tl;dr skip to last paragraph -
I need a new PC and must spend several grand by year's end for tax reasons. I usually build my own, but have a multitude of health issues that result in being extremely weak especially right shoulder, hand, arm, plus scary random arm/hand spasms and general brain fog. I hate talking about this crap, but it's my reality for now. I built my first box back in the 486 era (though haven't built anything in 7 years) but for the first time in my life I'm questioning building a PC myself.
I spent around $2500 on my current build and found pre-built quotes around $6500. Now maybe it's my weak shopping, but I'm seeing only around a ~$1k, at most $2k difference.
One of my worries with the limited timeframe is getting something important DOA and having to wait too long for a replacement to test everthing else. Yeah.. I guess I can probably test a graphics card in my current PC. Maybe RAM. I guess I can check if a PSU is totally dead with a DVM, but can't load it up unless I take the AX850 out of my current box... which is sadly on the floor and weighs too much to move.
And the worst thing is that the thought of even touching a $900+ CPU with the possibility of my hand jerking without warning fills me with fear. I held my breath handling the 980X and I really felt I couldn't tighten the Noctua cooler properly with my then much stronger hands and arms.
Sorry I'm using you guys to think through all this, but in my brain damaged condition, I have no choice. And I know you all are seriously pro custom self-build, which is why I felt I needed several paragraphs of babble to justify this. I'm not really sure how long I can put this decision off. If I do build myself I need to start sooner rather than later.
So I'm looking at Puget Systems and Falcon NW due to rep and location. Do any of you have experience, opinions, ideas, whatnot about Puget, Falcon NW or can recommend anyone else? I've looked at Digitalstorm, Maingear and Origin but the shipping sucks. Puget has a free ground shipping right now, though I might upgrade to air because I feel I might get better handling, tracking and chance of getting them to walk the thing up to my 3rd floor apt... but I could be dreaming.