Originally Posted by Jordan1
Newegg has my money.
Building computers is not that hard. I've been doing my own since I was 11. If you are too overwhelmed by the task, pay me to do it for you. The warranty is BETTER than AW or Dell (3 years parts minimum, most have lifetime; although since you built it you have to do the labor, big whoop), which most people don't know. The only downside is the operating system gets kind of expensive that way, which is why software piracy went through the roof right about the time building PCs got popular.
I didn't bother to check the specs of what you guys are putting together, but I guarantee I can make your $4000 computer for 65% of that price. It won't say Alienware on it, but you could get a professional automotive paint job for $300-600, which still leaves you sitting on an $800 savings, AND you'll have something longer-lasting with better hand-selected components.
You don't have to listen to me, but honestly, building a system is not that difficult; you need someone to guide you through it the first time I suppose, and after that it'll be a piece of cake. The hardest part will be if someone releases a new interface (like serial ATA) that has a plug-in you've never seen before. But, with computers now days, everything is color-coded and it is impossible to plug something in backwards or in the wrong slot. It even comes with manuals!!