Originally Posted by VENOM-OF-SINS
I think the key idea was choosing pre-built systems from the bigger companies like HP, Acer, or Compaq, and then from there, upgrading them yourself.
I don't recommend that, as you often waste a ton getting such systems up to specs for a gaming system. I'd recommend that if peeps want to dump the money into a system builder they go ahead and know full well what they are paying for what and then get a system that meets their needs. If they want to get a system and then do upgrades, I recommend they look around on places like NewEgg or Tigerdirect or even Ebay and find a "bare bones kit" that has the CPU, MB, Hard drive, Case, Power supply, possibly ram, and then upgrade those
with their own graphics, more ram, etc. A bare bones kit would have a much lower markup than a complete system.