Benefits Of Building Your Own Recording Computer
Building an audio recording computer is not difficult. I like to compare setting up a computer to putting together a home theater system with a TV, Playstation, and DVD player. Actually, I find it much easier to build the computer.
You build the recording computer so you know how to fix it
You will save at a lot of money
You select the components and therefor can choose to use motherboards, processors, ram, hard drives, based on quality and not so much on hitting a rock bottom price point.
You will save time because it's quicker to build a computer than it is to remove all the useless junk that name brand computers come jam packed with.
You will be more confident when it comes to dealing with problems.
You'll use a case that you can actually fit your hand into. Many name brand cases are so small that they are nearly impossible to work on.
Drawbacks Of Building Your Own Computer
You are building it. So if you are an idiot who scrapes the motherboard with a screwdriver for no apparent reason, you may cause damage and destroy the computer. If you are not mentally deranged, you should have no problem, however.
Some people are scared of computers. If this is you, maybe you shouldn't build one. Of course, I'm not sure how you are going to run a recording studio if you are afraid of computers.
Some people feel piece of mind knowing that a pro put together a computer. This is a legitimate reason. If this is the case, I recommend you find a competent professional to build the computer for you. (He'll need to know your soundcard's special special requirements which you'll see below).
Warrantee are usually limited to one year on computer hardware components. Of course, in my experience custom built computers last much longer than the name brand computers. I think this is due to the fact that you are getting much better components for the money.
If people quit buying name brand computers, the quality of Super Bowl commercials may go down.