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3 Benefits of Building a PC Instead of Buying A Prebuilt

Personal Computers are becoming ever more prevalent as tools and sources of entertainment; this is especially true in creative fields such as writing or design where it is a liability to go without the dynamic capabilities and ease of access available on a PC. It is important to have a computer and to get it sooner rather than later. Prebuilt PCs are computers assembled on location, and ready to work out of the box. It may seem like an ideal way to go at first. However, prebuilt PCs are not always a great choice. Buying prebuilt PCs can be disastrous for those that opt for convenience only to pay steep costs in the present and future. Here are three reasons why you should commit to building your PC instead of buying one pre-built.

PC Cost

Buying a PC isn’t cheap, especially if it is already put together.  Here is a comparison between a high-end, pre-built PC versus placing an order for each part via Amazon and assembling it yourself.

CybertronPC Steel-9600 Pre-Built – $1,399.99 before shipping

Same graphics card and CPU with comparable chassis, RAM, hard drive, fan control, power supply w/ Windows 10 – $1,286.05 before shipping

Over one hundred dollars saved by taking to time to find parts, and spending a few hours to build your computer. There are some exceptions to the rule; some newer parts will always lead to costly builds or individual sites may offer discounts on prebuilt machines. However, it is cheaper to build your rig. NewEgg, TigerDirect, and, of course, Amazon are great places to pick up any parts you need.


PC technology is constantly changing with some internal components becoming obsolete after only a few years. While prebuilt PCs are usually powerful and service whatever needs you have, performance tends to drop off relatively quickly.  Motherboards, which regulate the actions of your PC’s central processing unit, can compound the problem if they lack adaptability. Prebuilt PCs will always have compatible CPUs and motherboards, but some motherboards don’t have the capability to handle more advanced hardware. If you went the prebuilt route and had to upgrade, you may be stuck with two options: spend time trying to find a motherboard that will work with your current setup plus whatever you’re adding in, or shell out another bundle of money for a more current computer.

By building a PC, you control the entire development process. You can learn about what motherboards have the best upgrade potential, and cut costs later whenever you inevitably upgrade. Personalization is another factor that prebuilt PCs may limit. Individual tower colors may not be available, or their mouse/keyboard packages may not be what you are looking for. By adopting a DIY approach, you can build your ideal computer for now and the later.

Building Awareness

An overlooked aspect of owning a PC has the technical awareness to know how the computer works; this isn’t banging the tower with your hand or unplugging and plugging it back in. It is knowing where the GPU connects, or where the CPU fan plugs in.  This basic understanding is invaluable in situations where you have to troubleshoot a hardware problem or when helping others with their computers. Even if you cannot necessarily fix the problem, you can at least contribute to identifying the issue if hardware needs to be replaced or repaired.

Building a PC appears to be a daunting task; this isn’t the case. It is relatively simple, it saves money, improves your computer’s potential, and helps you understand your machine. Take the time to build your PC and get the most out of your money.

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