A lot of people shy away from building computers because they think it’s complicated. But with the advent of well-written manuals and color coding, building your own PC is more akin to fitting the right square peg into the right square hole.
There’s a couple of very good reasons why you should think about having your own custom built PC over buying one. The first and arguably most important one is cost. When buying pre-builts, you’re generally choosing between either an affordable but low-end computer or a high-end but expensive computer.
The problem with either of these options are the power-to-cost ratio. The low end PCs are cheap, but for the same price, you could have built an even more affordable low-end computer compared to a pre-built PC with the same specs. And if you buy a pre-built power computer, you’ll be charged way more than what you would have if you bought the parts yourself.
Basically, building your own computer will always save you money.
On top of that, most OEM manufacturers make it a pain to upgrade or fix the computer on your own, generally removing the warranty if you crack the case open yourself. This means relying and waiting on the manufacturer to repair it, something that normally takes weeks—and that’s how long you’ll be without a computer. And unless you’re getting a power-user computer, the cases are generally small, making repairing or upgrading your computer more of a pain than it has to be.
So, now you’re interested in building your own computer. What are some things you should know?
Building your PC means being able to diversify brands to build the most efficient computer. Some brands make excellent hard drives, like Western Digital. Other brands make excellent motherboards, like Asus or Asrock. You want to keep this in mind when you’re shopping for parts.
Most important is compatibility. Most new computer enthusiasts skip this step, but it’s important. Not all parts will be compatible with each other. For instance, if your current computer has 1333mhz RAM, and you’re looking to upgrade to DD3 1600mhz, only to discover the hard way that your motherboard won’t take anything past 1333mhz. Or the CPU is too new, and not compatible with your old motherboard.
Also look for bundles. A lot of times, you can get a deal on a cpu/motherboard bundle which can save you a lot of extra money. And they’re always compatible with each other. Also look out for power supplies with detachable cords—they’ll save you a lot of pain and room. Lastly, when getting a case, make sure to get one with good air flow to help keep your parts cool.
There are a couple advantages to pre-built computers. If you need tech support, they’re just a mere call away. But with the internet, any computer related problem can be squared away on your own. Pre-built computers also come with drivers pre-installed. But installing drivers on your own is easy. And in case you need to re-install your OS on your pre-built computer, you’ll have to install those drivers over again anyway. For advice on custom built PCs our experts at CyberCall Computer Repair Bristol are on hand to help you, whether it be replacing or repairing an existing computer, or if you’re looking for a custom built apple computer or apple mac repair.
There’s one more thing a custom built PC has over pre-builts, and that’s the knowledge and experience gained from building your own. Once you build it one, you’ve build them all. When you see how much money you save, you won’t want to go back to pre-built computers.