Should you get a custom built PC or a Pre-Built PC
November 30th, 2022
By Darren Jackson
In our opinion, anyone shopping for a new system will have the best overall experience if they build their own computer. However, it won’t be a viable option for anyone who doesn’t want to spend the extra time necessary to choose the right components for their system and learn how to assemble it.
The Pros of a custom built PC:
1: Custom building your PC offers the best Price-to-Performance ratio
There are numerous benefits to building your own PC. The possibility for it to provide you with the best price-to-performance ratio on your system is maybe the best justification for building your own PC. Prebuilt PCs will often cost more than those that are built from scratch because of their high markup expenses.
Manufacturers of pre-built products do receive price breaks on components when they purchase them in large quantities, and occasionally—especially during sales—a prebuilt system might provide a comparable price-to-performance to a DIY system. However, building your own computer will typically result in better performance on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
2: Custom builds are just that, Customized
3: Individual components typically have longer warranty periods than pre-built computers
You can anticipate a normal 1-2 year warranty for prebuilt systems. Naturally, you always have the option to spend more to purchase an extended warranty. However, if you build your own computer from scratch, you receive individual warranties for each of your components instead, which are often longer than 1-2 years.
The CPU warranties for Intel and AMD are 3 years. A 5-year warranty is provided by several PSU manufacturers. Also available with motherboards are 3-year warranties. 3 year warranties are also typical for graphics cards. Therefore, by creating your own system, you’ll give each component better protection.
4: No Bloatware
If you are like us, then you hate all the bloatware that is put on PC’s from the manufacturers. Not only do these apps and programs bug and annoy you, but they also take up space and can slow down the PC. With a custom built PC, you don’t have to worry about manufacturers bloatware bogging down your system.
Pros of a pre-built PC:
The warranty process is a bit easier to navigate
While getting extended warranties on individual components is a benefit of creating a computer, using the warranty isn’t as straightforward as it is with prebuilt or custom-built machines.
This is due to the fact that a prebuilt or custom-built computer’s maker or custom PC builder will diagnose and rectify any issues with it if they arise while it is still under warranty and the computer stops working or is giving you troubles.
Before sending anything in for repair under warranty if you are experiencing issues with a system that you built yourself and all of the components are still covered by warranty, you must first identify the source of the issue.
You won’t be able to simply send in your entire computer and have the issue resolved by a third party.
To determine which component(s) needs to be brought in for repair or replacement, you’ll need to do your own self-diagnosis of the issue.
Again, identifying problems and mailing in parts for warranty will put extra duty on you much like installing the system did.
Here at Tech Medic We pick the manufacturers with the best reputations to assemble the computers we sell. Due to these superior choices, we have many homes and businesses that gain 10+ years out of their computer. Luckily, since the industry has finally trended toward more standard cases, we can install higher quality parts inside them if you are in need of an upgrade. We can save you money with our custom parts in not purchasing components that are still adequate in your existing chassis. Feel free to stop by our office with your computer and we’ll assess your options to meet your goals.