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Posted: Jul 30, 2007 2:30 am Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 27 Jul 2007 Posts: 35 Location: Toronto, Canada
Hey everyone!
I've heard from my friends that making your own computer (instead of buying it from Best Buy or other retail locations) is MUCH better and cheaper, as you can customize your computer (making it faster, have certain features) rather than complying to a generic model. Is this true?

If so, how do you assemble a computer anyway? Tongue
Posted: Jul 31, 2007 7:15 pm Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 11 Nov 2005 Posts: 655 Location: Finrando
Hi, just_a_flip you seem to be a new one around here so welcome!

Now then, your friend is not that far from the truth, but then again it's not
that simple as it may sound.
For an example my own computer is assembled,
but not by me actually one of my brothers relatives did it... i just told him,
how i would it want it to be. The main idea of assembling is as you said it

*you can customize your computer
(making it faster, have certain features and drop those that you don't really need).
But as we know everything costs, MONEY so, actually it can cost even more then those
generic models that are sold every where, but at least if you want assembled/customized PC, then you will really know where your money is actually going. So by all means it only depends on the components etc, if you want to have everything new then it cost some money,
but if you are fine with not the latest equipment then probably you will end up saving some money.
Since couple of years of earlier components and stuff cost less money then the current ones.
Then to how to assemble a computer,
sorry i cant answer to that question, but those who know something about computers
might have a clue how to do such things, so i would prefer to you if i were you and i wanted a assembled computer i would look up for a person who is working with computers they sure know.
I hope that helped you a little bit , have a great summer and hope to see you posting more on Channel-Ai. Smile
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 6:59 am Reply with quote
ネコに風船 ネコに風船
Joined: 06 Nov 2005 Posts: 504 Location: Singapore
hi, just_a_flip

well i'm currently learning this stuff in school.
people customize their own computer its because they wanted to focus on what they want,
for gamers they will get better Graphic/video card and RAM and better CPUs,
but you have to know whether the mother board can support them or not.

so if you are going to DIY your own computer you have to make sure what you want 1st,
i recommend you to make a list of inventory on what you need and get compatible stuff.

hope this help a little. eh.. i didn't actually answer your question,
the cost of the components will largely depends on what kind of computer you want to customize,
if you are planning on a gaming computer the cost will definitely cost more then those generic ones.
Posted: Aug 03, 2007 10:28 pm Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 24 Apr 2007 Posts: 892 Location: Toronto
well...if youre comparing to Best Buy, of course its cheaper...but if you compare it to stores who do the custom built computers for you (not Dell or Lenovo), theyre actually quite the same price. The reason why people build their own computers is because:
- more flexible upgrade on hardware/software (seriously...Compaq cases are a P.I.T.A, and the software it comes with was so annoying that I just formatted it)
- if youre an enthusiast, you can overclock your hardware

building a computer isnt really hard...there are some main points that you have to be aware of:
- decide your budget
- decide what you're going to use your computer for
- choose your hardware wisely, think AHEAD (choose hardware that you think it could last for a couple of years)
- read hardware reviews if you aren't sure
- be aware of any hardware price drops

once you bought all your hardware and stuff, READ THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL...EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING..........READ IT if youre a first time builder.

after youre done building and freaking out several times on why your computer isnt turning're done....just make it turn on though....install your OS....and thats it....
the only thing that MAY piss you off the most when you start to know more about your the cooling....believe me...i spent way too much money on cooling...
Posted: Aug 06, 2007 2:44 pm Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 27 Jul 2007 Posts: 35 Location: Toronto, Canada
Thank for your help everyone! Smile
I'll definitely look into making my own computer (or paying my tech friends to do it Tongue) with all this cool info!
Posted: Aug 10, 2007 4:33 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
My current desktop is built from scratch using different parts I bought from computer stores. I am not so sure if building your own computer will be cheaper than the one you bought from Dell or HP, but it is fun for sure and give you an insight into the operation of your computer.

Some pros and cons of building your own computer IMO:

  • fun
  • you know each part is the best you could ask for for your budget
  • versatile enough to suit your special needs

  • less stable compared to factory assembled computers
  • harder to get warranty, if something goes wrong you have to fix yourself i.e. no technical support
  • no bundled software e.g. Windows Vista
  • takes time
Posted: Aug 12, 2007 8:10 pm Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 24 Apr 2007 Posts: 892 Location: Toronto
actually...the warranty is pretty much the same.
For building computers, the hardware that you buy comes with the manufacturer's warranty as well as your retailer's small and useless warranty.
For buying manufacturer's computers, you get the same hardware warranty, the retailer's warranty (only if you bought it at a store), plus a manufacturer's warranty. The manufacturer's warranty only comes into effect if your motherboard, cpu, ram, power supply and cd/dvd drives die. In other cases, the manufacturer will tell you to call the hard drive manufacturer if your hard drive died since it runs with a separate warranty (usually 3 years)
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