Basicly, companies like those buy parts for an awful lot cheaper than you or i can by buying them from warehouses in bulk, the only reason that prices are so high from retailers of seprate parts for us is that the shops also have to make a worthwile profit on the goods they sell. Companies that sell individual components only buy a small amount of one thing at a time because not everyone wants to buy that component where as PC world say "lets build so many thousand of these computers and distribute them across the world" so as you can imagine, buying thousands of each component in bulk will reduce the price of each component considerably. Employing someone at minimum wage who can do way more than one PC per hour is where theyll make even more profit too. I can put a PC together in 15 minutes if i have all the parts in front of me, and thats double checking that its put together properly... they probobly have someone to fit the motherboard, someone to fit the GFX card and so on so its a mini production line churning out so many PC's per hour.
Part of that is truth and part is theory... i dont know how the PC's get built, but thats how i imagine them to be built.
that system is low priecd because it isnt one of the best PC's on the market. If you tried to buy a PC with the latest high end graphics and more ram than NASA has in their labs, then thats when they bunk the price up a lot. Take DELL for instance, their gaming laptops, 512MB of RAM... if you upgrade the ram they will charge you silly amounts of money.
Youve got to consider the quality of the components they use too, 1 Gig of RAM is fine, but if theyve bought it from a company that do momory for its basic job, it isnt going to offer blisteringly good performance is it? They will have cut down on everything they can do and not only that but they will also shop around for the cheapest possible place to buy their parts, they will also buy OEM products that doesnt have any glossy retail packaging and therfore costs less
Edited by GrimPingu, 05 September 2005 - 09:23 AM.