Seeing as I will be coming into a bit of money soon due to a bonus program at work paying out I decided it is time for a new computer. I currently have a low-level Compaq that I bought when the last computer I built got fried in an electrical storm. My wife needed a computer ASAP and I didn’t have time to built one proper. So I put up with this one for a while, but now I need something I can at least upgrade.
I was going to start looking into building a new one, but a recent thread stated that nowadays buying a prebuilt is even cheaper that building a comparable one. So, as far as I have seen, most of the major retailers (Dell, Gateway, HP, etc) sell decent comps, but they usually are not as upgradeable as I would like. I don’t know if this is only true of their lower end systems. My primary question is whether the Doper community could recommend a good online site for buying a prebuilt. (I live in MA, USA) My second question is at what point building becomes a viable option again. I have a decent keyboard, mouse, DVD-RW, HD and floppy, but these tend to be the lower priced components so is prebuilt still the way to go?