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    Building PC vs. Buying PC

    If you have a choice to buy a PC from any manufacturer (I prefer Sony) and building a PC with the same configuration and specifications, Which one would you choose?

    Would it be based on saving money or technical challenge?

    Which one will save money?

    Thanks for any comments.

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    Just MHO...

    Building your own=
    Pros:

    -If you shop right with a good amount of patience and ASK around for opinions (esp. here at SG) you will SAVE MONEY somehow.
    -Through trial and error you gain knowledge about PC's, but again ASK first on "how to" and for tech advice. This "knowledge" will save you money by avoid paying for the most "common" problems being solved by high paid Techs.
    -You get to customize your "RIG" to the way you want to use it.
    -Most DIY rigs built today can be had for less than $1000.00USD vs. top of the line setups offer out there.

    Con's:

    -Headache's caused by Blue Screen'z of Death (BSOD'z) when something goes wrong. Most are fixable though.
    -Some ppl end up with some kind of "UPGRADE Fever" - always wanting the lastest "toys".
    -There's always someone out there with a better RIG than you!


    Personally, I choose to build my own. My first RIG bought was a pre-built one from a local shop. I didn't know much about computers then. But after having so many software/hardware related probs due the way I change my ways of using my rig. I realized that I was tired of having to have someone else fix my rig, I decided to learn "how to" fix my own probs myself. And I learn most of the Basics within 6mos by searching on-line and forums such as SG. Now a year or two later, I'm building rigs for myself and my family and I noticed that ALL my associates come to ME with the same Q's that I once use to ask. This past weekend I helped customize a friends rig to Dual Boot OS's within a 12hrs and we were gaming through LAN system within 24hrs for 2 DAYS!!

    So you decide what you want/need...
    And How much $$money$$ you want to spend....
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    I gotta ditto what HG just posted!

    You hit the nail on da head HG! WTG!!

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    Their is alot of good Deals out on the Market Now (P4) Systems - The thing I look at if it Breaks "Who are going to Call" !!!


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    Originally posted by Duzmor
    The thing I look at if it Breaks "Who are you going to Call" !!!


    Duzmor

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    *sorry I HAD to
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    Originally posted by HawaiianGhost
    "GHOSTBUSTER'Z!!!!"

    *sorry I HAD to


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    Originally posted by HawaiianGhost
    "GHOSTBUSTER'Z!!!!"

    *sorry I HAD to
    You Might have to Call "Ghost Buster'z" to get it Fixed



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    Build Build Build...nonono, no buying!

    and missing one point....IT"S FUN TO BUILD A COMPUTER!!!

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    Exclamation Oh, and Satyre...

    Most of us here @ SG do own a couple, if not "several" rigs of our own, varying in different makes and manufacturers. So if you do decide to build, trust me you won't be short on advice.
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    Yeah, I went down the same path as HawaiianGhost buying a 486dx (wish my current comp is as quiet as that rig), and then building a P120 Turbo comp (note was only 10 at time) then on to the heavy stuff like a P4 2.4 comp with tons of ricing of the case. It's all basiclly plug into the slot that fits or read the friggin' instrution guide.
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    Re: Building PC vs. Buying PC

    Originally posted by satyre
    If you have a choice to buy a PC from any manufacturer (I prefer Sony)
    sony makes by far the worst computers on earth
    and i would never ever ever buy a jap computer

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    Re: Re: Building PC vs. Buying PC

    Originally posted by Krazy Kraut
    sony makes by far the worst computers on earth
    i'll half agree with that part of your statement.. actually HP and compaq make the worst ones... but that's not the point..sonys do suck.. get dell, vpr matrix, or build ur own. if u want a basic machine that can't play games out of the box..go buy one..if u want a power house or something mid range that'll still play games (instead of having crappy integrated video)..build one

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    my friend has a sony and they suck at tech support
    and the hard drive they come with suck
    and the motherboard is a peice of junk
    than they had to ship him new parts from japan to fix a problem he had
    which took like over a month

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    Re: Re: Building PC vs. Buying PC

    Originally posted by Krazy Kraut
    i would never ever ever buy a jap computer
    You may want to open up your rig and check out the origins of some of your computer parts and where "they" come from before making a statement like that, hehe...
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    Krazy Kraut:

    Where can we get "Memory stick media slot" as in Sony?


    What is equivalent of "Giga Pocket" as in Sony?

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    Re: Re: Re: Building PC vs. Buying PC

    Originally posted by Amro
    i'll half agree with that part of your statement.. actually HP and compaq make the worst ones...
    Strongly disagree with you there. On the cheap models, HP Pavilions and Compaq Presarios...yeah, they are kind of bad, Presarios have gotten a little better. But where those two makers really shine are their business class computers, like HP's Vectras, and Compaq's Deskpro's, which are now called "Evo's". Man, they're great. And what's better is the support for them, overnight shipping of replacement parts, all on a 3 year warranty.

    Sony is brutal to get support on.

    Satyre....the anser to your question is really up to if you want to spend the time to learn and build....and spend the time to learn to fix when things go wrong.

    ***Building your own...you're your own support, and if things break, hardware wise, it's tougher to replace them...often have to buy a new part. But it can be rewarding, and a learning experience.

    ***Buying one pre-made, it's ready to run out of the box, and you can get good support...depending on where you get it. Usually Dell is decent on support, or if you spend more money on a top end machine like Falcon Northwest, or Alienware, you'll get great support. If you shop around trying to save, and get something by some little known, or "fly by night" budget computer warehouse, if something goes wrong, you're usually out of luck. So if you get a pre-made OEM....stick with the big names.
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    Build build build every time!

    I too started out with a second hand pre built machine which soon became too slow and too old so I set about lokking into and building my own... and here I am about 48 rigz later!! LOL


    Seriously though, as has already been said the help and advice available on SG is second to none in all forums so don`t worry about having problems because it`s an almost certainty that you will as no doubt many peeps here will tell ya me being on of `em.

    Just take your time and if you`re unsure about anything... ASK!!

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    Re: Re: Re: Building PC vs. Buying PC

    Originally posted by HawaiianGhost
    You may want to open up your rig and check out the origins of some of your computer parts and where "they" come from before making a statement like that, hehe...
    LOL good point! there are no american made parts in most pc's that I know of....

    as a matter of fact,I can't think of any components for pc's that I have ever seen that are american made.

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    Re: Re: Building PC vs. Buying PC

    Originally posted by Krazy Kraut

    and i would never ever ever buy a jap computer
    LOL,,thats funny... where are the components in your pc made?

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    Re: Re: Re: Building PC vs. Buying PC

    Originally posted by click_here
    LOL,,thats funny... where are the components in your pc made?

    Yugoslavia, maybe(?) J/Kidding, lol
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