Notice: The end of this guide used to feature prebuilt computers that I recommended. For now, I’ve removed those because they are now considered somewhat outdated with the speed that technology improves. However it wouldn’t hurt to still read this as a guide for finding a good prebuild, and that choice is up to you! 🙂
With all the different kinds of computers to choose from for gaming, it can be a daunting task with an overwhelming amount of information to take in.
Sometimes it’s a better idea to build your own computer to get the most out of customization and personalize it to fit your expectations.
There are of course sites that offer customization options for you to choose from, but they often end up overcharging you. I’m not saying all computer building sites do this, in fact, some have some sweet deals.
But just from what I’ve seen, the majority of PC building sites always try to charge you a lot of money for something you could build for much cheaper.
But some people have no interest in building their own computer or they want to but are afraid to because they don’t want to buy the wrong parts or break something that’s going to end up costing more money to fix.
I want to help you find the best computers for games, but before I do that, I want to give you some advice before you even think about getting one.
Before You Buy
Before thinking about getting a prebuilt system, you need to know if you really want to. Is it worth not getting everything you want out of your computer? Is it worth not using custom parts for a possibility of it functioning better?
You might even be able to save a lot of money from building your own system and get higher quality parts.
And if there is ever a problem with your new gaming rig, you’ll likely have better knowledge on how the parts work and what you can do to fix it yourself without paying someone else to fix it for you.
Even though I myself have bought prebuilt computers before, I still think it’s better to build your own computer to best suit your needs.
The Good & The Bad
As always, with nearly anything, there is always going to benefits with every choice you make and disadvantages. For this situation it usually comes down to your personality.
In other words, it’s all up to you to choose whether you would rather get a prebuilt or build your own PC from scratch. So I’ve written a list of pros and cons to help you weigh them and make the ultimate and final choice.
Getting Your Hands On a Prebuilt System
- Ready out of the box.
- All the research and part assembly is done for you.
- Can save time if you are in a hurry and don’t feel like planning a PC build.
- Usually little to no customization options.
- It’s typical for cheaper parts to be used.
- Usually costs more than building your own system.
- Sometimes they are built with odd part pairs that can cause bottlenecks. Like an overpowered CPU with a bad graphics card.
All in all, getting your hands on a prebuilt system is great if you are inexperienced with computer components or don’t feel like learning the ins and outs of a computer.
Or even if you don’t want to risk damaging any components in the scenario of building your own gaming rig. It can be great to have all the research and part assembly done and made into a system prior to opening the box.
Very convenient, and could save you time instead of building your own computer. Although there are many great prebuilds out there, many of them have little to no customization options and often use cheaper parts.
Even if the build appears to run fast, some of the parts couldn’t be paired well together; not utilizing the systems full potential for optimal speed and performance.
In addition to performance flaws, it is a common practice for prebuilds to be made with cheaper and lower quality parts. But that doesn’t mean all prebuilds are like this. There are those rare little gems out there you can find!
Building Your Own Gaming PC
- Can take some time for a beginner to assemble, but not that difficult if you did your homework.
- If you like Legos, then you’ll probably like building your own computer.
- Customize it however you want (like the case, the cooling, graphics card, etc.)
- You gain a lot of knowledge in computer components.
- You’ll likely even be able to fix, install, and upgrade additional future parts built from whatever knowledge you gained from creating your first build instead of having someone else do it for you.
- Can be a pain to learn if you have no interest in building a computer.
- Can take some time for a beginner to plan and build.
- You’ll have to make sure everything is compatible.
- If you buy the wrong part you usually can’t return it.
- All the options to choose from can be stressful if you don’t know what you are doing.
Building your own gaming rig comes with many benefits. It isn’t too difficult to do either, the only real difficult thing to do is to have patience for all the learning and planning you’ll need for constructing your rectangular prism of gaming goodness.
It can be difficult to know which parts will work together properly, but there are a lot of free resources you can use out there like PC Part Picker to help you with compatibility checks when planning your gaming system build.
Of course, if you are a beginner it may take some time to assemble it, but I’d guess it’d take no longer than a day. And once you learn the valuable skill of building your own gaming PC you expand your knowledge in the field of computers.
And best of all, you can create a system however you want! The sky is the limit when it comes to customization. But if you haven’t taken this route before, be careful not to damage any components in the process of building.
Static electricity has the potential to build up and damage your components in the process of building. There are some other things to watch out for too like holding your CPU properly when installing it and not bending the pins on it.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the length of this post, I’ve decided to break it down into sections to make it easier to digest. If you look below the “Related Posts”, you should see that there are 5 different pages connected to this one.
Part 1: Intro + Weighing the Pros & Cons
Part 5: A Brief Summary