If you're a beginner and have never considered building your own PC before, you may be wondering "why build a computer when I can save time and just buy a pre-built one from a store?". It may be a bit of a silly question to any hardware enthusiast who understands the many advantages that come with planning and building your own machine, but if you know nothing about computers it is a very fair question. Here are 5 solid reasons why building beats buying as a gamer looking for the best new PC:
1. Maximize Gaming (& Non-Gaming) Performance for Your Money
The biggest reason why building is highly preferred over buying an already made system is of course to save money. Building is 9 times out of 10 going to be quite a bit cheaper than buying a pre-built system. In some cases you will save a significant amount of your hard-earned cash, and in general the more you plan on spending on your PC the more you will save compared to buying pre-built. For most people this reason alone justifies building your own computer. If your wish is to maximize gaming performance for your money (in other words getting the most "bang for your buck"), building a PC simple can't be beat. Period.
2. Build a PC for Your Exact Needs
When you build a PC you can tailor the machine to suit your exact needs to a T - not everyone has the same wants and needs in a machine. You're in control of everything, from the overall performance of your build, to the features and the design, and everything in-between.
3. Easier to Upgrade and Maintain
With a custom build it's easier to upgrade components later down the track. You built it yourself so you know exactly what sort of upgrades are possible for your machine, and you know how to easily make the upgrades yourself because you built the machine in the first place. With a pre-built machine your upgrades will most likely be quite limited and more difficult to do.
4. Avoid Bloatware
'Bloatware' is the accurate name given to all the useless software and extras that typically comes installed on most pre-built PCs which can really "bloat' and slow your machine down. When you build your own PC you get a fresh and clean new machine and you get to choose exactly what you want to install.
5. Learn a Ton
This is an often overlooked aspect of building your own custom computer. By going the DIY route you will learn a lot about computers, including hardware, upgrading, troubleshooting, fixing computer problems etc. These skills are definitely handy and especially useful if you study or work/plan to work with computers in the future.
On top of all that, building a PC is a fun experience. Not just the physical building part, but getting to design your killer system from scratch and choosing out all of your awesome components and features. Once you have finished your build you will forever have a sense of pride and accomplishment every time you boot up, knowing that you made it all happen and that it's your very own unique machine.
For the Best Gaming Experience Now and Into the Future, Nothing Beats Building. Period.
And we're not just saying that from a biased point of view because we run a site about building computers...any serious gamer or performance enthusiast will tell you the same thing. The best part about it though? These days it's very simple to put together your first gaming PC and it's hard to go wrong with a detailed step by step tutorial such as our full eBook or our PC installation steps.
Got a question or want to share your thoughts on the above guide? We're listening and you can reach us on the platforms below or email us direct and we'll gladly help you out where possible if time permits. If you need more in-depth help with tweaking a build or planning one from scratch for your specific budget/theme/performance aims/etc - see our Get a Done-for-You Parts-List service where for a small tip we can thoroughly research and plan the very best build for your exact wants and needs. Also, constructive criticism on any aspect of the site is always welcome and appreciated as it helps us continue crafting BGC into the best noob-friendly DIY resource that it can be. Thanks guys.
Former hobbyist game programmer turned tech fanatic, Julz is the founder and lead author at BGC and has kept a keen eye on the latest in DIY gaming since starting the site in his spare time over a decade ago as an almost-laughably basic, unimpressive little site with a simple aim to try and make building a PC more accessible to the average gamer since most resources were far from beginner-friendly.
Over countless reiterations to the quality and depth of the site's content and research process over the years, it's steadily grown into the fairly expansive, comprehensive and constantly-updated PC building resource that it is today, now reaching and helping thousands of gamers and power users each and every month to more effectively plan optimal setups for their exact needs. His fav PC games of all time are HL1, WC3 and SWKOTOR (OOT, Perfect Dark, DKC2 & MGS2 for consoles) and he promises never to speak in third-person again. You can learn more about the BGC mission here.