Which one you preferred when buying a PC?

@agihcam (1915)
Philippines
August 19, 2008 11:48pm CST
When you need to buy a PC, which one you preferred? A brand new PC or assembled PC from a trusted source? According to my IT friend, having assembled PC is cheaper and you can select the components brand you wanted. He show me the brand new PC and he orient me to the components of such PC. I have seen that it has a different brand of components installed, according to him, right now, not all of the components are genuine for new PC. So which one you prefer? Next year, I was planning to buy a new one and I will consider this.
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23 responses
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
20 Aug 08
I have had both an assembled one and a branded one. Although the assembled one was cheaper and gave me the flexibility of adding new components, I had a big problem when it came to getting it serviced and being returned on time. That is where the branded pc was better. I could vent out any frustration with them for not doing anything in time and they would comply.
@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
Yeah, you have a point in this case. It is the same case once the branded one get its warranty expires. But right now, there are lots of shops who is willing to help troubleshooting the PC and they offer also a cheap charges.
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@4aps777 (1528)
• United States
20 Aug 08
i bought all the parts i wanted and had my brither put it together and it would be cheaper.i spent about 900.00 and if i would by this one in the store it would cost me around almost 2,000.00
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@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
Cool. It is a huge savings isn't it? Better assembled another one.
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
20 Aug 08
I am very lucky i have a friend who is a wizard with the computer and he builds mine to what I want which he is wanting to do again soon he seems to think it is time to go Vista which I am putting off for as long as I can..its amazing how people can learn to do this sort of thing with out going to school to learn it all...
@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
He is doing great. I was really impress for those people. They are great in their actual experience better than people going to school.
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@ayessa (1586)
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
I haven't tried buying pc cause most of the time I ask my brother to assemble me one. You are right that it really cost cheaply that the brand new one but the quality and performance was almost the same. So I might still continue on this one rather than spending too much money.
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@salonga (27957)
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
Mine is also an assembled one. And so far it's great and as I compare the price is really some cheaper than than the other. All the components they used in mine are also new and it's really a totally new PC but at a cheaper price.
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@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
21 Aug 08
I don't like to go through the hassle of assembling my own PC. I actually trust the pre-assembled ones anyway as long as it comes with a warranty. And it must be from a good company as well, I think that's what's important. I'm not sure which is cheaper but I think the pre assembled models aren't very expensive especially if they go on sale.
@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
21 Aug 08
Truly different people have their own preferences and I honor that. However, if we consider the money we need to invest to our new PC, assembling our own is much cheaper and the quality is basically the same as I look on the brochure. Thanks for providing your thoughts on this.
• United States
29 Aug 08
I think a lot of people are disappointed when they buy a "cookie cutter' PC. They quickly run out of RAM or hard disc space, and then are frustrated, because they don't get the performance that the salesman told them they would. If they were to spend a few dollars more, adn go to a reputable dealer...they could tell someone exactly what they want their computer to do, and would be assured of getting more of what they really need, and a lot less frou-frou unnecessary stuff.
@slavezero (835)
• Philippines
24 Aug 08
I always prefer assembled PC over packed ones. just like our IT friend said assembled pc is much more cheaper and you have the luxury to select the components that you like and best suits your type. if your a gamer or you will do multimedia projects you may want to buy a powerful processor and video accelerator and lots of ram but if you will use it for office purposes or just internet browsing you may want to choose a lesser video power. I always encouraged buying assembled pc not only for financial purposes but also for them to be able to customized their pc depending on their needs.
• Philippines
21 Aug 08
i guess it all depends, if you know what you want and you or somebody you know knows a lot about computer details, then go ahead and have an assembled pc but if your new in the game and have no knowledge whatsoever, i guess you should stick to the professionals.
@usagi412 (39)
• United States
20 Aug 08
buying a new pc would be easyer, but if you want to build a good computer that would last for like 2 or 3 years it would be a little more work. the reason why it last for 2 or 3 years because new parts come out so fast it makes your computer looks like nothing. but if u do want to build one you have to see what kind of motherboard u want to buy, graphic card, the type of ram, hard drive, cpu, if you want a better cooling system or just fans. so if u build one then you would know what u have on your computer. but buying a new one you might not know what parts did they used, also some part are cheap.
• Estonia
20 Aug 08
Assembled PC from trusted source is the way to go, since then you can choose what you exactly want. What I mean is that then you can go in details, if that PC will be for work, gaming or w/e. Brand new PCs may have older parts inside, thus makes you loose money.
@dave1205 (14)
20 Aug 08
i usually buy built that way your know everything is gonna be running at roughly the same speed, a pc will only perform as well as its worst component.
@amitam (80)
• India
20 Aug 08
If you want to buy a desktop PC , go for assembled.You can have the components according to your need in cheaper price.
• India
20 Aug 08
An assembled PC is great & especially cheap......But i would prefer a company made one,bcoz it has got guarantee and other offers!
• China
20 Aug 08
it's better adopt your friend's idea who does IT.
• Indonesia
20 Aug 08
i think, i choose learning about PC, and buy everything i need.. so, i know the price, and i can just make it by myself
• United States
20 Aug 08
Wich one do i preffer?. a brandew already asembled one. wich do i have though:(? a built one.... Mine has many diffrent peices in it from who knows what company. and if it breaks i have no one to fix it.... Now the only thing that was better about this one then a brand new one. is i paid 50 bucks for mine. compared to 300. but if you ask me. i will say i beleive buying one brand new is better and will ave you oney in the long run. you can call your pc brand and have them work with you to fix your computer (unless your dell they charge 59.99) since they get paid by commision. and you can get a warrenty on it. on my computer i just have to replace parts. and some can be expensive. i dont even know what kind of ram to get. so i am stuck with 288mb or whatever. but i like my 50 dollar computer. and i will use it till it is broken down.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
20 Aug 08
i would prefer assembled unit. you can even get the best, better than the branded or ready units. if we try to assemble computer, we can select the best components or we can choose something that our budget can afford. (neildc @ red/89/1664)
@Berserko (14)
• United States
20 Aug 08
I'd have to say that if you add it all up, they're the same. When someone is buying parts to assemble what I call a Frankenstein (A computer thrown together with various parts from various manufacturers) they have to consider that they aren't getting a computer warranty. Instead of paying the extra 30 bucks to extend a warranty on a computer, they're spending 10 and 15 bucks a part to get a warranty on separate parts. That, of course, is the best thing to do just in case a part fails. And that in itself could end up evening the price of an assembled PC with a purchased PC. I, unfortunately, have to do what I can with a purchased one, because I don't have the money or parts to make my own. :(
@lixiaos77 (1030)
• Shijiazhuang, China
20 Aug 08
I can have assembled PC in a shop at quite low price. I don't think it is necessary to buy a brand PC because you can repair it yourself. Even though you can't, with watching some one repair your computer you will learn the skill quickly. Brand PC it too expensive.