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Windows 7: Build or buy? What do you do?

View Poll Results: Do you build or buy your own computer system?
Build 38 90.48%
Buy 4 9.52%
Voters: 42. You may not vote on this poll

04 Nov 2009   #1
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Build or buy? What do you do?

I know a lot of you build your own systems but I would like to get a poll going to see what the percentages are. I started building about 6 months ago and it's addicting. How about you, have you built before and just prefer to buy now or vice-versa, or do you buy all your computers and don't want to bother with building?


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04 Nov 2009   #2
OpSysWiz

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Bought an Apple 2E, built every system since then. Yes, I'm an old fart!
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04 Nov 2009   #3
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I built mine, but it was mostly for the experience. If I had bought a machine with similar (actually a little better) specs from Dell, I would have saved myself about $50. My advice: buy one, unless you have a good reason to build one.
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04 Nov 2009   #4
Dubya

 

I've done both (building and buying). My current PC was bought and I regret being so lazy because I'm sure I could have built my own with better components for less.
I've already (after only a year's use) had to replace the motherboard, RAM, chassis fans and DVD drive because they put crappy parts in.

If I had to do it again, I'd built my own. Every time!
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04 Nov 2009   #5
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

I build my own. Saves lots of money
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04 Nov 2009   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I bought my first one and have built since.

10 or 15 years ago, when the typical PC was 1500 to 2500 dollars, there was considerably money to be saved by building. Those days are gone, with most store-bought PCs ranging from 500 to 1500.

I will continue to build even though I can save little or nothing by doing so. I like the 100% control over components and I like keeping up on PC technology--no better way to do that than to build your own. Most people are probably better off buying.
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04 Nov 2009   #7
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

I tend to Build on a purchased system if that makes sense.

I will normally find that the system I need will be available at a better price for purchase then I can build it for due to economies of scale

I then will upgrade the system a time or two before moving onto the next purchase.
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04 Nov 2009   #8
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
I tend to Build on a purchased system if that makes sense.

I will normally find that the system I need will be available at a better price for purchase then I can build it for due to economies of scale

I then will upgrade the system a time or two before moving onto the next purchase.
That's a good twist to the question. I'll bet a lot of people do this too Barman.
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04 Nov 2009   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've been buying and building computers now for about 20 years. I've built many more than I have purchased. But for a few years, I found that I couldn't beat the price of a Dell desktop when I needed a monitor, keyboard and OS. Those machines performed pretty well for me and I rarely had a problem.

My last 3 machines have been custom builds again. 2 AMD's and 1 Intel. 2 running Linux and 1 running Windows 7.

I enjoy putting them together, cleaning up the wiring and having a machine that is 100% unique.
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04 Nov 2009   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
I tend to Build on a purchased system if that makes sense.

I will normally find that the system I need will be available at a better price for purchase then I can build it for due to economies of scale

I then will upgrade the system a time or two before moving onto the next purchase.
That's a good twist to the question. I'll bet a lot of people do this too Barman.
Exactly. That's what I do too. I buy on black Friday - could not build anything for that amount of money. Then I add graphics and SSD.
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