"Why Should I Build a Computer?
Why should I build a computer? There are so many companys today that can just do that for me like Dell, Cyberpower PC, Apple and A-trac (to name a few.) They have their names known for computers for good reasons like Microsoft right? Wrong. Building it yourself is far better than having a big company mass produce them (sound similar to your philosophy on buying golf clubs?) What is the difference? You are just putting it together yourself. That is one advantage, Knowing what is in your system, but also, you pick every part. When all computer companys build a computer, The only 2-3 components that are actually worth the price are CPUs, OS and the Hard Drive in some cases. The rest of the parts are junk. This is how company's like Dell make their money, They use the absolute cheapest RAM, PSU, Cases, motherboards and graphics cards. Their only mission is the have the computer run windows and then it is not their problem anymore. This does not only apply to Dell (I am just using then as an example) it also applys to HP, A-Trac, and every other computer company. Well, My Dell has a warranty on it, What if you have problems with all your parts? Well, First off, The warranties from major companys are almost useless, The only thing they really cover is the hard drive. notice how the old Dell we have just died, happened from a combination of a cheap PSU and Motherboard. All components have manufacturer's warranties on them that last 2 years, 5 even lifetime. So if there are any defects they fix them. Dell doesn't fix the problem, they just tell you what is wrong and send back your computer. It will go out of date like your laptop right? No, Desktops last far longer than laptops for 3 major reasons. 1, Desktops are more powerful and can handle things for longer than a laptop. 2, You can't upgrade a laptop, so once you get it, your stuck with the way it is forever, Desktops you can just upgrade one or two parts and boost the performance. 3, To make the desktop last a little longer than normal, you can just overclock a small bit and it is still stable. How much will I be wasting one this computer? Nothing, I will pay 100% of it. What will happen to your laptop I just bought? I will still use it, quite a bit actually, I get a better version and linux and learn more about using linux and use it to program and when we go away. Why don't you want to go with A-Trac, They are great? They are, but not for home computers. They are a business computer and server company. The specs don't need to be that impressive, They just need to run. Plus, the one that they recommended would have a tough time running windows vista when that comes out and you would I would just complain about getting a new one because you wouldn't let me upgrade it in any way. Here is a rough spread sheet mapping out the parts of a dell and home built computer in the same price range and it shows how bad commercially built computers are for the price."
Any last thoughts before I email it to him?