two sides

by porsche10x - 12/5/10 4:49 PM

In Reply to: Alienware worth it? The truth: by PopoMcBeaver

I used to build my own, partly to save money and partly for the fun of it. I would agree though, in recent years, it's often cheaper to buy than build, especially if you can live with something pretty generic. As mentioned, any savings is usually blown away by the cost of the OS. But on the other hand, as soon as you start customizing, letting the manufacturer "build your own" for you, the price of a retail system often goes crazy. They may charge twice as much for upgrades compared to just buying the parts and upgrading yourself. Also, be careful. If you're successful, you might end up being tech support for everyone in your circle of friends and family:)