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Old 23-03-2013, 17:58
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Does anyone still do this, if so is there still big savings or as the price leveled out. It's just I'm thinking of building and selling them.
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Old 23-03-2013, 18:28
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...It's just I'm thinking of building and selling them.
Well, there's LOTS of competition out there, just check out eBay as well as the many, many, small custom PC outfits on the internet.

I haven't built a PC for myself from scratch for years. Last time I was considering it there wasn't much difference between doing it myself and getting something ready built from Scan... So I bought it from Scan...
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Old 23-03-2013, 20:51
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I do, so i can choose my own specific parts.
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Old 23-03-2013, 21:04
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I still do as well...think it would be very, very tough to make money selling them those these days though.
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Old 23-03-2013, 21:26
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I just build them for myself, don't think ther'd be much money in building and selling them now though, as said above.
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Old 23-03-2013, 21:45
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Yeah put if i can add maybe 20quid on each one,i can get a free pc in a few months.
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Old 23-03-2013, 21:49
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I have and will continue to do so. Hardly any cost savings anymore and I'd be amazed if you could make a living doing custom builds and selling them. If you are doing it yourself how can you compete with Dell etc who can get volume pricing on parts.

I only do my own because I'm fussy what I have in my machines, but I also kinda enjoy the process plus I enjoy a clean install from a full license that doesn't have any bloatware automatically installed.
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Old 23-03-2013, 21:50
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Yeah put if i can add maybe 20quid on each one,i can get a free pc in a few months.
Unless you are buying at trade prices do you think you would even be able to sell them?

And if you are selling them what about warranties etc?
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Old 23-03-2013, 21:53
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Well yeah, if I add 300 to everyone I make and manage to sell one I've got a free PC out of each build.

An easy task (I've tried this several times over the years) is to price up a build sources the components as cheaply as you can find. Add your 20 thatyou are gonna charge for your expertise. Then check the market against the likes of Dell etc. See if you are in the right ballpark.

Let us know how you get on.
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Old 23-03-2013, 22:21
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I haven't done the exercise for myself for awhile and interested so I've had a quick go:

Using CCL computers:

The sell this http://www.cclonline.com/product/759.../CCL-ALP-IBUD/ at 194.99

Which is made up of the following from their own website:

http://www.cclonline.com/product/763...-Case/CAS0542/ at 22.78

http://www.cclonline.com/product/668...essor/CPU0054/ at 33.95

http://www.cclonline.com/product/758...board/MBD0340/ at 36.77

http://www.cclonline.com/product/360...Stick/RAM5946/ at 15.70

http://www.cclonline.com/product/662...Drive/HDD1190/ at 40.67

http://www.cclonline.com/product/929...rive-/CDR0150/ at 13.31.

Which totals 163.18. So it appears they charge 31.81 to build that unit and supply a one year warranty.

No OS, keyboard, mouse or monitor.

If we're conservative and say do one per hour. 31.81 per hour isn't bad. 1272.40 per week if you do 40 in a week.

Fill your boots!

I've already registered and TM'd my trading name. Delly Computers. Prop. Derek Trotter.
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Old 23-03-2013, 22:23
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I didn't read the OP properly.

You cant make money from selling PCs any more.
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Old 23-03-2013, 22:30
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Anyone want to buy a pc lol
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Old 23-03-2013, 22:34
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I missed that they have a wi-fi card in that model:

http://www.cclonline.com/product/446...apter/NET1476/ at 8.99.

So total now 172.17 leaving 22.82 clear (getting close to your 20 mark OP).

That network card seems to be currently on offer though so normally 4.80 more.

Leaves 18.02 margin. Excluding any overheads + startup costs (price of a Phillips Screwdriver and maybe an anti static strap but you can save on this if you just touch a radiator now and again).
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Old 23-03-2013, 22:42
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Anyone want to buy a pc lol
For the right price sure! But since I can buy all those parts and build it myself. I'd want you to be cheaper and if not cheaper I need a compelling reason to purchase from you instead of Delly Inc (sounds like a sarnie shop - might have to change name).
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Old 23-03-2013, 23:23
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Have a read of this thread:

http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1808725

Same applies. Building a computer is the easy part. Dealing with the person who buys it is the hard part. To make it worthwhile, you either have to have a substantial mark-up per system or sell an awful lot of them.
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Old 23-03-2013, 23:49
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don't forget the o/s, most people will be wanting it with windows and you won't be able to get it as cheap as the big boys
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Old 24-03-2013, 08:45
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Plus the occasional unexpected expense. OEM optical drives come barebones so no sata cables. If the motherboard doesn't come pre-supplied with a couple or more cables. You may need to add in a quid or two.

Your margin is getting tighter and I suspect there are many other overheads you'd stumble across that we just haven't covered in this thread thus far.

You'd probably make more in the long run, washing cars or windows as an enterprise. Also less likely that someone will ring you 11 months later about some work you did cleaning their car or window.

As pointed out in the Home Repair thread. Quite often its not the build (and the initial saleof the PC) that is the issue. 20 margin, thank you very much but its the ball ache of aftersales service where you'll really start to wonder about that 20 knicker.
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Old 24-03-2013, 08:59
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It doesn't take much to remove whatever profit you have on a build, a faulty component means you need to swap it out with another one and then RMA it and the travelling to and from the customer plus the time needed to sort it out and a few window lickers wanting to ask you questions can soak up hours of your time and since its a business don't forget the taxman wanting his cut of the profits along with liability insurance etc and its just not worth it unless you can guarantee to be seriously shifting units a week which will mean a small unit rather than just your 2nd bedroom or garage normally
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Old 24-03-2013, 09:52
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But lets look at some of the plus sides. If you do home installs for pensioners. They often ply you with as much tea and biscuits as you can drink/eat and you'll have fun explaining what a mouse is.
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Old 24-03-2013, 09:54
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My son builds are home PCs to our requirements but does not bother building and selling them for others as there is no money in it.
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Old 24-03-2013, 10:36
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I used to build my old PCs all the time but last PC I bought was cheaper prebuilt so I bought one.

Then replaced the PSU.
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Old 24-03-2013, 21:29
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don't forget the o/s, most people will be wanting it with windows and you won't be able to get it as cheap as the big boys
you can, just buy the oem version
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Old 24-03-2013, 21:35
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you can, just buy the oem version
Which still won't be as cheap as somewhere like HP can get it
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Old 24-03-2013, 21:59
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I've just realised why i thought the OP was only building their own PCs.

Its in the title of the thread!
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Old 24-03-2013, 22:47
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I've always built my own PCs even back when my first one cost me over 1000 to build and I was still saving hundreds! Boy have prices dropped!

I'm currently putting one together as a new HTPC and I'm even building the case! (I'm starting with an old case that fits the motherboard, but have drilled out the rivets and shortened it, rotated drive bays around and riveted it all back together in the size and shape that I want. Outside panelling still to do and then bolt in all the important PC bits.

It's fun when I'm not swearing at it.

Over the years I always seem to have enough bits to put at least 2 PCs together. (Good for backup when the main one doesn't want to do as instructed)
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