I disagree. And that is why I post this. I claim that I can do it.
Originally Posted by SlyMaelstrom
But I did compensate. I did not do a direct conversion from local prices to US$ prices. Instead I used a factor, because I know that something in US costs about that x 10 here, so it's pretty easy to do it that way.
Secondly, the "local links in your local language" kind of says it all. Why would we compare prices from your country to prices in Canada? You're now talking about two different costs for employees, storage facilities, tax, shipping, and whatever other kind of overhead you can think of.
And if you cannot find parts cheap in the US then I'll eat my tongue.
I will agree with you that you want to purchase from a reputable store.
You're also not considering the fact that most (and I mean a great most) would much rather spend an extra $50 from someone local or someone reputable than some off-the-beaten-path store they've never heard of and wouldn't know how to contact if anything was dysfunctional.
Well, I believe I did take into account not to purchase from unknown stores, but from stores that have a good reputation.
Still, you are right and this does inflate the price, but it still doesn't change the fact that you can do it cheaper.
I would love to post my links, but if there's one I thing I've learned is that there are never the same parts available at different parts of the world, and if they are, not at the same price. The local parts I have here I would not find in US. 'Tis a shame since it would mean new research.
You're really comparing apple-to-oranges here and until I see someone post something even reasonably accurate to the claim that you can build the OPs PC or something with better specs for cheaper, I'm going to stick with my estimate that he could sell that PC for $500 USD if he gave himself a few weeks to find a buyer.
Well, yes, maybe. Maybe not. I can't say.
... and retail or OEM you're not going to get a hard drive much cheaper than $40. The cheap ones your seeing are pulled from junked PCs and they are an extremely high risk buy. I had a friend that bought a lot of 50 HDDs from a guy on eBay (with great reputation, mind you) that were all pulls and about 2/3s of them worked. If you feel confident that you can return the HDD when it arrives broken, then fine... but consider that a lot of people would rather just pay $10-15 extra up front to avoid that hassle.
But even adding up a little extra on things to make sure I get reputable parts and such, I get about $320.
And that is far better. Dual core, good case, good PSU, much hard drive space, etc.
And btw, I never compromise on the PSU at all, even with the cheapest of systems.
Anyway, the point is, you don't need to take this seriously, but do take the prices with a grain of salt. That computer may not be worth $500, but if it can be sold for that, then great. I have nothing against that.