Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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RE: Umm...Build your own?
by WorknMan on Thu 27th Sep 2012 21:27 UTC in reply to "Umm...Build your own?"
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

Your main argument seems to come down to - you want to be able to have someone else take care of the hardware when it breaks and you want that someone else to just around the corner.

It seems to me you could do a lot better for yourself (in terms of money and hardware quality) if you took over that role yourself and build and maintain your own hardware.


Personally, I don't have the time nor patience to do my own builds, much less maintain them. So I usually buy my PCs from an outlet like Avadirect, and if it breaks down, there's a guy here in town that will come get the machine and usually have it back to me fixed the next day.

Of course, I realize everyone isn't lucky enough to have someone locally who makes house calls AND does good work, but you never know what you might find if you look ;)

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RE[2]: Umm...Build your own?
by Morgan on Thu 27th Sep 2012 21:57 in reply to "RE: Umm...Build your own?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

As a side business, I'm that "house call guy" and I've actually had to dial that business back some as it was beginning to affect my full time and part time jobs. Just word of mouth alone was getting me more hours than I could fit in one day.

Thankfully, a couple of local computer shops have opened up and I've been able to refer customers to them (after checking them out first of course). If it were possible to get decent health insurance in this country without a government job, I'd drop the full time job and just do consulting. But it's just not realistic right now.

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