Best place to buy a custom built pc

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by jc0481, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. jc0481 macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2005
    I know I know a maccentric forum. I posted this same question on other pccentric forums with no response.

    My wife's aunt wants to get a new pc and I decided to build it for her. But she wants it soon but I probably will be out of town. I am just wondering where is the best place to buy a custom built pc. Either online or offline. I have heard pretty good things on System 76 computers. She wants to spend between $500-700 dollars for the computer.

    I can also use this information you guys provide for other distant relatives. I hope someone here can help me out with this. Thanks.
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Honestly, building them myself was far cheaper and better in the long run.

    The reason why pccentric forums don't respond is because they're too busying fixing their computer.
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  4. cleanup macrumors 68030


    Jun 26, 2005

    Then, get a local shop to put it all together. There's a similar site, NCIX, that will assemble your build and test it for $50, and still include all original packaging. Not sure if Newegg does it.
  5. Tower-Union macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2009
  6. That-Is-Bull macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2007
    Edmond, Oklahoma
    Puget Systems is a little pricey but they're definitely the most reliable and have the best customer service. They're also the highest rated store on I'm probably going to build my computer myself to save money and for the learning experience, but if I decide to have it built by somebody else I'm going with them.

    Edit: Didn't realize the budget was between $500 and $700, nevermind.
  7. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    A little kid could put a computer together these days, just order the parts.
  8. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Honestly having someone build it would not be worthwhile. Unless it is a custom gaming rig or will have a RAID array, as the manufacturers make you pay through the nose for a computer with a RAID 5 capable motherboard and multiple drive bays or with a good GPU and PSU.

    As for your everyday $500 to $900 desktop do it yourself prices are pretty close to prefab. Unless you start upgrading parts. Once you throw in the cost of having someone do it for you $150+ you are losing money.

    But for the vast majority of computer users any dual core with stock RAM and Hard Drive is much more powerful than they can fully utilize.

    Now if you build it yourself that is indeed the best option.

    Convince her to wait since Windows 7 comes out October 22nd.

    And convince her of the need for a backup hard drive.
  9. Signal-11 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    2nd Star to the Right
    RAID is silly for home use these days.
  10. phas3 macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2008
    I just made a gaming rig/ not top high end but it will run most of the games on high settings

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
    Item #:N82E16817139005
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory


    Antec Three Hundred Black Computer Case


    ASUS Radeon HD 4870 EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Video Card


    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P ATX AMD Motherboard with
    AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor

    Grand Total: $568.91

    no screen of course
  11. nick1516 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008
    Your forgetting an OS, hard drive, or any kind of cd/dvd drive
    When I went to try and build a pc with parts before buying them, I was able to beat some online retailer's prices but not a local computer store's here for the same parts, so I would probably pay them to make it for me if I ever decided to get one.

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