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I am planning to buy a desktop. My basic needs are video editing and graphic editing. Sometimes games.
Does it make sense to go for towers like HP Omen or build your own desktop?

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depends what your comfort level is and budget.

you can save building yourself especially waiting for good deals. now is a bad time though GPU prices are high. also about to start a new cycle for CPUs.
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depends. there have been at least as many good pre-built SDs recently as component SDs. If you don't have particular restrictions -- ie needs to fit in your entertainment console -- prebuilt systems that are on sale may give a great deal.
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I find that the difference in cost can be negligible. You can find slickdeals on pre-built desktops sometimes just as often as you can for individual components. IMO, the primary benefit from a custom build is in the ability to select components of higher quality than you might otherwise get with an out-of-the-box build. You can be choosy by looking at reviews, benchmarks, specs, etc, for each individual component rather than the whole system. If you can forgive the sports analogy... You're kinda building an all-star team and as the coach, you can hand-pick which players are the best fit for your team, rather than being given a team that's already assembled and asked to coach it.
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Do you know how to put a computer together? I assume not, else you wouldn't be asking this question. Are you willing to trouble shoot if something doesn't work? Are you willing to install the software/drivers for each component?

You may save $100-200 doing your own build, but is that money worth your time and peace of mind just buying one ready to go? If you build your own you usually get 3 year warranty on some parts, where as prebuilt stuff is 1 year max warranty (unless you pay for more). And it's generally harder to upgrade the processor or graphics card in a prebuilt machine.

I built my 1st computer about 8 years ago, and it's been the best thing ever. The knowledge that I gained has been invaluable and I just built a new computer last year. I can trouble shoot my own issues and other people's issues too. And I even upgraded my old computer 1/2 through the life cycle to a newer graphics card that made it last another 4 years.
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Hey buddy, I'm with you here! I'm looking to build my own desktop too, trying to look for good deals so I can save as much as I can on the parts. I have yet to decide on what I want and I still have to ask around for advice. I'm clueless! Haha have you done your share of research already?
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Hey buddy, I'm with you here! I'm looking to build my own desktop too, trying to look for good deals so I can save as much as I can on the parts. I have yet to decide on what I want and I still have to ask around for advice. I'm clueless! Haha have you done your share of research already?
This chart makes it easy. http://www.logicalincrements.com/

On the left hand side you'll see different TIER categories, like Destitute, Poor, Minimum. If you hover your mouse over the name it will give you a brief description of what you can expect from that build. Just follow that guide.

If you want real advice you have to give us details on what you want. What will you be doing on the computer? What graphical settings do you want your games to be at now and in the next few years? What will you store on the computer?

There's also a REDDIT for pc building help, it's a lot more helpful than here since everyone there is just offering build help. But they also take less crap. Computer parts are changing fast, and any info people give is only guaranteed for 2 weeks. If you BS with them they will know it and be less helpful in the future. For example, if you post a build help request and 2 months later still haven't bought anything.

As for the deal part, they quickly go out of stock if there is a good deal. Do you want the computer now? You could spend months waiting on a deal. Time moves fast. You have to decide if something that you're going to use everyday and get lots of enjoyment out of is worth waiting to save a $100 or so.
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This chart makes it easy. http://www.logicalincrements.com/

On the left hand side you'll see different TIER categories, like Destitute, Poor, Minimum. If you hover your mouse over the name it will give you a brief description of what you can expect from that build. Just follow that guide.

If you want real advice you have to give us details on what you want. What will you be doing on the computer? What graphical settings do you want your games to be at now and in the next few years? What will you store on the computer?

There's also a REDDIT for pc building help, it's a lot more helpful than here since everyone there is just offering build help. But they also take less crap. Computer parts are changing fast, and any info people give is only guaranteed for 2 weeks. If you BS with them they will know it and be less helpful in the future. For example, if you post a build help request and 2 months later still haven't bought anything.

