Just to see which is the most popular one among FST users....
Mine as I would imagine most peoples here are custom built.
custom built, all my 4 pcs.
i refuse to buy pre-assembled PCs, as u always get ripped off or pay for useless windows licenses etc etc. what a waste of money.
agree, usually people with less knowledge of computer hardwares buy brand computers and pay more and they always have a justification! and that is the warranty !! well they don't know that in a year or so the price of their hardwares drop to 1/4 th of their orginal price and those brand companies out there are more than happy to fix your broken parts and that is because you have bought a warranty package 10 times more expensive than that part it self!!!
I have a gateway and custom built and my next will also be custom.
My first PC was an eMachines and after two weeks or so I opened it up to add RAM and thought "Is this it? I could make this!".
Everything since has been self-assembled.
This doesn't mean I have a problem with manufactured PCs...on the contrary, I think that below @$500 you're better off buying rather than building.
As an individual consumer you lack the purchasing power of the OEMs and they can sell some pretty nice stuff for very little money.
"I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg