The great debate has always been should you buy or build your own PC. Its always been known to be cheaper to build your own PC but with hardware cost lowering is that still the case today? Lets start off by taking a look inside my own custom PC. Personally I’ll always build my own PC as I have fun and very passionate about doing so. I never had store built desktop before and my first machine was one that I went to a local expo and bought all the parts there. The knowledge that you gain from building it yourself is invaluable and knowledge that everyone should have and at the very least the basics. There is definitely time and energy that goes into it but in the end of the day the satisfaction of building if yourself is worth it.
As far as a cost factor is concerned that’s where buy or build can get a little grey. PC hardware has dropped much lower in prices these days and store bough machines are coming built with much better hardware than in the past. The advantage where you save with cost comes with building a high performance machine. Building one instead of buying from high end companies such as Falcon Northwest or Alienware you should see the savings there. But if you are building for an average users a store bought one may be better in that scenarios. You also have to remember that you have to gauge the level of technical knowledge the person you are getting a PC for. If they have a decent amount of knowledge, patient and looking to spend a decent amount of money then a custom PC would be the way to go but if they are the opposite you may want to consider that store built PC due to the warranties attached and a way for them to get support in the event you are not available.
You can go back and forth with buy or build. Personally I will always build a PC but there are come scenarios where the store built pc is the better idea. For some of the best gaming computers in the market check out BetaForcePC
My Core Desktop Components
- Intel Core i7 920
- Asus P6T Motherboard
- OCZ Gold 12GB PC 12800 Ram
- Corsair H50 Hydro Cooler
- EVGA GeForce GTS 450 1GB DDR3
- Intel X25-M 80GB Solid State Drive
- 3 Western Digital 1TB RE Black SATA 3.0 GBs HDD
- 1 Western Digital 1TB RE Black SATA 6.0 GBs HDD
- Corsair 800d Case
- Corsair HX 750W Power Supply
- Asus QT DVD Burner
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit