Reading the different forums have taught me a great deal about computers. I have made a decision that I would like a new PC. I currently own a Dell Dimension 8300 and I know now owning a canned PC makes you a virtual slave to Dell. Just looking for some upgrades I found all had to be bought through Dell, and they tend to move on quickly to their new models, leaving a 2-3 year old computer seeming like a rusted car in a junk yard. They haven't upgraded my BIOS in almost 2 years....Anyway, I digress.
My posting is to seek input from as many people as possible willing to take the time to offer their advice.
What I have discovered is that there are PC manufacturers which exist that allow the buyer a wide berth in picking out hardware to "customize" their PC. One brand (actually the only one I know) that comes to mind is Alienware. Visiting their site, they let you virtually customize your PC from Motherboard to cooling. This is what I have decided I want. The freedom to pick out my own parts, but allow a company do something that I can not, put the PC together.
Can anyone recommend other manufacturers like Alienware, who allow for complete customizing??? The computer that I want will be used for heavy muti-tasking (Photoshop, Microsoft office, etc...) and for some weekend gaming action like Novalogic Typhoon Rising. My budget is around $1500-$1800, which is excluding a monitor, keyboard and mouse.
Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.