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[SJ]dunki2001

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Build One Or Buy One??
« on: August 13, 2009, 10:23:59 pm »
Thinking of new pc, build or buy?

acer doing some strange but funky ones what do think? (g700 with options)

Could upgrade my machine but gonna need some serious bits.

My desktop as it stands:

amd2400+
pc chips mobo
2gb mem pc3200
nvid 7600gt
35gb hard drive 7200 133ata
creative soundblaster live 1024
350 watt power supply.
xp pro

Options- boot sale existing pc or keep for multimedia center or moddify with new bits.

dunki (fed up with turning down detail.)

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2009, 10:26:56 pm »
Build..

[SJ]dunki2001

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2009, 10:40:11 pm »
Hmmm, your spec looks good jarko. do you run that with xp?

what powersupply do you use?

no hasle if buying. but do you get fobbed off with stuff you don't want? did you check out the specs on th g7700?

[SJ]Byron

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2009, 10:56:20 pm »
Have a look at the systems they have at Overclockers - They do pre built gaming rigs, but you can customise bits - or just buy a bare-bones system and add bits, or whatever you want.  So you kind of build your own system, but get someone who knows what they're doing to actually stick it all together, test it, and send it to you in a nice box...  all ready to play!  Their pre and post sales is excellent - and the prices are good too.

A while ago I would have said build every time - but looking at the deals they have there - I'm swinging the other way!

 :)


[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2009, 11:03:06 pm »
Hmmm, your spec looks good jarko. do you run that with xp?

what powersupply do you use?

no hasle if buying. but do you get fobbed off with stuff you don't want? did you check out the specs on th g7700?


I use windows 7 64bit.. and my psu is a 550w one.. deltaco so not exactly a namely brand.. but good enough and gives i think 36A on the 12v line.
I didnt check the specs m8.. ive had nothing but bad experiences with acers.. they use as cheap components as they can get from my experience.. ive had to repair few in the past.
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[SJ]dunki2001

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2009, 11:17:39 pm »
Have a look at the systems they have at Overclockers - They do pre built gaming rigs, but you can customise bits - or just buy a bare-bones system and add bits, or whatever you want.  So you kind of build your own system, but get someone who knows what they're doing to actually stick it all together, test it, and send it to you in a nice box...  all ready to play!  Their pre and post sales is excellent - and the prices are good too.

A while ago I would have said build every time - but looking at the deals they have there - I'm swinging the other way!

 :)




i'll look at that option too. cheers.

@jarkko  cheers mate. food for thought.

just a thought do any of you boys run a phsyx pci card also? 7 tastic runs one and reckons the effects are great.

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2009, 04:20:25 am »
Hmm never used any physx card, i never thought the game support would be wide enough to justify purchase?

[SJ]Tornado

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2009, 04:49:03 am »
Build !!

Just finally built a new one here, 1200$ without GFX card.

That includes keyboard, mouse, Antec 900 case, OCZ 700watt modular PSU, Asus PQ5C Mobo, 2.8 core2duo (E7400 i think), 2 X 1066DDR2 , 2 gig sticks, Razer Salmosa 1800 dpi optical mouse, Logitech G11 keyboard, 950 gigs of storage on 2 hitachi Sata HDD's, and one Lightscribe DVD burner/writer, and am playing on a (not included in price) 32" Plasma TV.

:toker:

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2009, 02:39:54 pm »
I always used to build mine and other peoples systems......

But then i brought overclockers built system........very very nice.......had 3 so far all with no problems.
And would buy another tomoz.

I,ll add memory and drives, gxf cards as upgrades now, but cant be bothered building any more.


Good luck either way  :D

[SJ]Kristof Huyck

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2009, 03:08:04 pm »
So far everybody agreed on building one and I have no different opinion this time lol

I certainly won't buy a physx card, there is almost no support for that in (popular) games, unless the situation has changed dramatically the last months (don't think so)

Just determine your budget and select the parts with some help from somebody who knows a bit more about buliding pc's.

[SJ]jason brown

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2009, 03:21:28 pm »
id build my own,never bought pre built . if you live close to me and nev dunki ill help you build one if you want .

