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Does Building Your Own Computer Save You Money?


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    Figure I'll be getting a new desktop setup soon. My current one is about 8-9 years old and while still quite good, I think I could really benefit from all the new tech of the last decade.

    So wondering about building a PC vs buying one stock. Can you save money building one yourself, or is it just fun to do? Kinda get conflicting info online. I want somewhere between middle tier and top of the line, at least when it comes to RAM and processing power. Ideally be able to handle moderately difficult rendering for video editing. A little gaming. Nothing crazy.

    So should I build or buy stock? Basically want the most economic option. I don't mind putting in the work if building is where the value is at.

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    Great question. I've built two computers in the past, and am typing on one of them right now. It's been about 5 years or so and this one is still going strong. I've done a lot of research into this and have come up with a pretty solid conclusion that it IS an economical choice. I built this PC from the ground up. Buying components for the build is what makes the most difference. The components themselves are pretty affordable, even the mid to high tiered components. I put probably $1500 into the whole build, operating system included, and I would say if I bought a computer from a store with the same specs, I would have spent double more than likely.

    The great thing about building your own is that you can save money by adding the parts that you want, and not having to worry about paying extra for things you don't want or need. PC component technology advances at a rapid speed, and the prices of components drop significantly after the latest and greatest is released. Think of it how Apple phones are. The new one comes out and the older models drop in price, but extrapolate that and speed it up x4, and you have the computer components marked. So you can build a pretty beefy PC for a very affordable price. I would say, you could build one that runs circles around mine for an easy grand.

    One last thing. My philosophy behind building instead of buying is not only because it's cheaper, but because I believe computer manufacturers build their machines to fail eventually so that customers have to buy new ones in 5 years. My first PC ran for 10 years until the motherboard became obsolete. The one I have now still takes everything that I throw at it and then some even 5 years later.

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    BlankCheck Wrote:

    The great thing about building your own is that you can save money by adding the parts that you want, and not having to worry about paying extra for things you don't want or need. PC component technology advances at a rapid speed, and the prices of components drop significantly after the latest and greatest is released. Think of it how Apple phones are. The new one comes out and the older models drop in price, but extrapolate that and speed it up x4, and you have the computer components marked. So you can build a pretty beefy PC for a very affordable price. I would say, you could build one that runs circles around mine for an easy grand.

    Yeah, if you really wanna save money on parts? Go with AMD parts instead of intel. They're half the cost and work just as good, if not better in some cases.
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    BlankCheck Wrote:

    I put probably $1500 into the whole build, operating system included, and I would say if I bought a computer from a store with the same specs, I would have spent double more than likely.

    So you think that's sorta the case across the board, 50% savings? I haven't come across that yet. What am I missing? I'll definitely do it if its half the cost, but from what I've seen its not nearly that dramatic.. should I be looking at certain sites or waiting for certain deals or what?
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    WyattTown Wrote:
    BlankCheck Wrote:

    I put probably $1500 into the whole build, operating system included, and I would say if I bought a computer from a store with the same specs, I would have spent double more than likely.

    So you think that's sorta the case across the board, 50% savings? I haven't come across that yet. What am I missing? I'll definitely do it if its half the cost, but from what I've seen its not nearly that dramatic.. should I be looking at certain sites or waiting for certain deals or what?
    Newegg.com and Tigerdirect are both great places to price and buy components. Finding deals, especially bundle deals are key. Put all of the components you want into your cart, and find a computer out there that is comparable in specs, and compare that to the total in your cart.