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September 20, 2012 5:06:47 AM

Hello everyone! :hello: 

I am going to be building my first gaming rig, valued around $1400 in the next week or so. I originally intended to use it myself, however the thought has occurred to me many times to try and turn it around to make a net profit. Basically my question for the community is: Do any of you have experience with building PC's and then immediately selling them for profit? Is there a large marked for custom built PC's out there?

Many thanks :) 

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September 25, 2012 9:20:27 PM

Nope, you are not going to make money building gaming rigs unless they are to order, its the same reason I have my current build on my desk instead of having a few grand in the bank :) 
if parts cost you $1400, add labour on top then see what kind of Pc you can buy from a shop/website for that, solo builders cannot compete with big companies basically
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September 26, 2012 7:00:43 AM



+1 ^ . In addition to that, most gamers are like you and want to build their own unique machine. I do build and sell but right down at he lower end of the spec and market - mainly office type systems - but there isn't a living in it. It's s small percentage of the turnove of my PC fixing business.



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September 26, 2012 4:11:09 PM

The maket is not huge and entering it can be risky for a relativley small profit.

Look at Ebay whats sold by various "builders" as "gaming" machines, when you figure the costs they have incurred making these even allowing for any saving they may have made by buying in bulk the profit margins are not huge, then factor in how rapidly this stock goes out of date so anything unsold quickly will either remain as a large unsold loss or a less large, sold at a massive reduction, loss. The playing field is not level you would be starting at the bottom of a rather steep hill thats saturated with climbers of various competency.

A better line to step in to is repairs and upgrades alot of these ebay specials are so crap within months the buyers are needing blown PSU's replaced, new GPU's (as the supplied ones are generally cr@p)also tighter financial times mean joe public is more likely to explore the option of upgrading his knackered old Dell rather than just buying new when he finds it doesnt stream the latest porno too smooth.........this still wont make you a living though.
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September 26, 2012 6:45:49 PM

.this still wont make you a living though.



Tell me about it - if I didn't get an old-age pension, I'd starve some days! Trouble is, what I regard as Government debt repayment, they see as income and would tax me on it as such if I dared to make too much in a year.

Also, sadly, Joe Public is now wandering around fingering a seven inch tablet, heat welded together and with on replaceable parts within so trade can only go downhill from here on.


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September 28, 2012 2:42:34 PM

Saga Lout said:


+1 ^ . In addition to that, most gamers are like you and want to build their own unique machine. I do build and sell but right down at he lower end of the spec and market - mainly office type systems - but there isn't a living in it. It's s small percentage of the turnove of my PC fixing business.




Virus scans, data recovery/window re-installs and netbook/laptop screen replacements make up the meat of the small Pc repairguys workload,
I do a sideline in addition to a nightshift and I wouldn't want to rely on it as a main income, some months I'm indundated,
I have a growing stock of granny boxes I can't shift and have stopped taking them in for part-ex, at times its six months between Pc jobs,
its my Motorbike parts fund basically, eases the weight of a thirty year old bikes repair costs :) 
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