Why would I build myself my own desktop computer?
Personally, I would only buy one of two computers: A Mac, which runs a superior OS to Windows by default, or I would buy the parts to build myself a Linux box.
1. Linux and Mac are both better at using resources, therefore, they have more available for audio and video work.
2. It's more expensive to build my own pride and joy, but it's well worth the extra cost because I have direct control as to what gets put on the computer.
3. I know that if I need to add more memory, disk space, etc... I can do so at will with a custom-built machine and not void the warranty in the process
4. It's my own customization- and often when my friends would come over, I'd rather show them either a mac or a small linux box than to show them a stock "tower" PC from one of the popular vendors
5. It's far easier for me to troubleshoot a power supply issue on a custom case that gives me ample room to work than it is to troubleshoot in a cramped, stock case.
6. I also like the design of a custom-built computer's case, as it's an extension of the owner's personality. This could either be a mean personality or an elegant personality, depending on the user. Most computers you get off the shelf have a "one-size-fits-all" or "plain jane" look- something I have never seen on a custom-built machine or a newer-model Mac (which I seriously think looks elegant).
7. I almost never get phone calls from people with custom-built computers. But I frequently get phone calls from those who buy Windows machines off the shelf at their favorite retailers, because they don't get shown how to set up their machine or properly reinstall the OS. They take what they get off the shelf, despite several better options out there.
Therefore, unless it's a Mac, I won't buy it off the shelf. I would build it instead.
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