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Personally I would want to build my own, but before I did I would spec one up to an identical level on Dell to check if I could get a better deal
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for low end machines, ie basic tasks, it's better to get a prebuilt - i mean you can get a prebuilt dell with all the necessary peripherals for under £400 and that includes a 17 or 19" monitor. at the high end, though, prebuilts fail. I built my current PC for around £500, and buying it prebuilt would cost more.
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If you know what you're doing, you can build it yourself a lot cheaper. But, installing the processor without ****ing it up can be the most tricky part.. there's a firm down south called novatech.co.uk, they sell some decent barebone systems with processor already fitted, you just add your HDD and optical drive etc
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They stick the crappiest parts in shop bought machines.


500GB hard drives with 8mb caches and economy graphic cards in machines advertised as game machines.
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Home builds ftw. Easier to upgrade and you know exactly what you have in your machine, and how fast you can take it.
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I agree with Oli. When my parents wanted a new PC I just told them to get it from Dell. Probably cheaper and just as good as a self build for something that's never going to need to play any games except solitaire. Perhaps even better because it's nice and quiet. But for my machine a self build is a better choice. It works out quite a bit cheaper than say an Alienware machine of similar spec.
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Depends what you want from it, if you want to play games for the next few years home build is defo the way forward.
MS Office/internet go for the cheapest Dell Outlet PC you can get.
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have you counted up all the rubbish
PSU, Case, DVD drive... etc?
btw ddr2 is still the way forward
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(Original post by Quady)
have you counted up all the rubbish
PSU, Case, DVD drive... etc?
btw ddr2 is still the way forward
yup

long time before I bother using ddr3 memory. prices are insane, ddr2 is going for pennies these days.
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i wana build my own pc soon! Wat are the best websites to get parts from? PCWORLD is ****e btw!
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scan.co.uk
ebuyer

nuff said
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I'd avoid DSG (PC World, Dixons, Currys) at all costs, by and large.

Otherwise I'd agree, homebuild high-end, consider Dell et al for low-end.
Laptops may be an exception, my homebuilt notebook experience was not too rosy.
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(Original post by Bennyboy65)
i wana build my own pc soon! Wat are the best websites to get parts from? PCWORLD is ****e btw!
http://www.scan.co.uk
http://www.dabs.com
http://www.ebuyer.com
http://www.microdirect.co.uk
http://www.tekheads.co.uk
http://www.overclock.co.uk
http://www.aria.co.uk
And, quite surprisingly, http://www.play.com sell a semi-reasonable selection of components
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ermmmmmmm

dabs, tekheads and play are pricey.
Microdirect could be good for RAM
Aria doesnt do anything better than the others

chillpc.co.uk if your going to watercool
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I would say if you dont know much about computers and just looking for a cheap option with a warrenty that you wont be pushing to play the newest games, the a prebuilt one is definatly the way forward. But if you know what your doing, you are willing to put risk into your own hands by putting it together and u want the most for your money, build your own.
Unless u want a laptop.
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Depends what you want to use the PC for? If its for school/college/university work using MS Office then just by a cheap one from any of the outlets named above.

Simply by asking this question I am going to assume you dont know what you are doing so building one could prove difficult, as there are compatiblity issues etc: I would suggest that you go to your local computer specialist, ie somebody small and ask them how much it would cost for them to build you a PC to a do X.

It will be slightly more than if you built it yourself but it will probably be cheaper than a prebuilt machine.
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The OP have made some decent specs
its not difficult to build a PC, everything slots together
Labour would cost a fortune from someone building it up
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Yeah it's not difficult. It's just a pain in the arse sometimes, like connecting the PSU to the motherboard, that's the only complicated bit, imo.
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(Original post by Quady)
ermmmmmmm

dabs, tekheads and play are pricey.
Microdirect could be good for RAM
Aria doesnt do anything better than the others

chillpc.co.uk if your going to watercool
Meh, I've bought stuff from Dabs/Tekheads that was cheaper from those than other stores, prices fluctuate a lot between stores. Mainly I was just giving a list of stores that're all ok. In general I just browse lots until I find the store that has everything I want in stock and for a reasonable price, as it's rarely worth paying more than one lot of shipping for a marginally lower price.
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