Are the days of building your own desktop to save money gone? Today, our trusty old laptop died, and while discussing replacements with the wife, I mentioned I wasn't planning on getting another laptop and building a second desktop. She asked, "Why don't you just buy one from dell or one of those companies?". And my response, of course, was that to get a quality desktop, a pre-built machine would simply cost more than building it myself. However, she, stubborn as all women are, didn't believe me, so I said I'd prove it by going online and showing. So, I picked out your standard current decent mid-upper range PC on newegg - x58 Motherboard, i7 920, a signle GTX 275, 4g of good RAM, and a 750W power supply, so potential to upgrade to two GPUs would be there. The basic parts of a PC, not counting the other minor stuff I'd need like a case, an aftermarket coolant, etc. Total came out to around $1100 before shipping. Then I went to Alienware's website, thinking surely I nice expensive overpriced Alienware desktop will make my point. Customized an Aurora with a similar setup (obviously, the motherboard being something you don't have control over, but if its support the same hardware, it should be comparable). To kick things off, I even added a second GPU in SLI right off the bat. The total? $1200!? WTF? A PC of possibly better perfomance, with a better GPU, all the extras I didnt count earlier like a case, etc, a cheap warranty, and ready to go right out of the box, costing only $100 more than my scratch built? (Which, if I really nickle and dimed the differences out, would actully be CHEAPER by several hundred dollars?!?) Surely there had to be an error...tried a few more systems on various sites with similar results. So, my question is, are the days of Building over Buying over?