Pre-Built or a custom PC? This is a question that plagues the minds of many young enthusiasts looking to get a rig for themselves. The thing is, no choice is wrong here. It completely depends on what you are going for. Both of them have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. Getting a pre-built PC will save you time, are quicker to set up, and are arguably more reliable.
The choice used to be much easier in the past as not many people went towards the difficult process of building their PC. Now the process is much easier with many guides available online along with manufacturers aiming to provide ease in coming up with your own custom PC. However, on the other side, we have pre-built PCs becoming much more accessible along with providing unique features making this all a tough decision to make.
Building your own PC
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Hand-picking according to your needs
When you decide to build your own PC, you get the luxury to hand-pick each component you want to go with your system. This allows you to customize your build according to your budget and desire, and really fine-tune your build to get exactly what you dreamed of.
Hand-picking components is not the only benefit here, you will also get to go on shopping and pick components on sales and deals, saving you a lot on the final build. You get to come up with your own perfect combination of parts. You can save even more when looking for these components if you decide to get used, refurbished, or open-box components. These components have a huge price gap compared to new components and can save you some money if you are on a tight budget.
When you set to build your own PC, you can craft that beautifully unique system however you like, a system you would be proud to display. There’s nothing equal to the satisfaction you get when you are done putting your system together and press the power button, seeing it all come to life.
Re-use existing parts
If you have previously been an owner of a PC, there will be some parts that can be carried over to your next build, such as ram, storage and power supply.
Buying a Pre-Built PC
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Saves precious time
Even if you are seasoned in the art of PC building, it still takes a lot of time setting everything up. The process includes things like researching, comparing and choosing, ordering parts, unpacking and cleanup, etc. If some part you bought doesn’t work as expected, the process can become even more frustrating.
Stress-free and convenient
Building a PC is a task not for the faint of heart. The time-consuming process can be both exhausting and stressful. The task becomes even more daunting if you are building your PC for the first time. Fortunately, the resources available on the internet are more than enough to get you started.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep cool as there might be a situation where you just can’t get something to work. This can lead to several minutes of diagnosing and maybe even a trip to the shop for new parts.
Everything under a single warranty
This one is simple to understand. When you buy a pre-built PC it has a single warranty that covers everything on the PC. On the other hand, when you build one yourself you need to check first which part is the trouble maker and then go through the process of warranty claiming.
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Pre-built PCs sometimes come with features you wouldn’t normally get when building your own rig. These features include things like pre-installed software, warranty-safe overclocking and components exclusive to the build. The Project Snowblind’s transparent LCD side panel is a very tempting reason to go for a pre-built PC as this feature can’t be obtained otherwise.
Although it’s not that important, there are some cases and designs that are exclusives to certain pre-builts. The Alienware Aurora R7 is a very good example of this. Another example is the Corsair One. Both of these beautiful chassis cannot be purchased separately and makes buying a pre-built even more appealing.
Which one you should go for?
We can compare the pros and cons on both sides of the argument but at the end of the day, the choice completely depends on you. If you are someone who loves doing PC builds, love to have something fine-tuned to the exact details then building your PC is the best route. However, if you find this task quite overwhelming, then you cannot go wrong with a pre-built.
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