Should you build your own PC, or should you just give up and buy one?

Should you build your own PC, or should you just give up and buy one? ...

Youll need to get a kick-ass PC to start out with. However, there are many different approaches to get good PCs these days, so you need to make a decision.

Do you buy a pre-built PC? Do you buy your own components and build the PC with your own hands?

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Im in a good position to assist you through this process. Ill talk about what youll need to build your own PC, what it is like to get a custom pre-built PC online, and which I recommend.

What do you need to build your own gaming PC?

It's a laborious task, but it can be rewarding. It gives you complete control in the process, and it makes your PC feel like your own creation. It makes upgrading your PC even simpler, because you know exactly how every component and component works.

As for components, here's what you'll need to get started on a complete computer and be able to test it on your own:

  • A case
  • A processor (CPU)
  • A processor cooler
  • A motherboard
  • Multiple sticks of memory (RAM)
  • A hard drive
  • A graphics card (GPU)
  • A power supply (PSU)
  • Thermal paste
  • A flashlight
  • A screwdriver
  • An anti-static wrist strap (optional, but recommended)
  • A copy of Windows (or another operating system)
  • A monitor
  • A mouse
  • A keyboard

I recommend PCPartPicker as a great starting point for beginners. It will allow you to compare different parts so you can get exactly what you want (and it will tell you if any of your components are wrong). You can also purchase individual parts from an online retailer like Amazon or pick them up at a local store like Micro Center.

PCs are complicated and variable. One wrong move may cause problems when trying to boot your PC for a test. And if you are unwarranted about your static electricity buildup, you might end up accidentally frying one of your expensive components.

This is a lengthy task that requires significant concentration and skill. If it's your first time, I recommend bringing a trusted pal along. Particularly if they've already built a PC.

You'll need a flat surface for the building process as well as an iPad, laptop, or phone to watch a tutorial. The best way to get a PC is with a companion video that explains everything you'll need to do, as well as your order of operations.

The above video from ECPU is a fantastic tool for experienced engineers. They start by deciphering the components and why they are important, then go on to the actual building process. There are also timestamps in the video that make it easier to skip around.

Importance to note that every PC build is slightly different based on the components you select. If you're having trouble with a component you've chosen that the person in your video tutorial doesn't, try reading the instructions or better looking for a build video for your specific case, motherboard, or processor.

How do you get a customized pre-built PC?

Outside of buying a pre-built PC from a store like Best Buy, you can also buy one from an online storefront like iBuyPower. The first option may be fine, but I recommend you purchase custom.

All you need to do is go to the iBuyPowers website (there are many websites like this, such as CyberPowerPC) and open up their PC customizer. You may also test how your hypothetical build will run popular modern games like Elden Ring.

As long as all your components are together, itll warn you if the graphics card you want is too big for your case, for example. You can then have an expert build your components for you, fabricate the PC, and ship it to your house. All you need to do when it arrives is remove the weird, gigantic packing peanuts inside the case.

It's all very convenient, and it made me swallow the huge financial burden of a brand-new PC. With Affirm's built-in partnership, I was able to purchase my $2,324 PC for an extra $189.

If you have the cash or a really good credit card, you can purchase the whole package upfront. However, getting a custom might make things simpler if you go the route I did with monthly payments.

Which do I recommend?

I never had a major issue during one of my projects, and my PC always booted on the first or second try. Many more talented PC builders I know havent been so fortunate, but I had great experiences. I also really enjoyed the process, and originally planned to do it every few years for the rest of my life.

After numerous upgrades and upgrades as well as a pandemic, I wanted to do something simple and straightforward. I still purchased all of my components, but I didnt have to do any of the labor at all. Most importantly, I was able to pay for the computer over the course of a year, which was fantastic for my family during the epidemic.

I'll be able to upgrade my current PC in many years time due to the ability to install computer components with care.

If this is your first PC and you like to learn, you'll appreciate the opportunity of doing it yourself. Buying a custom build is the finest way to get started with PC gaming: it's quick, it's easy, and it just works.

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