build your pc or buy your pc?

United States
February 5, 2007 9:23am CST
I've built my computers in the past, but recently i've come to realize that buying them might save not only time, but maybe even some money as well. It seems that if I were to buy a pc with the bare minimums that i wanted and then "beefed" it up with parts I want, it would be about the same as if i built it myself. My current computer is with a AMD Athlon 3200+ at 2.2ghz and 1 gig of ram. It runs everything i want fine, but i'm looking to re-build sometime this year. I was planing on going with the new(er) Intel Core 2 duo's, specifically the E6600 (best bang for the buck in my honest opinion). The only problem though is that i'm not sure if i want to build another computer or just buy another one with the E6600 in there and then get a bunch of parts (going with 4 gigs most likely, and some GeForce 7000's series, maybe even quad graphic cards). What would you guys recommend? Build it, or buy and "beef" it up?
3 responses
@morph3us (824)
• Italy
5 Feb 07
i've build it, and i choose the better thing for mine usage needed
• United States
5 Feb 07
I agree, but I could care less about having to add in stuff, it's just the whole bios and whatnot that's time consuming and might not be worth the time. Right now i'm running my pc in a custom case and transfering it from my old case was a time consuming task. Now with school and whatnot, i'm not sure i'd give enough time to do a good job at it... i also have a weekend job so no time there either.
@morph3us (824)
• Italy
5 Feb 07
yes, of course you need a little bit of time, but if you are able to do this you can build a great computer by your necessity, and i think after you are good to upgrade your computer more simple, 'cuse if you build a pc the first thing you can ceck are the upgrade capacity of the component ;)
@namnoc (29)
5 Feb 07
these days its cheaper to buy a bc than build one and components to beef up a new pc are quite cheap go to dell and you can buy a really good pc for under $500 i would say buy it and beef it
• United States
5 Feb 07
thanks for your response, i'm not one to try out Dell, possibly HP, but not really Dell, it's a preference thing for me, (bad experience in the past).
@morph3us (824)
• Italy
5 Feb 07
i not agree, if you are able to build your oqn computer you can save a lot of money, with 500$ you can build a better PC than preassembled one ;)
• Canada
5 Feb 07
I've built every one of my PCs, there's probably been 8-9 of them over the years. There's alway some element of a packaged PC that I don't like, some piece of equipment that isn't up to snuff. I look closely at stuff like RAM throughput and sata transfer speeds, and I HATE buying onboard stuff on the mobo I know I'll never use. If you like high-end equipment, and depending on where you're buying, you can always build a PC cheaper than a high-end package. And I second your choice of the Core 2 Duo E6600, I put that in my latest build and it is a great processor.
• United States
5 Feb 07
i'm planning on overclocking mine, did you do it to yours? i heard it's running temp is REALLY cold so it shouldn't be a problem with a themaltake fan or something. also what motherboard you using?... abit?