I have been watching the online sellers such as Newegg, Tiger Direct and Cyberpower. They have some very good prices on configure your own computers. I have also gotten a few bids from local computer shops.
As expected, the local shops cannot compete with a place that sells thousands of computers a year, they are asking around $150 more than the internet sellers with a one year warrantee while most internet sellers provide a three year warrantee. Where I am debating which way to go concerns the reviews from people who have bought online. It seems that for every review that says the computer arrived when expected and
has worked great, there are the stories of how they didn't work or only worked for a short period of time. Some mention that they paid for items that were not installed. On the other hand, a locally built computer
can be returned within a half hour if something doesn't work. Most local places have a reputation to protect and will go out of their way to make sure you get what you asked for. I might get lucky and get a computer
that works great while saving $150, I might have to pack it up and send it back a few times. What are your thoughts?