I'm an IT guy for a medium size business with a couple hundred PCs. When it comes to our high end users, developers for example, we've resorted to ordering parts from NewEgg and building all the orders by hand. The default order looks similar to this:
Decent video card with dual dvi ports.
6 to 24 GBs of RAM
High end processor
Two 500 GB SATA HDs with RAID 1 to run the OS
Two 160 GB solid state drives with RAID 1 for data storage
Dell can't / won't spec out the 2 separate RAID arrays on the model we want (Precision 3500 or below), we could order a 3500 and set up the RAIDs manually, but we want to explore all our options.
Are there any companies out there that build custom machines spec-ed out by the customer and then help keep track of the warranty on the parts?