Iv'e done, and do, all of the above. Long ago, I was a big supporter of building your own. Used to be, you could get a much better system for much less money. As the margins got smaller and smaller, the tables turned, and now I usually find I can't build a system nearly as cheaply as I can buy one, especially when you throw in the cost of windows, even OEM. Yes, sometimes the purchased PCs aren't quite as high performance or quality, but honestly, most of the time, it really just doesn't make any difference. I've done it for others, but I've also been saddled with being their tech support for the next five years. If it's for work, then I definitely buy. My company doesn't pay me (or anyone) to build PCs. If they did, the PCs would cost more than Porsches. I'd be an idiot to forego the factory warranty. The first time I had to fix one PC, the cost to my company would be greater than the cost of the PC, probably a lot more. I would still build one for home, just for the fun of it, or if I wanted something specific or higher end than I could easily buy. On the other hand, the stuff on sale, especially newer refurbs are just irresistible.
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