It no longer makes sense
In 1969 the world-renowned Swiss psycholgist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, in her book "On Death and Dying" introduced a hypothesis on how humans handle grief in successive stages. There is Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and finally Acceptance.
I was once an avid homebrewer. I grew up with a love of the user-serviceable PC, to be able to understand its inner workings, to be able to do my own repairs and upgrades, and also to save money. For over 20 years I built my own PCs for these very reasons. But now this no longer makes sense.
While there still exists a cottage industry for building "White Boxes" and supporting the homebrewed PC enthusiast, this industry is not a healthy one. The homebrewing and White Box industry is on the verge of extinction.
This is because PC industry is now mature, and that a combination of factors including economies of scale in PC manufacturing by the large OEMs, a heavy consolidation of PC component vendors that has eliminated diversity and choice for the homebrewer, an industry movement towards integrated systems (such as APUs and SoCs) which reduce the overall components required to build a PC and also a shift towards notebooks and tablets as preferred computing devices has largely made homebrewing and white boxing an unnecessary anachronism.
Five years ago I went through the Denial stage. And then the Anger. And then Bargaining and Depression. I am now in full acceptance that building PCs for personal and business use no longer makes economic sense, and with the exception of certain edge and vertical scenarios, of which there is a declining few, that whiteboxing and homebrewing is dead.
Best choices for DIYers
While there's no doubt that big-box PC OEMs have driven computer prices into the dirt – so much so that it's hard for the OEMs themselves to cut a profit – there's still room in the market for DIYers who want to build their own PCs.
If you want to make a good meal then you need to make sure that you use the best ingredients and put them together carefully.
This is something Mr. Perlow knows all about.
Sure, there's nothing wrong with going out and pick up 'fast food' PC from the nearest greasy spoon, but you probably don't want to know what when into it, or how it was put together!
Also, a quality homebrew PCs doesn't have to cost the earth. You can put together a $300 or a $2000 system, and be sure that you know that you have a quality product that should last for years.