So it's coming time for me to replace my computer. I want something future-proof, quiet, and inexpensive to purchase and run. I don't need gaming power (and I don't want the 200 to 300 watt power draw).
My first thought was an Apple Mini, but while well-made, the components are already dated.
Next I looked into DIY mini tower. I've done DIY before, but for a gaming rig. But an inexpensive motherboard, CPU, case, power supply, hard drive, and networking card would be just about the same cost as an inexpensive HP or Dell. And if I try to price out a DIY to the Mini (mobile CPU, low power board), it's just about as expensive as off the shelf.
Is there any reason not to buy a tower off the shelf? Is it just that inexpensive computer parts are a commodity?