Computer FAQ
February 27, 2013

This week: Build your own PC

Several years ago, a client asked me about buying a DYI PC kit. TigerDirect, an online computer supplier, sells build-it-yourself PC kits and had, in early December, what looked like a good deal on a PC Kit. The price was listed at $124.99, and while this looked like a good price, I did not research the kit contents well enough. The kit included a large expandable tower case, a power supply, a motherboard, 8GB memory, and an AMD CPU chip. NOT included was a hard drive (an $80 to $100 additional cost), a DVD or Blue Ray drive (another $25 to $90).  No operating system represents another $119.99; no keyboard/mouse/monitor another $100 + in costs.
My credit card was billed $224.99; the other $100 was in the form of rebates from four different manufacturers to get the advertised price. All rebates are in the form of AMEX prepaid debit cards, so I cannot even put the rebates back in my account to replace the extra 100 bucks.
Now, to the fun part-- putting all the pieces together.  I put the CPU chip in the motherboard, installed the power supply and motherboard in the case, connected all the wires and found one set of wires very short for the case (not good), and pressed the button… nothing. I did some checking and found I did the CPU chip not installed correctly, so I corrected that and pressed the button again… still nothing.  Additional troubleshooting revealed an inoperative power switch on the case.  I then had to call TigerDirect, who shipped me another one after a month and after I sent back the first case. I was able to reinstall all the above in the new case, and it lit up the PC; now, I needed the DVD drive, hard drive, and operating system. Another $300 bucks later, I have a pretty good PC. Was it worth it? No. It is much easier and cheaper to buy a prebuilt PC. You get a lot more for your money, and if you figure in your time, like I would have to, this $124.99 PC cost me more than $500, not counting any of my time to build, replace the case, and send in for the rebates.

‘til next week
Robert - 360-497-3130 Cell
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Index to Past ComputerFAQ Columns:

February 27, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 20, 2013 More Help with Viruses
February 13, 2013 VIRUSes How Did I Get It?????
February 6, 2013 VIRUSes EXPECT A BAD YEAR!
January 23, 2013 Protect Your Computer from JAVA Vulnerability
January 16, 2013 Driver Update Managers
January 9, 2013 Unwanted Programs & Tools Bars

January 2, 2013
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December 19, 2012 Recovery Disks
December 12, 2012 Warranty Service Part 2

December 5, 2012 Warranty Service
November 28, 2012 Printer Paper Jams - Again
November 21, 2012 Time For New PC?
November 14, 2012 Printer Paper Jams
November 7, 2012 LapTop Fan Coolers
October 31, 2012 Name Brand Replacement Parts
October 24, 2012 Facebook - What's Wrong
October 17, 2012 Waste Of Money
October 10, 2012 Phantom Printers
October 3, 2012 E-Mail Programs
September 26, 2012 Scammed-Clean/Up Your Comp-POP UP
September 19, 2012 What's Wrong With Facebook?
September 12, 2012 Backing Up Your Data
September 5, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-II
August 29, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-I
August 22, 2012 Your Digital Life and Death
August 15, 2012 System Reload
August 8, 2012 Windows 8 On the Road
August 1, 2012 DSL Modems
July 25, 2012 PC Cameras & Your Privacy
July 18, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions Part 2
July 11, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions
July 4, 2012 DNS changer due date
June 27, 2012 Rebooting
June 20, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX-Again
June 13, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX
June 6, 2012 Hard Reset
May 30, 2012 Important: Updates & Systsem Time
May 23, 2012 SSD Drives
May 16, 2012 User Accounts
May 9, 2012 July 9 "Internet Doomsday" Botnet
May 2, 2012 Recycle Bin
April 25, 2012 USB Disconnecting
April 18, 2012 Passwords - Part 3
April 11, 2012 Passwords - Part 2
April 4, 2012 Passwords - Part 1
March 28, 2012 Back Up Your BackUp
March 21, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 2
March 14, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 1
March 7, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 29, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 22, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 15, 2012 On Removing Unwanted Programs
February 8, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
February 1, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
January 25, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 3-Hardware
January 18, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 2-Hardware
January 11, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home?
January 4, 2012 Updates AGAIN!