I dunno if all that many people are interested, but I thought a comparison might be interesting. I think I could’ve bought a Dell or HP or whatever with similar parts (maybe a bit less RAM, a bit better processor, but with a DVD burner and whatnots) for about $600 or so (assuming no tax). When we bought the parts for my computer, we spent a bit over that, but used my old case and CD burner. Computer and computer part prices change pretty fast so this wouldn’t be the exact same price today, but anyhows, for comparison’s sake:

Intel Core 2 Duo Desktop Processor E6400: $161.49
ASUS P5KPL-VM Motherboard
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) (-$40 rebate)
Western Digital 320gb SATA hard drive (all four ordered together): $301.94
MSI GeForce 8600GT PCIe Video Card: $115.68
Corsair HX Series 520W Power Supply (-$20 rebate): $117.34
Total: $636.44

So the company-built computer would’ve been cheaper, by a hair! But only cos I had my old case, otherwise the cost of a new case would make building one more expensive for sure. Still, I think that it’s definitely easy to pick different pieces and build a computer for around $500. But besides price, buying a pre-made computer from some company means that everything’s new and the operating system is installed and everything, and there’s someone to call if there’s a problem for a year at least. On the other hand, by building it ourselves, I got to choose a yellow motherboard, RAM with black and purple heat shields, and a red video card. SO THERE!!!

To be perfectly truthful, I never look at the computer cos it sits under my desk, so I don’t use my see through side panel or look at the colors of the parts inside. At all. So I’m not sure I’m necessarily recommending this route. :P


  1. plus you recycled the case! :D
    and you forgot the line “empowering learning experience: priceless”

  2. I’m reading, reading, ok, ok, uh-huh, tell-someone-who-cares, then… you save the best for last, red, purple, yellow guts in a computer! I think that’s easily worth the hairs difference. And, uh, what misa said too.

  3. I hear red yellow motherboards are fastest. Like a yellow Ferrari or something.

  4. … what ct said…

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