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    is it cheaper these days to build ur own pc in the uk

    i heard from a pc builder that these days building a pc [in the UK] is once again a cheaper option than buying one made up. i know this has not been the case for a long time

    i dont need a specialist machine , just a medium spec everyday work horse for processing images

    any views on this [this question applies to uk costs only]

    thanks

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    Depending on the size of the picture files, the number you need to process, and what your desired outcome really is you may need more than just a "medium spec" machine. Picture files can be very large and manipulating them can take a lot of processing power.

    In the cost factor for building your own PC don't forget to factor in your time too. It is worth something.

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    u mis read. i was not asking what level of pc i need. i stated that i need a mid level machine
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    No, I did not misread. If you are quite sure about the hardware specifications required fine go with what you said and best of luck. I was just trying to point out that processing images may require a higher spec machine than what one might normally anticipate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP517 View Post
    No, I did not misread. If you are quite sure about the hardware specifications required fine go with what you said and best of luck. I was just trying to point out that processing images may require a higher spec machine than what one might normally anticipate.

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    ok this is getting tiresome, i wish id never mentioned the damn images.. i know exactly what machine i need for the work i do which is why i didnt ask

    this remains my question to the community, ...."i heard from a pc builder that these days building a pc [in the UK] is once again a cheaper option than buying one made up. i know this has not been the case for a long time"

    i think most people know the annoying scenario where u post a question and get all sorts of advice and even unrelated answers, i thought it was the administrators job to bring some order to the chaos, not add to it .

    thanks in advance to any answers
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    Wouldn't the easiest way to find out is to establish the price of a PC that suits your requirement, then cost all the hardware needed to build an equivalent one. Then you would know if what was being said is still true or not. Trouble is, the cost of mid level PCs can vary considerably, as can the cost of the components. Even then, I suspect your time taken building it is being included in the price of a self build (probably as an average hourly cost). That in itself can vary widely.
    If I was to build a PC, I would get the most powerful, the biggest components I could - future proofing; after all, you don't build these things yourself unless you have specific requirements not fulfilled by an off-the-shelf PC. Or you just like building PCs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by access-mdb View Post
    Wouldn't the easiest way to find out is to establish the price of a PC that suits your requirement, then cost all the hardware needed to build an equivalent one. Then you would know if what was being said is still true or not. Trouble is, the cost of mid level PCs can vary considerably, as can the cost of the components. Even then, I suspect your time taken building it is being included in the price of a self build (probably as an average hourly cost). That in itself can vary widely.
    If I was to build a PC, I would get the most powerful, the biggest components I could - future proofing; after all, you don't build these things yourself unless you have specific requirements not fulfilled by an off-the-shelf PC. Or you just like building PCs!
    yea ultimately i will compare specifics as u suggest but now im looking for an overview if u like. after all , the answer i get to my question should to a large extent apply to any level of build

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    If your primary aim is a quality PC with reliable, branded, specific components from the PSU up, you're much better to build the PC yourself, even for a 500/600 machine. You may end up paying a little more in total in that range but imo it's well worth it. At around 800-1000, you'd probably break even or better.

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/ is a very useful site for estimating the price of a build.

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    as for parts im meaning "like for like", to give a fair comparison. ive no mind to spend more than 500, if that. quality is not the issue here, ive had it and it dosent impress me particularly as parts can always be replaced cheaply

    thanks for link, im off to look now

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    Cheap parts, particularly PSUs, can and do kill other components and data when they start failing (and they will, sometimes much sooner than you think).

    If you have no interest in quality or reliability, buy whatever colour you like in your given price range don't forget to budget for multiples of backup hardware to save any valued data.

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    yes ill do that, and ill probably use the very expensive psu which out lived my last cheap pc

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    Bear in mind that cost does not necessarily equate to quality or reliability if you supplied the make/model/version#, we might be able to give further insight on that, particularly as there should be plenty of user feedback now with an older model.

    Good luck!

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    Why don't you just buy a second-hand Dell Optiplex which meets your requirements? Plenty fairly recent models with Windows 7 available from Amazon, Microdream, and so on.
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    ok....but why Optiplex, am looking now, theres an awful lot of them

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    All of the following sites are UK based and should offer everything you would need to build your own system from the
    ground up. All that would be needed on your part would be the time needed for components compatibility research
    and price comparisons.

    http://www.aria.co.uk/
    http://www.dabs.com/
    http://www.ebuyer.com/
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/
    http://www.misco.co.uk/
    http://www.scan.co.uk/

    As to whether or not it's cheaper to build is entirely up to you. Nobody else can answer that question as there would be many variable involved.
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    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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