Buying a prebuilt computer - any way to not get ripped off?

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freddy mercury

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The only real consequence is a better pc coming out a week (or a month) later. I check the usual sites to see their pre-built pc line ups and I play around with the custom pc building tools to get an idea of prices. My current cheapest is about $1500, most expensive $4500...... various in between builds I've toyed with $2000-$3500.

I'm happy with the laptop I purchased in March (it's a beast!!), but wow I'm lucky I have willpower otherwise I'd have purchased the laptops I've seen since then :p haha.
What laptop did you buy?
 

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What laptop did you buy?


ASUS TUF A15 (2021 model) AMD 5800. RTX 3070. Only 16gb ram and 512gb ssd.... but I upgraded to 32gb and added a second 1tb ssd a few weeks after getting the laptop. The 2020 version had cooling issues, the 2021 (my) model has extra vents underneath which improves the cooling concerns from last year. It's been used as a multi purpose device, the gaming part of it is an added bonus (I connect it to my 55" tv which is fun). Love the battery power (made it run for 16 hours off the battery a few times, but it commonly gets 12-14).

My aim last year was a new latop + a new desktop pc purchase. Chickened out when I couldn't quite decide on the pc I wanted (ideally want small form factor.... but it's neigh on impossible having a RTX 2080ti + bluray/4k drive (and hard drives) in the one small unit).

I decided in February that a desktop was on the back burner and I started researching laptops. Originally wanted a HP Envy 15 (my first choice). I saw the 2020 version of the Asus TUF A15..... almost purchased it (despite the cooling issues), a few days before I was going to go and buy it... I saw that the 2021 version was available. Did more research, saw it really was more improved to the 2020 version. Spent a few extra $$$ in order to buy it.
 

freddy mercury

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ASUS TUF A15 (2021 model) AMD 5800. RTX 3070. Only 16gb ram and 512gb ssd.... but I upgraded to 32gb and added a second 1tb ssd a few weeks after getting the laptop. The 2020 version had cooling issues, the 2021 (my) model has extra vents underneath which improves the cooling concerns from last year. It's been used as a multi purpose device, the gaming part of it is an added bonus (I connect it to my 55" tv which is fun). Love the battery power (made it run for 16 hours off the battery a few times, but it commonly gets 12-14).

My aim last year was a new latop + a new desktop pc purchase. Chickened out when I couldn't quite decide on the pc I wanted (ideally want small form factor.... but it's neigh on impossible having a RTX 2080ti + bluray/4k drive (and hard drives) in the one small unit).

I decided in February that a desktop was on the back burner and I started researching laptops. Originally wanted a HP Envy 15 (my first choice). I saw the 2020 version of the Asus TUF A15..... almost purchased it (despite the cooling issues), a few days before I was going to go and buy it... I saw that the 2021 version was available. Did more research, saw it really was more improved to the 2020 version. Spent a few extra $$$ in order to buy it.
Nice man, only thing is, it is difficult to upgrade parts in a laptop, I'd imagine.

What games do you play on it?
 

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Nice man, only thing is, it is difficult to upgrade parts in a laptop, I'd imagine.

What games do you play on it?
I watched a few youtube videos the "hardest" part is taking the back lid off without snapping it anddd placing the screws in order of where they were screwed in. But even that was straight forward for me, used a bank card to pry it open.

I haven't played many different games on it GTA V, Rocket League are the main games. I've run Hitman 3, Resident Evil 2 & 3...even AFL Evolution and the cricket games run pretty good.

I look silly now but I was set on using old hdds in my next new pc. Didn't care about the fast loading times (my 9 year old pc loads windows 10 in 45 seconds). My gaming laptop loads windows in 5 seconds!!!!! And most less intense games like rocket league, afl, cricket 19 etc load in the blink of an eye. So yes I'm now an ssd convert.
 

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So happy I just pulled the trigger on a prebuilt instead of overthinking it for another day. Do not regret one bit.
 

branedotorg

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Just for anyone reading this Scorptec are the best PC retailer in melbourne, i use them as a private customer, a small business customer and as a volume business customer.

the only pc and parts retailer who handles returns and warranty issues well and the only one i've dealt with who give good, friendly advice in pre sales (i also use/d MSY, CPL).
 

Jezzaubeautym8

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Scorptec have always been 10% overpriced on every part compared to the other shops around the corner. But people in the know are boycotting them (and other stores) due to their behavior price gouging gpu's. Scorptec apparently were the worst of them all.

They all rave about ple for not gouging like the others. But I've heard of unfulfilled orders and their prices don't seem to ogreat.
 

Engimal v3

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Just for anyone reading this Scorptec are the best PC retailer in melbourne, i use them as a private customer, a small business customer and as a volume business customer.

the only pc and parts retailer who handles returns and warranty issues well and the only one i've dealt with who give good, friendly advice in pre sales (i also use/d MSY, CPL).
Not my experience at the moment. Looking on their Facebook comments, not others' either.
 

FUS_RO_DAH

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Just built my first PC!

My budget was originally $1500, which eventually blew out past $2k once I started getting really into the build... Once you see the first bit of RGB kit on your rig, then you just need mooore.

If your looking for a rough idea of what you'd be able to build and how much, then https://www.logicalincrements.com/ is an awesome site to find something that suits your needs. Set your parts for Australia and start digging.
 

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Just built my first PC!

My budget was originally $1500, which eventually blew out past $2k once I started getting really into the build... Once you see the first bit of RGB kit on your rig, then you just need mooore.

If your looking for a rough idea of what you'd be able to build and how much, then https://www.logicalincrements.com/ is an awesome site to find something that suits your needs. Set your parts for Australia and start digging.
I thought people tricking up their cars with lights making it into a light show was bizarre in the early 2000's.....

I feel the same way with pc's my next pc will still be the traditional boring style - no tempered glass on the side, quite happy to keep the insides of the pc hidden from view :p

But we're all different and like different things.
 

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I thought people tricking up their cars with lights making it into a light show was bizarre in the early 2000's.....

I feel the same way with pc's my next pc will still be the traditional boring style - no tempered glass on the side, quite happy to keep the insides of the pc hidden from view :p

But we're all different and like different things.
The RGB sh*t has never done it for me. I don't really get why people want their mouse to look like a UFO.
 

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