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9-30-2009 @ 1:01AM
@tomHonestly it's not that hard for people to learn. I taught myself about computer hardware when I was about 12 and this was well over a decade ago, before every home had a PC and WELL before every home had a gaming PC.Step 1: Put it together - Motherboard, RAM, CPU, GPU, hard drive and you're done. Granted the first time you do it might take you a while and possibly require some help or research of your own but honestly it's not that hard and once you've done it once you learn pretty quick.Step 2: Install your OS. For most, Windows XP is still the correct choice. Put in the CD and let it run. Once it's done, either visit the vendor sites and install the latest drivers (something you rarely get when buying a premade) or just use the included CDs. Again, stick it in and watch it run.You now have a PC at the same level you would have if you bought it premade, only far cheaper. When trying to figure out the price difference, consider this: I built my machine for about $1800(AU) or so a couple years ago. A guy from work bought a pre-made gaming machine and paid about $3500 (AU). I'm talking high end machines here, not just 'will play WoW'.Thats a price difference of $1700(AU)... now I can go from a box of bits to a finished machine in a few hours, mostly waiting for installs to happen, but for first timers you'll probably be looking at a full day to get to the stage you would had you bought a premade machine, maybe more if you have problems. I sure as all hell don't get paid 1700 bucks a day - if you do, then I'm sure you can more then afford to buy premade machines. For the rest of us, it's worth learning.So... would you rather spend a day doing it yourself, or spend 2 weeks wages for someone else to do it for you? You also get to learn new skills doing it on your own which is always nice.Your points about warranties etc are valid, but again, the 10 minutes you spent sorting that out are much better value then the cost of someone else doing it (ringing, getting an RA and mailing it really is not such a big deal and you wait the same time no matter who does it).So yeah.. it's all no doubt a pain to learn if things dont go to play the first time, but after that it's a breeze and you save a fortune.
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