Re: What Computer Brand is best?/my intention
By having a custom built PC by a local and reliable builder, I am suggesting that one can avoid the trap of relying on them as ones sole means of support. Now, during the warranty period, one should avail themselves of support to the extent that the builder can provide this. They will not be able to support software you install and such. A reliable builder should have a good handle on hardware compatibility and reliability as they do not want to get burned with a lot of warranty service when things fail or do not work properly. The key word is, again, reliable. This will be a business that has been around a few years and provides references if asked. I suggested one who specializes in schools and small business. I say this from experience. I have dealt with a local builder for many years who I selected to make PCs for a small school that I provide some volunteer computer support for. When we have a service issue, we take the box to them and they will try to fix it right there. If we find that a piece of selected hardware is not adequate, they swap it out giving full credit on the spot. They always give us OEM operating system disks and manufactuers driver disk for each piece of hardware. You will not get this from the big name companies. You may get nice boxes but you take what they offer in the way of configurations and software options. Rarely do you get a complete set of OEM software disks. Another advantage to custom builds is that, later, when the warranty is over and you would like to upgrade a video card or such or need a power supply, you will not find yourself stuck with a proprietary box that either cannot support your choice of hardware or must be returned to the manufacturer for the upgrade process which will not be inexpensive. The list of advantages goes on and on for those who will do some real homework before deciding what to buy. There will be minimal difference in cost either way. I would agree that getting a "PC in a Box" system is better for some, however. Sorry for the length of this....
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