It may not be as expensive as you think. 2 of my 3 custom builds cost about the same as a mid-price off-the-shelf system. The first one was more expensive because I went from a laptop to a desktop and needed speakers, keyboard, monitor and mouse. I also requested sound and graphic cards.
If you already have speakers, keyboard, monitor, and mouse you'll save money because you don't need those things.
Questions to ask when consulting about your custom build:Do you have a basic custom build?
Most of them do. Find out what the basic build consists of-OS, hard drive size, how much memory, processor type.
You won't get a sound or graphics card. If you don't want to use on board sound and graphics, you'll pay extra for the cards. What is your warranty? How long is it for, what does it cover?
(mine is 3 years, which covers motherboard, hard drive, fans, and maybe a few other things but I have to take it to the tech every 6 months so they can open the case and clean out the innards)Will the warranty be voided if you open up the case for anything?
They may put a sticker over it and if you open the case, the sticker will break.Will you get the disk for the motherboard, and an OS disk?
Once you find out what the basic build is, you can talk about extras and how much they will cost.
If you have a computer tech shop you've dealt with and like, that's the place to start. If not, ask people you know who they use.
Call a few of them or stop by the shop.
Edited by Queen-Evie, 23 October 2010 - 03:42 PM.