To be brutally honest, no, I wouldnt even consider it. I used to build them, learnt from it and now won't bother. Direct anyone to dell.Yes, i will be custom PCs as well as predefined ones.
I might not succeed in such a tight market, but wouldnt you all say that it is worth a try? It is only part time to start with after all.
Hardware Warranty - If you buy from a decent supplier they will test for you (After you've done some basic Tests) and then sort you with credit / replacement within 12 months.Hardware warranty - what if after 2months the motherboard fails? the manufacturer will not accept them back unless they have had full diagnostics run.
Licensing - You will not be able to get close to a company like dell who offer Windows XP included in the price, expect to pay at least ?100 per machine
andymac, i have PM'd you.My best mate is really successfull at this, though it has taken him 7 years to get there, he tried the PC building it didnt work, just left him with debt, now he supports 5 businesses all on maintenance contracts and looks after over a 1000 desktops, he supplys them with either dell or refurbished compaqs, they pay cost for hardware, there is NO margin in it his costs have to be transparent the internet has shown peole what things cost... his money is in the resale of operating systems, anti virus products support calls and now Microsoft is cracking down, ensuring compliance of licensing. Basically he does what any good IT manager would do BUT on a contract and not full time.
I hate to disagree, but Apple has been beating Dell on price alone for the last couple of years at least. Before they went Intel it was difficult to make a direct comparison because of the number of variables, but now it's widely reported by leading hardware analysts. Granted, Dell compete in a lot more sectors where Apple isn't active, but where Apple chooses to it does it's homework and kicks Mikey boy's butt.People have always asked me where they should get a PC for home from - and it kills me to say it to them, dell!? You cant beat them for price or support to a non-pc person.? Agree - if like me you understand the insides of a PC, then you build your own from shopping around and getting all the components but not everyone is that clued up and they are the ones that are looked after by the likes of Dell.