PapaXpress wrote:This matters if you want to keep the rig for five years and just upgrade the video card, which is already starting to utilize the 3.0 speeds, and certainly newer cards a year from now will.
If they built and sold computers that were designed to last, where would their 'repeat business'
The stuff that is sold at Best Buy are designed for profit, meaning they sell computers that were built with the cheapest components so they don't have to pay a lot for them.
Full Disclosure: This was told to me by a Best Buy employee.
Example (I have not confirmed this to be fact yet
): It's believed that Seagate now designs their hard drives to fail shortly after the warrantee expires. Why? So they can sell you another one.
Unfortunately reputation doesn't seem to be of concern for a lot of manufactures these days.
When price is the main issue with a purchase - as it is with most of us - you end up getting what you pay for.
I wish I could offer the OP an alternative, but not knowing in what area he lives, and what brick & mortar stores are near by, it's hard to say.