As for the deal part, they quickly go out of stock if there is a good deal. Do you want the computer now? You could spend months waiting on a deal. Time moves fast. You have to decide if something that you're going to use everyday and get lots of enjoyment out of is worth waiting to save a $100 or so.
Wow thank you so much! I'll check the site out and see what suits me. I'll just be using the PC mainly for games, basically. I won't use it for personal stuff even for storage, just purely games. I have yet to decide as of the moment.

Yeah I heard about REDDIT and how they "take less crap" so I took it here instead. Lucky for me, people like you respond and actually give out helpful advice. Thanks a lot Novakingwai! I'll keep your points in mind. Plus I'll check out that site.
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I used to build my own gaming computers for years and I feel like it used to save money years ago, but nowadays, it really is pretty negligible, even right before the crypto-craze. It's nice being able to pick and choose each component though. I'd say grab a prebuilt if the price is right, especially with how high GPU prices are. I bought an Omen desktop when it was on sale and it performs great for gaming. The only con has been the cable management; the temps are still okay though!
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I am planning to buy a desktop. My basic needs are video editing and graphic editing. Sometimes games.
Does it make sense to go for towers like HP Omen or build your own desktop?
I was in the same situation. And decided to jump in because my Chase Freedom Unlimited Card gives me $150 off and I have like $380 in Amazon Gift adds brining the price down and 15 Month No Intrest and I sold my Xbox One S So that's another $150

Link. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product...UTF8&psc=1

So it's was $1599 - $680 Plus a 4 Year Square Trade Warranty $40
= $959
Which No One can Build Themselves and Have 1 Full Year Of Manufactuere Warranty And Shipped And Sold by Amazon Price.
Also 4.5/Stars speaks for itself.

Mine was whisper quiet. Liquid Cooled 2 Fans In Push Pull.
My MSI Board gives me a Stock Over Clock On ALL 6 Cores to 4.6Ghz with 1 Click BIOS overclock.
Graphics Card is Either
Asus GTX 1070 TI Turbo or Asus GTX 1070 Ti Cerberus

We are too close to Intel 8 Core Cannonlake and GTX 1180 Cards Maybe 6 More Months
Where as CoffeLake 6 Core only Lived for a year and GTX 1070 And 1080 have had a Good 2 Year Run with no competition.

My 2018 Build will be.

Intel Z390 Motherboard
Cannonlake 8 Core CPU 9700K
NVIDIA GTX 1180 (only If it has Native HDMI 2.1 Support)

I would Buy AMD Vega 64 But I cant find any to buy and they are way over priced.
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I was in the same situation. And decided to jump in because my Chase Freedom Unlimited Card gives me $150 off and I have like $380 in Amazon Gift adds brining the price down and 15 Month No Intrest and I sold my Xbox One S So that's another $150

Link. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product...UTF8&psc=1

So it's was $1599 - $680 Plus a 4 Year Square Trade Warranty $40
= $959
Which No One can Build Themselves and Have 1 Full Year Of Manufactuere Warranty And Shipped And Sold by Amazon Price.
Also 4.5/Stars speaks for itself.
If you're happy with your purchase that's all that matters, but you can't say you also got the computer for $1,000 if you had $300 in Amazon Giftcards, $150 for an Xbox one trade in, and $150 for a reward on a credit card. The computer was still $1,600
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If you're happy with your purchase that's all that matters, but you can't say you also got the computer for $1,000 if you had $300 in Amazon Giftcards, $150 for an Xbox one trade in, and $150 for a reward on a credit card. The computer was still $1,600
True but had I just wasted the money on trinkets. It's like a New Car is still $40,000 but you trade in your old car for $15,000. Paying off $25,000 is more appealing.

Even at $1600 is tough to build yourself at that price.
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True but had I just wasted the money on trinkets. It's like a New Car is still $40,000 but you trade in your old car for $15,000. Paying off $25,000 is more appealing.

Even at $1600 is tough to build yourself at that price.
Now what game you gonna play? It's vr ready you know.
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iBuyPower and most the small names cheap out on PSU.



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true, but to be fair, swapping out PSUs usually isn't too difficult a task, just an additional expense.

So long as you wear your ESD bracelet, of course.
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