If you are thinking about buying a new desktop computer, no doubt you have spent some time researching the different models available. What you probably have not considered is that building your own PC is also an option. It’s not a hard as it sounds, can save you money, and can help you build a desktop computer that has everything you need. Here are five reasons you should think about building your own computer.
It’s (sometimes) cheaper
Unless you’re looking for the cheapest system available, which many people looking for desktops are not, building a PC can save you money. Many people stick with desktop computers instead of laptops, tablets or smart phones because they need them for a specific purpose. Avid gamers can save a lot of money building their own tricked out gaming PC, but for someone that is just browsing the internet it might not be worth building one.
Its individual components allow for easy upgrades
It seems like with every new generation of software and gaming, there are new kinds of bits and pieces your computer needs to run it. If you build your own computer, switching out different elements of your machine become easier. If one component is lagging, it’s easy to replace it or upgrade it at your convenience. This could even extend the life of a custom-built PC, as you can replace one part at a time for the entire life of the PC.
It’s not as hard as you think
Yes, building a computer requires some technical skills, but overall it might not be as daunting as it seems. It can be done in a few hours, and the components should have good, clear instructions to help you. There are also many, many online tutorials and videos to help you if you get stuck. Plus, building your own computer makes you seem like a really tech-savvy individual, even if it’s only partially true.
It’s 100% your PC
When you build your own computer, you are in full control over what goes into it. If you want top of the line graphics, or lightening fast speed, all you have to do is decide. Unlike buying a PC, building one allows you to upgrade exactly what you want to fit your needs.
It’s a great learning tool
For people who don’t know so much about computers, building one, though frustrating, can teach them a lot. The knowledge gained while building your own PC will not only help you make upgrades and repairs, but help you feel more confident while doing so.
The pros and cons of building your own computer (cnet.com)
Building vs. Buying a Personal Computer (about.com)
Build Your Own PC: The Pros and Cons of Creating a Custom Computer (lineshapespace.com)