How much is the going rate for someone to build a computer?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by fxp125, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. hopback


    Its really not that difficult.

    Snapping the heatsink on is probably the hardest part and it's not that hard.

    I also use Crucial brand memory, although I have used Kingston as well.

    Don't buy generic.
    #41     Apr 5, 2007
  2. It's only worth it if you are building a very high-end workstation. Otherwise you're working for minimum wage.

    This is if you are purely looking at it from a financial viewpoint. If you enjoy tinkering with computers then you should DIY regardless of the cost savings.
    #42     Apr 5, 2007
  3. Go DIY.
    #43     Apr 6, 2007
  4. Yes, I wanted to build my own PC after years of owning Compaq and Dell. I finally did it just recently, I wanted a PC for trading, games and Home media. I bought the following:
    CoolerMaster Mystique Aluminium case
    Asus P5W DH deluxe MoBo
    Pentium E6400 Dual core
    Zalman cooler
    2Gb OCZ memory
    400GB Seagate SATA drive
    ATI Radeon X1950Pro
    CoolerMaster 550watt SLI PS
    16x DVD Burner
    Hauppauge TV receiver
    Windows XP Media Centre Edition

    This set up will do all I need for now and I can still upgrade it if I need to.

    The only problem I had was Partitioning the drive, I fiddled about using Partition Magic, which was a lot easier than reformatting the whole drive again. It was my first computer build project.
    #44     Apr 9, 2007
  5. If you know someone that has a certain set of components with the same OS you plan to run, and runs the same specialized software you plan to run, then physical assembly is an hour or two, and another couple hours to get software loaded.

    If you are just choosing parts and expecting them to work together, that is a much higher risk scenario because you don't know what might go wrong. The amount of time required will depend on how many things go wrong.

    That's why its better to buy something already put together, because someone else has debugged the combination of components and software.
    #45     Apr 9, 2007
  6. just21


    #46     Apr 9, 2007
  7. I'm partial to marked-down HP refurbs at the HP store. They are comparable in price to a DIY and you don't have to do anything. They also come with a warranty so there is not worrying about the refurb job.
    #47     Apr 9, 2007
  8. That's a OCer setup Bruce..

    You got the Zalman 9700? or R1?
    #48     Apr 9, 2007
  9. I have had all my machines built from local guys because I felt like if something went wrong they would fix it. I like the idea of using local business when I can. You don't really save that much money if any but you do stand to make a good friend who can come over to your house and help you out if something weird goes wrong.

    I would like to learn how to built them too just for fun so I can ugrade all the time.

    #49     Apr 9, 2007
  10. Thats right it is an OCer set up although I have not squeezed the max out of it yet. The Zalman is the CNPS9700.

    All parts shipped to Panama from
    #50     Apr 9, 2007