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9-29-2009 @ 8:18PM
Building it yourself is indeed cheeper, assuming these items are not worth anything to you:1. Time. It will take time to assemble the machine, load an operating system, and so on. And this all assumes you have the skill to do so without damaging any parts.2. Support. If something goes wrong, who do you contact for assistance?3. Warranty. Sure, the parts will each have their own warranty, but that means more time dealing with troubleshooting to find out exactly who to call.4. Operating system and other software. Most build it yourself people leave the cost of software out. If a person wants to have a legal setup, this is important.5. Quality. Many times, low end "cheep" components are going to cause issues, or make the system really loud, or other issues. I built my own machines for a while when I was interested in tinkering, and they served my needs fine. I no longer do so because the stuff I'd like to tinker with is outside the home PC realm now, and I just want to buy a box, plug it in, and be done with it.As for upgradability, there really isn't any with either path. If you build it yourself, sure, you might be able to reuse the case for a new build. But odds are, some new CPU generation will come out, requiring a new motherboard, that then requires new RAM, a new power supply, and so on. That hard drive from 4 years ago is going to be small by todays standards.
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