Help Choosing a Pre-built Gaming PC Please


#761

Yep, I’m in the US and those are US $.

Okay, it sounds like I just need to find a builder that has better prices but still does decent quality work.


#762

If you are anywhere near a Microcenter, they have decent prices on components. And you can pick whatever you want, and they will build it for you for an extra $150.

If you don’t want to build it yourself, it still allows you to control the components, buy everything from one place at a reasonable price, and then have the same place build it.


#763

That’s actually great advice and something I’d thought of. Unfortunately, there are only 2 Microcenter stores in my state and neither is anywhere near me.

I do have a mom and pop PC repair store right down the street though and he does custom built PCs. I think I might stop in and talk to him to see how much he’d charge for the build.

I do not want to build it myself. I was a software guy, not a hardware guy and I’m not into the stress of a PC build. Especially since it would be my first one. That stuff is not relaxing to me at all. I did check out a list of top custom PC builder sites and none of them will even let you choose your own case so I think that’s out.


#764

If you are anywhere near South West Connecticut then I can build it for you.


#765

For $2300 he can probably fly you to him.


#766

Hey, thanks for the offer. I’m on the east coast but nowhere near Connecticut.


#767

What we need is a QT3 computer building session. We all build the same rig at the same time and then for like 6 years we’ll have a troubleshooting support group, heh, well until a couple of you impatient folks run out and buy a 1200 sparkly new GPU.

East Coast means trains right, could do a train trip and a new computer and still save!


#768

Interesting idea. I like it, and I think a few of us might actually be interested.
The only problem would be timing it so all of our budgets line up at the same time.
For instance, it’ll be a few more years for me.
But maybe we could make it like an annual thing. A few people each year around a specific time, so we could be saving up for it.

I realize you were partially joking (I think), but I believe this idea warrants further consideration.


#769

I was, but it would be kind of cool to have a pool of people using the same set-up or near the same set-up. Just imagine how easy it would be go address things or, at worst case scenario, misery loving company. haha.


#770

Exactly. Not only with support after the fact, but during the actual building part as well.
Seriously. It’s a cool idea.


#771

Heh. Thinking more about it, hell, it’d probably take a full year just to agree on the parts list. :-)
I still like the idea though. I’d be willing to try it, at any rate.


#772

Haha, with our group, we’d have to have a different gathering for AMD and Intel plus a year. Haha. It’d be fun though, especially for folks who want to build but are hesitant or just likes the company.


#773

Ironically though, 3 of us did just build fairly identical systems at the same time.


#774

is that the 2700x crowd or a different group. I think a number of folks committed this year. I think i know two who will do next year, not on this site.


#775

You’d be quicker adopting a build from the TechReport system guide or somewhere.

But where would be the fun in that :)


#776

So guys, random question. How often do y’all dust out your computer? I hate doing it but I know I need to do it every so often but I hate doing it. Do y’all have a rule of thumb that seems to work for you?


#777

Built my rig with more airflow in than out, and filters on the intakes, so…never 🙃


#778

Probably around 6 months or so, but my case has cleanable filters on it and a window so it’s pretty easy to see the problem and address it. I’m also convinced the only reason I have to do it even that often is due to the proximity of the cat to the case.


#779

About every 4 months for me, my theory being that the longer I wait, the longer I will need to spend on it. I have gotten lazy a few times and went as long as 8 months before. Also, I use no filters, not because I don’t want to. I’ve just never had a case with filters before. And as long as I keep everything cleaned, none are really needed.


#780

I missed this thread first time around and it catching up on it it appears that @BrianRubin bought his parts from Amazon. I can’t figure out if he DIYed its assembly or paid someone?