Do you think its still cheaper to build one's own PC these days? I built one myself like 6 years back and really need a new one, but if I add up the latest components, it comes to like $2k (which would last me another ~5 years). I wonder if I'm better off buying 2 PCs at $600 over that same period? This Dell any good for encoding? TIA.
Just get the Dell, bring it home, hook it up and see if you like it. Unless you are a heavy gamer, 99% chance that you will. If you don't, you have 90 days to return it for a full refund, no questions asked.
No point to spend $2K now + your time and labor when you can get this for $600 and sell it for $400 in a year if you feel like it.