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Old 05-27-2009, 03:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if its a good idea to just buy a Dell or HP computer that has good specs and maybe just throw in a good decent video card instead of building a custom comp. I usually do build custom computers but i am not going to be playing high end games, the only pc games i play is WoW, CSS, TF2, and maybe Left for Dead later on. I notice the desktops are very cheap and good specs, plus i could extend the manufactor warranty for not that much. Anyone got any opinions about this? Much appreciated!

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Old 05-27-2009, 03:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally, I like building in general. For what you get, it's a better deal. Especially if you know how to build already. That's my opinion though.

As for warranties, the way I see it, if you buy good parts, you don't have to worry about failure as much. Also, the parts have warranties as well, and you don't have to worry about a technician coming over and bungling things up, you can just trust your own judgment when putting it together and fixing it.
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Build it yourself man. It is cheaper, funner, and the experience is all around worthwhile. No matter what you will be using it for, and unless you get a ridiculous deal on a pre-built, you will be saving money buy building your own.
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In my experience when you upgrade a prebuilt you usually end up buying most of the system twice.

If you post the systems you are looking at and your budget I wouldn't be surprised if someone can put together a parts list that would end up being better and possibly even cheaper than what you would get form a prebuilt.
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I agree with what has already been said. You also need to remember that most pre-builts come with sub par mobos and PSUs (why the prices are so low). This directly translates into a limitation on what kind of upgrades you can install later on. In the end, its just loads cheaper to go ahead and build your own system.
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Thanks for all the input everyone, i just built me a list from newegg and its only going to cost $506 which is a awesome deal / performance.
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If you post the system here some of these guys can prolly show you ways to improve it.
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