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Old 08-21-2008, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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is building a pc better than buying one from your average retailer; Dell or HP?

I am talking about just building the tower for the computer with nothing else. Is it better to buy a $1000 one or build one one for around $900 are retail pcs generally stronger, as in more durable or long-lasting?
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If you build a pc with quality components it will be better than a retail one and will be more reliable. You will generally get more for your money building it yourself especially if you plan on gaming.
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Simple answer: yes.
You know exactly which parts go into it, most big box manufacturers cut as many corners as possible to increase margins.

That being said, you are the one who has to deal with warranty issues if something does die. And if you cant deal with having a computer down for more than a day for an RMA, you might need a big box with on site support. But the money you save building your own, almost allows you to replace a dead part and still come out ahead.
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it's better to build yourself imo... you know exactly what parts you are getting, can research nearly everything about them, down to what resisters your powersupply uses. you can't get that out of a prebuilt. they give you a list of what's in it, but not what's IN it, i.e. the specifics
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Old 08-21-2008, 06:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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is there something wrong with newegg today? they seem to be not taxing me
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Are you in NY? Pretty sure i read that they stopped taxing people there.
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