Column: Why We Build

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uberalbo

Here's another thought. Test either store bought Windows PC's or one of your custom builds against Apple's finest. I really would like to see some hard data about why Macs are really better ;-)

Oh yeah.. how about some AMD builds? ...and not just the super cheapo ones. Let's see some FX-9XXX builds. I get that Intel parts are "Maximum", but I want to see more AMD coverage.

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JimmyD1964

Here is a thought for you. Test the 3 builds you make every year to a comparable priced Store Box.
We know the parts are better in a custom, but I would love to see the performance difference at the price points.

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uberalbo

I build my own PC's because they portray part of who I am as a geek. I get a sense of fulfillment that a store bought PC cannot provide. My current everyday PC is a nice i7-3610QM Toshiba with two SSD's and 16 gigamagiggers of RAM. It does everything I need and more, but every time I fire that sucker up I feel like I'm riding somebody else's bike. It's fun, but it's not MINE.

You bastards and your podcast just got me all fired up. Just bought a couple of Silverstone cases, two AMD processors, Motherboards and RAM enough to melt my face off.

The main SOB will be my home workstation:

Silverstone FT03S
Silverstone Strider 600W PSU
AMD FX-8350
Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+
32GB of Patriot Viper DDR3 RAM
Crucial M4 256GB SSD (X2 - Migrating over from my laptop to be used in Raid 0).
1TB Western Digital Black HDD
Samsung S27C750P 27" LED Monitor

I'll also be building a new Homeserver and a HTPC with an A10-6700 and a Phenom II x6. Overkill, I know...but fugedaboutit..Overkill is the story of my life!

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FGCC

Because when you fire it up for the first time and everything goes smoooooth, it gives me goosebumps!

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MiGreen

Because my wife believes it will be cheaper that way.

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tony2tonez

+1.

I too have used that line for justification.

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bskoreyko

I build my own PCs because I like the freedom of choice. I decide what I want or don't want in my machine. If I help others which I do it is usually family and close friends. I'd rather build a custom built PC that I know is built parts I know, after all I care about these family and close friends.

We build because we can and because we want to.

Great Column!

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PCLinuxguy

"Why We Build" Because we never settle.

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rwwllms

Just recently my girlfriend was on my case about all my spare and leftover computer parts taking up a whole closet. So I went through all of it and manged to build four complete PCs and refurbish two old laptops. Got them all working and running in peak condition and then sold them. Made enough money to buy new parts and build myself a killer gaming rig. It was a fun relaxing two weeks of building, testing, shopping, and comparing of PC parts and equipment.

The closet? As soon as I got all my stuff out she crammed it full with her junk. I think I got played. Oh well. At least I got some Maximum PC tinkering enjoyment from it.

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legionera

Column: Why We Build

To impress and make money out of it.

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tony2tonez

We build, because of sites like Maximumpc, and because we care.

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Electrik

I just did a new build for my Dad, he was using a rig I built in '08. I got my GT8800 back (from a build in '05), still runs strong.

The beauty of DIY for me is that I can put together a machine right now, 80-90% complete, from the scraps I have lying around.

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jimofnyc

I've been building my own since the late nineties. It's not just being able to cherry pick parts or the satisfaction of making a solid machine but the feeling of calmness or confidence that comes from building machines over the years. I used to get nervous when machines started acting up. Was it the power supply or the mobo or memory or a software conflict? These thoughts kept me awake at night and my enjoyment from using the machine then became a suspense story waiting for these problems to intrude on my PC pleasure. Now I have a feeling of confidence and calmness that has come from knowing how to swap components and the experience of solving all sorts of problems myself. I don't have to talk to India on the phone, I don't have to send any machine back; I just crack the case open and use the closet full of old parts to swap and isolate problems. All on my time frame. It's like working on my old Chevy. The satisfaction of getting it hitting on all cylinders again and then going for a nice drive while knowing I fixed it makes everything that much more fun.

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BeVar

really made me chuckle. I don't know exactly how long GMU has been in the PC building, hardware and testing; probably as long as me --- 22 years. But, I know that's exactly what my employees think when I give them a rundown on why doing something a certain way is so very important. I know they think I am always Sermonizing.

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Timberbeast

I am in the middle of my first build. I started in March picking out parts. The buying to the next month to scratch up the cash, so for I spent $655. That included a CPU I-5 3570K, MOBO Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H, Ram 8gb 1600 G-skill, Case Fractal Design Define R4, PSU Corsair 750w, OS Win7 home OEM, Cooler Master EVO . I kept my old HDD WD Blue 640gb. Now I have had a lot of fun picking out the parts and putting them together. When I get the money I will be adding a GPU(most likely a 760 w/blower fan do to the case), blue ray player, and HDD/SSD maybe a hi-bred.

