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Gifts, Contests, Easter Eggs Many of us have done it. What does it take to do it?
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Saving money
by Simba on Sun 22nd Jun 2003 17:37 UTC

"You won't save money building your own PC. What you may gain, if you do your homework, is better quality."

Actually, you can save a substantial amount of money. Example. I priced out a Dell system and then priced out building my own system. The system I came up with had a faster CPU, a larger hard disk, and more RAM. All other specs were identical. The difference? The difference? I could build the system for $400 cheaper than I could buy it from Dell.

The other benefit of building your own PC is that you will learn about how the hardware components work together and such, and when something goes wrong, you will be able to repair it yourself. Computer repair is really a racket. $70 to $90 an hour for something that the average computer user could easily do on their own with a little bit of effort.

If you ever have to have a shop reinstall Windows and your applications for you, figure about a $90 labor bill... For something that you can easily do yourself in one hour over a weekend.