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Old 18-08-2013, 12:59
John_Wayneeeeee
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I need a new PC.

Is it better to build my own or just buy one ready made? Also, is it cheaper in the long run?

Has anyone here ever built their own computer?
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Old 18-08-2013, 13:15
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Theres no financial savings on building your own these days and consider that if a part breaks you have to return it to the supplier who will then send you one back in the post so it could easily be a week or two without the machine, so if you can't afford to live without it for that long i'd buy one and get a next day on site warranty
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Old 18-08-2013, 13:16
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Old 18-08-2013, 13:27
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Is it better to build my own or just buy one ready made?

It can be but it depends what you want from it. Getting a PC builder to put one together can be the better option for many due to warranty's, there being some support and the chance of your first build going slightly wrong when you put it together.

A PC you build yourself has the big advantage of you choosing the parts that go inside of it. There is not the product segmentation you get with most pre built machines. There is no bloatware (although the smaller PC brands like Novatech offer bloatware free PC's)

Also, is it cheaper in the long run?

Not necessarily, it could likely work out more costly. You will have to provide any support to yourself. If you buy a cheap power supply (avoid saving a 10 or 20 on something like a power supply and go with a good brand) and it breaks damaging a few other components in the process you will have to replace the other parts yourself.

Has anyone here ever built their own computer?

Yes I have built a few but only one for myself, since then I have had to make do with used PC's and Mac's.
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Old 18-08-2013, 19:15
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Has anyone here ever built their own computer?
I've been building my own ever since getting my first and only shop ought PC way back in the mists of time...about 1993!
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Old 18-08-2013, 22:30
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buy.

I used to build, i used to run a student business building for others, made good money.

Buy.
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Old 18-08-2013, 22:35
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I always built my own, but the last one i got, i just got all the parts, and got the shop i got them from to build it, as i couldn't be arsed
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Old 18-08-2013, 22:39
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Think I will be the odd one out - build!
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Old 20-08-2013, 21:30
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I have tried all methods. The worst is definitely to buy one built on spec on line. They tend to use dodgy components and they go wrong and it is a damn nuisance getting them mended.

You do not build one yourself in order to save money, you do it for knowledge and to get exactly the machine you want. You then keep it for a few short years and it gets out of date and you chuck it. It is definitely worth it for the experience.

Best to buy a branded one from a large store which also mends them. Get an op system licence.
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Old 20-08-2013, 21:36
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You do not build one yourself in order to save money, you do it for knowledge and to get exactly the machine you want. You then keep it for a few short years and it gets out of date and you chuck it. It is definitely worth it for the experience.
Surely you don't chuck it - you upgrade it.

My computer is 20 years old!
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Old 20-08-2013, 21:41
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Building a PC will result in you having a tower that has all the components that you want in it, rather than having to put up with cheap parts in a one off the shelf. You might also have a better/faster one as well for the same price, but only a bit faster though. But yeah, I'd highly recommend building your own because of the fact that you can put whatever you like in it. The best way to go as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 20-08-2013, 21:43
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Surely you don't chuck it - you upgrade it.

My computer is 20 years old!
Is that just the tower case you're talking about? If not, how on earth does that handle today's information rich internet?
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Old 20-08-2013, 21:51
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Is that just the tower case you're talking about? If not, how on earth does that handle today's information rich internet?
I don't think any of it's original anymore - unless the CD/DVD audio cable is from my first one.

My first PC had DOS and Windows 3.1 on it would struggle to get on the net let alone do anything!
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Old 22-08-2013, 14:34
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Depends how geeky you are. I've built my last 3 machines and the last one I built I did it from scratch again. New tower, new power supply, and everything else that you need. Now because I invested in the best tower and power supply, the only upgrages I'll really need is mother board, processor and memory, maybe a graphics card depending on if the MB doesn't support the one I currently have.

Far cheaper in my opinion but it depends on what you plan using it for and the spec you need. I know that a machine to similar spec would have cost me about 2k from a high street retailer yet the machine I built cost me just under 1400.

For your everyday home user that just uses a PC to do basic stuff then I guess you won't save much building your own, but a more advanced machine I'd only ever build myself.
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Old 22-08-2013, 16:06
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Im surprised at how many people here are saying just buy one.
PC's are so easy to build these days.
And i wouldnt consider PC's being classed as geeky now.

Takes less than a few hours to learn how to build a PC, then after you built one you realise how a game of jigsaw is more difficult.
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Old 22-08-2013, 16:28
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Mainly we say buy for those who don't want to risk the hassles of having to RMA parts and just want something to appear and any problems you ring someone up and it gets fixed without having to worry too much
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Old 22-08-2013, 19:53
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Build, I prefer to build my own as can choose what components i want in it, may not always be cheaper as you still need to buy the Os, if you not already got one, unless you going for linux and that is free.


The problem i find with pre-built machines is that they stick the lowest spec PSU in, so if you want to update, you need to get a decent PSU, also they can stick in low spec memory and hard drives.
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Old 23-08-2013, 06:00
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i would say once you get in to building your own, its cheaper in the longrun. I made my home PC back in 2007 all from parts from eBay. The initial build was core 2 i think and since then i kept replacing motherboards etc and the same box now has i7 board and processor. Invest in a roomy casing and a good motherboard, everything else comes dirt cheap.
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