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Can I make money from building computers? Just on a small scale in my room?

#1FatalAccidentPosted 3/3/2014 11:43:23 PM(edited)
I was wondering about this. I can build computers, I've got a couple hundred to buy parts for one or two computers to start off with. Just a question of where I'd sell them and how easy it'd be to get a customer. Don't know if there's a demand for high end gaming PC's, and I'm assuming those who want them can already build them?

Could I make a consistent enough profit to make it a profitable venture? Obviously I'm not expecting to be insanely wealthy off of it but realistically can I do it on a consistent enough basis for it to be a good side income?

Anybody got any kind of experience with this? Any tips?
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#2Super_Thug44Posted 3/3/2014 11:48:16 PM(edited)
Probably not. There's not a crazy huge demand, plus if something goes wrong you will be the one the buyer will start pestering to get his/her money back. Plus, you'd have to charge at least $100 overhead for it to be worth your time. I'd suggest just keep computer building/tinkering as a hobby and don't try to make it a serious business unless you're in it for the long haul.

Now go back to PotD.
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#3Majoras_pantsPosted 3/3/2014 11:49:24 PM
Not like, enough to support yourself. But yeah, you can make a bit.

I throw PCs together for people occasionally and charge $50. It's not a lot of money but it's some beer money.
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#4FatalAccident(Topic Creator)Posted 3/3/2014 11:56:34 PM
Super_Thug44 posted...
Now go back to PotD.


hey screw you buddy
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#5FatalAccident(Topic Creator)Posted 3/3/2014 11:57:02 PM(edited)
Majoras_pants posted...
Not like, enough to support yourself. But yeah, you can make a bit.

I throw PCs together for people occasionally and charge $50. It's not a lot of money but it's some beer money.


Do you know these people or you do it on eBay or something?
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#6WyzeGyePosted 3/3/2014 11:59:08 PM
I do it through my local classifieds. I do one every couple weeks. sometimes it'll be 3 in a week. It's all very random.
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#7SlaynPosted 3/4/2014 12:19:58 AM
You can probably only make $50-100 on each computer to sell, unless you rely on gullible please. The funny part about pre-built is that even high end gaming PC you buy usually aren't marked up that high. I don't know what people expect. Price out your typical Alienware. They really aren't that much more expensive, and usually only because you can purchase cheaper alternative parts, like a much less expensive case.

I would say it isn't worth your time, especially since people would be breaking crap and always coming back to you. Isn't worth the time.
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#8FatalAccident(Topic Creator)Posted 3/4/2014 12:22:44 AM
WyzeGye posted...
I do it through my local classifieds. I do one every couple weeks. sometimes it'll be 3 in a week. It's all very random.


Do you find it's worth your time?
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#9TURCHIAPosted 3/4/2014 12:52:46 AM
im sure everyone had thought about it at some point
but i used to do it on the side a few years back is was interesting and nothing more

there was no way to make any money in buying parts
you'll spend more time then money you get back with chasing up faulty parts and troublshooting

when your working from home chances are you cant provide any guarantee
you have to then think why would anyone ever go to a kid at home to build a computer.

if they were smart enough to choose parts they'd either build it themselves or pay for it to be built buy someone that can give a warranty or is atleast reputable

theres alot of stuff im missing but in short people will expect the impossible and pay you very little for your time
#10WyzeGyePosted 3/4/2014 1:45:21 AM
FatalAccident posted...
WyzeGye posted...
I do it through my local classifieds. I do one every couple weeks. sometimes it'll be 3 in a week. It's all very random.


Do you find it's worth your time?



Ehh, it's something I enjoy doing and getting 50 bucks a pop isn't anything to complain about. it works out to be something like 40 bucks an hour.
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