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Other Acceptable Build cost?

Discussion in 'General' started by Kernel, 21 Aug 2011.

  1. Kernel

    Kernel Likes cheese

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    I am building a computer for someone at work, not a mate, just a bloke.
    What is the going rate for a build?
     
  2. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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    parts + £20 + 5-10% (this is variable to try make it a good deal) is what i do for a build and full set up.
     
  3. EvilMerc

    EvilMerc Well-Known Member

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    Depends if you do any cable management and set up the OS, that takes hours to do properly, I've only ever built PCs for friends and family and I just call in favours as and when.
     
  4. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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    I do basic cable management and full os set up for that price.
     
  5. Durd

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    Don't forget any "warranty" service etc. especially if you're installing anything volatile like windows :p
     
  6. DragunovHUN

    DragunovHUN I want to change my name but I also don't

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    Umm

    a six pack?
     
  7. NuTech

    NuTech Well-Known Member

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    Honestly, unless it's a close friend or family, you shouldn't be building it at all. But seeing as you've already committed...

    Either do it for free or for a bottle of your favourite poison.

    When I was in college/uni I would often get asked to help someone fix/build their computer and also receive a ton of phone calls about some mystery 'virus' that had take over their computer. It got to the point that unless it was a close friend or immediate family, I would just say no. At that point I would start getting offers of £30-£50, but even then it's still not worth it. Between picking up their computer, taking it home, working on it and then bringing it back, the time commitment was insane - and more often than not, it wouldn't end there. You would essentially become their first point of call and if anything else goes wrong, typically beginning with the dreaded "I didn't have that problem before you fixed it...".

    Basically, being good with computers it like being a car mechanic - don't tell anyone unless you're happy being known as that guy.
     
  8. sp4nky

    sp4nky BF3: Aardfrith WoT: McGubbins

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    I'd be insanely worried about bending pins on someone else's motherboard so I'd flatly refuse to do it. However, since you've agreed to do it, I reckon £10 per hour should suffice.
     
  9. Kurze

    Kurze New Member

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    £10-20 an hour, depending on how much effort you're going to put into getting everything tidied up/set up for him. I've only ever done builds for friends and family members who have given me a budget to work with, just 'some bloke', well...
     
  10. fdbh96

    fdbh96 New Member

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    And you would have to deal with rma s and has he had a good look around pre built systems.
     
  11. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    this. build a pc for someone only when you don't mind being a free tech support for years.
     
  12. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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    I dont really mind working on computers, virus' or whatever. I get about 1 - 2 computers a week normally to fix, and I get all that business through word of mouth and a few local adds. I normally just charge £25 for anything, software related, hardware related (but then +parts as well). customer builds, as said above, i take £20 + 5-10%. With regards to worry about bending pins etc. Every custom build I do, I buy from scan and get scan sure - therefore removing that stress. the 5-10% is there because often the more expensive the machine, the more work is involved.

    I think my prices are completely fair. Not enough to live off certainly - but I work as an IT technician, specifically software repair etc. so I relish any experience to learn. And normally - removing a virus isnt terribly difficult. With even the most deeprooted virus, it would only take about 15 minutes of actual input, the whole rest of the time is taken by scans, and, i dont sit and watch those, just move onto the next job or whatever I want to do with my time. With regards to custom builds, I quite enjoy building custom computers. I have had vinyls made for branding and I enjoy delivering premium products to people.
     
  13. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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    Its exactly the opposite though. If people need an rma etc, they simply return the computer to me. I sort out the rma, replace the part = £25. So really, its only a problem, if you dont want to do the work. But i guess i not building for friends and family.
     
  14. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    I recently did a friend's computer for £20 ubder the terms that he returns anything if it goes wrong. He is capable of a lot on his own, so won't ask me about the smallest thing. I also put on the OS and MSE.
     

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