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Sat Jul 25, 2020, 07:55 PM

I am having someone build me a computer

for my office. I deal with large files and need a big boy machine. I would prefer to give the $$ to someone local rather than Dell or Orgin or one of the other custom builders. Here is my question. He has had the specs for 3 weeks. He says he is having a hard time locating the parts for it because of Covid. Is that a possibility? Has this affected the computer parts suppliers enough to cause big backlogs of parts?

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Reply I am having someone build me a computer (Original post)
Ferrets are Cool Jul 2020 OP
msongs Jul 2020 #1
Tribalceltic Jul 2020 #2
better Jul 2020 #3
unblock Jul 2020 #5
unblock Jul 2020 #4
GreenPartyVoter Jul 2020 #6
lpbk2713 Jul 2020 #7
Betty88 Jul 2020 #8
Ferrets are Cool Jul 2020 #9

Response to Ferrets are Cool (Original post)

Sat Jul 25, 2020, 07:57 PM

1. seems unlikely but ya never know. get receipts for every component going in so you

know what they are and for possible warranty issues

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Original post)

Sat Jul 25, 2020, 08:08 PM

2. My son recently upgraded both our systems

He had several problems locating parts in stock and getting them. He was able to do some work-rounds , but it did take over 6 weeks for some parts to come in.

Good luck

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Original post)

Sat Jul 25, 2020, 08:22 PM

3. Yes, it is very possible.

FYI, if you ever need to do something like this again, it might be worth trying to reach out for some help on here, and/or drop me a line. I've been at it for a good 40 years now, including a stint working for IBM rebuilding laptops. I'm quite sure it's within your capabilities, if you can operate a screwdriver. It's a LOT easier to do and harder to screw up than back in the old days!

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Response to better (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 25, 2020, 08:31 PM

5. indeed, mini-unblock found an online parts compatibility checker

that almost instantly makes a ton of problems from the old days go away.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Original post)

Sat Jul 25, 2020, 08:28 PM

4. my 14-year old son just built his own computer

he configured and reconfigured it literally hundreds of times while he was saving up for all the parts over the course of more than a year (he did lots of extra chores and got some help from his grandparents).

every time he reconfigured something, he priced everything out on amazon or any of a number of computer part supplier websites. and he always checked availability, which i said was a waste of time until he had enough saved up to actually buy it, but he just loved doing every step of the process except actually buying, until he actually could afford it all.

he frequently saw things become unavailable, but 5 minutes later he had the whole thing reconfigured with a slightly different part.

so unless your configuration is completely inflexible and requires one exact, specific part, and it's unavailable and there's no reasonable substitute possible, then i think your guy is being extraordinarily slow for some reason.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Original post)

Sat Jul 25, 2020, 08:41 PM

6. Hubby is a computer tech. Supplies are scarce and priced high.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Original post)

Sat Jul 25, 2020, 09:15 PM

7. He might be looking for rock bottom prices. I hope he doesn't neglect quality.



I used to build my own. But that was during the Windows 3.1 to the Win XP days. Now I find it's easier to buy a Win 10 machine ready made and clean out the bloatware. You can get a good deal from NewEgg if you look around. I have even had good luck with some of their factory reconditioned machines. If you want Office or accounting software you'll have to install it yourself. I have never had to wait for the availability of an item. They would always have it at my door within about a week after I ordered it.



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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Original post)

Sun Jul 26, 2020, 02:25 AM

8. Some parts are hard to come by now

3 weeks to think it over, shop for the parts and then wait for delivery may not be out of the question but I would call and ask what's up. You never know he might be waiting on one thing, been there. 95% done waiting on the cpu cooler to show up.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Original post)

Sun Jul 26, 2020, 10:27 AM

9. Thank you all for your help and support

Yes, I could do it on my own (with some help) but I would really like to help this guy a bit. Things are tough down here for most and I am fortunate that my job has not been affected much.
I appreciate all your suggestions and answers. DU is da bomb!!

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