Originally Posted by AtomicFrost
They buy them because they are from a mainstream builder (Dell) and they work.
Why don't you fix your own car?
Why don't you build your own furniture? Kitchen cabinets?
Why don't you lay your own carpet in your home? Redo your shingles on your roof?
Why do people go to restaurants?
You can save a bunch doing all of those yourself. How many of us do?
1. Time to learn
2. Ability is limited
A very good post with good comparisons.
Judging by the responses, I would venture to say that the majority of people in this thread are 13-25 and single. You must realize that while your life is full of free time it isn't the case for most people who have lives, jobs, and homes. Of all the things to spend spare time on, computers is not one that is all too important. We do it because it is a hobby, NOT because it is cheaper. In reality, for how much I can make at work per hour and how valuable the time is to spend with my wife and daughter, I would MUCH rather spend an extra 10-15% for a prebuilt, preinstalled, preworking PC with full support.
For me, however, this is one of my hobbies and so I build them myself. But for the majority of people, buying prebuilt is not at all a bad thing. Alienware has the support of Dell behind them which many people will rag but with which I have never had any unpleasant issues.
All in all, you could do EVERYTHING in your life yourself. Stop going to the store and grow your own garden, make your own biodiesel, do car repairs, CNC your own stuff. Most things in life are cheaper to do yourself but time = money and I am perfectly content paying someone to do my plumbing for me regardless of how cheap it would be to do myself (within reason, of course).
TL;DR When you don't have this much free time or care to spend time on your PC, you will realize priorities for you are not the same as they were in the past.
edit: I should also add that if you are happy with what you payed, then why worry? Every person in this thread could have gotten a better, cheaper PC ( sometimes *gasp* even a prebuilt) if they would have shopped around more or waiting a few days. But no one rags on you for doing it. Get over other people being content with their purchases.Edited by IEATFISH - 4/14/11 at 2:15pm