Where u happy with ur MESH? I bought from Mesh 2 years ago and I had no problems.. there is no doubt they build quality machines probably amoung the best. As has been said over and over its the very small minority that have the problems. GO Mesh GO.
An alternative would be Novatech, u will pay a little more but from what I hear they are an excellent company with breat customer service.
My advie on a self build would be:
1. U wont build computer any cheaper than u can buy.
2. Unless u are 100% sure u know what ur doing dont do it or you could spend many hours on here trying to sort it out.
If it was me then my votes would go either to Novatech who I have personal experience of and have great customer service or Cougar who I have never used myself but seem to have had a lot of good press on this Forum.
Doing a DIY build is more expensive unless you can use a lot of the parts out of your old PC and thats unlikely as most things have changed, new types of memory, PCI Express graphics replacing AGP, SATA drives replacing IDE etc.
My advice buy a complete system don't try to build yourself as it'll cost you more. And if you choose Vista as an OS get 2 gig of memory.
... although isn't it always. Based on experience: Novatech - Wide range of well configured and well built machines, albeit that there isn't much room for further configuration within their range - on the website, at least. Reasonably priced. Exceptionally good customer service. Mesh - Good range, good price, easy configuration on the website. Well priced. Jury still out on customer service - it may well have improved, but heavens, it needed to! Cougar - Nice systems and well priced. Growing reputation. My only concerm might be that the pC business is ultra-competitive and I just don't know if they have the muscle to stay in the market
I used Mesh once and found their customer service crap (thats putting it mildly)
My current PC was purchased from Evesham click here. Its been the most stable reliable PC that I have owned. Also on the rare occasions that I have needed to contact customer service by either email of telephone, I found that the service was A1 and so is the quality of their PC's IMO.