I live in Toronto Canada and am thinking about buying a new PC (AMD Thunderbird 900 Mhz, CDRW, 16 Bit Soundcard, 20 Gig HD, 128 Megs Ram). Over the years I've come to accept the fact that building your own PC is much cheaper than purchasing a full system from the retailer. Even during my quest for an ideal PC people have consistently made the request to build my own. I've obtained the decent book 'PC Hardware in a Nutshell' (Copyright 2000) to give me an idea of putting together a PC and the meanings behind the endless terminologies.
I went looking through the local papers (Computer Paper, Toronto Compute -- they have many local ads for full systems) and gathered prices for full systems and the prices for each item to construct a full system. The full system being sold by a retailer that has caught my eye:
AMD Thunderbird 900
Asus A7v-e Motherboard
128 Megs Ram PC133
20 Gig ATA100
ATI Xpert 2000 32Meg AGP
104 Keyboard, Mouse
$549 Canadian (before taxes)
The motherboard concerns me though because I'm still a bit confused by FSB and PC133 Ram running @ 133 Mhz -- People have told me to get a 200 MHZ FSB but if the ram runs at 133 Mhz what is the point?
For the full system above I intend on dropping the 50xCDROM, 56K Modem, Mouse (because I already have those) and using it to pay for a decent CDRW. I am not sure if the retailer will allow this but they all seem quite eager to sell.
Now when I calculate the price for the individual parts so as to build my own system I get the following:
(All prices are in Canadian before taxes. Each price represents the cheapest within Toronto according to the ads in the paper)
AMD Thunderbird 900 MHZ (OEM): $139
Asus A7V-E Motherboard: $134 (Asus A7A266: $200)
128 Megs PC133 Ram: $30
20 Gig ATA100 HD: $102
ATI Xpert 2000 32 Meg AGP: $60 (I may get a GeForce2 MX: $79)
50xCDROM: $30 (but I intend on purchasing a CDRW: $79)
1.44 FDD: $10
16-Bit Soundcard: $15
ATX Case: $60
Total Cost for building: $629 (w/ CDRW and Asus A7v-e Mobo), $695 (w/CDRW and AsusA7A266)
As you can see the price for building a system are more expensive then purchasing the full system from the retailer. What the hell! Did I do something wrong? I have been to www.PriceWatch.com
and have seen some acceptable deals but to purchase all of my parts from across the U.S (incurring shipping charges for each part, a weak Canadian dollar, and duty tax) the savings would be nill.
Can someone help explain to me how building your PC is cheaper? Where would I shop within Canada to find these affordable deals?
Thanks for any information.