how much $$ did you save building your PC?

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  1. Achance007

    Achance007 Active Member

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    Everybody talks about how much money they saved building their own PC. But how much do you normally save? I need a new computer soon, and I'm thinking about building one, but if you only save $300 or less then I'll just buy one from a company.
     
  2. DatacomGuy

    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    I saved a ton. When I built my last computer, 2.4 GHz machines were going for $1200+.. I built mine with TONS of extras for under $600.
     
  3. aphoric

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    I got a Dell 600SC server with a 2.8GHz proc, AGP, SATA, Gig-E for $400, just the mobo and proc were more than that when I got it. So I saved money at Dell. All I had to do was add some RAM and a better video card.
     
  4. vudoodoodoo

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    Shuttle SN45G = $260
    2500+ Barton = $90
    1GB PC2700 = $150
    160GB HD = $100
    CD Burner = $50
    9800 Pro = $300

    About $1000. Comparable gaming system from Alienware is probably like $2000.
     
  5. Achance007

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    Is newegg the best place to buy everything? Or do you need to search high and low to find good prices on the net.
     
  6. The Bastard

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    Every machine I built is a savings because I never assemble a completely new machine from scratch. Some parts are always recycled due to the short gap in between upgrades my components are rarely obsolete.

    I guess I'm lucky to have parts that have lasted the test of time. I.e 30GB Quantum drive from my first computer way back in 1999. Still kicking strong as ever.
     
  7. The Bastard

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    arguably the best place online. I have searched the city and they always come up cheapest by 10-20 dollars.

    Try to find a store that will price match so you can skip the hassle of shipping which in itself is very prompt and managed by Newegg, not to mention they're usually free of charge.
     
  8. fuzzynaval

    fuzzynaval Enlighten me

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    I don't really save any money building my own pc because I don't use generic parts like a lot of the system builders do.
     
  9. The Bastard

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    The idea is to compare parts of equal quality and value. You CAN get a rig custom built from Dell with the best components.
     
  10. CyberBullets

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    ive saved usually $300-$400 per system compaired to what is advalible in my city.

    1 trip to vancouver for $600 can get me my system
     
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    I saved about $700 building mine
     
  12. kingtoad

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    I saved around $500
     
  13. Achance007

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    i want a nice gaming system like the new dell xps system. The only thing I don't need is a monitor and I'm willing to spend up to $3k. So i want it to last awhile, before I can't play the new uber cool game at decent settings.
     
  14. vudoodoodoo

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    Don't get a gaming system from dell.

    $3K can buy you a GREAT system with a GREAT display.
     
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    whats a good site to choose Ram...
    There are so many speeds and company manufacturers that I don't know what is Good???
    Thanks
     
  16. vudoodoodoo

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    Corsair, Kingston, Mushkin. There are a few more...
     
  17. vudoodoodoo

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    Intel Pentium 4 / 2.4CGHz 512k socket 478 Hyper Threading Technology 800 MHz FSB - RETAIL
    $175

    CORSAIR MEMORY XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, (Twin Pack) 1GB(2 x 512MB) 2x(64MX64) TWINX1024-4000 PRO Matched Pair .Retail
    $380 :eek3:

    ABIT IC7-Max3, Intel 875P chipset for Socket 478 800MHz Canterwood ATX motherboard RETAIL
    $220

    ATI 9800Pro XT
    $500 :eek3:

    Western Digital Raptor 36GB SATA WD360GD 10,000 RPM 8MB Hard Drive OEM
    $117. Get 2. Raid. :naughty:

    Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro PCI Sound Card - Retail
    $240

    Get optical drive of your choice.

    Super duper fast gaming/whatever machine!!! :eek3:
     
  18. 1997 CL 3.0

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    Just on the 2 hard drives (WD JB1200's) and my ram (Corsair XMS 1 gig of PC3200) I saved about close to $500 cdn just on those components alone.
    2HD's worked out to approx $100 cdn after taxes (hot deal)
    Ram was half price compared to what those system builders in town wanted.
     
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  19. Rob

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    If you have no parts to start with then building a new system from parts will hardly save you much.

    The reason building my own system saves me money is because I have parts laying around that I can use. Sound cards, RAM, keyboards, mice, speakers, monitors are all stuff that I can use rom one machine to the other. The cost of all these items is what is saved compared to buying a new machine from somebody like Dell or Gateway.
     
  20. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    If you shop around for CHEAP parts (not the best price on good parts, but CHEAP parts) then you will save money over a Dell. If you put in top quality components, you will spend as much or more than if you had bought a Dell.
     
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  21. vudoodoodoo

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    Shopping around for cheap parts has saved me tons of cash. :o
     
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  22. DatacomGuy

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    Yes. Cheap and used parts are a great money saver. The more machines you own, the less you have to buy.

    KVM switches help out a lot too.
     
  23. vudoodoodoo

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    Nice edit. :o
     
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    Keep it clean. :eek3:
     

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