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Build or buy a gaming PC yourself: advantages and disadvantages

If you are about to buy a new gaming PC, you are probably faced with a crucial question: build or buy a gaming PC yourself?

As with almost all decisions, there are advantages and disadvantages.

Build or buy a gaming PC myself - I too was once faced with the question.

After the first “custom build”, buying off the shelf would no longer be an option for me. However, there are also arguments for a ready-made PC.

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Three ways to the new gaming PC

Put your PC together yourself

Hardware geeks and long-time PC gamers mostly go this route.

You will find out for yourself which components should be in your gaming PC and check whether the hardware harmonises well with each other and meets your requirements.

If you decide to assemble the gaming PC yourself, you will have to invest a lot of time to find out more.

What is a gaming PC anyway?

A gaming PC is just a PC at the end of the day.

Since PC games have higher hardware requirements than many other PC applications, the hardware needs to be carefully selected.

Typically, you have to plan a higher budget for a gaming PC than for many other PC configurations.

Use the PC configurator

A PC configurator makes it easier to select the components.

Many online shops offer a PC configurator.

The shop operators sometimes maintain a database in the background, which is used to check whether the components are compatible with one another. Most of the time, however, there is no guarantee for this.

In addition, you can usually book an assembly service for your gaming PC put together in the PC configurator. In this case, the technicians from the online shop will do the assembly for you.

Buy your gamer PC ready

System providers offer gaming PCs "off the shelf" that you can buy ready-made.

The choice of components is determined by the PC manufacturer.

Based on the specifications, you can check whether the PC meets your requirements and buy the gamer PC ready-made.

Ready-made PCs also come with support services from the manufacturer.

Advantages and disadvantages of building or buying a gaming PC yourself

When deciding to build or buy a gaming PC yourself, you should consider some advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of building your own gaming PC

  • Lower price: In almost every case, it is cheaper to build the gaming PC yourself than to buy it. You can do a price comparison for each component and buy the hardware at the cheapest daily price.
  • Custom-fit PC configuration: When you buy a ready-made gaming PC, you leave the coordination of the components to the PC manufacturer. However, if you put together the gaming PC yourself, you can choose exactly the hardware you need.
  • Work pride: that is often overlooked! Building a gaming PC yourself can be a lot of fun. Research, purchase, assembly and the first boot process make the self-assembled gaming PC a special experience - no joke.
  • No bloatware: Probably PC manufacturers mean it well. Often a whole bouquet of programs and tools is preinstalled. I just don't want them! If I build it myself, I get a "clean" installation.

Disadvantages of building a gaming PC yourself

  • Time expenditure: It is always faster to buy a gamer PC ready-made. If you build it yourself, you have to invest more time in selecting the components as well as in assembling the PC.
  • No support: PC manufacturers usually offer manuals, FAQs on the website, a customer forum, a hotline and a well-maintained driver database for finished PC systems. If you put your PC together yourself, you have to deal with any problems that arise yourself.
  • No guarantee: Many finished gamer PCs come with a manufacturer's guarantee, or at least the statutory warranty. In the case of self-built gaming PCs, guarantees and warranties only apply to individual components, so that you have to isolate and fix any problems and defects yourself.

Important tips for building your own PC for the first time

  • Carefully coordinate components: The components in your gaming PC must match each other. Mainboard, CPU, graphics card and RAM in particular have to be carefully coordinated. There are also a few things to consider when it comes to the housing, power supply unit, hard drive and optical drives.
  • Determine the wattage of the power supply: After the built-in components you have to determine the appropriate power of the power supply. A power supply calculator helps here.
  • Avoid electrostatic charge: Your own body can give off electricity when you touch components, which can damage sensitive components. That's why you can get yourself an ESD wristband for self-construction.
  • Instructions for assembly: You should take enough time for assembly. For example, read these step-by-step instructions to prepare.

Avoid: Common mistakes when building your own PC

  1. The components are not compatible at all - the worst mistake when you first own your own “rig”. Example of this: the CPU does not match the mainboard.
  2. Install a cheap power supply unit - it cannot backfire (YouTube video).
  3. Nobody needs manuals - wrong. The mainboard manual is particularly important because this is where the individual PC components are assembled.
  4. Fleeting assembly and the PC does not boot. Plug-in cards usually have to snap into place, as well as cable connections. Otherwise there is simply no contact.
  5. No galvanic separation during assembly. That can send the expensive, new components into nirvana in no time at all.
  6. Outrageously expensive PC, mediocre peripherals: If you buy a high-end PC, you shouldn't save on monitors, speakers, keyboard and mouse. Online gamers also need fast internet access.
  7. No internet-enabled device ready to hand - if questions arise during assembly, solutions can often be found by briefly Googling.

Conclusion - would you prefer to build a gaming PC yourself or buy it ready-made?

I built the first gaming PC myself over 15 years ago - and I definitely don't want to miss the experience!

Patrick Woessner, writer at Tech Junkies

What is the best path for you personally depends on what you expect from your PC.

If the price is an important purchase criterion for you and you either already know a lot about hardware or you want to familiarize yourself with the topic, you are probably best advised to build the gaming PC yourself.

If you are looking for an "all-round carefree package" with support and warranty, a ready-made gaming PC is probably the better choice for you.

In this case you have to pay more for the same service, but you get access to services from the manufacturer and do not have to invest time in the assembly.

I'm Patrick and here I blog on various topics related to technology, gadgets and more. I used to have several blogs on the same topic. Tech junkies are now the focus.