The primary advantage of having a custom built computer is the peace of mind that comes with using only good working quality components and knowing your system is efficient and able to perform your most demanding tasks.
This doesn’t mean overbuilding for performance you’ll never use- It means building a practical workhorse that will cost-effectively meet your needs. I also cleanly load the operating system, avoiding all the unneeded software that most big manufacturers install. Most of time these free and trial software titles only bog down and destabilize your new system. They also trick users into thinking they need them and usually involve some kind of annual fee.
I can also load your new (or older) system to run in a dual-boot configuration, with for example XP and 7. You can then run your older programs properly (forget what you’ve heard about Windows 7 Pro; the XP mode doesn’t utilize memory well).
How do I offer long warranties? Answer: I don’t- the manufacturers do! Some of the parts, like the case, may only be one year, but the mission critical stuff ranges from 3 years to lifetime. Not only that, I do the research to avoid bad batches or rosy claims because, like you, I hate it when things break. My machines routinely last without problems for more than 8 years. I know this because after I put them through years of stress, I often hand them off to others who work them more.
Prices for these custom builds vary depending on required use. A typical box is usually around $1100, but that gets you a speedy machine with far more integrity than the big manufacturers offer. I generally try to stay off the bleeding edge as the extra performance is considerably more expensive and most users don’t notice the 10% difference in speed.
I started as an enthusiast and was fortunate that my friend and teacher was an engineer at Intel. I bought cheap hardware and soon learned the value of buying quality. With all sorts of problems, that first windows 95 machine provided me with quite an education in troubleshooting and a super lesson in value.
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