Building your own pc, advice.

Is it worth building one yourself rather than buying one already built?

I've been told it's worth it just to get better components than are in the pre-built ones.

I've never actually done one before, is it that hard?

an advice on whats required etc would be appreciated

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Im in need of another PC and was wandering the same.

Sometimes on deals people do comment that its cheaper than actually buying the parts so this has put me off a bit.

It used to be worth building your own a few years ago but the market is so competitive now your best just waiting for the right deal to come along.

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Building a desktop of a decent spec should work out better doing it yourself.

I always liked the challenge, I have built quite a few over the years. You also gain a lot of experience, problems can be a good thing as when you find the solution you have gained more experience etc.

You can also wait on a good Dell deal then mod it, like put in better video card and ram etc.

I have nothing bad to say about building your own system though.

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Thing is i wouldn't know where to start, decent motherboard? processor etc?

Anyone fancy doing me a list for a good pc for gaming video editing, £500 -£600 budget

Some good barebones bundles on Novatech. Sometimes works out cheaper this way imo.

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jtx

Some good barebones bundles on Novatech. Sometimes works out cheaper this … Some good barebones bundles on Novatech. Sometimes works out cheaper this way imo.



cheers, funny enough i was looking at them before

I'd recommend a barebones pc also but try and find out what motherboard it uses and see what reviews are like. Sometimes they have certain limitations performance wise.

how to you know what is compatible with what?

e.g. motherboard and CPU, PSU and motherboard etc

I miss the socket A days

Digging the photobucket account, check out some of my old machines, including a bright orange number and a lime green, the lime green machine is a Socket A this is round the time I started building, ahh those were the days (DFI Lanparty motherboards)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/MarkInIreland/card3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/MarkInIreland/2dbaf058.jpg

I wish I had a fraction of the time I used too

The orange machine is buried in my garage somewhere X), this was its last shot (some changes)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/MarkInIreland/100_1318.jpg

It is a much more simple setup now, there are no modding options on the Zino

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/MarkInIreland/SNV30221.jpg

Edited by: "sparkyIreland" 21st Aug 2010

>Is it worth building one yourself rather than buying one already built?

If you just want to save money no, Dell, HP etc can buy parts far cheaper than you can so in can work out MORE expenive to buy all the parts yourself than buy one pre-built.

>I've been told it's worth it just to get better components than are in the pre-built ones.

Some companies will build a PC out of whatever parts you ask them to. Try to find a small local supllier who will build a PC to order.

> I've never actually done one before, is it that hard?

Building the actual PC is not that hard. CHOOSING the parts is the difficult thing to do.

There are hundreds and hundreds of components to choose from. Checking if a certain motherboard goes with a certain processor which goes with certain memory can takes weeks to research. Then you need to decide what case, what graphics card etc.

I have built half a dozen PC over the years and each one has taken me far longer to research than to actually build.

>an advice on whats required etc would be appreciated

RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH. Web sites, forums, computer magazines.....
Edited by: "guilbert53" 22nd Aug 2010

dcx_badass

Weeks to research wtf. I could make you 10 custom builds from ebuyer … Weeks to research wtf. I could make you 10 custom builds from ebuyer within 30 mins and all would work fine.



YOU could.

Poster has never built a PC before and needs to start from scratch. He probably does not even know the basics and may think any processor will go in any motherboard for example.

Why do technical people always assume non-technical people know as much as they do.

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I spend weeks researching just to get an idea of what is happening in the market with prices. Whats hot whats not. What has overheating issues which has very bad over clocking capabilities. Made my grandad a nice computer for £200 excluding the monitor. Of course i made a loss but he's my grandad

i love building my own, you can fully cuztomise it and you get none of the crap that dell etc sling on their products

I loved building my own and first PC. It was a challenge and i could do whatever the hell i wanted to do to it.

It is by no means a cheaper option and it takes a hell of a lot of time if it is your first time and you dont know what to do.

Original Poster



fancy doing a few mock up ones for me to give me an idea?


dcx_badass

Weeks to research wtf. I could make you 10 custom builds from ebuyer … Weeks to research wtf. I could make you 10 custom builds from ebuyer within 30 mins and all would work fine.

dcx_badass

Weeks to research wtf. I could make you 10 custom builds from ebuyer … Weeks to research wtf. I could make you 10 custom builds from ebuyer within 30 mins and all would work fine.

dcx_badass

Weeks to research wtf. I could make you 10 custom builds from ebuyer … Weeks to research wtf. I could make you 10 custom builds from ebuyer within 30 mins and all would work fine.



I do understand the basics about processors going with motherboards etc, i wouldn't class myself as a non technical person, im a heating engineer by trade, and also know a fair bit about electronics etc, i've just never got involved in the actual building and sourcing the parts for a pc

danmc

It used to be worth building your own a few years ago but the market is … It used to be worth building your own a few years ago but the market is so competitive now your best just waiting for the right deal to come along.



+1

i used to build my own desktops but i became more cost effective just to buy 1 and get the operating system with it

All this building talk has me in the mood for a new build (As you will see from the pic's it has been a while)

A mini-itx build

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