I told my bother in-law about my laptops problem, he doesn't know much about laptops but is going to try and help me get the info off the computer sometime in the next week or two. Since the computer is still working it will probably be somewhat easy. After we back it up we're probably going to try and poke around inside- he knows a little bit about desktops and took computer courses years ago in school. I guess if we can't figure out what happened to the laptop I'll just have to replace it. He seemed pretty excited about the possibility of building a new one - but I don't know if what we can build is going to work for me and my budget. I don't want to spend more than $400-600, my sister has mentioned in the past that he wanted to build a gaming computer (a side project of 1-2k doesn't fit their budget). I'm a little worried that with my budget the computer may not be all that different than what you can get from a place like bestbuy- I mean when they sell thousands of them the cost of production (and quality) is probably much lower than a home build. My problem is if we building a 1k+ computer it will need to last about 5-8 yrs if it doesn’t I’m screwed- I think I can buy computers from places like bestbuy that are about $500 and they will probably last at least 2-5yrs each. I know if something breaks on a homebuilt computer it's easier to fix (but it will still probably cost $75-200 depending on what part of the system fails). So my options are
A. 1-2k upfront on a pretty high performance build
B. try to build the best system for $400-600
C. bestbuy or newegg etc $400-600 with standard 1yr manufactures warranty (and possibly extended warranties if the rates are reasonable for the length of time)
…I’m a little worried about a build; I need a working computer soon and don’t have weeks or possibly months. I’m unsure of his skill level and how long it will take to put together, I’m confident it will be an excellent computer I’m just unsure of how long and how much the project will ultimately cost.