Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Chino Hills, CA 91709
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I have been building systems for 15+ years and don't take on builds anymore with a budget below $1,500 - $2,000. I mainly build redundant systems for day traders and high end gaming PC's. My latest venture on my HTPC build has been the longest configuration cycle of any system. I'm still making minor tweaks here and there and it's been over 1 month. Mainly trying to pin down lip sync issues, was it my 60" KURO? My Pio Elite? Codecs? Video card?
Factor in all the problems unrelated to the actual HTPC, Recivers, Input Lag, Bit Streaming to fussy receivers. The issues could be endless depending on the persons equipment. Trying to pinpoint lip sync issues? These things cannot be done remotely, you need to physically be there troubleshooting. If the HTPC is not functioning 100% they will call and bug you, even if it's not your issue.
If the price is right, and they are paying for support (Hence the reason I only do high end builds now) then go for it. If you are trying to go after the penny pincher market (which it sounds like you are) you will loose money. Best of luck to you.
This is what I tell low budget people,
Build me a PC= "Go buy a dell"
Build me a HTPC= "Go buy a Boxee"