Originally Posted by onoz
There is no reason to spend a large amount of time researching and learning something that will probably never interest you.
I don't know about everyone else who builds computers, but this stuff interests me, which is why I put time, effort, and money into it. Do you always do research on things before you do it? Are you willing to set aside X amount of time to learn something when you could just pay a little more and have it done for you?
I can buy my own oil filter and oil for my car, set aside about 30 minutes to do it, clean, take a shower... OR I could take it to a shop and have it done in 5-10 minutes.
Yes I do research things before buying them for just about everything. How much time I spend depends on how much of an investment my purchase will be. I guess lots of people don't hence why mac's are so popular now days.
Don't know why you think all this research and learning takes a lot of time. Changing your breaks is the simplest thing you can do, all it takes is an hour or two to actually do it. Furthermore your not just saving a couple bucks, most mechanics shops charge several hundred dollars plus parts to change your breaks and/or do mediocre work such as changing your oil filter.
Also why would it take 30 minutes to do it yourself but 5 minutes for a person making min wage at pensoil? Have you ever done this? Changing your oil is very simple you empty the oil into a pan and them pour in the new oil.
Also you don't need to take a shower after doing this when washing your hands will more than suffice. Oil isn't some toxic substance that you need to sanitize yourself after working around it.
Sure, I saved money. Sure, did it myself. Sure, I'm less ignorant (though that's arguable). So what?
What's the point of being alive if you aren't willing to learn and experience new things? It's not just about money.
My first build I broke a pin on my CPU and had to buy a new one. Sure I wasted money in that one instance but I learned from it and now I can help myself and others with that experience.
EDIT: Obviously when we make threads like this were not suggesting people build their own cars or cut down their own wood to build their own houses and investing huge amounts of time into doing everything yourself. I understand the benefits of letting other people do it sometimes. That's not what I am saying here.
Changing your oil and breaks in your car is a matter of maintaining something that can be a huge financial investment yet many people don't know anything about how a car works. Same thing with computers. I'm taking about people taking initiative and not choosing to remain ignorant. The information is out there and its not hard to learn in your spare time.Edited by james_ant - 8/17/11 at 5:10pm