It's more of a rhetorical question, really, but when I consider how Microsoft has us by the balls, it really doesn't seem much cheaper to build your own PC anymore. Consider: You go to Newegg, pick out all that great stuff, and you're all like, "oh dayumn, I've got a sweet rig, all for about $150-200 less than a retail product with fewer options and less power." You put that thing together, pat yourself on the back for your technical ability to build a PC from the ground up, and then realize, "oh shit, my work requires that I have Windows, so that I can utilize the myriad of software that simply won't run in some form of Linux." The price of Windows? First of all, I don't see how in the hell they legally (in the U.S. anyway) get away with limiting use of the Windows OS to one computer (for any home version of the software). Either way, though, when you consider the cost of the operating system, it sure starts to seem like a better option to simply find the cheapest retail deal and then strip out parts for other stuff you want instead. Since Windows (not the upgrade versions) seems to cost, in many cases, more than the hardware itself, this sure seems like the more frugal route to take. Am I looking at this from the wrong perspective, perhaps?