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20. The Pros and Cons

If you build your own PC, you can buy the exact components and accessories to tailor the machine to exactly what you want. Actually constructing your own machine *may* save you money which you can put toward other components or keep in your pocket, or invest in your retirement. :)

With an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) PC, you do not have as many choices, although some like Dell have evolved to allow more leeway in specifying your new PC. If you really don't like the idea of plugging the components in yourself, you can come close to building your own with Dell and others who allow you to specify processor, RAM, video/sound and other ingredients.

by slash See Profile edited by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2008-01-28 19:22:00

One can learn a lot in building a cruncher and it can be a lot of fun. You begin to understand how computers work better and what makes them tick.

by slash See Profile

OEM pc's like Dells but especially HP and Compaqs are not very upgradable and often times include proprietary features. With a computer you build yourself, it is very easy to upgrade since all the parts are part of the ATX standard.

by slash See Profile

No ... not really. You can't just pick up the phone and call Dell Support and tell them the lights on your DVD drive don't work.

But there are two real positive aspects to this: First, you build it, and you are intimately familiar with how things work now ... and Second, you can get all the help you need right here on the site!

Many folks in the TD forum are quite knowledgeable and helpful. There are several other forums on the site that also offer help:
Computer Hardware Discussion/Reviews
Computer Hardware Help

by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2008-01-28 07:31:20

You may very well break a piece of hardware when building your PC, but this is fairly unusual. Most folks realize they're involved in somewhat delicate activity, and behave accordingly. Computer hardware has also become far more stable and less delicate over time. Don't get discouraged if something goes awry - it can happen to anyone, and if you're dealing with a reputable outlet, many times you will be able to replace the component.

by slash See Profile edited by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2008-01-28 07:35:53