In part one of this blog post we discussed one of the reasons that people decide to build their own custom PC: getting the best components and a completely custom build to suit your needs. While that is definitely a benefit of creating your own gaming PC, it’s not without drawbacks. You need a very detailed knowledge of how components work together, what specific things can create issues and how to work around those things. For example, if you get a high-end graphics card and CPU, do you have the right cooling system to keep the machine from overheating?
Researching these things requires a lot of time and a deep understanding of electronic components. If you have that kind of time and it’s something that you want to do, it might be worth it. For others who simply want a fun gaming PC, it might not.
The next thing to discuss is the potential for cost savings when you do your own build.
Getting the Lowest Cost
A second reason many people want to build their own PC is a belief that you can get a better machine at a lower cost by purchasing and putting together all the pieces yourself. While you can achieve some savings by shopping for used, refurbished, or open-box components, this isn’t a guarantee. You also need to have a good sense of what components are ok to skimp on price and which you should splurge on—something not every first-time PC builder will know.
Even for experienced PC builders, the savings on a build-your-own gaming PC only range from about $100 to $500 (and the amount you save usually shrinks as you get toward a more expensive build). If that’s going to make a big difference in your budget it might be worth the time and stress of doing it yourself, but for most people that extra $100 and the warranty that comes with purchasing a gaming PC is well worth it to buy a PC that is already built.
Getting the Best of Both Worlds
There is a solution that gives you the benefits of both: custom parts that you choose, and professionals to put it all together. Xidax is your one-stop-shop for all things gaming PCs, where you can get a huge selection of high-quality parts, expert advice while you build, and a lifetime warranty on your desktop gaming PC. Shop today to see how easy it can be.