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Windows 7: Do you have to be a gamer to build a custom PC?

21 May 2015   #21
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

OEM would've fooled you already when you buy their Desktops because you pay a bit higher than a custom built and you realize the components will not gonna last long.


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21 May 2015   #22
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

There is no guarantee that a self-built PC will last any longer or be anymore reliable than a pre-built.
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21 May 2015   #23
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
There is no guarantee that a self-built PC will last any longer or be anymore reliable than a pre-built.
True but you are far more likely to get just what you want with a self-built. And there is that certain amount of satisfaction you get when you can say, "Yup, built 'er m'self!"
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22 May 2015   #24
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
There is no guarantee that a self-built PC will last any longer or be anymore reliable than a pre-built.
True but you are far more likely to get just what you want with a self-built. And there is that certain amount of satisfaction you get when you can say, "Yup, built 'er m'self!"
Statistics will only answer the question of reliability. I have an old ACER I recased and it is still going after 5 + years but the motherboard quality, I/O capability memory support etc etc is very poor. I think one reason it is still going was the new well ventilated case and a better PSU. One "budget" PC I built used a basic ASRock motherboard (~$100) and it is streets ahead in terms of price and quality of any of the OEM offerings (here at least).
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22 May 2015   #25
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep I can't believe my Acer Aspire is still kicking 6 y.o.
Best 600.us I ever spent although most of the Acer crapware was removed after warrantee was dropped
Not sure I'd say where I got it
Just say a place where not many would recommend buying from
Research of stat's helped a lot
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22 May 2015   #26
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
There is no guarantee that a self-built PC will last any longer or be anymore reliable than a pre-built.
True but you are far more likely to get just what you want with a self-built. And there is that certain amount of satisfaction you get when you can say, "Yup, built 'er m'self!"
Statistics will only answer the question of reliability. I have an old ACER I recased and it is still going after 5 + years but the motherboard quality, I/O capability memory support etc etc is very poor. I think one reason it is still going was the new well ventilated case and a better PSU. One "budget" PC I built used a basic ASRock motherboard (~$100) and it is streets ahead in terms of price and quality of any of the OEM offerings (here at least).
I had three Acers (two netbooks and a desktop) and everything about them was garbage, even including the mouse on the desktop (the keyboard was meh at best).
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22 May 2015   #27
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

We have 4 of the little Acer Aspire One netbooks in our family that are about 8 years old now and everyone of them still works (except the batteries don't hold much of a charge). We also have 2 Asus EeePC netbooks which are also still going after 7-8 years. The keyboards on the Acers were much better than on the Asus netbooks.
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22 May 2015   #28
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
We have 4 of the little Acer Aspire One netbooks in our family that are about 8 years old now and everyone of them still works (except the batteries don't hold much of a charge). We also have 2 Asus EeePC netbooks which are also still going after 7-8 years. The keyboards on the Acers were much better than on the Asus netbooks.
I had keyboard bounce on both of my Aspire One within a couple of months. I got a little over a year on the first one before it died (out of warranty, of course). The second one lasted only four months before dying. It was still under warranty but I was so fed up with Acer by then, I pulled the HDD and chucked it, then replaced it with an Asus Eee. That one lasted two years before the cable going to the screen started acting up. I probably could have fixed it but I was ready for a bigger machine by then so I replaced it with a Lenovo 15" notebook.

'Tis funny how one person can have excellent luck with a brand and another person has lousy luck.
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22 May 2015   #29
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Not at all, anyone is capable of building one friend.
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22 May 2015   #30
Windidugo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Ha I happen to have an Acer desktop that just crapped out on me. It was an eMachines brand.
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