Some Things To Consider if you DIY
I've built my last 2 PCs, and I can give you a few hints if you decide to go that way (which would be my recommendation -- spend the time, and you get a really stable system.)
First, buy a really good case -- one that has lots of room, although a tower will take up space in your office, but I'm assuming you have the room. It doesn't have to be super expensive, but you might want to have lots of 5.25 drive bays (I put my RAID in two for ease of changing when a disk goes bad). Look for nicely finished edges so that you don't end up cutting yourself OR your cables. I've also found that slide-in disk trays for internal drives are great. I purchased an Antec, and it's been a joy to work with.
Second, decide on your general requirements (single, dual, quad-core CPU, how much RAM, type of video requirements), then start looking at motherboards that will accomodate what you want to build. Look carefully at the layout -- will the use of one slot end up covering up another? Do you need to have any legacy equipment (PCI, SCSI??) -- if so, make sure you have the connections that will work (in this case, you may need to use adapters -- I have a SCSI scanner that I plug into a PCI card. My next build, I'll have to update to PCI-e perhaps.)
When you get to the buying part, not all internal components come with cables, and if you got a large case, you may need longer ones anyway. I'd suggest buying round cables where you can (I believe SATA cables are round anyway, but if you're using any IDE, then a round IDE cable will be helpful to keep it out of the way.)
There are reviews of equipment here and in lots of magazines. Also, I think there's a Build Your Own PC tutorial on this site -- take a look at that. Some of the hardware sellers also offer tutorials, and of course, Google is your friend <g>.
Was this reply helpful? (1) (0)