Alright so I'm talking to my co-worker today and he told me that he needed a $500 pc that would do audio recording for him. I told him that I could build him a pc that would top every other company store bought pc. Now keep in mind that we are both techies and work at an IT company in GA. So I know he isn't a stupid person... ANYWAYS...
I really want to prove him wrong!
Here are the requirments:
1) This PC will be ripping , recording, and making MUSIC , So memory and cpu will be high priorities
2) Needs a solid Soundcard
3) Firewire support
4) A Decent sized HardDrive
Here is the kicker...
5) Needs to include a Monitor , Keyboard , and Mouse!
Guys I'm used to building $1500 dollar gaming machines... BUT I know for a FACT that a store bought PC will ALWAYS loose to a custom built pc...
Please prove my co-worker wrong LOL. I know that you guys are absolute GENIUS with computer parts.
Yeah but see you are missing a couple of expenses here that most people who offer to build on the cheap "better" than a prebuild often never think of, and it will become and issue.
Warranty and Support.
How much are you going to charge every time this guy calls you with a problem after you build for him? What if the GPU goes bad in 3 months, are you willing to go buy another for him and install it for free?
These are reasons people buy prebuilds, and the reason it can be a bad scenerio to suggest building, or offering to build for someone who maybe should not be building a PC. At least foolish if you don't take these circumstances into consideration. If there are problems, and you don't handle them, in his eys now you are an idiot, he should have just bought a Dell, and he wasted $500.
Piece of mind, and NOT having to mess with it is worth a lot to some people.
Like last week, I had to have a starter put on my Durango. Cost me $300.
Had a couple of friends say, "christ Scott, you could have bought it and put it on yourself for less than half that! Or we would have done it for less.....
Okay, the starter on a Durango is HARD to change. Not easy at all to get to, takes a lot of time.
A day after it was installed, it starts sounding like a blender full of rocks. The new one was defective.
Do you know what it was worth to me to simply drive it back to the shop and say..."your starter is crap, fix it." That was well worth the extra money.
What would my friends have thought if they put it on for me? Would they have came back and done it again for free? Should I even expect them to?
Should I end up doing it myself over again not even call them, at my own expense and time? See where this starts heading? Not a fun situation.
Until you understand the complete circle, you cannot say "I can build a better computer for the same or less" you may be able to build a faster computer, but you cannot build a better computer. The 2 are not the same.
@Radiowars great setup it really looks solid! We're both busy atm, but I'll let you guys know what he thinks...
@jitpublisher Right I def see what your saying about the importance of a Warranty and Support. In this case its not as much of an issue. We are troubleshooting IT masters and he builds pcs all the time. IF something did go bad... Newegg is notorious for solid customer support. Thats really my take on it... feel free to try to convince me otherwise