Manufactured computer or Home Built computer.

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  1. I build my own PC/MAC completely by myself

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  2. I build my own PC/MAC with someone help

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  3. I has someone build my PC/MAC

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  4. I has someone custom build my PC/MAC online

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  5. I has someone custom build my PC/MAC at store

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  6. I have a manufacture brand named PC/MAC

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  7. I have a manufacture brand named PC/MAC - upgraded

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  8. I using a laptop/notebook

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  9. I using a laptop/notebook - upgraded

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  10. Other.

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  11. Alienware - PC

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  12. Alienware - Laptop

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  1. lookout
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    lookout GBAtemp Board Room

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    Many you people may, know how to build your own computer by now ..... do you?
     
  2. iffy525

    iffy525 not famous

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    homebuilt because its hella cheaper
     
  3. dinofan01

    dinofan01 Misses the old days...

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    Just bought it from manufacturer. My parents would never give me 100 of dollars to make my own computer. They have trust in a bug named company that can offer support and insurance.
     
  4. lookout
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    not really ... you can buy a very cheap computer these day then build it yourself..

    building a computer give you better performance?
     
  5. Panzer Tacticer

    Panzer Tacticer veteran human

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    First PC was a "open the boxes and now you have a computer" type. It was an IBM PS1. I liked it.

    I upgraded to a 486 and let my wallet get gang raped for that modular bad idea.

    Not remembering the gang rape of the 486 I bought a Pentium wanna be.

    Let's face it, once is ok, twice is a bit much, but the third time? I deserved the berating my buddy gave me [​IMG]

    I now never buy modular any more (frankly my friend would verbally beat the crap out of me [​IMG]).
    I phone up my buddy and I tell him how much money I have, and what I need. He then goes to Canada Computers web sight and explains what I am buying. I usually end up with parts that are the best possibly choice for mid range quality.
    We usually avoid tech that's already dated. We usually avoid brand names unless it earned their rep.
    We usually don't buy cheapest possible. We rarely get the current "latest thing" though.

    Unless you are a rich yuppie or an unskilled doofus, you build your own system, even if you have to use a friends advice.
     
  6. TripDyke

    TripDyke GBAtemp Regular

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    I would never buy a pre-built PC. I built my first when I was 10 with the help of my dad, and I'd never do it any different.
     
  7. fischju

    fischju Rehabilitated Jaywalker

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    I bought a mobo, case, PSU, ram, and CPU from Cyberpower a couple of years ago ($20 cheaper than building myself) and have been upgrading it little by little since then
     
  8. silent sniper

    silent sniper !dennaB

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    is a good homebuilt pc cheaper than a manufactured pc?

    cuz i hate my dell
     
  9. TripDyke

    TripDyke GBAtemp Regular

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    As long as you get someone that knows what they're doing.
     
  10. Evilkoko

    Evilkoko GBAtemp Regular

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    I use to be 100% advocate of custom builts but as I grew older I find myself having less time to build and upgrade computers. I'm still on a 2 year old custom built but my next comp which i'll probably pick up in fall/winter will most likely be a prebuilt one. Sure it might cost more but it sure saves a lot of time and headache from trying to find a problem on a custom built computer if you ever run into any. I remember I had to trouble shoot quite a few different things on this computer before I could even install the OS. Also i'm not good at hiding/bundling up my wires for good airflow so when you look into my case theres just wires dangling everywhere lol.
     
  11. DeMoN

    DeMoN GBAtemp Guru

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    I say Homebuilt because it is cheaper, and you should learn how to build a computer by yourself (it's a good experience).
     
  12. SkH

    SkH GBAtemp Maniac

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    Home Built FTW! [​IMG]

    Basically that way you can have a own computer which is exactly how you want it, because you can choose what parts you want in it.
     
  13. DEF-

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    Home Built is always cheaper, atleast if you look at what you get. [​IMG]

    Lets say we compare a home built computer and a factory built HP computer with the same specs. Are there any differences between the two? Oh yes there are, examples:

    * Lower quality/wattage PSU (sure HP put in decent ones, but any upgrade might not work because of lack of power headroom).

