Branded or Assembled Computer
August 27, 2009 7:30am CST
The assembled computers will cost you less money. You can customise the system as per your wish. The only problem is you should be bit technical person or you should have a technician who will assist you if any technical problems. The branded systems will cost more. Also you can only use prebuilt standard confoguration. You wll get support from the manufacturer for atlest one year and after words limited warrenty available. So i am thinking on which one should i select.
27 Aug 09
Components of an assembled PC also has warranty. For example the DVD writer of LG, sony or Samsung has its own warranty. So if there is any problem with it you can take it to the shop or the technician and it will be sent to the service centre and later returned to you after repairs.
27 Aug 09
I too agree that each component is having warranty. As i mentioned in my thread if you are not tech savvy then you will not be able to find on which component is faulty. The person who services or finds the problem will take his fees. But in branded everything is covered. Still i like assembling the computer. I said in general.
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28 Aug 09
i prefer assembled, because even with a branded knowing me ill just rebuild it anyway, i have a compaq and the motherboard is barely upgradeable at least if i build my own i can choose 1 that can be added on to so the computer is not outdated and cant be upgraded, for exapmle my gfx card is built into the motherboard to replace it i got to get a new motherboard altogether then i got to get a new case because this one doesnt include enough expansion slots to add a sound card and gfx card plus all the add on cards i have right now, but i am really tech savy so i do not face the support issue i have only once had to use a warranty and it was because the owner refused to let me mess with it because they had no record of my eexpirience. the computer i have now is branded and i nearly have it at the peak of its upgrade capability, to upgrade my harddrive to be large enough for what i need i had to buy 3 external drives because this computer only supports 1 hard drive unless you want to take a risk and solder in 2 more sata connections to the motherboard lol and well i havent been soldering for too long so id rather not try it until i get a little more expierience, not only is assembled cheaper but usually its all around better because if you know what your doing you can build a system which is not only efficient and top of the line but is also universal so its easy to upgrade or switch parts while branded ones are usually lacking in upgrade ablility and are not universal meaning you have to get alot of the upgrades from the manufacturer which is costly but rarely avoidable. branded are usually only half assembled to begin with (i opened this one up and inside it registered that the full motherboard was capable of holding 6 new pci slots, 2 more sata, a few firewires and many others but the manufacturer did not solder the ports in so to gain the full extent of use from it you would have to solder in the missing pieces and such work is not covered in branded warranties but usually is with the parts for assembled since the parts usually come with full extensability , if you open up your own branded pc and read the motherboard you will most likely find unsoldered port markings (they leave the typed matirials to mark where everything goes but all you see is the solder beads where the pins are to be soldered) and to be honest solder work requires more skill than basic assembling. branded pcs are good for those who do not run high end matirials and plan to upgrade within a year (usually when a computer becomes incapable of running alot of new matirial while assembled pcs can be built to keep up with a large # of new generations meaning it will not be needing replacing for a longer time if built right) assembled are for those who do not plan to upgrade for quite a while and plan to use high end software while keeping up with demands and easily wanting to upgrade if needed. over all the scale tilts to assembled being the best unless you absolutely are not tech savy but any1 looking to do anything more than im ,email, or use myspace might want to consider using an assembled pc to not only save money but also to save time and easily upgrade thier system (note that im not saying all branded systems are like mine, i do not own more than 1 branded pc and im going off of how it was built system configs may vary by model)