To isolate the silliness.
1. No one is knocking using a PC builder. I myself suggested it as an alternative in the opening posts. It has its advantages.
2. Clearly "some" people in this thread aren't knowledgeable/comfortable enough to build their own computer as evidenced by the content of their comments. Not everyone has the same strengths. Not a problem.
3. I suggest the hysteria over the issue is silly. If you don't feel comfortable building your own PC then don't do it. Just don't assume everyone shares your discomfort or ability level. I've worked with electronics since I was 9, I'm an extra class ham radio operator, was a Naval Cryptographer/Electronics specialist for two decades, and have more college level electronic classes than someone with a masters in electronic engineering. I also build custom PC's for my clients and do 'light' equipment reviews. Assembling a PC requires absolutely 'zero' electronics knowledge above the consumer level and is more about doing research and following directions than anything else. Building a PC IS NOT an electronic mystery.
What I take issue with:
a. The concept that we should restrict what information we provide to a poster for fear we will hurt our industry. A forum is all about sharing information. Any attempt to restrict what's shared severely hurts the function of a forum and does the OP a disservice.
b. That we somehow need to protect the OP from himself. The man reached 74 years of age and probably knows more about 'things' than those younger. I'm sure he can make a sound decision either way.
c. The hysteria and exaggerations and attaching words like naive, stupid, irresponsible.. and in reference to a technical issue in a technical forum nonetheless..