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.
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.
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?
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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.
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.
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.