There was no way that I could buy a PC that I want on my budget, but by spreading out the cost I will end up with it. I now have a working PC, I know that it suck using the integrated HD4000. I have picked up a couple of games for sale on steam that I cant play at 1080p, cant wait till i can pick up a GPU! I am one of the furloughed fed employees so I will just have to wait a little wile longer.

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Sysexternals

Rock on, Gordon - and John P, as well. It's immensely satisfying to build a rig from scratch, watch it boot correctly the first time (oh, and fast), and then watch it post numbers on par with units made by companies that have entire workforces on the job. It's not a feeling that you're better than other individuals. It's a feeling that, damnit, you *get* this sh*t. Thanks to Gordon for the initial post and everyone who has added to it.

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Perrorist

I've been building my own since the eighties, for much the same reasons as the others. Knowing every component is kosher is what gives me most satisfaction.

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LakeErieWater

There is just a sense of pride and ownership when you do you own build. You can reuse parts for future builds and get exactly what hardware you want/need. Not to mention that if you just wait for the parts you want to go on sale you upgrade in increments and save more $$$.

I did my first build just out of college and I wish I had done it a long time before. I felt like an idiot though when I got a loud beep and then I realized I never plugged the 6 pin PCI-E connector to my 8800GT :).

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firefox91

I bought a couple of PCs before going back to building it myself. The cost was nearly the same but for better performance. I could pick and choose where I needed some power and where I was okay with less. But building a PC starts you off clean. Clean hard drive and clean wiring. Upgradeability is done on my terms, not whatever the Dell decides to allow to fit in the case.

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elven1assasin

I still remember the first computer I built. I fried my first motherboard. I put the fan headers on the wrong pins hahaha. But after trial and error, and much researching over the years, motivation from MaximumPC, and 12 pc builds later I built my dream machine that I am very proud to own. Just a great feeling of self accomplishment and pride.

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SANMANx

Haven't built one in a few years, mainly because I can't justify the cost for it. I will build another PC when Half Life 3 comes out. My i7-920 with 6Gb 1600 RAM with an AMD 6850 GPU holds its own for now.

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PCWolf

My 8 Reasons:

1: I get to pick the Motherboard & Case Style/Features that I want.
2: Ensures that I don't get stuck with a EL CHEAPO Power Supply or one with not enough watts for future upgrading.
3: 100% Sure that there are no proprietary connectors!
4: I get to install W7 instead of having W8 forced on me.
5: No annoying TRIAL or CRAPWARE!!!!!
6: No Hidden Partitions sucking up my hard drive space.
7: Actually having the OS Disk in case I need to reformat.
(Something most vendors are no longer including as a separate disk)
8: The satisfaction of having built it myself.

Yes, it is cheaper to buy it prebuilt from vendors like iBuypower, But there is no satisfaction. Can't pick what color case or style of case you want. They pick it for you. And the only time I need tech support is when I want to return a DOA part.

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John Pombrio

After 25 builds or so, I cannot imagine buying a PC. I know exactly what parts I want in my machine on every build. My old computers go to relatives or friends. I can upgrade and reuse parts. I can buy parts for my next build or for spares when the parts I want are on a really good sale. Shopping is half the fun.
As for building the computer, I fixed test and measurement gear for HP for 25 years and have built so many PCs that I have grown out of the building is fun mode. It is satisfying to have the new computer boot first time (pretty much every time now). Loading the operating system is good too. Debugging why some programs do not run right? Not so much.
Overclocking has always been a highlight of the PC build but, as Gordon has said, the time is coming closer where the turbo speed is getting as good as o/c. My latest build is within the 10% range that I use for upgrades and overclocks. If I do not get 10% or more improvement, I do not bother. That will be a sad day. My new Haswell build with watercooling settled at 4.3GHz, not much more than the 3.9GHZ turbo so this may be my last overclock. Sigh.
One thing that has gone bye-bye has been my PC case light show. I used to have LEDs all over the place, now whatever is stock is all I bother with. So is case modding. It fun to see what others have done but I no longer bother as the cases look good enough on their own.

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USraging

I build so I can hand select my parts. I have yet to find a pre-build that has everything that I want in my rig. There is also expandability you can keep in mind if you want to upgrade. I notice that some pre-builds do not include all the specs also, like what motherboard they are using for it.

In conclusion I feel like i get more bang for my buck when I build my own system from the ground up.

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jgottberg

To me, we build because it's a hobby. Much like auto-enthusiasts that like to build kit-cars or just improve either the efficiency or performance of their own car. DIY isn't always for the faint of heart but there is something to be said for creating something with your mind and two hands. Almost everything I do at work is done virtually so when I can actually use my hands to create something tangible, it's a good feeling.

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MaximumMike

Preach it, brother!