Building your own is unlikely to be a good choice. Most can't install Windows proper. Even I learned something new about Windows 7 a few months ago as I installed it on some new gear. If I hadn't been installing Windows since 1.0 I might not have known what to do. Certainly there is no support for you building and getting a pile of your selected parts to work and run Windows. (yes, I'm double dog daring you.)
So why not get a nice PC, Apple and for games, some PS3 or 360?
well, I have been thinking of this for some time now. I have never built a computer from the ground up before. I do know a little about them but not a lot. I would say I know more then a normal person but no were near what I would consider being good. either way I been saving up for some time now and been looking at buying a manufactured computer yet I'm not truly happy with anything I have seen, oh and I'm looking at spending about $600 - $1500.
first maybe I should start with some of the things I'm looking for in a computer. I'm not looking for a monster over-clocked high end gaming computer, yet I do want a computer that can handle what I can throw at it and time. both of my computer that I own today are about 5 years old and was bought with out paying any attention to what I was getting. basically I'm looking for a computer to hook to my TV & stereo through HDMI, play and burn blue-rays or dvds, do basic art work, the only game own and would love to play is my doom 3 which none of my computers can play even on the lowest settings.( I know the game is old by now but I still love the game and I play most of my games on a PS3). I would like it to be able to handle running a few programs at once and for it to have a good modem. sorry I must sound like a newbie that is why I'm posting in the newbie section ^_^ I wish I could spit out the best types of ram and motherboard and number yet I don't have that much time to really look all that up and to compare parts that is why I never looked into building one before. which brings me to my next point
now with building one it seem I can get more bang for my buck and without all the junk they like to give you when you get a factory made computer. since I just hate all the extra junk they give you and who doesn't want to get more for there money? I have been doing some reading on toms hardware with the systems builder marathon and they look nice but I begin to wonder do I need those graphic card? since I'm not heavy into high end gaming, would it be good for watching movies or blue ray. I like the speed of there $1500 one but is that really to much for me? I think if it can last me a good 5 or so year I will be happy. I'm not scared of putting it together since if this is a better rout to go I will spend the time to look up thing and check things out. there is one thing that does scare me about building my own. I have heard that you can build a nice machine yet it has problem with itself or with some programs. I can see how if you don't do your research it could have problems with it self yet I'm confused about it have problems with programs.
Sorry if this is long but in I guess if people could help me sort this out. It would be nice. Maybe point out some good factory computer or some builds I could fallow. Or maybe why I should chose one rout over the other. Like I side if building my own is really better I will put the time in to learn what I'm doing. Well thanks for any one help