posted on Jan, 31 2017 @ 05:17 PM
Build your own.
Last time I used pre-built computers was many years ago. At that time, our company only used DELL.
The reason was that DELL had a great service. When anything broke, DELL fixed it within 24 hrs. One time they fixed it the same day. They couriered
over a new motherboard and hard drive, and the tech checked and replaced the MB, all in the same morning. That was a corporate relationship, however.
It wasn't a gaming machine, but an office pc. So, the only reason to buy pre-built, is for their warranty service. I don't know what these things are
I build my own. I have 3 desktops that I built. Two identical machines, and one different. I chose the best components I could afford at the time. My
current set was built around 2007, with upgrades over time. They run fine with no problems. That's because I handpicked each component after reading
If you build your own, it's a good idea to build two identical machines.
That way, if something goes wrong, you can swap parts and easily "debug" the hardware, and figure out what stopped working. The fix is then simple.
Trying to debug a single piece of hardware without specialized equipment is a nightmare. With two identical machines, it's a piece of cake. No special
instrumentation is required. Just swap in and out parts until the problem is isolated. Then replace the broken part.
Since, you're planning to get two machines anyway, you're good to go for self-build. You'll know all the parts of your system, having researched them
and bought them yourself, and you'll have a fail-proof method of fixing the PCs when if and when anything goes wrong, by parts swap
You won't have to rely on the tech at the store to tell you some bull about what parts you need to buy to fix your pc.
There's nothing more comforting than knowing your system well enough to rely on your own labor to fix it.