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Should You Buy or Build a Gaming PC?

Kshitiz has been a PC gamer since he was less than 10 years old. His favorite game is CS:GO. He has played it for more than 2,300 hours.

Should you build or buy a gaming PC?

Should you build or buy a gaming PC?

Should I buy or build a gaming PC? This is one of those questions that have no correct answer. The answer is that it depends on what you prefer and need. Regardless, your gaming experience won't be affected much if you go with either of those choices.

If there is no correct answer, what is the point of this article? Well, this article will help you decide which one could be the right option for you. It will give you the pros and cons of each choice, and hopefully, you will know what you need to do by the time you finish reading this article.

Building a Gaming PC

There was a time when you would be called crazy when you told someone that you were going to build your own PC. Fortunately, that time is long gone, and now, you will find it much easier to do it on your own even if you are not experienced.

Let us take a look at the pros and cons of doing it on your own.

Pros

Flexibility

You can literally pick any part you want according to your preference and needs. It is really nice to have that flexibility because the dream builds of some people can never be complete if they don't pick the parts themselves.

I know that some companies will build the PC for you based on your requirements, but they will most likely charge you extra for it. So you need to check the prices if a company is willing to build a PC for you based on your choices.

Enhances Your Knowledge

You get to know a lot about how your PC works if you take the time to build it on your own. It is much easier to solve any issues in this case because you get the required experience to tackle the majority of problems.

If you live in a small town, this could be a big advantage because it is hard to get tech support in a small town. Obviously, there is some personal satisfaction in knowing that you are capable of fixing your PC on your own.

No Compromises With Quality

In a lot of prebuilt PCs, you will notice that some of the parts aren't great or simply not worth the money. However, you can't do anything about it. In the worst-case scenario, you will end up buying a PC that doesn't give you parts that will last or are already outdated.

You can avoid this issue by going for a PC build because you will get to pick the best parts according to your budget. You can pick the brands that you prefer and ensure that your PC runs well for the upcoming years.

Cons

Usually Expensive

You can get a prebuilt PC with similar specs cheaper than your own PC build because the companies that build these PCs buy in bulk and get discounts. You also have to factor in the individual shipping costs that you have to pay for getting each part to your home, which will drive up the overall price.

Risky

It is risky to do it on your own because you can run into a lot of issues. Your PC may refuse to start up, and it could be really hard to figure out what is wrong. Even experienced PC builders run into issues every once in a while. I recommend looking for YouTube videos to get the much-needed help and avoid making any errors.

Requires Research

You need to ensure that every component in your build is compatible with the other parts. If you use an i3 fourth generation with a 2060 super, you will not get good results at all. So you need to do some research and see which parts go well together keeping your budget in mind.

Gaming PC set up.

Gaming PC set up.

Buying a Gaming PC

Buying a gaming PC is an easy way to get the gaming experience that you want. If your budget is good, you can get a lot of choices and choose from some of the best brands in the business.

Let us take a detailed look at the advantages and disadvantages of buying a prebuilt gaming PC.

Pros

Easy and Convenient

All you have to do is order the gaming PC and wait for it to arrive. Once the PC arrives, you just have to plug it in and start gaming. You won't have to wait for the parts to arrive or assemble anything, so this is the most convenient option for you.

Better Deal

You will get the most value for your money if you choose a gaming PC wisely because it will save you money and give you a warranty for all of the parts. If you can get the extended warranty by paying a little extra, I recommend doing so.

Cons

Lack of Customization

You are limited by what the manufacturer is willing to put into the gaming PC. You can contact the manufacturer to get a PC designed according to your needs, but it could cost you more than it should.

Troubleshooting

It will be hard to figure out what is wrong with your gaming PC if it stops working as it should. You might feel lost and helpless in such a scenario, so I recommend that you learn about gaming PCs as much as you can even if you go for a prebuilt PC.

A pre-built gaming PC.

A pre-built gaming PC.

Should I Buy or Build a Gaming PC?

I have already listed the pros and cons of going with either option. In the end, it comes down to what you feel is the right choice for you. I don't know you, but you should be able to determine if you can build a gaming PC or don't want to go through the hassle of building one.

Always remember that the easiest option might not be the best one. You also have to think about the long-term.

Your budget will also decide a lot because you can get great prebuilt gaming PCs if your budget is high. They will come with premium parts and give you the most bang for your buck.

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