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    My friends all have self built pcs because its cheaper according to them. But for someone with little knowledge and have to start learning , is it worth the time compare to the amount you will save?

    Plus i am looking to buy a work pc not a gaming pc like theirs.
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    (Original post by HucktheForde)
    My friends all have self built pcs because its cheaper according to them. But for someone with little knowledge and have to start learning , is it worth the time compare to the amount you will save?

    Plus i am looking to buy a work pc not a gaming pc like theirs.
    It depends which specs you are after, my pc is reasonably basic and was about £50 cheaper to buy ready made whereas my boyfriend saved £100 building his (although his is a gaming one)
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    Buy readily made if you don't know what you are doing.
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    You could save around £100-200 building a work PC. Building a PC isn't that hard and doesn't take very long. If you're not confident enough, you could do it with a friend.
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    Generally, the more powerful your PC is, the more you'll save. If you're just after something that can run word and excel, buy something cheap and don't worry about it. If you want something for heavy duty data analysis or whatever, build it (or get someone to build it for you if you're not confident).
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    I have bad experience building one.
    I save a lot of money on a ready made one, but there were hardware clashes e.g graphics card and motherboard, all sorts of other minor problem.
    Then after about 3 months it started crashing regularly, I reloaded windows and it got worse, until I finally "put it in the bin".
    I saved nothing since I went and bought a ready made PC.

    I hope you are luckier than me if you built one.
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    (Original post by HucktheForde)
    My friends all have self built pcs because its cheaper according to them. But for someone with little knowledge and have to start learning , is it worth the time compare to the amount you will save?

    Plus i am looking to buy a work pc not a gaming pc like theirs.
    really building a pc is good for gaming but not really necessary in working more optional
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    Having built a PC for the first time about 18 months ago I'd definitely say build your own. It's REALLY not difficult to learn how to put things together and I'm sure you'll have friends who'd be happy to help.

    This website is great for pinning down what's a good build for the budget you have:
    http://www.logicalincrements.com/

    Even the Destitute model is not terrible and costs £170 although personally instead of spending £80 on a case and power supply I'd get the case like the one I have which was about £20-£30 and already has a power supply built in, thus saving about £60. Although the prices quoted on that website don't include the monitor, you might be able to pick up a deal for less than £20. It won't be great but it's a starting point and the easiest component to upgrade.
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    Building a custom desktop takes less than 30 minutes to an hour when you first do it (longer for gaming PCs) and nowadays it's a lot easier due to online YouTube tutorials and other forums.

    I would say custom building is cheaper, but the savings are not as significant as if you bought a PC with higher end components. It is still quite significant though (around £50+ savings) and even more when you don't buy a Windows license key. I don't see any reason why people would buy a branded OEM desktop nowadays.

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    (Original post by M14B)
    I have bad experience building one.
    I save a lot of money on a ready made one, but there were hardware clashes e.g graphics card and motherboard, all sorts of other minor problem.
    Then after about 3 months it started crashing regularly, I reloaded windows and it got worse, until I finally "put it in the bin".
    I saved nothing since I went and bought a ready made PC.

    I hope you are luckier than me if you built one.
    This is why we check for compatability before we buy things.
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    I'd say you've got 3 choices -

    Buy a pre-made PC off of Amazon UK or somewhere similar. I'd certainly keep an eye on deals just incase but it's probably the most expensive option.

    Another option is using someone like PC Specialist to build a PC for you. It wouldn't be quite as cheap as doing it yourself but you'd certainly get good value for that money. Their website checks all the parts & will tell you if the build is possible. I've used them twice in the past & I've got no complaints. You also can get aftercare policies for as little as a fiver which helps.

    The final option is to build one yourself. As you're building a work PC you'd probably be alright using online guides to do this - it'll be simpler than a gaming PC (unless you want a photo/video editing one). I'd certainly recommend using PC part picker UK to check all of your parts are compatible and it also compares prices. I recently built my own gaming PC using parts of an old custom build and several new parts. Most of it went fine but I messed up a few things so I took it to a local PC repair shop - they sorted it out for me for £40 so I was quite happy with that.
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    (Original post by HucktheForde)
    My friends all have self built pcs because its cheaper according to them. But for someone with little knowledge and have to start learning , is it worth the time compare to the amount you will save?

    Plus i am looking to buy a work pc not a gaming pc like theirs.
    What are your requirements? How much are you looking to spend?
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