Its not cheaper if you need to buy all the bits but if you are butchering your old PC and can use a lot of the bits off it you can end up being slightly cheaper. Its such a cutthroat business now that the prices are so low for a complete system that if you have to buy all the parts individually you can easily be a couple of hundred quid dearer. I do enjoy building PCs and if you fancy trying it why not try going half way. Get a barebones unit such as Novatech sells, add a hard drive, graphics card and CDROM and you're there. A new PC. Use your old bits if you can and even your monitor keyboard and mouse all savings. You'll have to price it up yourself though to see if the difference is worth it.
Thanks for that. Im afraid i gave my old desktop to the old fellah (father) so i need the whole lot! Ive been looking at a compaq 2109, for about £430 from currys, and to build one at a saving would be pretty difficult!
WtheM You don't mention what you use it for. If its games its essential that the PC has a PCI Express slot. If not then you are stuck with the onboard graphics and cannot upgrade it. Also some of the branded PCs come with quite low power supplies which isn't a problem until you try to put a high end graphics card in them and find that the power is inadequate. If you want a reasonable all round machine that will hopefully do you for a while and can do games then have a look at some of the Novatech PCs and if its games you are interested in go for one of the ones which come with a GeForce 7600GT graphics card already installed. Such as click here £533.45 with Vista Home Premium though that is a price without the monitor. If too expensive this one click here £357.20 add a 7600GT at £78.72 click here total £435.92 but again you need a monitor, they can start at just over £100 click here Something to think about.