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Buy a bargain or build my own PC?

scameron77 Avatar
6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
Just missed out on the £210 - http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/569836/dell-inspiron-545-mt-quad-core-pc-w?

and the £275 - http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/563807/hp-pavilion-p6110uk-desktop-pc-amd-

However the latter is available for £315 after quidco via Misco.

Third option is build my own with components from Scan or EBuyer. Seen a list in another thread.

I need a half decent system that will run Microsoft Flight Simulator (I'm a commercial pilot and want to keep my skills current) and a few other games such as the Orange Box and Assassins Creed. I had planned to buy a beefy graphics card if I got the Dell such as the Radeon 5850.

Just wondering if I'd be better to bide my time and hold off for another filthy deal or just get the HP Misco deal and bite the bullet for the extra £40?

Also I see the Radeon card varies in price and preceded by Sapphire, ATI, etc. Whats the difference, does it have to do with the motherboard connectivity?

Thanks in advance,
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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#1
in years gone by (like upto 5 years ago +) it WAS reasonably cheaper to buy the parts youself and build your own spec PC, but nowadays, its hardly worth it, saving you at most, £50 (depending on Spec)

Is it really worth the hassle and time to order, wait delivery and then spend time building the PC. Im sure a prebuilt one would save you £30 as you could spend all the time on Hotukdeals! :whistling::thumbsup:
#2
That avatar is a bit disturbing OP. You must REALLY love Range Rovers.
#3
Disco
in years gone by (like upto 5 years ago +) it WAS reasonably cheaper to buy the parts youself and build your own spec PC, but nowadays, its hardly worth it, saving you at most, £50 (depending on Spec)

Is it really worth the hassle and time to order, wait delivery and then spend time building the PC. Im sure a prebuilt one would save you £30 as you could spend all the time on Hotukdeals! :whistling::thumbsup:


The thing you dont get with a pre bought is the free warranty. When you build it yourself you'll get lifetime on the ram, about 5 years on the harddrive, 2-3 years on the motherboard, same with the graphics card, 3 years on the processor etc if you see what I mean. Dell charge you extra for this, and I assume everywhere else does aswell.

Cheaper isnt always better.
#4
not worth the hassle of building nowadays, in fact its cheaper and in some case better not to build, depends on what you want though.
#5
I'm thinking of opting for the Misco 6110, at £315 with a OK graphics card installed and good to go + Windows 7 free upgrade. OK, I'm £40 more than the SVP deal, however Misco have them and SVP don't.
#6
As for the Avatar .....

....... it's how I roll
#7
^ lol

it depends how confident you are with comps and if you can be bothered loads of people will be on here sayin its much cheaper etc but if its more convienent for you to buy pre-made then I would say just buy it, as said above you probs wont be saving hundreds and hundreds so might not seem that worth while
#8
I thought FSX was rather CPU heavy, am I thinking of something else?

When working out costs do remember that you'll need to factor in another £50 to replace the power supply in a pre-built system with one that'll run your £200 card.

As for the different makes of graphics card it's similar to different makes of PCs with the same spec. The core performance will be much the same but some will provide different ports, or use higher quality components, or be quieter. You see the most diversity after a card has been out a while, on release most manufacturers just use the reference design from ATI.
#9
I currently have a selfbuilt Pc as i really know what i wanted and there was no point taking a apart a ready built pc as its more difficult, problem with internal conectors, power supply, graphics card slot, etc in my opinion I ll rather build than buying as it might cost me more upgrading the parts on a factory built one.

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