In this guest author post, Brent Hale lays out a series of benefits associated with building your own gaming computer – some of which you may not have considered.
Building your own computer is a daunting task. There’s a lot of risk that you, the system-builder, must take on, because there’s a lot that can go wrong during the building process.
And, even though there is an infinite amount of information available on the internet on how to assemble a computer, any misstep you make during your build could potentially cost you a lot of money. Obviously, that’s not something that the majority of computer-users and PC gamers want to deal with.
However, if you are willing to accept the challenge of building your own gaming computer, then there are a lot of rewards that you will receive from the process as well. In this article I will go over three reasons why you won’t regret building your own gaming computer.
#1 – You’ll Save Yourself Some Money
Despite the fact that PC gaming has long been the most powerful gaming platform, some gamers have never made the switch over due to the high costs associated with getting a capable gaming computer. And, rightfully so.
Pre-built high-end gaming computers from the manufacturer often exceed $1,000. That’s a pretty hefty price tag for most gamers, especially when you consider how much the popular gaming consoles cost.
Fortunately, the good news is that a solid gaming computer can be had for much less than $1,000. You just have to build it yourself…
One of the biggest reasons why people end up building their own PC is to save some money. By building your own gaming computer you cut out the middleman and you avoid having to pay high markup prices.
The money saved from cutting out the middleman can help you in two ways:
1) you can keep that saved money, or
2) you can put that saved money back into your build.
Obviously, the first option will allow gamers who wouldn’t normally be able to get a quality gaming computer do so. And, the second option will allow gamers to stretch their budgets and get a more powerful rig.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for a solid gaming computer and price is one of your big concerns, then cutting out the middleman and building your own system is a great option.
#2 – You’ll Be Able to Build Your System Exactly How You Want It
One of the ways that computer manufacturers are able to maximize their profits is by buying the components they use in their builds in bulk. This is great for them, because they get a discount on the parts.
However, the problem is that they build up an inventory of certain components and they are forced to use only those parts in their systems. As a result, computer manufacturers typically only offer a limited amount of builds and they don’t present a whole lot of customization options. This can be frustrating for gamers who want to build their computer a specific way, with specific parts.
By building your own computer, the doors are opened to whatever components you want to use. That means that you can customize your system to the specifications that you want.
Not only that, but by choosing to build your own system, you will also get to control the quality of the components that go into your computer.
Manufacturers have long been known to put cheap power supplies and motherboards in their builds in order to cut costs and increase their profits. And, while power supplies and motherboards won’t contribute directly to your in-game experience, they do play a significant role on the overall build quality of your system. Furthermore, a cheap motherboard and/or power supply can cause a lot of problems for you down the road.
So, an added benefit of building your own computer is that you can ensure that your computer is of a high quality – because you will be solely responsible for choosing the parts that comprise it. This will allow you to build a more durable and more efficient running computer that will last you a lot longer than an ordinary manufacturer-built machine.
#3 – You’ll Gain an Important and Extremely Relevant Skill
In today’s tech-driven world we rely so much on computers. In fact, we’ve become so dependent on computers in the past 20 years that if they were taken away it’s likely that the whole world would erupt in chaos. This probably isn’t a good thing… but it does show how important computers are in our society.
Due to how important computers are, perhaps one of the most rewarding benefits that comes with building a computer is the knowledge that you’ll gain and the value and the opportunities that that knowledge will present you.
First off, by knowing how to build your own computer, instead of having to buy a brand new computer every three or four years, you’ll be much more inclined to upgrade your system as it becomes necessary. This will save you even more money over the long run and it will make your initial investment last even longer.
In addition to saving money through upgrades, you’ll also be able to help your friends and family members save money by helping them build their own computer as well.
Or, you can turn your new skill into a side business. There are a lot of people who want high-end custom-built computers that are tailored to their own specific needs. Unfortunately for those people, there aren’t a whole lot of mainstream options for them to get those kinds of computers. So, if you enjoy your initial building experience, there are definitely opportunities for you to profit from it.
In any case, knowing how to build a computer definitely doesn’t limit you. Instead, it opens the doors up to new opportunities and gives you leverage in a world dominated by technology.
Build Your Next Computer… You Won’t Regret It
There are a lot of responsibilities that come with building your own computer. You have to choose your own components, assemble your system, and troubleshoot should anything go wrong. And, if you do run into any problems, it’s up to you to fix them.
However, for those of you who are brave enough to take on building your own computer, there are a lot of benefits that you’ll receive. You’ll save more money, get a higher quality machine, and you’ll gain a valuable skill.
So, even though there is risk involved, there are also a lot of reasons why you should consider building your next gaming computer.
Brent is an avid PC gamer and huge computer hardware enthusiast. He runs EliteGamingComputers.com—a site dedicated to helping gamers build their own PCs. If you’re looking for a new gaming PC, stop by EGC for more information. There you’ll find a number of builds for cheap gaming PCs and high-end systems alike.