To build or not to build... Most people have said that building a PC yourself is cheaper than buying a pre-built one, and that they would opt to do so if they only knew how. Well, before we accept that statement as the golden rule, I am going to go against these comments and say some people are better off buying pre-builts. You have to come to the decision on whether or not to build yourself, based on the following questions: - Am I willing to take the time and effort needed to build an efficient and problem-free PC? - Do I have the patience to deal with any problems that may arise, including defective hardware? - Do I have the budget to buy more parts after the fact, because I forgot something the first time? If you don't have the time, don't want to put in the effort, don't have the patience, or don't have a decent budget, it's probably NOT the time to start building PCs (doh!) But if you're ready to rock and roll hen let's get started!