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Pros and Cons - Dell or Build Your Own

By maxwell edison ·
Okay,

I won't say much about my opinion (at this point), but I'm looking for the pros and cons of buying Dell computers versus building your own.

Over the past many years, I've always built my own computers, but one of the company officers wants to consider buying Dells instead. We're assembling a list of pros and cons for either option. I have my list, but there's always room for more considerations.

Thanks for your time.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Pros and Cons - Dell or B ...

Point value changed by question poster.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Pros and Cons - Dell or B ...

By the way, these are desktop computers, not servers.

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by dmiles In reply to Pros and Cons - Dell or B ...

Due to the downturn in the economy,I would have to consider the type and for what purposes I will be using the computer for.

Conparing cost of motherboard ,cpu and other peripherals,to what dell has already built may be best to buy from dell,thisway I am getting a warrenty to cover my purchase,if warrenty is not important and I have the budget to build then I get the gratification of building my own system.

At this point and time it would be considered price wise that you purchase form vendor since their is not a cost savings comparison to each.

Pros-You get a warrenty
Pre-loaded software
Cost for machine is cheap

Cons- You have no warrenty on the machine
You save time in cost of Building

If none of thesefactors are of importance,then I would prefer to build my own

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by maxwell edison In reply to Pros and Cons - Dell or B ...

Thanks for taking the time to post all these great answers. It certainly provided some food for thought.

Upon weighing the pros and cons (as they relate to me, my company, and how we operate), I am going to continue to specify my own computers, and either have a local shop build them or build them myself.

But Dell computers will not be in our immediate future.

Thanks again.

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by Kahless1972 In reply to Pros and Cons - Dell or B ...

I will Also keep my opinion to myself however we are a small office with a grand total of two techs.The main reason we did not go with dell is the fluid nature of computing,We never know from one day to the next if we are going to be trying to migrate a hardrive to another machine without loosing data, It is hard enough with the amd/intel problems. If we had to move a dell hardrive into another machine at hawk we would be in trouble.If the whole office went dell that would be fine but in our neck of the woods it is hard if not impossible to tell the CEO he has to wait for a dell technician to replace his motherboard so we do not void the warrenty, even if it will take three days to get here.As long as we build our own machines we have the ability to customize to fit our need much better than with dell.And when the chips are down and the network gods are having there fun with the tech department i can usually put a system together from my scrap pile o' parts and not loose the Directorspersonnal files that for some strange reaseon never seams to be on the server where it belongs.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Pros and Cons - Dell or B ...

Thanks for taking the time to post all these great answers. It certainly provided some food for thought.

Upon weighing the pros and cons (as they relate to me, my company, and how we operate), I am going to continue to specify my own computers, and either have a local shop build them or build them myself.

But Dell computers will not be in our immediate future.

Thanks again.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Pros and Cons - Dell or B ...

It used to be that most pre-manufactured computers used proprietary hardware.

For example, if you had a Compaq computer and you spilled some clam chowder on the keyboard, and you further discovered that the dishwasher not only cleaned the keyboard, but also rendered it inoperative, then you would have to buy a replacement proprietary keyboard directly from Compaq, not from the ACME computer supply store down the street. (And, of course, the proprietary keyboard cost 4 times the dollars.) This proprietary issue would apply to just about any other component as well - hard drive, memory, etc.

Dell used to be this way, but I'm not sure it that is the case anymore. Any thoughts on this issue?

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by Ann777 In reply to Pros and Cons - Dell or B ...

PRO to buying units -
1) time savings (all you need to do is connect them to your network)
2) it's usually cheaper because Dell (and other manufacturer's) get parts for a whole lot less. Quantity discounts, etc. (they are also cheaper parts and with a minimum of features, but in the workplace, that may not matter).
3) burn in time and getting it operational is taking place before you get the unit.
4) likeness of hardware to each other allows for creating an "image" and setting one upfor your network, then "ghosting" it to the others.

CON to buying units -
1) you have to deal with the fact that you cannot design to the specific details that users may want (better video, more RAM, etc.) or need.
2) you have to deal with the fact that you won't know your computers better than anybody else and when it comes to solving future problems or upgrading your computer you may have to go back to the manufacturer for BIOS upgrades and the like.
3) support from the manufacturer may not be all that it is made out to be.
4) you will not be able to use some of the extra parts you may already have on hand


You know, for companies, there's also the option of leasing equipment.

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by Ann777 In reply to Pros and Cons - Dell or B ...

Dell's desktop hardware (depending of course on which model you purchase) is not proprietary... you can pretty much attach whatever you like or add drives or RAM, etc. just make sure it has the slots, space, etc. The Dell laptops ARE proprietary as far as hardware; but I think, all laptops are propietary.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Pros and Cons - Dell or B ...

Thanks for taking the time to post all these great answers. It certainly provided some food for thought.

Upon weighing the pros and cons (as they relate to me, my company, and how we operate), I am going to continue to specify my own computers, and either have a local shop build them or build them myself.

But Dell computers will not be in our immediate future.

Thanks again.

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