Good points, everyone. My gut tells me that in the near future (5-10 years) desktop hardware will be available more on the net and less in brick-and-mortar shops, since Best Buy, CompUSA, Fry's, etc. are struggling. I already buy most of my hardware online, and only buy something at CompUSA if I need it immediately. I agree with GrannyGeek and The Headacher that for the foreseeable future there will be a demand for modular design and that with laptops and desktops it's not an either/or scenario. Automobiles have been coming off the assembly line for 100 years now, but there are still a few people who build/rebuild cars. Also, servers need to be customized for the needs of business (often - I've put together a few myself), and most machines that can work as a server can work as a workstation. My current main machine lives in a mini-server case, which I bought along with the best power supply and cooling system I could find so that I could stuff all the hardware I want to in there and not worry about space or airflow. As long as the ATX form factor remains standard for PCs, I should be able to use this case indefinitely. When I bought it all the off-the-shelf desktops were beige, but my case was black. Now everything is black, grey, and silver. Anyway, if manufacturers stop making PC hardware available to individuals, I'm going to buy up as many PCs as I can find and build a Beowulf cluster in my basement and connect a thin client to it upstairs. That should keep me current for a few years. After that, computers will be the size of tic-tacs and the interface will be through the brainstem. Once that happens, I'll buy a shotgun and go live in a cabin in the woods. I'll be seeing all of you in some virtuality where you can look like whatever you want. I'll be the incredibly handsome guy with a perfectly sculpted body, every superpower of every superhero, and a ginormous ****. I suspect I'll be one of millions like that.