I'm loving all the help available here on the forums. I was just wondering if it is cheaper to buy a pre built system, from say ibuypower, or hp, dell, exct, with windows installed or to custom build one yourself. I would think with the cost of Windows 7 and buying each part seperately it would add up to be significantly more expensive
As far as just expense is concerned, at the low end, buy prebuilt. At the upper end, build it your self. In the middle, it's a toss up. Overclocking? Build it yourself.
The big advantage of building the PC yourself is that you have complete control over what you put in the box. The big disadvantage of building the PC yourself is that you have complete control over what you put in the box. That will depend on the quality of component decisions you make.