    * Lower quality motherboard. One of my HP prebuilt computers was a micro-ATX motherboard sold for full retail price without ANY notification. Was missing alot of connectors, ports, expansion slots, etc.

    * Often using slow memory. They sell computers by the amount of RAM, NOT the speed of it (the next point could have been affected by this also).

    * Locked BIOS. Almost no settings to overclock/tweak the motherboard, RAM, CPU, etc.

    * Low quality fans. Fans in factory built computers are often very noisy compared to silent fans, and in alot of cases there are not space for any extra case fans. Lowers component/computer longlivity.

    * Tight cases. Often not more then space for 3-4 harddrives (if even that).

    * CPU/GPU coolers. Often cheap stock coolers from Intel/GPU manufacturer that are often noisy.

    * Low quality cooling paste. Often made of silicone and have a high thermal resistance.


    There are some points I'd like to point out. Not ALL of them are true for factory built PCs, but many of them are. I might remember a few more if I really thought about it, these just came out in my head right now.

    You could probally avoid all of them if you build a custom homemade pc for the same cost as a factory built PC. I understand that many people does not care about any of these, but I do.

    If you search the web you can find MANY rigs out there with specifications on exactly what components you need to build it, for a very stable computer. It does not have to take more then a few hours to build a PC if you have someone that have done it atleast once before. If you are doing it for the first time yourself, it could probally take half a day. It is still worth it imho, and there are a lot of help to be found online.

    Just my 2 long cents [​IMG]
     
  14. DarkAura

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    Over there.
    I would like a homebuilt one, but since I don't work that much (it's not cuz I'm lazy, it's cuz I have a limit of max hours) I'm going to buy myself a manufactured one [​IMG] so I don't have to share this laptop with everyone. Maybe a little later I will try to build meself a computer. [​IMG]
     
  15. CockroachMan

    CockroachMan Scribbling around GBATemp's kitchen.

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    I choose the parts and build all my computers since I was a kid..
     
  16. wohoo

    wohoo GBAtemp Fan

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    I built my computer by myself and it was funny as hell. I love it [​IMG]
     
  17. matriculated

    matriculated GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    My local PC store installs the cpu and memory onto the motherboards when you buy all three so it's hella easy to get a custom made PC where I live.
     
  18. Doomsday Forte

    Doomsday Forte GBAtemp Maniac

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    I've never built a computer before, though I really do want to. It's going to be the crux of my tower revival project, though I'm not sure if I can really call it a revival than "I'm going to be replacing just about everything in the tower." Considering the mobo was what killed the tower, I'm going to be eventually replacing everything but the hard drives since nothing is going to be compatible.

    So far, it has a new stick of RAM (which HP said is what caused the problems), a new HDD, a new monitor, and a new mouse which I grandfathered from our previous computer. Considering it was around $400 for a day-after-Thanksgiving sale...

    My laptop only has new RAM since I'd presume building a laptop yourself would be a bit more difficult, but this thing does what I need it to, so I'm happy. Reviving the tower means I'm going to splurge a little bit in order to get it up to gaming quality. [​IMG]
     
  19. TeenDev

    TeenDev GBAtemp's Original Hipster

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    I have a 2001 Dell Precision 420 Workstation that I have pimped out:

    Dual 933 MHz Pentium 3s (Up to Dual 1.0 GHz PIII)

    768 MB Rambus RDRAM (Up to 2 GB)

    45 GB HDD EIDE (Up to 137 GB Internal, Up to 5 TB external)

    nVidia GeForce FX 5200 128 MB (Supports up to 4x AGP)

    15 USB Ports

    Windows XP Service Pack 3

    Internal DVD Burner

    Internal Blue-Ray Burner and player

    Internal CD-RW

    Internal Memory Card bay

    Yeah... Its fucking pimped