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Are there any "good" prebuilts with all standard parts?

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Are there any "good" prebuilts with all standard parts?

Just about every pre-built machine I've looked at recently I've been put off by something, usually odd form factors coupled with weird undersized and underpowered PSUs. Are there any prebuilts out there that have standard sized, user replaceable PSUs?
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I don't think there are tbh - Dell, HP, Compaq etc - they all use something funky / proprietary. Mainly seeing the odd PSU shape / PSU connector..................weird RAM & timings that don't play nice with other RAM timings etc.....



If you are to go the "pre-built" route, probably best to get a PC store to build you one with the parts you want + a bit more $$ for their labour....

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tonnie wrote: Just about every pre-built machine I've looked at recently I've been put off by something, usually odd form factors coupled with weird undersized and underpowered PSUs. Are there any prebuilts out there that have standard sized, user replaceable PSUs?
look at brands like ABS on Newegg and CyberpowerPC. All standard parts unlike from brands like HP, Acer, Dell, etc.
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Your best best is to go through a system integrator, like ABS, Cyberpower, ibuypower or NZXT. You can pick and choose every component, and they assemble it for you.

You can also do that at Memory Express or Canada Computers, you pick every component off the shelf and they put it together for you for a fee.

The problem with OEM pre-builts, like Alienware, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, etc, is that they are not transparent on the types of components they use in their prebuilts, they only provide a generic spec list, and they WILL cheap out on a lot of the components. They will also often use proprietary components like connectors, motherboards, PSUs, etc. Their systems will be less expandable in the future due to their proprietary nature. Cooling is also often an issue with OEM prebuilts as they usually cheap out on case fans and favor looks over function with crap cases with poor airflow, Dell and Alienware being very bad at this in general.
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ji2o0k wrote: I don't think there are tbh - Dell, HP, Compaq etc - they all use something funky / proprietary. Mainly seeing the odd PSU shape / PSU connector..................weird RAM & timings that don't play nice with other RAM timings etc.....



If you are to go the "pre-built" route, probably best to get a PC store to build you one with the parts you want + a bit more $$ for their labour....
Forgot to mention Acer. Crying Face

I think pre-builts from non brands are using non proprietary parts.
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does CC not sell pre-built?
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