This is what I did. I spent a lot of time researching/obsessing over every part down to the case fans from different sites. Then I had the now defunct NCIX price match all the sites and also build it. At the time I believe I only paid $50 to have it built(I still can’t believe all of their servers/customer info ended up being sold off piecemeal in a back room of some sketchy warehouse).There is a third option. Pick your desired parts and have computer professionals assemble it. For my last build I took my old computer into Microcenter, MC cannibalized the old parts I wanted to reuse in the new build, I purchased the exact new parts I wanted and MC assembled it all in the new case for a reasonable $149.99. MC returned old parts that I didn't use so that I could sell the marketable used parts on SellGPU. They also tested my new build to ensure that everything worked. The cable routing was very neat and clean which looks great.
If I look at the sub $2k build as well as the pre-built systems listed in the article, there were compromises made in each. In contrast my build included exactly what I wanted/needed for my PC usage.
Back in the late 70s building your own pc was nothing , it was clones , the same hardware not much options to choose between.Except for laptops and my Amiga phase I always build my own desktops. I built my first desktop in the late 70s (s100 bus, z80 with 4K of RAM!).
It takes a great deal of time for someone like me who is new to this. But I am building my next PC from scratch just for the heck of it.It still costs time to research the parts when you buy a ready-made, if you want to get the best bang for your buck.
That's part of the fun for those that like to build their own systems. You end up knowing exactly what parts are in your system and the reason you chose them.It still costs time to research the parts when you buy a ready-made, if you want to get the best bang for your buck.