And now you see the big difference between buying a ready made computer versus building your own.
Buy a brand name computer if you do not plan to do upgrades beyond memory or drives. Basically you buy them if you are the type of person that never opens the case or tries to tweak the computer.
Build your own if you are always changing things or want custom.
What would you say the cost difference would be in building your own computer versus buying one on the shelf, after buying windows to go with it as well? I'm sure it's cheaper, but how much cheaper?
And what would you say the hardest part of building a computer is? It seems like it would be getting a motherboard that will be compatible with the CPU/Ram/Graphics Card that you want.
When the brand name computers go on sale they can be pretty inexpensive.
Most motherboard makers have a compatibility list on their website for their motherboards.
If you are buying the OS and all the parts it may not be any cheaper to build than to buy. The thing is you have control over all the parts. You can pick a case you like the look of.
Generally if you buy a decent case you will have more expansion options such as drive bays. If you are a gamer you will probably do better building your own.
For some the "I built it" factor.
The big trick is don't buy everything on the cheap. Use good quality parts.
Edited by rotor123, 27 September 2011 - 09:17 AM.