Buy or Build a PC?

I'm having some trouble deciding whether to buy a bare bone kit computer for less and build it, or buy a more expensive pre-built one.

Here's one of TigerDirect's bare bone kits-

I like this one but the main problem is that I'm worried i will get all the connections messed up (serial cables, pin connectors, etc.) But it is about $100 less than this pre-built one below

So here's the whole thing in short- the bare bone kit computer i might screw up, but it is a lot less than a pre-built one (I'll probably trust the pre-built one more).

Please help me decide which one.

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Caveman477 (author) 9 years ago
what do you guys think of this motherboard ?
I think you should stop trying to choose components if you don't know what you're doing, it's probably better for a first timer to get the kit you mentioned.
Caveman477 (author)  whatsisface9 years ago
Caveman477 (author) 9 years ago
i think i can save Ubuntu to a disk.

If I were to build one here are my parts list-



Hard Drive

Disk Burner

Graphics Card

Power Supply



So please tell me if there's anything cheaper (and still good) or if there's anything that needs fixing.
You're up to over $350 with no OS and no monitor... Your motherboard has onboard video, and yet you spent another $100+ on a better video card. I would rate the motherboard as the weak point; not enough RAM slots, not enough PCI slots, not enough USB.
Caveman477 (author)  westfw9 years ago
oh i didn't notice that it already had video-thanks, i have a usb hub at home but I'll look for another one anyway
300W Power supply? Good luck.
I agree. Go more than 300W, Caveman.
Consider looking for a case with a power supply, normally I don't shop online for them but If I can get a case with a 500 watt power supply for $69.99 at a big box store, you should be able to find one in the same range or better.... But I also wouldn't use a 300 Watt (( and I wouldn't ever buy a 300 watt, when a recycle center will give them or better away for free ))
Caveman477 (author) 9 years ago
is this case ok?
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