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September 29, 2009 9:35:28 PM

Hi. I was just wondering how much i could sell a home built computer for.

I have been looking around, and have found that pre-built computers sell for nearly double the price of the parts themselves.
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September 29, 2009 9:49:28 PM

That depends entirely on the build and the quality of components used. I usually do builds for the cost of components + $150. That includes installing the OS and any other purchased software, a safe overclock if requested, and at least 72 hours of stability testing.
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September 29, 2009 9:50:12 PM

The completed listings on eBay is probably as good a place as any.

Surprised you've found the prices to be double. Last time I built my own I struggled to build one for the same price as a pre-built. Of course I knew everything that was going in it so was getting a better quality pc for the money.
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September 29, 2009 10:00:56 PM

This is my friends build i was thinking of buying, i think it costs about $1000. How much would it sell for if i bought the parts, built it and sold them as new?
Manufacturer:
INTEL
Processor:
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory:
2044MB RAM
Hard Drive:
250 GB
Video Card:
ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
Sound Card:
Speakers (High Definition Audio Device)
Speakers/Headphones:
Plantronics
Keyboard:
Logitech G15
Mouse:
Logitech G5
Mouse Surface:
Exact Mat X Control
Operating System:
Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000) (6000.vista_gdr.090302-1506)
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September 29, 2009 10:06:14 PM

There's no way in hell you'll ever sell that for anywhere near $1000. You can build a new i5 computer for less than $1000.
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September 29, 2009 10:17:45 PM

oh...

Well, thats one idea gone :p 

A bit off topic - what would that i5 build have, and could it run games like coh and l4d really well?
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September 29, 2009 10:31:45 PM

Here's one:

Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $354.98 (CPU + motherboard combo)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $269.98 - $20.00 MIR (RAM + GPU combo)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $129.98 (HD + OS combo)

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.95

Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.95

Total - $919.84 - $20 MIR

Just add whatever keyboard and mouse you want.

You could make it even cheaper if you used a motherboard and PSU that wasn't crossfire compatible.

If you're not interested in crossfire support, these two combo's save $60 making the total $859.84 - $20 MIR:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $134.90 (Antec 300 + Antec TP-550 PSU combo)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $324.98 (i5 750 + GA-P55-UD3R combo)
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September 29, 2009 10:43:40 PM

alright, thanks.
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September 29, 2009 10:56:01 PM

You can forget about building PCs and selling them for double. Its not gonna even come close to happening unless your APPLE.

I agree with the other guy, I usually try for $150 profit but struggle to even get that unless it is a real highend rig. Lowend is impossible to compete with Dell, HP, ect....................

The most I ever made profit was $600 and thats because it was osx and windows, and it aint like you ccan just buy one at walmart.
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September 29, 2009 10:58:38 PM

That's true. I try to get $150 profit, but it usually ends up more like $100 on most builds.
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September 30, 2009 12:11:20 AM

Azated said:
Hi. I was just wondering how much i could sell a home built computer for.

I have been looking around, and have found that pre-built computers sell for nearly double the price of the parts themselves.



Most "custom PC builders" are out of the business now because pre-built PCs can be purchased for equal or less than the cost of a custom build these days. The little guys have a hard time competing with mass-producers and Big Box Stores because of marketing budgets, not to mention warranty and support.

Building computers on a small scale just isn't as profitable as it used to be. It's more of an Enthusiast hobby now. The payoff comes to the person who enjoys spec'ing out the build and putting it together, purely for their own entertainment, or for friends and family. It is a great hobby!

No, you won't get $1k for that computer unless you find a REAL sucker.



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September 30, 2009 1:11:11 AM

The best way to make a profit is to shop around and buy the parts on sale at like Frys or something. Then show people what they would cost at a reputable place like Newegg.com and profit the difference. It is not a scam because you spent your time driving to different stores and purchasing them.
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July 21, 2010 3:12:58 AM

Azated said:
Hi. I was just wondering how much i could sell a home built computer for.

I have been looking around, and have found that pre-built computers sell for nearly double the price of the parts themselves.


well it all depends on the parts used i guess and its the fact that computer parts can be worth more then the computer itself but i'm new to this thing as well so i'm look to advice as well
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July 21, 2010 3:26:14 AM

I think that if you want to do that, what you need to do is really to know computer repair, etc. When something breaks down for someone, then you can push the idea that look, these prebuilts are made to last 13 months to get people out of warranty, and then when they die, people are stuck.

So you push the quality issue for them, saying hey, it will cost a little more, but if I build one, I will be using higher quality parts, plus you get local service. A lot of people like having a local guy do things still because local shops can afford to take more time with them.

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July 21, 2010 1:46:34 PM

scatrdfew said:
The little guys have a hard time competing with mass-producers and Big Box Stores because of marketing budgets, not to mention warranty and support.

To say nothing of "economy of scale". You buy CPU's 10,000 at a time, you get a better deal than if you buy them one at a time.
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