DIY vs. pre-built

APC Australia - - The Lab -

We’re in an odd place with pric­ing, and that old adage, “It’s al­ways cheaper to build your own rig,” doesn’t hold true right now — at least, not un­til Sam­sung and co get their ex­tra mem­ory plants up and run­ning. The mem­ory short­age and cryp­tocur­rency min­ing have ru­ined it for ev­ery­one. So how can sys­tem in­te­gra­tors still of­fer us cheap pre-built ma­chines? It’s down to pre-emp­tive bulk buy­ing. Most com­pa­nies that of­fer pre-built sys­tems buy all the hard­ware they need in bulk, well ahead of time. So for the time be­ing at least, they’re still run­ning off older prices and can dras­ti­cally un­der­cut the cur­rent mar­ket.

Usu­ally, the longer a mem­ory stan­dard has had to ma­ture, the cheaper it be­comes to pro­duce, so the mar­ket stays ahead of the sys­tem in­te­gra­tors. But given cur­rent cir­cum­stances, that’s just not pos­si­ble.

That’s not to say that sys­tem in­te­gra­tors don’t pro­vide de­cent sys­tems. Some of the best ma­chines we’ve seen come from the likes of Fal­con North­west, Dig­i­tal Storm and oth­ers. Af­ter all, when your liveli­hood re­volves around build­ing unique, be­spoke, and pow­er­ful ma­chines, you’re go­ing to learn a thing or two about putting to­gether a stun­ning rig. Cou­ple that with ex­ten­sive parts and labour war­ranties, and they im­me­di­ately be­come very at­trac­tive propo­si­tions, es­pe­cially if you don’t have the time or in­cli­na­tion to build your own.

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