This is a split board - You can return to the Split List for other boards.

Does anyone here flip gaming PCs?

#11SlaynPosted 8/14/2013 6:43:08 AM
Ch3wy posted...
happyscrub1 posted...
http://www.computersolutionsme.com/custom-built-computer-myths/

"True or False: “I (your computer guy) can build a computer cheaper than you can buy one from a major manufacturer!

Really? How many custom built computers does your computer guy build a year? 10? 100? 1000? Is your computer guy suggesting that they have some secret “In” with computer component manufacturers that they can secure these parts at great cost savings? Does it make sense that a computer guy building a few hundred (if that) computers a year can get a better deal on parts than a company like HP or Dell? If that’s true, why are there not more stores just specializing in custom built computers? A good business person needs to make a profit with their business. In order to do so they have to charge more than they pay for the products they sell. To make a reasonable profit they either have to sell a large volume of computers making a few bucks each, or a small number of computers making many more bucks each."


Woah, so Alienware is a better deal than custom built after all.


It is somewhat true. The higher the computer cost, the more you say save. IMO anything less than... $750 or so, might as well buy. Even at $1000 you are barely saving anything. Usually a $2000 pre-built can be had for around $1600 or so though, and it only gets better the more you go up. Rarely is a $3000 "super computer" worth anything near.
---
#1 LoL Poster NA: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/954437-league-of-legends/63627116
#12SlaynPosted 8/14/2013 6:44:25 AM
r u shure taht's faster and will run skyram on high with hd texture pak
---
#1 LoL Poster NA: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/954437-league-of-legends/63627116
#13cuteboi100Posted 8/14/2013 6:48:31 AM
happyscrub1 posted...
http://www.computersolutionsme.com/custom-built-computer-myths/

"True or False: “I (your computer guy) can build a computer cheaper than you can buy one from a major manufacturer!

Really? How many custom built computers does your computer guy build a year? 10? 100? 1000? Is your computer guy suggesting that they have some secret “In” with computer component manufacturers that they can secure these parts at great cost savings? Does it make sense that a computer guy building a few hundred (if that) computers a year can get a better deal on parts than a company like HP or Dell? If that’s true, why are there not more stores just specializing in custom built computers? A good business person needs to make a profit with their business. In order to do so they have to charge more than they pay for the products they sell. To make a reasonable profit they either have to sell a large volume of computers making a few bucks each, or a small number of computers making many more bucks each."


Ad Hominem and Red Herring logical falacies.
---
Xbox Live GT:ScaryPillow , iHaruyuki TERA:
LoL : ScaryPillow Maplestory: MLGLordly 16x I/L Arch Mage
#14Mystical_NEETPosted 8/14/2013 6:57:04 AM
Some fool on the internet asks...
If that’s true, why are there not more stores just specializing in custom built computers?


Because if you're actually interested in a custom PC, you know that building it is simple and not worth paying 1 - 200 dollars extra for some teenagers to slap you together a bunch of parts. And if you're just really lazy or busy (or some possibly valid excuse), well, there are several custom PC builders in the market already - new ones face steep competition.
#15happyscrub1Posted 8/14/2013 11:17:05 AM
Ch3wy posted...


Woah, so Alienware is a better deal than custom built after all.


Alienware is in it's on little universe. You are paying for aesthetics.
---
http://happyscrub.com/tierlist.jpg
#16Ch3wyPosted 8/14/2013 11:21:22 AM
happyscrub1 posted...
Ch3wy posted...


Woah, so Alienware is a better deal than custom built after all.


Alienware is in it's on little universe. You are paying for aesthetics.


Aesthetics which for some reason cost more as the hardware inside them gets better.
---
Every time you point out that something is an opinion Jesus shoots a kitten in the face.
#17ZeraphLordSPosted 8/14/2013 11:24:28 AM
It's called smart builds. No need to be excessive.
---
The best course of action is to just get the information you need, then get out while you're still alive. - destroy everything on GameFAQs
#18El_KazPosted 8/14/2013 12:47:24 PM
Just don't go in with the illusion that all you're going to do is build, sell, ship and rack in the money.
You're bound to eventually get clueless customers who'll complain you sold them a "defective" computer because they can't get something to work. Which means (especially if you sold through ebay) that you'll have to waste a lot of time doing tech support with computer illiterate people if you don't want them filling for a refund. Some of them will anyway, which makes you waste even more time, plus the initial shipping cost to the buyer (which is not trivial for a full-sized tower).

In the end, I'm sure you can still turn in a profit if you're smart about it, but probably not much more than you'd get by putting the same hours in a low wage job.
---
Wait... what?
#19ElDudorinoPosted 8/15/2013 8:32:11 AM
Wow, what a disingenuous crock of **** that computersolutionsme link was. Anybody who's ever built their own computer knows they have higher-end parts than they'd get from a pre-built, which usually have crummy power supplies and motherboards. And as a rule, the higher-end you go, the more money you waste by buying a pre-built. Meaning that a cheapy all-in-one media center PC may be similar in price if you get a pre-built but a gaming PC will basically ALWAYS be higher-end AND cheaper if you build it yourself or even have somebody build it for you rather than buying from a store.

Anyway, back to the real nitty-gritty. The TC was talking about selling locally on Craigslist, which can be better than eBay for the odd sale here and there because you don't have to worry about shipping charges and there's no third-party holding you responsible for tech support and that crap. But, the hassle of having to deal with idiots and hagglers and people who show up to buy the system then miraculously don't have enough money is more present because you could easily end up having to deal with 15 people (10 by e-mail only, 3 more by phone and finally 2 in person) to make one sale. You'll spend a lot more time trying to find a good buyer than you did actually making the computer.

I don't think it's worth it in the end. Having an actual full-time job is a much better use of my time to make money, and if I ever needed more money on top of that I'd probably just get a second job.

Though, if you wanted to do computer-related side jobs, putting out ads for a little computer repair work here and there might not hurt. It's still a huge pain in the ass because the kind of person who doesn't know how to fix their own computer is the same kind of person who will pay you to fix it and then call you back to complain and scream because they can't find their Internet Explorer link anymore ("You took away my internet!").