I agree, i have built many pc's before but my MCE has been a learning process. Since building my original machine 18 months ago, i still haven't got standby to work correctly. Its been guess work to try and get it to work. I have replaced my PSU, Graphics are twice and memory. I suspect my motherboard now.BUILDING A PC IS NOT HARD until you decide to install MCE
I have been thinking about this myself but i have satisfaction that my machine is home built.AT LEAST WITH A PRE-BUILT MACHINE IN SHOULD ALL HAVED BEEN FULLY TESTED
It's not rocket science but it can be a pain in the backside. If you want to treat it as a hobby then build one and enjoy the learning experience. If you want to plug it in and it work then you have more chance with a purchased machine but it's going to cost you a bit extra.how hard is it to build a media center pc? or is it cheaper to just by one?
and a pain in the bum if your media PC becomes buggy....and for someone that is interested* it is a fun challenge and provides a great deal of satisfaction when you get your own rig working. You also learn a lot more along the way thus giving you scope to tweak and make additions later down the road.
You have full control over all the components comprising your machine, as well as all the software on it. The Dell/HP bog stock boxes aren't very attractive in your living room either.
There is a huge wealth of information on fori (what actually is the plural) such as this, TGB etc and elsewhere on the web.
* and has a degree of techincal savvy