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DIY Computers
4533_easy_160Stop buying expensive computers—build your own! 

Throughout the last 20 years, computers have become much more user-friendly. I'm not just talking about using computers, but building them as well.

I will show you how easy it is to build a computer yourself, and save yourself a lot of time and money. You'll also gain knowledge and confidence to help you along in your lifetime of computer ownership.

Save money and get it faster

4533_hand_160You can do a lot with very few tools.

There are lots of ways to save time and money when building a computer yourself.

First savings. There are upfront savings and there are savings down the road.

You can save yourself a lot of money right away when you build your computer yourself. For example, say an Inspiron 660 from Dell would cost you $592.95 when you add in all the necessary extras.

However, I priced out building a computer with very similar specifications online, and it would only cost me $449.22 if I had the components shipped to my house.

Why is building a custom computer almost $150 cheaper? It all comes down to two categories: labor and profit. Manufacturers must pay their employees to build each computer by hand, or at least to run machines that get the job done. Also, they have to make a profit.

Then time. Dell has to build the computer you order after you buy it, even if you didn't customize it. That means it takes at least three weeks until the computer leaves their warehouse, plus you have to add on the shipping time to your house.

In addition, Dell has a waiting list and your new order is on the bottom of the list. Dell has priorities that can and will supersede your order, such as rush orders and enterprise businesses that will pay more money in order to get their products faster.  It could take a long time to get your desktop.

However, when I ordered my computer components online, everything was ready to ship within the next 24 hours, meaning that I could have had the parts within two days.

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Save for your tomorrows

"But wait," you might say, "How does this save you money in the future?" Think about it like this: Let's say that you buy your computer and it has a 12-month warranty. Now, according to Murphy's Law, your motherboard goes bad the 13th month.

Your manufacturer won't cover this. Even if you fix it yourself, it will be expensive because manufacturers design computers so that only their specific parts will fit. And guess what? They're going to make you pay big-time for it!

If you build your own, your parts are universal, so there is a huge selection of thousands inexpensive parts from hundreds of different sources. These sources include electronic stores such as Fry's Electronics, and websites such as eBay and TigerDirect.

If you have a part go bad, you can simply buy a universal replacement and fix it yourself, or even pay somebody else to do it. Either way, you will still save a lot of money.

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