Originally Posted by Blackhood
Of course you could, but I'm fairly sure your warranty services are non-existent, that wouldn't include your hourly rate of putting it together and testing, not to mention the fact that his PC was put together by pros in conditions designed not to risk any components. Yours would be put together on your bedroom floor.
Wrong. I've been building and selling computers for a long time and I have to laugh at your idea that the people putting these together are "pros" in "special conditions." Putting together computers is slave labor and any monkey could do it. That being said, I guarantee you I have more experience and technical knowledge than any of their assembly line employees do. It literally takes 30 minutes to get an entire computer going from scratch, INCLUDING operating system install since I utilize images (As does any intelligent company).
While you're right that the price I gave him doesn't include my hourly rate or testing, I generally just charge a flat 12% on builds under $500 so it still comes out significantly
Regardless, he got totally ripped off. Numerous boutique builders - and even big box OEM's - offer better deals on far superior hardware.