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2021 Build vs Buy

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Hi Gang,

Long time member here who has always enjoyed building my own rigs. However, life is a lot busier these days so any free-time is more limited. That being said, what is the build vs buy analysis looking like in 2021? How much of a premium can you expect to pay buying a premade tower gaming rig vs just building one yourself? I'm tempted if that delta is somewhat reasonable, simply to save time.

Lastly - who would you suggest for a good gaming rig? I would prefer someone who doesn't use junk components or puts you in a position where you can never upgrade RAM, HD, Video Card, etc.... as that I do tend to keep my machines for many years.

Thanks for any help!

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Its generally a 30-50% markup for mid-range. Ultra high end is 200%+. Once in a while I would compare what it could cost for a pre-built equivalent. What cost ms $1500 in parts is usually $2500-3500 for the pre-built.

However now that GPU market is extremely outrageous, it actually might be cheaper to buy a pre-built, though I've seen complaints that Dell/Alienware will take your money for 2 months and than cancel the order for a RTX 3080 system or offer you a lower card that is in stock.

As far as upgradability goes, thats a hard one. I would just watch those undercover buys on YouTube for Linus. See which one screws you the least.

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Thanks for that! 

Wow, is the delta really that high now? I'll have to take a look and see what I can find. I'm also a bit dated on the latest benchmarks - any suggestions for a solid gaming rig for 4k gaming? I usually buy in the "high mid-end" to "low high-end" range as that I do keep my machines for many years. 

I'd appreciate a good baseline of parts to compare to a premade, if possible.

 

Thanks!

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