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Windows 7: Does it still make sense to build your own computer?

20 May 2013   #11
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

To answer your question, I will always build my own and for several reasons. When you buy off the shelf, you are buying what someone decided to put in the computer. I build one and put in what I want and use and not things I have no use for. Typically OEM's compete on price. They have little to no concern for quality. They typically use whatever parts they can get the cheapest. I can decide what level of quality I want. I know there are others her that disagree, but I don't believe you save money bu buying off the shelf. The last OEM I bought cost me $800. I could have built it for several hundred less and had better quality parts than they used. Also, I seriously object to having a locked bios. Yes, I overclock, but my objections are not for that reason. There are settings that occasionally need to be adjusted in bios that you are locked out of. My Sister has a Dell computer and wanted me to install an SSD. I went to bios to change to AHCI mode, but it was locked in IDE mode. I know the chipset of the computer she has allows AHCI mode, but Dell decided She didn't need it. There are many other options in a bios that most of us either enable or disable for normal operation that OEM's lock you out of. And, we won't even start on bloatware.

So, to answer your question, it makes absolute sense to build your own.


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20 May 2013   #12
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Are you still with us Tony?
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20 May 2013   #13
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Are you still with us Tony?
Yes. In a lot of pain but at home. Going for my procedure on Thursday AM. Will know what is happening after that then. Great to read everyone's opinions.
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20 May 2013   #14
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

I use the "replace one component at a time" method for my PC.

IMO, the most difficult part of building your own PC, is choosing the parts in the first place.

I doubt that I'd ever buy one of those $300 dollar "el cheapo" PCs.
They'd probably even be useless for surfing the Internet or playing Solitaire.
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20 May 2013   #15
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes it make sense, you cut out the middle man, it`ll be cheaper and way better.
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20 May 2013   #16
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

To me it makes more sense to build my own computer.

To be able to choose my own parts for my own purposes, put together this collection of parts, press the power switch and have it come to life is an incredible feeling of accomplishment and pride.

In addition, knowing what's in my computer enables me to save big money. When a part dies, I troubleshoot it myself and replace just the one part.

I've built three PCs from scratch so far and will never buy pre-built ever again.
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20 May 2013   #17
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Same as OvenMaster my latest build was my 3rd and I would not buy off the shelf
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