Originally Posted by possmann
...I just want to confirm that this is sort of a bare bones system which means that in order to start using it I would have to install memory, disks, CDROM and DVD etc... as well as OS of choice too.. Is that right? Does it make it worth it as compared to something pre-built by, say, Dell? I know you get more control out of the process, but is there a significant cost savings to doing it this way as well?
Yes, that's correct - you add all those components yourself. Cost savings? Nope - it's actually probably going to be more expensive. There are three reasons why you'd build an XPC:
1) You get to pick exactly the parts you want to use - the exact DVD+R drive, the type of RAM, etc. It's the only real way to customize. Besides, Dell doesn't have anything as cool in terms of formfactor as Shuttle does. ;-)
2) You get to re-use parts you already have (hard drive, CPU, Windows XP OS, etc.)
3) The fun and learning in putting something together yourself. :-)