Do you prefer a Branded PC or a custom built one?

computers - desktop pc
Singapore
March 24, 2007 8:15pm CST
I prefer a custom built one. Mine is. Here in the Philippines, a custom built pc is cheaper than the branded ones. Plus, it's built to your own specifications. My pc has pentium 4 dual core processor, an asus motherboard, 512ddr2 memory, tv tuner and a 19 inch lcd. I only got it for $700. A branded pc with the same specifications without the tv tuner would have cost me $800. Which do you prefer and what kind of pc is yours?
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
25 Mar 07
we put our own computers together and that's the way I like it. We can buy what we want for each specific use and we can shop around to find the best price for each thing. It is cheaper this way to, so we can have better computers than we could afford if we bought a brand pc. We all have our preferences when it comes to computers and how we use them, so each one of us has a computer that is geared towards those preferences.
@Phoniex (74)
• India
25 Mar 07
i prefer a custom built pc as you can get anything you want in it.
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@julaqq (141)
• Philippines
25 Mar 07
A custom built PC is much more preferable because it can save you lots of money. The PC of today will be obsolete for the next 3-5 years and you'll have to buy the latest ones to keep up with the standards. If some of the computer parts are busted, you can always replace them because they're cheap. Repairing is more costly than buying new ones. Here in the Philippines, tech support is not popular because most of the people here can repair their own PC. That's how self-reliable we are because we don't like to spend more money to something we can't afford.
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@sarahdell (130)
• United States
25 Mar 07
before, i wanted my laptop to be customized or custom built.. but it will cost me $200 more.. well, i bought a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4114.. it has an Intel Centrino Core Duo, 1.73GHz, 2GB DDR SDRAM, and 120GB hard drive capacity.. well, i bought this August of last year.. so far, it's reliable and fast.. very good buy for its price.. but compared to yours, a $700 pc with those specs is a very good deal!
• Singapore
25 Mar 07
ooohhh, a toshiba satellite. That costs a lot here. I'm thinking of buying a laptop as it is more portable. Toshiba's my dream laptop. :)
@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I have 9 pc's they are all branded. I would love to have a custome built one, but I would like to the one that built it. The problem I see with custom built is usually the repair, they always want to charge more if you have to take it in for repair.
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• Singapore
25 Mar 07
I don't have problems with repairs. Usually when you buy parts they have a 1 warranty for that. Though I never experienced hardware problems. I guess the good thing about branded pcs is the tech support.
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• Philippines
29 Mar 07
I prefer a Custom built one. Much cheaper than the branded ones and can easily be upgraded. We just purchased a New PC set without monitor, Intel Pentium 4 dual Core2 e4300 (1.8Ghz), 2 G Memory, 200G SATA Seagate hard Drive, Asus P5VD2-VM Motherboard, Asus DVDRW -- All these for only P33,750 ($700) for branded it will go $800 to $1000,
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@ganwn071 (1117)
• Singapore
27 Mar 07
I prefer a brand PC even if it cost more, as it provide the warranty. I am not a techie than not very confident with fixing if there is a problem. With the branded, usually it come with warranty and that give me a peace of mind.
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@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I'm with you, My first computer was built. I'm on my third computer which was built also. It is much cheaper and also you can have it built the way you want it. When I got this one built, there was a huge computer warehouse sell, My friend and I went there and got everything we needed under 700.00. I've had this computer for a couple years now and still have room for upgrades
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@magikrose (5424)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I prefer branded but I have it custom built to my needs. Right now I have a DEll refurbished because it was all I could afford at the time. when I can afford it I am going to call Dell and have them custom make me a computer.
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• Italy
25 Mar 07
I prefer a branded pc, cause quality is assured, and support service is better, someone of you doesn't know support service of computer shop. I would to reccomend branded pc if you need service support.
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• Philippines
25 Mar 07
I have brought branded PC's before, from Dell and Acer and they were ok but I prefer Building my own PC's , mainly because I can custom build them to my own specifications, My Last Pc was Built by my own hands and it was a beast of a machine, but then again I also find if you can build your own it can be much cheaper, it all depends on how much you want to spend, When i Started building my own I spent about 600, but the price went up when i could afford better components for my PC, It still amazes me that a top of the range graphics card can be almost the price of a mid range pc, crazy or what??
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• India
25 Mar 07
I prefer a coustom built pc as it gives me the flexibility to add what i prefer and save money on items which i feel are not required by me. If a branded pc maker gives me the same flexibility i wont mind going for a branded one.
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I prefer custom built. We build all of our computers. It ends up being so much cheaper in the long run. And we build them to be easy to upgrade when needed. The only branded machines we have laying around are all from our customers who brought them in to be fixed. The problem with branded machines is once the warranty runs out and the computer starts to break the parts can get very costly. At this point in most cases it's cheaper to get a new computer then to fix the old one. And the brand we have seen the most trouble out of is Dell and Emachines.
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@cinz20 (63)
• Philippines
25 Mar 07
well for me i rather to get new one because those items are really good not like with the old one later on it will starts to have problem then fix... which is more expensive..
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@Makoy1983 (1086)
• Philippines
25 Mar 07
i'd rather go for a custom built PC. i asembled my own PC 2 years back and never had an upgrade even until now. its still in a very good condition and i never had troubles with it before.
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• India
25 Mar 07
I prefer custom built as they are cheaper and u can put in anything u want, i mean ur completely free to choose a perfect comp that will suit your needs, however, as some people have rightly pointed out there is a little tech support edge when u buy a branded one.
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• Canada
25 Mar 07
definitely a custom built pc.....not because its cheaper buh becuz u can configure it the way u want to.......
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
25 Mar 07
It's much better to own a custom-built PC, much cheaper but also we know we can be sure of it's components and features. Sadly, mine's an old beat-up branded dell computer desktop. I am having a hard time in looking for some of the parts to which suits for the brand, plus the price is too much compared to those generic ones.
• Canada
25 Mar 07
It all depends on what brand, and/or who is building it.
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@crackhead (1826)
• India
26 Mar 07
Well i prefer going for an aseembled Personal Computer. Branded ones are costlier but they do provide a good warranty and service on the product. One more advantage is They are reliable. Coming to Custom built or assembeled ones we can choose the computer based on our interests and needs. Mine is a very advanced computer Pentium 3.4 Ghz Dual Core, 2 GB ram , Intel 101 Motherboard, 250 GB hard disc. I got this for US $700 (30,000 In indian currency)
• Singapore
26 Mar 07
*Mouth drops* WHoaaaa!!! Nice specs and at a very cheap price! Maybe if I didn't opt to go for a 19 inch lcd I might also get the same specs as yours.
@crackhead (1826)
• India
27 Mar 07
Yeah hope so .. i am using 15" LCD so might be very less.