Which one do you use? Which one do you like? why?
I'm personally using an assembled one right now.
Definitely assembled. It's cheaper and I'm not dependent on one company's services.
Currently all my systems are branded, though I've assembled several... so, both.
Sadly, it's often cheaper to buy branded and modify than to buy the same components separately.
All my computers have been assembled. I doubt that any branded model could compete on price on the level I am operating at. I don't think it is only the hardware that makes for a really good computer, but how it is configured and how the operating and applications software are put together. I seemed to have lucked out with a really good technician who buys bulk, knows his way with prices, as well as how to put the assembled products together. I would agree however, that if one were to try an assembled version of some of the higher specifications brands, such as Apple computers, that the branded version may be cheaper than the assembled version.
My first PC was branded bought back in 2001. Then I had very little knowledge about computer components. Now I buy only assembled PCs.
My first PC was obviously branded. My second one was assembled by a friend, and now I buy my components online and assemble my PC myself.
I think its cheaper and I like the freedom it provides in configuring your PC.
Branded, I use laptops, i don't need the power of a desktop for everything soo yeah...
I always go with assembled. Because i am having option combination to select my Processor/ ram / os etc.,
I have a laptop, so I'm stuck with branded.
My last desktop was assembled, though. Good times ...
I rely on assembled one. I think through this I can choose the best part and I didn't have to be dependent on a particular company's service
Assembled, its flexible to suite my needs, plus the branded PCs is not easy to maintain and you can only rely on their warranty IMO
You can still build a laptop, though. Granted there's not nearly as much versatility as building a desktop, but nevertheless, it's way more customizable than a branded notebook. You simply have to buy a barebone which includes the motherboard and shell and often the screen and graphics card. With the barebone, you can add the CPU, RAM, hard drive, optical drive, screen, graphics card, and wireless card.