You are not alone! I have built several of my own computers, and upgraded those I did buy. Have a wireless network (802.11g) with 2 home computers, 2 laptops (wifes and mine), 2 PDA's. Currently using bluetooth with PDA's to their own dedicated printer. (OK totaly unnecessary, but it's a cool new toy so I had to play!!)
I work in this field, build my own computers, I have a network at home and just finished my long time project: Digital picture frames made out of tablet pc's. I will have a wall full of them, and if you guys are interested I can post pictures when I'm done.
Nope, don't build em.
But still a nerd.
Worked in tronics for 45+ years.
Was a Metrologist and a TA with Bell labs at Holmdel NJ (So yeah I know about Spectrum analyzers, etc.) as a matter of fact I was a metrologist with the company that did the computers for the Posiedon submarines too.
As far as scopes, I have an old tek 323. still works. Got an old off brand (Miida) 4.5 digit DVM, and that's about it now.
Owned my own business for a few years. Did repair for Bendix on a contract basis until my CPA told me to switch to home stuff. Had a very successful Home electronics repair biz.
Went on from the metrology stuff to work in the computer field. Real computers, not PCs.
Was a Hardware FE, FE instructor, Software SE and SE Instructor, spent many years in support on both hW and SW with companys like RCA, Four Phase, Tandem Computers, and Applied Communications. Was a bit of an SNA specialist and very high transaction rates.
Have no interest in building anything. Left the best part of me on the computer room floor at too many places pulling all nighters.
Retired now and revel in doing only one thing. Nothing.
But keep at it boys. It is a self satisfying hobby/business.
I guess I fall somewhere in the nerd class also.
I stared working on flight simulators way back in 1957. The computers were analog and the circuits were powered by big hot glass thingies that glowed bright red. The first digital computer I worked on was in 1965 and it ran at a blazing 1Mhz
Today I still work on simulators but also build and rebuild pc s both at work and at home.