With the stimulus check coming, and my mother-in-law's continued computer problems, I've decided to get a new computer, and give her our current one (which has no problems, and I know how to fix anything that comes up).
So my question is, would I be better off getting a computer from Best Buy, Circuit City, or somewhere similar or get a friend of mine to build me a computer?
Is it relatively the same price to build your own vs buying pre-built?
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For most basic computers, it's going to be comparable, if not cheaper just to buy the computer.
If you're talking about some special items like exotic, water cooled cases, or extra large power supplies, then you might be interested in the build your own route. Stuff like that can get pricy either way.
Ars Technica has a pretty funny article (well... funny under the circumstances) regarding the "sky is falling" mentality of some of the technology pundits who are on the verge of proclaiming the end of Apple.