pain in the butt to upgrade later...
build ur ownAMD Opteron 146 2.8ghz 280x10
1GB GEIL ONE S PC3200
DFI LanParty UT NF4 Ultra-D
ATI X1800XT @ 700/800
Enermax Noisetaker 485W
August 26th, 2005, 11:15 AM #9
Certainly depends on your budget. Build if you can.
August 26th, 2005, 11:24 AM #10
If you can spend over $700-$800, I would say build your own. There was an awsome deal that eVGA had...they might still have it...if you buy a 7800 GT or 7800 GTX, you got a $200 SLI mobo for FREE! I was loooking at getting that myself, but it would have costed me about $900 after I got the cpu(3800 X2)."The problem with quotations on the internet is that the sources are hard to verify" - Abraham Lincoln
August 26th, 2005, 11:51 AM #11
Last edited by MitaDC; August 26th, 2005 at 11:58 AM.Dr. Cox -Newbie, Stay. Oohhh what a good boy you are, Newbie..... DEAR GOD JUDY HOW MUCH PRODUCT DO YOU USE?
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August 26th, 2005, 11:53 AM #12
...you spelt my name wrong...Lol, don't worry, everyone does..."The problem with quotations on the internet is that the sources are hard to verify" - Abraham Lincoln
August 26th, 2005, 12:09 PM #13
OP is in England (fairly obvious from reading his post) - posting links to US companies is not very useful.
.bh."Our freedom depends on five boxes: soap, ballot, jury, witness; and, when all else fails, Ammo. " ?author?
August 26th, 2005, 12:20 PM #14
If you are going prebuilt be careful, some companies feel the need to glue in their components despite having warantee void if seal broken on the side panels. Its a pita to upgrade and you might mash the old equipment if you try and change anything
August 26th, 2005, 02:50 PM #15
...still spelt wrong...EXreaction...
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