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Posted 11/30/15
Basically, I'm wondering if it is worth it to build a custom computer over purchasing pre-built, when you want something with low specs (not for gaming, etc).

I know you can make some really cheap and awesome gaming computers, but can you save any money when you just want something for simple documents, streaming, etc? low capacity hard drive, bare minimum RAM, etc.

I know that doing it yourself greatly reduces bloatware.... which sometimes increases performance, but other than that?


Thoughts are much appreciated.

Posted 11/30/15
It's always worth it. Yes, there's less bloat and you save money on the whole. However, you have to learn how to build a system correctly or you might eff up your hardware. A basic gaming rig with decent performance can run $800. A system not built for gaming can be as low as around $400, but it depends on if you can come across the very cheapest parts, which are sometimes outdated.

Remember, work static-free, learn how to apply heatsink grease if you need it and never force a part that isn't connecting easily to another.

Aight peace
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Posted 11/30/15
Low specs? Prebuilt is the way to go, get all that integrated shit.



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Posted 11/30/15
You can, the savings will be nowhere near as large as gaming computers.

For ~$300 computers, just buying it is easier. If you are going into the $1000, then making it is much better. Also, removing bloatware is incredibly easy. I do it for friends all the time.
Posted 11/30/15
If all you want is low spec, just go on ebay and buy one of the prebuilt ones. They're brand new, better than ones you can get in the store for the same price. Free windows usually too c:
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Posted 11/30/15 , edited 11/30/15
for low spec no, its not cheaper, unless you want something weird, like low power consumption and a 20TB RAID drive......
check out the acer d250 netbook. windows xp, so its not slow to load, get basic things done. not sure about flash on a xp computer tho.
tough as hell, built like a tank. i left mine in the freezer after playing too much halo on it and came out dripping wet, one week later, booted up no problem. HDD ended up dieing first. if i needed basic computing, battery life with portablity, id still get one over a chrome book.
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Posted 11/30/15
Prebuilt is cheaper for low-spec computers and you can get some great all in one computers for a fairly low price these days. Having said that, I loved building my rig and I'd recommend you give it some consideration if you are at all interested.
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Posted 11/30/15 , edited 11/30/15
I'm actually interested in if it would be worth offering custom low spec computers (as well as the high end rigs, too), if you were in the custom pc business. Trying to figure out at which point you would want to tell customers just to buy something pre-built.
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Posted 11/30/15 , edited 11/30/15
in my opinion, a 300$ store bought computer (i hope to god this is a desktop) would be better then spending 300$ in custom build because you would be paying less for the parts.

they manufacture thousands of the same parts to be fit into a mass produced case etc.

you just cant beat the price's they offer when it comes to being as cheap as possible for the convenience.

but if your asking can you build a better performing computer for cheaper then a store bought.

yes. but it will be some cold calculating and work on your end to avoid shifty parts and make sure your parts play nice with each other.


however i would really suggest building your own rig thats designed to be upgraded.

basically get a really good motherboard then bare essentials the rest, like ram and hard-drive and processor (the tricky part is the fact that your motherboard choice will dictate the CPU chip-set you can get in the future) use a old computer case (doesn't have to be pretty, just has to work and have good airflow)

actually im thinking about using my old parts to build a spare desktop. was even thinking about using a tote or something for the case XD just for laughs.


then if you want all specs for the money spent get linux untill you can afford windows.
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Posted 11/30/15 , edited 11/30/15
Let me put it this way...

If it costs more than a new gen console (PS4/Xbox One) always custom build. If it costs less than a new gen console buy it in a store.
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Posted 11/30/15
Sometimes I would really go for custom (only needs like 1 upgrade)

but a whole PC complete, yes there is some out there that are very cheap and you know it will work! (not allways the parts can go together with custom builds)
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Posted 11/30/15
my last pc was a dell that i bought on ebay for 40 bucks. lasted for 5 years. Mother board went boom
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Posted 11/30/15 , edited 11/30/15
If your not planning to do anything in particular with it, you may as well get a cheap 150-200$ one from Walmart.

The only time one is worth building is when you plan to make a rig to do something well. I.E gaming computer, animations, and ect.
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