[SJ]DenDanger

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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2009, 04:31:30 pm »
 I bought mine. Seriously considered building one but was nervous about getting everything and it not working. Buying one "built" gave me peace of mind it would work. I didn't feel comfortable with a large outlay and then it not working. Now I'm also lucky enough to have a local place that ships fairly reasonably.

 I also have of course upgraded since...lol But that's much less intimidating then building a whole computer.

 I have however built a PC for my daughter since then and it worked perfectly. So far, ironically, it's the most reliable PC we have.
 I decided by that point that builduing was a good option as she already had a PC and nothing would be "down" whilst I troubleshooted etc if it came to that.

 So my answer would be, "depends on your comfort level".

 Build if you have the confidence to do so. It's not hard. Just a matter of matching components. All ya need is a case, PSU, Motherboard, RAM, GPU, sound card (optional), drives, fans etc.....and stick it all together. Usually motherboards come with enough instruction, it's quite simple if you pay attention.

 In the case of my daughters', it didn't quite fire up first time. UH OH!! No biggie. Went through everything step by step in the instructions and found I had forgotten to connect one connector to the motherboard. Put it in place and........BINGO!!

 I will say, it's quite satisfying the first time a PC YOU built fires up.

 Anyways. If you feel comfortable. DO IIT! if you're nervous in any way, order one and maybe the next one you can build yourself.


 I think basically, comfort level is the key.
 I know we all love to say "I built it" but my PC Hector was bought and though I've torn the crap outa him since, I'm quite happy with my decision. It does what it's supposed to do and that's what counts.
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[SJ]Kristof Huyck

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2009, 04:58:22 pm »
In a shop I most of the time buy my parts you can also order a pc with the parts you choice and let them assemble it. For people with not much knowledge it's a nice solution, as you have the freedom to select the graphics card or amount of memory etc you want without having to worry whether it will work or not. It even doesn't cost that much extra.

I still don't like the game pc's of brands like Acer, MSI, ... as they have or a too weak graphics card, a not very well suited case, a motherboard with a cheap chipset, ... or all of that in one lol

So a pre-assembled non-brand pc might be a nice alternative imo  :)

[SJ]DenDanger

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2009, 05:07:08 pm »
 I don't know their rep, but found this place recently whilst dreaming of moving to the U.K. This page.
 i know the place I deal with has the same kinda thing. You can piece together a PC online. I did just for fun and um, ended up ay like $12 000 hahahaaaa. Though admittedly almost $8000 of that was for monitors.

Anyways. You can piece together at many levels. Maybe even set a budget and post a link here and ask a more knowledgeable SJ'r to see what they could do o that budget. I mean Graphics cards and stuff is easy enough but when it cvomes to processers, motherboards etc, I'm lost...lol

[SJ]DRokK

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2009, 06:41:44 pm »
we spoke about this a while ago Dunki, build is always better in the long run, both financially and reliability.
 you just got to accept that its possible that you may receive broken or (less likely with solid advice) incompatible components.
so it may well take you longer to get you new PC than choosing one off the shelf.

id build my own,never bought pre built . if you live close to me and nev dunki ill help you build one if you want .

 oi! im the builder round here son. you stick to yer consoles!   lol

[SJ]Stein

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2009, 05:43:00 am »
Oi Dunki.... you forgot one option:




NICK ONE!




Woof ~ Woof

as some of the boys seem to have decent systems, prebuilt, just waiting to get swiped  :rotfl:

[SJ]Grimwart

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2009, 09:29:20 am »
I'll always build my own now, just so I know exactly what I'm getting and no compromises. It can be a bit daunting the first time but you got to start somewhere and it gets easier each time.
 
A word of advice if you do self build - make sure you have another working PC available with internet access so when things do go wrong you can go looking for information/drivers etc - being stuck with a broken PC and no google is a lonely place :twit:

[SJ]MBMAC

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2009, 10:57:59 am »
i have never ever bought a PC...been building them since DX2/66 days or upgrading should i say....my PC is constantly evolving...when i have the money that is  :D

BUILD, BUILD or even BUILD  :tut:

[SJ]DenDanger

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Re: Build One Or Buy One??
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2009, 02:08:25 pm »

 
A word of advice if you do self build - make sure you have another working PC available with internet access so when things do go wrong you can go looking for information/drivers etc - being stuck with a broken PC and no google is a lonely place :twit:


 A definite agreement here!!