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Preassembled(OEM) or assembling pc yourself is better??

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February 14, 2011 6:48:08 PM

Obviously you own a computer at the moment and have opened the case occasionally. Well, that's all I'd done when I built my first about 20 years ago.

Though the tech is more complex there's much more info available so it balances out about the same.

Cost wise, it's usually been more expensive to build your own due to buying parts retail where assemblers buy them wholesale -- and of course you'll specify better stuff than they do.
February 14, 2011 8:28:57 PM

so pre-assembled pc's are cheaper?? i dont think so
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March 1, 2011 10:24:30 PM

take a look at a build sheet for a Dell or HP
and match the parts piece by piece and
on a budget system the OEMs win
They buy 100000s of PSUs,GPUs etc at a time
Now if your building a higher end system then
you can do better than an OEM
If you compare a fully loaded Dell XPS (high end OEM gaming system)
for the same money you could put together a better system
BUT no way on a low end budget system can you match an OEM
generally

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March 1, 2011 10:41:05 PM
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For me personally I like to buy high end business class OEM towers used and upgrade them.
For example I have:
Dell Optiplex 745
2.4 Core2Duo
2gb ram
250gb Barracuda
Ati HD4650 1gb OCd
Asus Xonard DG PCI soundcard
total cost after selling old system parts
is $75
WinTV USB TV tuner - $5 yard sale
HP Laser All in one Black and White printer - $35 secondhand store
HP Officejet All in one w/ card reader - $0 supposedly broken :) 
Viewsonic 22inch 1080p HD 2ms response - $90 Used came with DVI
Samsung Syncmaster LCD secondary display - $40
Creative T4400 surround sound - Free on Craigslist
total cost for everything - $245
system works nice
Great office system
mainly MSoffice,photoshop,multimedia and light gaming system
BUT I wouldnt buy a brand new budget or high end OEM since they lose value quickly
if I wanted to go all out I would build my own
March 1, 2011 11:10:39 PM

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