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Is it a good idea to buy an assembled computer?

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July 21, 2010 7:46:46 AM

I approached two computer assembling centers... here are there prices :


Intel pentium dual core processor
Asus motherboard
2gb ddr2 RAM
500 Gb Hard disk
Atx cabnet

Total : 11,300

Gt220 graphics card igb ddr2 : 3,700


Grand total : 15,000



Iam in kerala .... if these are a bit too high prices...where i can buy these stuffs in kerala for lower prices?
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July 21, 2010 7:50:41 AM

wow that is alot of money for that computer.. srry i dont live i kerala so i dont know the prices
July 21, 2010 7:55:17 AM

@ ace700...thanks for replying.... so how much it costs in india..?..estimated price?
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July 21, 2010 3:49:43 PM

in my city (i also live in india) prices are
intel pentium dual core 2.7 Ghz = 3200/-
asus mobo (G31)= 2500/-
2 GB DDR 2 Ram (800 Mhz)= 2100/-
500 GB HDD = 2500/-
ATX Cabinet = 950/-

Grand Total = 11250/-

By the way which dual core u r getting? & which asus mobo?
July 22, 2010 7:49:42 AM

rohn_avni said:
in my city (i also live in india) prices are
intel pentium dual core 2.7 Ghz = 3200/-
asus mobo (G31)= 2500/-
2 GB DDR 2 Ram (800 Mhz)= 2100/-
500 GB HDD = 2500/-
ATX Cabinet = 950/-

Grand Total = 11250/-

By the way which dual core u r getting? & which asus mobo?



Same as yours.......dual core 2.7 ghz........dont know about Mb.......but its around the same i guess..........
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July 22, 2010 9:04:20 AM

The title of this topic has been edited by Randomizer

I believe that better reflects the intended question.
July 22, 2010 11:39:06 AM

Okay..thanks guys...

Is it good to buy processors,RAM, & graphics cards seperately...?... isnt that more cash saving?

Because,on an assembled Cpu,..they charge extra 3,000 to 4,000 to earn them profit..
July 22, 2010 12:38:10 PM

Heart beats said:
Okay..thanks guys...

Is it good to buy processors,RAM, & graphics cards seperately...?... isnt that more cash saving?

Because,on an assembled Cpu,..they charge extra 3,000 to 4,000 to earn them profit..


well buddy they don't charge so much on such a cheap machine.. their profit on above will just around 1000 or less. trust me cause i also do the same thing..... :D 
July 22, 2010 12:40:04 PM

Heart beats said:
Same as yours.......dual core 2.7 ghz........dont know about Mb.......but its around the same i guess..........


and i don't have that configuration, just telling u the prices...by the way :sol:  i am using a Quad ....
July 22, 2010 12:41:34 PM

rohn_avni said:
well buddy they don't charge so much on such a cheap machine.. their profit on above will just around 1000 or less. trust me cause i also do the same thing..... :D 



They wont tell prices of motherboard,cpu......!!

Only thing they told is Graphic card prices........
July 22, 2010 12:44:08 PM

Heart beats said:
They wont tell prices of motherboard,cpu......!!

Only thing they told is Graphic card prices........

ohh then that is a big problem yaar..... tell them to give u a detailed bill of all parts.. we give it to our customers (with added margin) .... if they don't give processor & mobo prices, DON'T BUY FROM THEM AT ALL......
July 22, 2010 1:48:57 PM

Obviously you will save money if you assemble a PC by yourself. It's pretty easy to do, actually. There is some risk that you will mess things up and short circuit components by putting them in wrong, which can be avoided by (a) reading up on how to do it and/or watching instructional YouTube videos, (b) being slow and careful in your assembly process.

The fact that you are not attempting to cram the kitchen sink in to your case will make it a rather straightforward process to assemble it yourself.

I've assembled about ten computers and nine were trouble-free; in the other I had to RMA (return to manufacturer) a part when it didn't work; I got the replacement in about three days. I find assembling PCs both fun and relaxing once you get the hang of it.

If you do build it (or even if you don't)... your parts list didn't include a power supply or floppy drive / CD drive / DVD drive / Blu-Ray drive. You will need the former and will probably want the latter. I suppose that you might be able to get away with using a USB flash drive or SD flash card for your I/O, but not all motherboards allow you to boot from them, so you might require a CD drive to load your OS. Some cases come with power supplies which can save you money. Your parts list doesn't include a monitor either.

I can't speak to the prices or suppliers in Kerala, but a good way of getting price baselines is to look on newegg.com, and find the USA tax-free costs. You can then gross those up to get a comparison price including import tax / VAT or whatever.

If you're looking to save money you might consider using a smaller hard drive. I'm not putting down the idea of a lot of storage, but given that you're creating a budget system, there is some savings potential there. You can also get a less highly rated CPU and overclock it to save money while getting the same or higher speed. Now, I'm a bit of an Intel fan (their high end stuff has been far superior to AMD's for the past five years or so), so it's a bit hard for me to say the following... perhaps you could get AMD stuff? On the low cost end AMD has better value so you could probably wind up with a faster and cheaper system going AMD (on top of the CPU cost, AMD-compatible motherboards are often cheaper).

You can save the cost of your graphics card if you get a motherboard with on-board graphics. However you won't have as good of a graphics subsystem; if playing PC games on your machine is a big interest, you may be frustrated if you go that route.

Since the rupee-US$ exchange rate is about 47 to 1, that rp15.000 budget is about $319. If you look in the New Builds section of this forum you could try to find something that fits your budget (remember to factor in taxes!)

Good luck!
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