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April 03, 2011, 07:53:34 PM
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I am in the process of opening a Bitcoin-accepting computer hardware store and I want to know what products you all prefer. I plan to start with a line including essential components:  motherboards, CPUS, memory, GPUs and etc. to allow customers to get complete builds going. I have my eyes set on Gigabyte, Asus and Foxconn as starting manufacturers.

I still want to get your word. What do you usually purchase when it comes to computer hardware? What are your requirements? Manufacturers? GPU models?

Thank you!
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April 03, 2011, 10:42:13 PM
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When I build a system, I'm usually looking on Newegg for ideal price/performance ratios. I don't get the highest end graphics card, instead I get, say, the second-best last year's model, secure in the knowledge that it'll last a couple years at half the cost of the alternatives. You can probably trawl Newegg for the most popular components and just carry those.

This is really cool btw - good luck!
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April 04, 2011, 12:19:26 AM
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As Plato once said,
When I build a system, I'm usually looking on Newegg for ideal price/performance ratios.

What about specialty items for moding or special purpose computers?

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April 04, 2011, 02:37:00 AM
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I usually have more computer junk laying around than I could possibly want.  But here are some ideas that might resonate with the BTC audience:

Graphics cards that are good for mining (high performance / watt)
Open source compatible hardware
Arduinos
Water cooling stuff
Rackmount stuff

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April 04, 2011, 04:09:16 AM
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One thing that would be REALLY cool but may be hard to do is some niche stuff like guaranteed steppings for CPU's I remember I didn't want to purchase a q9550 from newegg for a while because I wanted to have the newer stepping.  Could also work with something like vertex 2's you could sell guaranteed 35nm nand ones. 

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April 04, 2011, 04:43:51 AM
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I don't actually buy a lot of hardware, because my requirements are pretty modest and I rarely discover a need to upgrade. But my next upgrade will probably be a solid-state drive, and I will definitely look at your store if it has reasonable prices on those.

I really like ITX and low-power stuff, since I like the idea of building dedicated machines for different purposes. (Still need to get around to that car PC.) Having "guides" for things like building a DVR or a home security system would be cool.

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April 04, 2011, 05:16:28 AM
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I usually have more computer junk laying around than I could possibly want.  But here are some ideas that might resonate with the BTC audience:

Graphics cards that are good for mining (high performance / watt)
Open source compatible hardware
Arduinos
Water cooling stuff
Rackmount stuff
Would arduinos fit in this category? Wouldn't that be just more of a general electronics component?
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April 04, 2011, 09:33:58 AM
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I like this initiative! Go for something very standard and nothing like modding/watercooling or other useless stuff.

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April 04, 2011, 09:37:44 AM
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I really like ITX and low-power stuff, since I like the idea of building dedicated machines for different purposes. (Still need to get around to that car PC.) Having "guides" for things like building a DVR or a home security system would be cool.
I'd be interested in this too. My computers powerful enough for now, but we our satellite contract is over and current old computer I'm using is a bit loud.
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April 04, 2011, 12:03:16 PM
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Arduinos

Big plug here, arduino/offshoots, shields, standard components would be a fantastic thing to spend btc on.
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April 04, 2011, 12:09:15 PM
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I'd like the simple stuff that everybody needs from time to time: mouses, keyboards, headsets,... =D
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April 04, 2011, 12:55:51 PM
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You'll need to build trust. Don't sell junk you wouldn't use yourself. Don't go for highend (except maybe mining stuff). Remember that computer hardware tends to rot over time (prices falling), so keep the selection small.

I'd probably buy from you if shipping is cheap and fast enough (germany) and prices are not too much above EUR

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April 04, 2011, 01:03:21 PM
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Competing with big suppliers sounds difficult. You could buy used stuff from ebayers and bitcoiners who are in need of quick money. Verify it works and resell with a profit margin.

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April 04, 2011, 01:07:15 PM
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Competing with big suppliers sounds difficult. You could buy used stuff from ebayers and bitcoiners who are in need of quick money. Verify it works and resell with a profit margin.
The big suppliers don't accept Bitcoin. I think that is sufficient reason alone to test this venture. Anyways, retail isn't too difficult. ...and when it comes to the bigger guys, you just have to one-up them one weakness at a time.
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April 04, 2011, 01:21:10 PM
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Competing with big suppliers sounds difficult. You could buy used stuff from ebayers and bitcoiners who are in need of quick money. Verify it works and resell with a profit margin.
The big suppliers don't accept Bitcoin. I think that is sufficient reason alone to test this venture. Anyways, retail isn't too difficult. ...and when it comes to the bigger guys, you just have to one-up them one weakness at a time.

Price is a big issue.  With companies like Newegg shipping on time with wholesale like prices you do not have much room to compete.  If you price an item anymore then 15% above newegg most people will convert bitcoins to $ and just purchase at Newegg.   

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April 04, 2011, 01:25:01 PM
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Competing with big suppliers sounds difficult. You could buy used stuff from ebayers and bitcoiners who are in need of quick money. Verify it works and resell with a profit margin.
The big suppliers don't accept Bitcoin. I think that is sufficient reason alone to test this venture. Anyways, retail isn't too difficult. ...and when it comes to the bigger guys, you just have to one-up them one weakness at a time.

Price is a big issue.  With companies like Newegg shipping on time with wholesale like prices you do not have much room to compete.  If you price an item anymore then 15% above newegg most people will convert bitcoins to $ and just purchase at Newegg.   
I'll verify the sustainability with my distributor once the paperwork goes through. Newegg may be near mid-tier distributor-level but they certainly don't have a monopoly.
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April 04, 2011, 01:29:06 PM
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Consider getting volume discounts from places like monoprice.com and dealextreme.com
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April 04, 2011, 01:35:43 PM
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Consider getting volume discounts from places like monoprice.com and dealextreme.com
Buy from retail and then sell it retail? Heh?



When you purchase from the distributor, "volume discounts" are innate. It's how retail works. : P
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April 04, 2011, 01:39:46 PM
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cool graph. monoprice is both a manufacturer and a distributor, dealextreme, I assume is just a distributor. both are far cheaper than retail
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April 04, 2011, 01:46:34 PM
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Hm, I see. Well, when I see that ordinary consumers can purchase from these guys, I assume they have to raise their prices for retail overhead. I'll consider them regardless.

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