Yeah, another crazy idea...

February 28, 2010 at 19:17:04
Specs: Windows XP
Would it be possible to make a little bit of money building custom built PC's?..I was thinking of using Barebone kits, or doing specs that said person might want. I wouldn't even dream of competing with Dell, or any other major corp, but I was thinking of doing it as a type of freelance/side gig. But, with what I've read, it probably wouldn't even be worth it cause I'd have to ship out x number of PC's to even make a profit from what I've read. But, again, it's just an idea.

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#1
February 28, 2010 at 20:02:13
Anything's possible as a side-gig, but you'd make a lot more panhandling as a side-gig than you would building custom-rigs from barebones -- the margin is too thin.

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#2
March 1, 2010 at 02:53:03
I've sort of done what your taliking about inadvertanly. I built a pc for a friend and he couldn't come up with the cash. After giving him more than ample time I sold it on Ebay just trying to minimize my losses and actually made out, not great but ahead I guess. I tried it a few more times and it became kind of hit and miss. I actually do better selling parts than complete machines.

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#3
March 1, 2010 at 06:37:34
You may be better off taking an older PC (maybe 2 yrs old or newer or even some later XP PC's, as long as you have a minimum of 1GB ram for 32bit installations) swapping out the HD and do a fresh install of windows 7 on it and then updating all the drivers and criticals. That way the PC wouldn't be full of all the junk ads and trials.
Or of course you could nuke the drive and do a fresh install.
Windows 7 Pro legitimate keys are real inexpensive right now. I rebuilt 3 PC's in the past few days.

They run better than they did as new with windows 7 installed.

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#4
March 1, 2010 at 07:38:42
I've built more than a few custom rigs for friends and family.

As a rule of thumb, I don't buy anything, they do. First, we discuss what they'll be using it for and then I help them pick equipment best suited to their needs. Then we price out parts together and I give them a parts list which they fill at the stores we researched together. They then bring the parts to me and I put it all together, install the OS/antivirus etc and hand them over a working computer.

I've never looked at this as a money making thing, only as a way to help a friend or family member who didn't know squat about computers.

I wouldn't expect to make too much money doing custom builds as a side job since so many computer stores (not "electronic stores" but actual computer stores that sell nothing but computers and computer accessories) have good technicians willing to do the same thing but you never know, it might bring in a few extra $$$'s.


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#5
March 1, 2010 at 07:46:17
Well, with what I was discussing in another topic, I'm already going to be freelancing in Virus/Spyware Removal, Photo Restoration, Hardware Install/upgrade (the parts must be brought to me/and or purchased by the customer already), OS Downgrades/Upgrades, PC Tune Up's, Custom Business Cards/Flyers, and maybe even a Remote Backup type of deal if I can get the money to buy a tower server. So, maybe doing custom PC's isn't even needed.

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#6
March 1, 2010 at 14:42:00
and maybe even a Remote Backup type of deal if I can get the money to buy a tower server. So, maybe doing custom PC's isn't even needed.

I remember your other thread. If you're planning on doing all the above to make money, I would certainly add "custom computer builds" to the list of things you do. The worst that happens is you don't make any $$$ on it and the best is you do. Since you're already planning on cards/flyers, I'd say add it.

As to the whole remote backup, again, that's not a great idea from your home. Too many things could go wrong and you need to do daily backups of the backup server and store said backups offsite if you wish to provide yourself, and your clients, any real data security.

If you are going to pursue this, I highly recommend you draft a carefully worded contract that says you're not liable for any lost data regardless of how it was lost (ie: act of God - such as a fire or earthquake etc etc).

What you don't want is to end up unprotected should something happen (like that act of God) and find yourself sued and liable and in the end working for someone else for the rest of your life.


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#7
March 1, 2010 at 18:40:24
You may be able to make some money doing what you have planned, but I doubt you'll make a living out of it. You're still gonna need a "real" job.

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#8
March 2, 2010 at 13:02:57
I've taken to ordering 2 or 3 of the same part whenever I order for a customer. I have found it is possible to get a part that is doa and the customer should not be held an extra week whenever possible. The remainig parts after the work is completed I will stock one for a period and sell the other on ebay. If I don't get use for the part I stocked in 30 days I sell it as well. I wouldn't say I make great money doing this but I have paid off some back due bills from being laid off.

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April 18, 2010 at 07:19:40
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