Posted 11 May 2009 - 04:39 PM
Your brother could check with some reputable computer techs in his area. Most have a basic build-find out what that includes and then ask how much more if other things are wanted. (ex. graphic card, sound card, card reader, etc)
If he has a desktop now, he won't need a new monitor, mouse, or keyboard.
Ask about the warranty-how long and what it covers. Pay attention to what they tell you-my warranty is for 3 years IF I take it in every 6 months so they remove the side of the case and clean the innards.
After he gets the info, he can compare the features and the price with Dell, etc.
The only drawback to a shop-built system is even though the shop may have been in business for a while and is reputable, it may not be there in a year or two.