CDRecorder wrote:Advantages for buying a pre-built PC (including custom machines from Gateway or Dell)
Price may be lower.
I would put this under the advantages of building your own PC, and I would change it to read "Price will
be lower." All you need to do is shop around. Heck, even if you don't shop around and buy all the parts from a vendor such as Newegg, you'll still save money compared to having Gateway build it for you. The main reason why I build all my PC's from scratch is mainly that, because the price is much less than a Gateway, Dell, HP, etc. When I built my current machine (P4 2.4GHz, Intel D845PEBT2 Mobo, 1GB RAM, Radeon 8500 128MB DDR Video Card, Maxtor 80GB HDD), it cost me between $500-550, and at the time, Dell was selling P4 1.8GHz machines with 256MB RAM (maybe 512 if one acted during Dell's special upgrade period), 80GB HDD, and god knows what graphics card (definitely not a Radeon 8500 or anything close to it) for $499 after rebate
! See the difference? I'm sure if I had Dell custom build a similar machine to the one I built then they would've charged me at least $200 more. That's $200 I'm glad I kept!
However, all the other advantages for each respective choice that CDRecorder mentioned I would also agree with. The only reason, in my mind, to have Gateway build a machine for you is because you know you'll use their tech support in the future or if you don't know how to build your own machine. For some people, this is the only reason they need to buy a Gateway, and I respect that. For some people, buying a Gateway makes perfect sense.
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