hi all - i'm hoping to get a pc in the near future. i know there are a lot of "mom & pop" shops out here in Sacramento that have pre-built pc's. they seem to have all the usual specs: lots of memory, big & fast hd's, good sound-cards, etc. they are definitely competitively priced to dell, gateway, hp, compaq, etc. to me, it makes more sense to buy one of these white boxes because it only has what i want on it. no frills, no software packages that i don't care about, etc. all the software i need i'll load myself. so, what are you thoughts on this? is it better to buy a package from a large manufacturer or go with the "customized" white-box? thanks!