Chrispy_ wrote:I would never build a PC to sell at cost in the UK; Ebay is absolutely drowning in "sold-at-cost" machines
Companies like Zoostorm and e-machines offer desktops at seemingly less than cost, no doubt thanks to economies of scale.
Unless you are approached by someone and you offer to build something for them, I'd be utterly gobsmacked if you didn't make a big loss trying to sell a bespoke PC with no support except parts warranty. I got out of that business a decade ago, and even with VAT exemption it was difficult to make money even then thanks to the changes in the market. Unless you're registered as a sole-trader under HMRC, you've got no chance because it's difficult (if not impossible) to be competetive even before the government have stung you for another 20%.
Chrispy_ wrote:Ah, you just want to build for the fun of it?
If you don't already, get all your home data on a NAS or permanent server somewhere and just mess around with your PC's at home. That way you get to tinker and when you get bored of it you should sell it and start new with the budget. Losing money (if you don't break even) doesn't feel like a problem when you're always on the latest and greatest tech, and you rarely have to worry about stuff getting old that way.
I build hundreds of PC's a year still, even though that' hasn't been my focus for over a decade, and yet I still tinker at home with a couple of PC's on a regular basis (like, monthly). The attraction is optimising stuff, I actually have access to a modelshop where I can easily make complex-shaped air ducts out of acrylic and perspex. My favourite project was a "passively-cooled" 7950 and 4.5GHz where the near-silent 180mm case fan did all of the work.
I tend not to buy motherboards/processors very often. They just seem to last forever, but I do go through cases, storage (expansion and consolidation), cooling and most of all, graphics cards with alarming regularity. My next project is to create a massively soundproofed supsended DAS box that connects via a SAS PERC card by cannibalising an old Dell MD1000 from work. I want my 10TB of drives to not be in my HTPC where it's too cramped for serious soundproofing or physically decoupling the drives from the chassis
As for offers dictating your build, I assume you're checking the "today only/this week only" at places like SCAN and OCUK but I'm finding that failing or fresh-startup companies often make stock errors or have previous model stock, so I often go hunting on Google product search and it's extra fun trying to work out if a barely-reviewed site you've never heard of before is legit, or whether that too-cheap-to-be-true offer is actually a scam.
Dagwood wrote:I do not recomend you build the whole PC using this aproach. I would say you have already bought more PSU than you can use. 150 bucks is a lot to spend on a power supply if you only need 400 watts of power. You should have some idea what the total system will look like before buying components. You did not do bad, good deals on memory, power supplies and coolers are kind of hard to pass up. They can sit on the shelf for a while without becoming obsolete. When I buy a PC my starting place is what will it be used for. I start with the software I need to run and then build or buy a PC.
Now here's a coincidence, just before I looked at your reply I bought a Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-X. At £238 it was just too good a bargain to resist.
JohnC wrote:You should make your own blog, dude. It would be more fitting for such one-way communication. You could even let people subscribe to it or post updates in your Twitter. Or even put your own podcasts to it and YouTube videos of you doing stuff. Just saying.
You're mistaken "threatened" for "amused".