Pricing for a build

How much do I charge a friend to build a PC?

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Pricing for a build

Posted 20 August 2008 - 09:40 AM

I was approached by a friend of mine to build him a PC. He will be buying all the hardware, but has no clue on how to build the PC. Although I've built my own box in the past, I have never built for others, so I don't know what to charge. I would probably only charge for the pizza and beer, but he doesn't drink, and I'm not building a PC for just pizza.

Any thoughts? What's a good price tag?
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Re: Pricing for a build

Posted 20 August 2008 - 10:46 AM

the cost of the pizza + a 30 pack of beer for you =P lol
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Posted 20 August 2008 - 11:55 AM

Depends on how good of a friend he is. For a really good one, I'd figure out what my normal rate would be and halve it. Figure out how much you would normally want to make per hour, figure out how many hours it takes you to do a build. I've found that half price is usually good for a buddy. Glad he doesn't expect you to work for free. Good luck with it!
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Re: Pricing for a build

Posted 20 August 2008 - 12:12 PM

Pick a price that you can both live with. You shouldn't feel smug or slighted, but neither should he. The best negotiations leave both parties feeling they got the better part of the deal.

On the other hand, I would never build a PC for a friend. I like my friends. People tend to have unreasonable expectations of such projects. I prefer their ire be focused on some anonymous help desk. I recommend all my friends buy Apple. When they point out I don't know anything about Apple I just smile and say "No, nothing. But I know they have good tech support and satisfaction ratings." I also know looking at them funny will kill that support. In my own way, I love Apple. :evil:
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Re: Pricing for a build

Posted 20 August 2008 - 12:16 PM

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On the other hand, I would never build a PC for a friend.


Yeah I can definitely relate to that. I did a small project for a friend and didn't get a contract set up. What I was going to do for $600 wound up netting me about $100. I was pissed, and it kind of soured the relationship. Now I do contracts with everybody. Ha ha. Live and learn.
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Re: Pricing for a build

Posted 20 August 2008 - 01:08 PM

how long does it take to build a computer? a couple hours? why wouldnt you just help him out and do it for free? im sure its not something you couldnt teach him to do for himself the next time
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Re: Pricing for a build

Posted 20 August 2008 - 06:45 PM

I used to charge $50 for assembly and OS install and driver troubleshooting.
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Re: Pricing for a build

Posted 20 August 2008 - 06:49 PM

Thanks for the help guys. He's not a good enough friend for me to do it for free. My original thought was 75 to 100, but didn't want to go two high or two low. I think I can live with 50. Thanks for the help every one.
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Re: Pricing for a build

Posted 21 August 2008 - 05:59 AM

View Postbaavgai, on 20 Aug, 2008 - 12:12 PM, said:

On the other hand, I would never build a PC for a friend.


Agreed. Although for a really good friend I might, so long as he/she agreed to some conditions.

1. Once the PC is built and working, I am done: no tech support.
2. You will watch me and learn some things, so that you're not completely helpless when you need to install a new video card or something
3. This is neither a loan, nor a business deal. It is a favor, so I expect absolutely nothing in return and will take no money or other form of payment. If you start feeling guilty then go secretly give some money to a charity in my name.
4. You will purchase what is needed for a reliable a backup solution, or the deal is off.
5. Assuming a part goes bad and you cannot afford to be without your PC for more than a few days, you need to buy a PC from Dell or Apple and get a good warranty. Otherwise you will be waiting while the manufacturer of your part tests it and decides whether to refurbish it or send you a new one. This could take weeks.

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Re: Pricing for a build

Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:36 PM

I see alot of $65-$75 fees for local computer stores.

I'm personally comfortable charging $50 for installation* and OS install with stable boot with NO support after I leave their door.

For friends, they just usually give me food.

* Although, I've heard of others charging 5%-10% of the total system cost and customers appear to fine with this. Even though the installation process for a high-end card vs a low-end card is effectively identical.

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Re: Pricing for a build

Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:38 PM

Hi 2008!
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Re: Pricing for a build

Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:02 PM

son of a....

these related topics are brutal.
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