Well, consider this thread hijacked. Below is why to self-build:
This forum has grown massively recently, most every day there is a new thread asking for advice on their new pc, (and luckily we have lots very active members all of whom are very nice
) most every build differs in context, so it would be foolish to create a thread about what to buy for your money, but there a question that is always
asked, or the option that is always given to the user is this: self-building, as it far preferable to custom built websites and pre-buit comps.
This made me think a thread like this would be most useful : this is going to discuss self-buiding and why you should do it yourself (including anecdotes), and should hopefully save us some virtual breath and stop writing the same thing over and over!
Contary to the belief most of the public hold, putting a computer together does not require a degree in computer science, infact is it very easy to do(for belguims sake, I’m fourteen and have built my first truly “personal” PC). While the cynical among you may say “that’s easy for him to say,having done it before” but it really isn’t hard; many comparisons have been made (on this forum at least) to building computers and putting together lego. This is entirely fair, all the components of a computer are desinged to fit (admittedly not as inter-changably as Lego, though if anyone does have a pic of RAM is a PCI slot, do please share!)
The components you order will all come with instruction manuals, so if the vast array of knowledge avaliable on these forums (ask a question and we will answer!) and tutorials on the internet ([URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ANlX4xfxf0"]part 1
[/URL],[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTm5khBdQ7o&feature=related"] and 2
[/URL]) (on building itself and individual component installation), which are very good for picking up techniques are not enough, then you do have this failsafe. But believe me it is easy to learn, especially if you’re willing to put some time and effort into learning what to do; I spent 4 hours looking up things, just to be safe, though in hindsight, that may have been over-kill (but beter safe than sorry).
Most of the time custom built pc companies and especially pre-built comps: alienware and mac paticulaly), even the good ones, will charge a ridiculous premium charge for the relatively simple job that of assemlbing your machine which will only take them two hours, this ridiculous value range sfrom about £100/$150 (Pc specialist) to £500/$700
Yet all this money can be saved (and spent on that little bit more power!) if you decide to build it for yourself
On top of the main differnce of a heavier wallet and ease there are a few other things that make building you own Pc worth it:
-It feels absolutely brilliant when the POST (power.on.self.test) beep goes off (or the phase lights come on) and you know that you did it all correctly, and have built your own,fully functioning desktop
-Bragging rights to all your friends you built own PC
-In the circumstance that anything goes wrong, you have complete access to your computer, no warranty preventing your from tampering to see what’s wrong, and nothing to stop you taking and adding different upgrades as you please
-The base knowledge will not change over time, so you will learn a skill you can use for the rest of your life, and you will be quite capable of halping out freinds with their PC dilemas too
-Your PC won't be filled with the useless programs that come pre-installed
-Retail components all come with a warranty, meaning no paying for insurance
-You will be allowed more freedom to tweak your PC, many companies lock options in the BIOS, to prevent things like overclocking
-Pre-built PC's often skimp on important parts, such as power supplies, for example dell have been known to supply people with 300W power supplies! This means no future upgrades
DO NOT BUY: ALIENWARE OR ACER!WARNING!
That about covers it, and I hope I've explained why building your own pc is the way to go, (without boring you to death) if anyone has any questions or something to add, please do and I’ll add it to the original post or answer (if someone doesn't beat me to it)
These tutorials are also reccomended:
Computer Building Tutorial - [url]http://bit.ly/rkNw4t[/url]
Guide to the PC System - [url]http://lifehac.kr/nVK1UQ[/url]
Guide to PC Graphics Settings - [url]http://bit.ly/50kACP[/url]
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