Getting a New PC: Pre-assembled or Buy the Parts separately?

@cnetboss (2477)
Philippines
January 20, 2007 6:40pm CST
I prefer to buy the parts separately for optimized performance
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14 responses
@jammed (154)
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
My PC was bought on a package deal. Everything was in there. But I think buying the parts and assemble it yourself is better because you can personally choose which parts to include. And yeah, this is for optimized performance. But it brings more hassle, though, because you have to look for each part.
21 Jan 07
yes i agree and i think better is to look for this price initially and find the part of your choice with fair price, in this way you can save money as well as you will get a PC of your choice
21 Jan 07
yes i agree and i think better is to look for this price initially and find the part of your choice with fair price, in this way you can save money as well as you will get a PC of your choice
• United States
21 Jan 07
People ask me this question all the time. I think it's better to get a pre-assembled computer than to buy the parts separately. There are a couple reasons for this. I think if you buy the parts separately (as a consumer) you end up spending about the same as you would buying the complete unit from dell or whomever you do business with. The other advantage to buying a pre-assembled computer is the fact that you don't have to worry about something not working. If it breaks or fails on you, you have a one year limited warranty free just for buying it. So, unless you're really experienced and just like to build computers for fun, it's definitely better to buy a pre-assembled computer.
@Asylum (48067)
• Manchester, England
21 Jan 07
Your comments are valid, but there are certain advantages with building a computer. The main one is that you can choose your own specification. Whenever you visit a showroom you will see many computers, but you are unlikely to find one with exactly the combination of components that you prefer. If you select a model because of the processor and RAM, you may find that the graphics card or sound card is not the one you would prefer, and the models with those components may have a processor that you would not prefer. If you build your own then you can totally personalise everything about it and create your own dream machine.
@cnetboss (2477)
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
I agree with asylum on this one. It's better that you personalize your PC. Thanks for both of your responses and comments
@Lunerian (493)
• Sweden
8 Feb 07
Separatly is always the best if you have some knowledge, it's generally cheaper and you get a computer that suits you.
@cnetboss (2477)
• Philippines
8 Feb 07
thanks for the respose
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Well almost 2 years ago now I finally broke down and got a new computer. I bought a packaged one. At the same time my brother decided to reubuild his and upgrade it. He spent about the same price and when he saw what all mine had he wasn't too happy because mine had more and came with a monitor which his hadn't. So overall I'm glad I bought the package deal instead of having him build me one.
@berry9 (590)
• India
24 Jan 07
yes I too think buying part and getting it assembled would be best.In that way we do not have to make wasteful expense on what we dont want and price will be much lesser.when you buy an assembled branded pc,it somehow costs you more.Even my PC that Im using now has been assembled by parts I preffered buying seperately.
@darkblade (124)
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
I always buy separately. It's not that i don;t like pre-assembled PCs but I think there's a price premium on those compared to DIY PCs. For the same price I could buy a higher spec configuration than the pre-assembled one. One missing component on DIY PCs is that, if something goes wrong you have to find a way to resolve it, unlike pre-assembled like HP or Dell, you have tech support to help you out.
@jep_toyo (1607)
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
I prefer to buy parts separately. You will be able to choose which parts will give you more advantage.
22 Jan 07
I prefer to build a PC for my self the way I like it, Sometimes I buy new parts, Sometimes I get Pre-owned Parts, usually off eBay.
@gray1219 (96)
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
Me too i prefer to build my own PCs mainly beause its more fun using a comuter that you assembled with your very own hands and like what you said for optimum performance and for easier maintenance coz you'll know your computer better coz assembled it ^^ Good Luck
• India
21 Jan 07
i guess buying a branded pc is much better well thats my personal opinion
• India
21 Jan 07
i think pre assembled one are good and you will get it in a cheap price as well
• India
21 Jan 07
pre assembled computers won't give u requried things suppose u want a computer for internet application then u don't require much processing capacity but u need a good modem.. so if u assemble a computer then u can save some money n u can even select the best of a kind. the whole theme is pre assembled comp are for general purpose computing (jack of all trade) but it can't do a spefic thing perfectly. n if assemble a comp we can choose what we want, it may be for gaming or grafix processing, internet application, business purpose etc....
• United States
21 Jan 07
I love building computers. It's one of my hobbies. I find the pc when you build it yourself is alot better quality. Plus You can save tons of money this way. I find that tigerdirect.com has excellent prices on pc parts. THeres usually a local pc store that sells parts for a good price to if you need the parts ASAP :)
• Romania
21 Jan 07
I like and advise anyone to buy the computer in parts and assemble it at home because companies always are puting bif cpu's,ram and big hard disk but put the nastyest motherboard that they can find to keep the price down and when you buy the pc you wonder why it runs so slow.And you see the same configuration but with a better motherboard that runs twice as fast and you realize that you made a misteak and hate yourself.