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    mrsamo
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    Hi,

    Is it better to get a built system like a Dell or build my own if both had the same configuration and prices?

    – what can I claim if I bought the system?
    – would leasing be better?

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    tr3nton
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    Built by yourself, or you mean built by a computer shop (system builder)?

    I would think the claims would be the same – cost of the product (but I’m not an expert on the subject).

    I think a key thing is, what support/warranty is offered with both – I would think, it may be a little better from someone like Dell; how many are you getting – can you get a good deal from one over the other?

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    Chris Bates
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    You will always be better off with a custom built PC. Because you can pick quality hardware over entry-level hardware.

    Dell (unless you’re buying their ‘premium’ range) use very entry-level parts, which is why they’re so cheap.

    They both might say 2048mb RAM – but one could be more then 3x faster :)

    As trenton points out, warranty is an important factor too. Buying parts will normally give you a 1year Back To Dealer warranty. I know I can get my dealer to build it and that gets me a 3 year On Site warranty.

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    Jake@EmroyPrint
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    A little bit off topic, but have a look at graysonline.com.au

    I bought my computer on there, it was around a $1,800 (at the time) which I paid $700 for. You can get some great deals if you watch it regularly.

    – Jake

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    HamishBorthen
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    mrsamo, post: 27210 wrote:
    Hi,

    Is it better to get a built system like a Dell or build my own if both had the same configuration and prices?

    – what can I claim if I bought the system?
    – would leasing be better?

    As far as claiming for tax etc, get professional advice, and I’m NOT a professional in that area. However.. I believe if you lease/rent you can directly claim those expenses on your tax. If you buy it then you have depreciate it over 3/5 years. My accountant years ago suggested it was better to lease for the direct 100% tax deductions. Plus at the end of the lease period you can usually buy the equipment outright cheaply or just upgrade and lease new equipment.

    For general business use, running word processors, internet, email etc, the most basic computer will be fine.
    If you want to play the latest games or run specialist software (CAD etc) then you’ll want some grunt.. otherwise I personally think you can’t go wrong with any off the shelf computer.

    I’m fairly sure Dell will do finance and have a pc on your door within 48 hours and it’ll be 100% tax deductible finance IF your using it 100% for business.. Like I say speak to an accountant tho!!!!

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    Chris Bates
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    Maybe I’m just a fussy geek, but I disagree. I think it’s important to spend the money on some quality components.

    Even for day-to-day use, you will see a notable difference between a “entry level” and a “upper-mid level” computer. Especially when it comes to business use and you have 10 things open with a client on the phone.

    Hamish is right though, there’s a certain tax advantage to renting over buying. But then you will pay more for the equipment by the time your contract is up. Depends on how badly you need/want that tax deduction, haha.

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    davdee
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    Hi,

    I have always suggested to clients (and myself!) to buy an ex-lease desktop computer from the many used PC places.
    The units are typically cheaper; one can get a Dell/IBM/HP/etc which is usually of good spec. If a problem arises, they will usually
    replace it under warranty.
    With used laptops? less likely unless you view/check the unit, and the battery is usually duf soon after purchase!

    With desktops? you may need to buy a new screen/kb/mouse, but the base unit is usually well specced second hand. I usually check makers website for detail and what options there were, download service manuals, etc.

    For servers (ie in use 24/7), used is not such a good idea. The power supply must be designed for continuous usage, and many clones/desktops are not built to go the distance.

    I have done some DIY pcs; possible if you are a bit techo, but you need to have spare items to verify a problem. But if you are prepared, go for it.

    Regards

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    mrsamo
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    Thanks guys, Chris and Dave great advice, my dad would do that :-)

    I’m not going to be buying a network of PCs so I don’t think I need to lease anything. I just need the right kind of system for my work so will probably customise one for personal and business use.

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