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I've purchased thousands of dollars worth of books, software and other items online. And I've used the Internet extensively to research the systems I've planned on buying. But when it comes to buying the box, I've always gone down to the local retail store and bought something off the shelf. Why? I guess it's because my computer is the piece of equipment I will be interacting with on a daily basis, and there really is nothing like face-time, even for a home office worker. So when I buy a computer, I like to get to know my machine.