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User Info: ContraPop

ContraPop
2 months ago#1
Sorry if this board gets flooded with these kinds of questions.

I have decided to finally buy my first custom designed gaming PC. I have no experience selecting components or putting the thing together so I am willing to spend some extra money to have an experienced professional help me in those areas. I found a reputable company and described for them what I wanted to do with the PC, level of performance I desired and how much I was looking to spend.

They came back with a quote of around $2,200.

I wanted to make sure I wasn't being ripped off so I took the component list from the quote and plugged it into a PC builder website. The price of all the parts listed in the quote came to $1,500.

So, my question for the board is: Is $700 for labor, warranty and any other doodads not listed in the quote reasonable? I of course expect markup since I'm not putting it together myself and the company needs to make money on the transaction but I'm not sure if this an good average for this type of service.

Thanks in advance!

User Info: zxxcman

zxxcman
2 months ago#2
No. It's just cable management, it ain't worth more than $100. Warranty is almost always provided by the component sellers.
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User Info: 32x2z

32x2z
2 months ago#3
zxxcman posted...
No. It's just cable management, it ain't worth more than $100. Warranty is almost always provided by the component sellers.
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User Info: BeyondWalls

BeyondWalls
2 months ago#4
ContraPop posted...
They came back with a quote of around $2,200.

The price of all the parts listed in the quote came to $1,500.

Bro, you’ve got to give us some details. What level of performance are you trying to achieve? Where’s the parts list? Who’s building it?
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User Info: sherudons

sherudons
2 months ago#5
Most businesses will charge a significant overhead, that's normal, it's a cost of owning a business.

But no, it's not reasonable personally, that's a main reason why people learn to build them, it really is close to plug and play nowdays.
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User Info: Jrambharose

Jrambharose
2 months ago#6
Post the specs so we can see if there are comparable prebuilts.
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User Info: ContraPop

ContraPop
2 months ago#7
BeyondWalls posted...
ContraPop posted...
They came back with a quote of around $2,200.

The price of all the parts listed in the quote came to $1,500.

Bro, you’ve got to give us some details. What level of performance are you trying to achieve? Where’s the parts list? Who’s building it?

Appreciate the help.

I'm not looking for anything too crazy. Limit load times and maximize performance for my price range and play with optimal graphics and sound settings. Skyrim and Civilization VI are good examples of the level of demand the games I play have.

Here are the specs I was recommended:

Motherboard - Gigabyte Z370 AORUS 5
CPU - Intel Core i5 8400 2.8GHz Six Core 9MB 65W
Ram - Crucial 16GB DDR4-2666 (2x8GB)
Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Sound Card - Onboard Sound
Networking - Integrated WiFi+Bluetooth
Hard Drive - Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SATA3 2.5inch SSD
CD / DVD - Asus 24x DVD-RW SATA (Black)
Case - Fractal Design Define R5 Black Special Notes
Power Supply - EVGA SuperNOVA 550W G2 Power Supply
CPU Cooling - Noctua NH-U12S
Additional Cooling - Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound
OS - Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Warranty - Lifetime Labor and Tech Support, 1 Year Parts

This quote was from Puget Systems.

User Info: ZodiacSoldier

ZodiacSoldier
2 months ago#8
PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/V6PyQZ
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/V6PyQZ/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua - NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($193.88 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($157.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB GAMING Video Card ($237.89 @ OutletPC)
Case: Fractal Design - Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($137.66 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($21.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $1159.03
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-11 10:16 EDT-0400


$1,100.00 service charge... no

I'm assuming everything is in US Dollars since i didn't notice you mention region.

If this is CAD its about $1440 in Price for parts.

If you add the OS, you can add another $100 but you can get it a lot cheaper elsewhere.
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User Info: thegreatsquare

thegreatsquare
2 months ago#9
http://www.ecollegepc.com/intel-core-i5-8400-cpu-value.html

$1456

Intel Core i5 8400 2.8Ghz (4.0Ghz Turbo) 9MB Cache Six-Core |
Noctua NH-U14S 140mm Fan Quiet |
Gigabyte Z370 HD3 (Intel Z370, HDMI, 2xPCI-E, M.2, 6xSATA, 4xDDR4) |
16GB (8GBx2) G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 3200Mhz Memory Lifetime Warranty |
480GB Solid State Drive SATA3 Inland Professional |
24X LG SATA Dual Layer DVD /-RW/CDRW |
6GB GeForce GTX 1060 GDDR5 PCI-E DVI/HDMI/DP (Major Brand) |
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit (Includes DVD + COA) |
Fractal Design Meshify C (2 3.5, 3 2.5) 2 Fans, Audio/USB 3.0 |
750watt Corsair TXM series TX750M Modular 80 PLUS GOLD CERTIFIED |
Onboard 1Gbit LAN included |
ASUS PCE-AC51 Wireless-AC750 Dual-Band PCI-E Adapter |
Onboard HD 7.1 Sound included |
Wires and Cables ran behind case and tied up for maximum airflow |
3 Year Parts and Labor Warranty |
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User Info: godplaysSNES

godplaysSNES
2 months ago#10
The i5 8400 includes a cooler, you don't need to buy an aftermarket cooler

I'm a bit biased towards Ryzen 5 instead of i5 8400 though
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