Building vs Buying A PC [Is It Cheaper Or More Expensive?]

Choosing to build a PC or buy one can be difficult. Which is cheaper? Which will run better? How long does it take to build a computer vs how long will it take me to buy one? This article takes a look at the pros and cons of both options and breaks down which option might work best for you.

The Pros And Cons Of A Custom Built PC

Building your own custom-built PC can be a very rewarding experience. Building allows you to get exactly what you want and need in terms of parts, not just for gaming but also for future-proofing or boosting performance. Building is considerably cheaper than buying an already made PC, especially if it’s not an Alienware (which are known to easily break $2k).

Building usually takes less time than purchasing one since the only thing the builder has to do is take their computer out of the box; whereas, when you buy a prebuilt PC, it comes in multiple different boxes that have to be assembled first before usage. Building also guarantees compatibility with other components as well as minimizing risk of problems arising later on down the line due to being incompatible with other parts.

Building also makes upgrading easier because the builder can determine what parts are not worth keeping so they can be sold off to pay for another upgrade.

The only negative aspect of building your own PC is that it requires a lot more time and patience than just purchasing one. Building may take up to 10 hours depending on the person’s experience with computers, whereas buying a prebuilt PC takes around 30 minutes to an hour.

Building also requires being knowledgeable about compatibility issues, cable management, software installation, etc., which some beginners might not know at first.

Another downside is if the builder makes mistakes during construction or doesn’t have all of their components right away, repairs are more complicated since most manufacturers do not offer support for homemade PCs .

The Pros And Cons Of A Pre-Built PC

By far and large, the easiest way to obtain a PC is by purchasing a prebuilt one. You don’t have to worry about compatibility issues or cable management since everything should already be set up for you; all that’s left is for you to open the box and plug it in (the only real exception to this would be laptops).

Installing software is as easy as clicking “Next” on the installation screen until finished. Prebuilts are usually cheaper than building your own PC since most of them come with low-end components; however, there are PCs out there that can perform just as well if not better than an average gaming PC and cost about $1k-$2k.

Building allows for upgrades at any time whereas prebuilts are usually locked down to the components that come with it which can cause problems later on.

The only downside to purchasing a prebuilt is that, depending on the manufacturer, most of them are made with “good enough” parts. This means they run fine but don’t expect them to perform as well as a gaming PC or be able to handle newer applications/tasks such as virtual reality and streaming.

The other negative aspect about buying prebuilts is that expensive repairs outside of the warranty period might cost just as much as if not more than it would cost you to build your own PC.

Building also guarantees compatibility whereas buying a prebuilt does not; this could lead to unnecessary headaches and spending money on something you do not need.

Which Option Would Be Best For Me Based On My Needs?

Building your own PC is great if you’re looking for performance and compatibility, but purchasing a prebuilt one is better if you just want something that works fine with little to no problems after setup.

Building also takes more time than buying a prebuilt while only saving money in the long run whereas prebuilts are ready to go out of the box until they break down which happens rarely.

About the Author Brad Whitcroft

With over 20 years experience in the IT industry, There is no job to big or small. From a simple computer hardware installation, to a full-scale server based network rollout, Brad Whitcroft has you sorted!

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