Q - My son’s friend says we don’t want to buy any more new computers, that we should “build our own”. Any ideas what he’s talking about?
A – Your son’s friend is the equivalent of a hot rod tinkerer. What would you rather drive … a tricked out roadster or a reliable Honda with a warrantee … ? I thought so :)
There was a time when building your own PC (buy the case, motherboard, power supply, drive, cpu, etc … and put it all together yourself) made financial sense. And I would still encourage it if you see it as a chance for you or your kids to geek out and learn. But prices on a basic, get the job done PC are so low that usually people consider building their own only when they are creating a really high-end gaming machine. Again, no slight to the friend of your son. I applaud their thinking. But I am thinking of you. There are plenty of desktop / 20 inch combo deals available for under $500.