When the time comes to purchase a new desktop personal computer, consumers have a choice which is worth considering. Is it better to buy a pre-built desktop PC such as Lenovo, Dell or HP, or is building their own custom designed computer the best option? While there are pros and cons to both options, the answer boils down to the individual’s personal preference on what they need.
For individuals who require a PC just for Internet surfing, e-mailing, printing or light office work, a pre-built desktop PC such as Lenovo for example, would be adequate for their needs. However, for those who are into PC gaming, CAD rendering, video editing, graphic art etc., are more likely to benefit from a custom-built computer system.
While a pre-built computer may be less expensive, the overall components selected by the manufacturer may not be of the highest quality. The durability of a computer is only as good as the sum of its parts. In most instances, I’ve found that most pre-built computer systems tend to have a much shorter lifespan compared to a custom designed system.
When you build your own computer, you are able to choose the components that you want, not what the manufacturer thinks you should have. This allows you to have greater control over the quality of parts selected and flexibility in choosing how much to spend on individual hardware components. Another advantage to building your own PC allows you to avoid the preinstalled “bloatware or trialware” loaded by a system manufacturer which in turn, uses system resources and slows your system, takes up hard drive space, or installs hidden spyware or malware. Building your own PC also allows you greater flexibility in upgrading your hardware components if you choose to do so at a later date, such as adding a different video card, sound card or power supply.
Although I have built computers in the past, it’s not a service I offer to clients on a regular basis. I certainly can advise and suggest what components to look for, but I do not sell computers myself.