Ask anyone who has ever built their own gaming computer and you will likely hear a million reasons why it’s better to build your own system rather than to purchase it through a manufacturer. However, the number of gamers who have built their own system are few and far between…
The reality is that most gamers either have a computer that isn’t suitable for gaming, or they have a pre-built machine from one of the big manufacturers. If there are so many advantages that come with building your own gaming computer, then why don’t more PC gamers do it?
The reason why most gamers won’t build their own computers is because of the misconception that building a PC is some extremely difficult task. And, due to this misguided fear, most gamers settle for a more expensive and worse performing gaming computer.
This is unfortunate, because it’s true: there are many more benefits that come with building your own system. In this article, we will go overfive of those benefits and how they make a custom-built gaming computer much more valuable than a pre-built system.
#1 – Building your own computer gives you the experience you need in order to make your own upgrades and repairs when they become necessary. This has the potential to save you a TON of money.
Consider what happens when your pre-built computer breaks down…
You don’t know what’s wrong with it because you don’t have the experience needed to diagnose the problem. A non-working computer means that you’ll either have to box up your computer and send it back to the manufacturer (assuming it’s still under warranty), or you’ll have to take it into a local computer repair shop.
If your computer isn’t covered by the warranty anymore (and there’s no guarantee that your problem is covered under your warranty if it is still in place) and depending on what’s wrong with your computer, you may have to pay a ton of money for the repair work that needs to be done.
Not only will you have to pay for the necessary parts needed to fix your computer, but you will also have to pay the technician the time and labor needed to carry out the necessary repairs. And, in some cases, the repair work that needs to be done may end up costing you so much that it might be more cost-efficient to just buy a whole new computer.
This all means that you are spending a ton of money…
On the other hand, though, if you have built your own computer, then you are better suited to diagnose and fix your system’s problems on your own. And, when you have the ability to fix your own computer you will avoid paying the high costs of time and labor that get tacked-on when you need to pay someone for repair work.
The other advantage to having computer-building experience is that, if you’ve had your computer for a few years and you have noticed that it is not performing as well as it used to, you can make the necessary upgrades in order to get it back to operatingat a high level.
Since someone who buys a pre-built computer is far less likely to make their own upgrades, they will probably end up buying a completely new computer. This is crazy considering that they could’ve saved themselves a ton of money by just upgrading a couple oftheir components.
#2 – Building your own computer is way more rewarding on a personal level.
When you buy a pre-built computer from a manufacturer, it’s just not that cool. However, if you build your own gaming computer, you get a strong sense of accomplishment every time you power your system on. You have something more than just a computer. In some ways, your self-built computer is an extension of you…
It’s like King Arthur with Excalibur. He didn’t have some blacksmith make him some ordinary sword… he pulled the baddest sword in the whole world out of an enchanted stone. And, only he could do it.
Your custom-built computer is your Excalibur. There’s no other one like it.
#3 – You spend way less for way more performance.
Of the reasons listed, saving money is probably the most intriguing reason why you should build your own gaming computer.
Nobody wants to spend more money than they have to. Unfortunately, when you buy a pre-built system you have to pay the high markup price that computer manufacturers place on their systems.
In some scenarios, it’s possible to save 30-40 percent of the total cost to get a new gaming PC when you build it yourself. This additional savings gives you two options:
- You can get a better computer on a lower budget if you build your own computer.
- You can use the extra savings that come from building your own system to get a lot more performance.
Either way, you’re getting a better deal when you build your own gaming computer. Your system will run faster, receive higher frame rates, and operate much more efficiently (because it will have better quality components.)
#4 – Building your own system presents you with ultimate control over the quality of your gaming computer.
One of the big knocks on computer manufacturers is that they often use cheap parts in their systems. Sure, the big computer companieslove to tell you about the high-end processors, solid video cards, and generous amounts of memory their systems include… but those are just three of the many components that come in a computer.
What about the power supply or the motherboard? And who do they get their hard drives from? These are all incredibly important components. However, they’re usually components that the big manufacturers won’t reveal the details for.
The reason why they won’t tell you where they got these components is because they don’t want you to know. Chances are that they spent less than they should have on these parts in order to minimize costs, and maximize profits. It’s a great business strategy for them as long as their customers don’t know that they’re doing it…
Unfortunately for most consumers, they don’t fully understand how important the quality of their motherboard, power supply, and hard drive are. Should your motherboard or power supply fail, you could potentially be looking at a fried and ruined system. If your hard drive fails, you can say goodbye to all of your important files…
None of these three scenarios are particularly enjoyable.
If, instead, you build your own computer, you get to choose the quality of each one of your components…
- You can select a high-end power supply that will run efficiently for a long time.
- You can choose a well-built motherboard that will operate effectively and protect your vital computer components should anything go wrong.
- You can get a quality hard drive that is built by a reputable manufacturer and backed by a strong warranty.
When you build your own gaming computer, you control the quality of your system—not some corporate fat-cat who is looking to maximize profits.
#5 – You can tailor your computer to your needs when you build it yourself.
Building your own computer gives you the unique ability to create a system that is tailored to your own unique needs. For instance, if you only use your computer to play Minecraft—which is not a very graphics-intense game—and store media files, you don’t have to spend as much money on your video card and monitor and you can use that money to get more storage space.
If, on the other hand, you play games like Battlefield 3 and Metro 2033 and don’t really use your computer for much else you can spend a good portion of your budget on your processor, video card, and monitor, and save some money by going with less storage space.
Or, if you’re doing a lot of different stuff, you can build a well-rounded computer with good components all across the board.
The bottom line is, when you build your own computer, you can build it to do exactly what it needs to do. As long as you choose your components wisely, your computer will not be excessive, nor will it be lacking in any area.
Build for performance and savings. Build for now and the future. Regardless of what you do, just be sure to build it.
In the end, a custom-built gaming computer offers a whole lot more advantages than a pre-built system does. They’re more affordable, can be built to perform better, and offer a far more rewarding experience.
So, if you’re in the market for a new gaming computer, consider the performance and money you’d be giving up by buying a pre-built system. Then, consider what you’d gain by building it yourself. Ultimately, deciding to build your own gaming computer is a decision that will have a huge positive impact on your gaming experience for years to come.
Brent Hale is a PC-gaming enthusiast who loves working with computers. Through his site, EliteGamingComputers.com, he helps point PC gamers looking for good gaming computers in the right direction. So, if you’re looking to build your own gaming computer, don’t hesitate to ask your questions below in the comment section.