Selling a homebuilt computer

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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=N82E16819115215

    GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128400

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.246586 $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=N82E16820231279

    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=N82E16814102848

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.256476 $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=N82E16822152181&Tpk=samsung%20f3%20500gb

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.259577.22-152-181 $129.98 (HD + OS combo)

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 $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=N82E16817371022&cm_re=antec_750w-_-17-371-022-_-Product $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?ItemList=Combo.245596 $134.90 (Antec 300 + Antec TP-550 PSU combo)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.246587 $324.98 (i5 750 + GA-P55-UD3R combo)
  7. alright, thanks.
  8. 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.
  9. That's true. I try to get $150 profit, but it usually ends up more like $100 on most builds.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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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