Posted: Jun 15, 2006 4:18 pm
You should be able to upgrade a Dell on your own, but it'd probably violate your warranty. But by the time you'd be needing to upgrade, you'll be near the end of the warranty anyway.
Truthfully, the hardest part of building your own system is connecting all the leads from the lights, buttons, front side USB/FireWire on your case to the motherboard. These connectors are usually poorly marked, poorly documented as to which is the positive/negative in both the case documentation and motherboard, and the motherboard male connectors are just usually a row of pins, so it can be very confusing. This is really the only hard part, and why the barebones systems can be very attractive.