Build or Buy ?

Started May 15, 2010 | Discussions thread
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Jim B (MSP)
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Build or Buy ?
May 15, 2010

I view myself as an advanced amateur photographer. I use Capture One and Photo Shop Elements as my primary pp tools, and have been playing with HDR recently. With PSE, I do a fair amount of work with layers and masks. I am currently using an older Dell portable that I bought for business travel - it is light, small internal hard drive, but slow, with 2G of memory. I use external drives via USB 2.

I want to upgrade my pc capabilities. I am debating between a new high end commercial laptop, a commercial desktop which I'd modify (extra memory, etc) or building my own desktop.

Now my question - how much will I save (~ %) if I build my own desktop vs customizing a commercial (eg Dell) computer?

Will I end up with a significantly better pc for my needs, or simply somewhat better?

Thanks in advance.
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Jim

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