Is building a computer cheaper than buying a pre-built one?
Building a gaming computer can be cheaper if you find the right parts at the right price. One the other hand, you could probably find a decent gaming computer at one of the sites you listed or other places as well. My advice is to talk to this uncle. He is your family and would not lead you astray as some of the posters here. He may even hav a source or two for parts to build the computer. Good luck. EDIT: I disagree with Mark below. Most of the items he list are low to mid level with the exception of the video card. Also, the memory he links to is not on the ASUS vendor list and requires 1.8v (most of ASUS boards need memory rated for 1.95v) so this may present a problem or it may not. The board he recommends may very well support the RAM despite it not being on the qualified vendor list. I could link you to a complete system as well, but he did a decent job overall so I will abstain.
Should I give it a try and build my own PC or buy a pre-built?
If you want to have a gaming PC but because of the budget limitation, you are thinking to sell your bike or kidney, then don’t worry I have a perfect solution for you. You can Build PC yourself.Table of ContentsBest Reasons to Build PC YourselfToday let’s talk about why should you consider build PC yourself. Why should you not buy the prebuilt or assembled one? So, let’s start with our list now. I have some decent reasons why you should build PC yourself.1. PriceThe first thing everyone gets excited about and understands in a single message is Money. If you ever have bought any PC from anywhere, then I would say just list out the components and their brands which has been used on your PC. Now, go and find the individual price of the components. You will surely be surprised seeing the price difference.If you go and buy the components as per your convenience and that too a decent one and then build PC yourself. It will cost lesser than whatever you have thought.2. What do You wantSecond thing, you need to decide is What do you want? Once you decided this, then you need to decide how would your gaming PC be. If you want to build PC yourself, then your target would be Resolution and Frame rate. It’s completely your choice what type of gaming you would do.Then, you can set the budget for your gaming PC else you can select the resolution and frame rate according to the budget. If your budget is so tight but still you want to have a gaming PC in the budget of a decent smartphone. Then, You would probably select a resolution of 1280*720 and frame rate of 30-60 FPS in low or medium settings.3. What will you need in FutureYes, it seems silly but this one is also a key factor why you should build PC yourself. You might not have money as of now, it’s fine. But it’s not mandatory that you won’t have money in the future too. So, in future you have got money to get better components then you can easily upgrade your PC whenever you want.If you had no graphics card initially or had a lower resolution graphic card then you can easily add a better one and skyrocket your gaming performance. This is possible if you build PC yourself.4. PC Building is a HobbyYeah, it’s a hobby, not a homework. Just like Gaming on a PC is a hobby and you like playing. Similarly, PC building can also be a hobby.Read More….
Should I build a gaming PC or buy a pre-built PC? I am not a very knowledgeable person about PCs.
Today I would say it doesn't matter much. It used to be that the prebuilt scene was overpriced and not worth it in comparison to the custom ones. Today though it is mostly fine one way or another. Parts are essentially the same price and competition make it somewhat work either way.I will say it is worth it to learn a new skill though. Building a PC can help you out if ever you need to upgrade and find new parts to replace broken ones. It's also an experience worth having
Should I buy a pre-assembled gaming PC or build one myself? My budget is 30-40k.
I have listed out just 3 reasons why I feel you SHOULD build a PC:Cost-efficient: At a particular price you can build a better PC than any pre-assembled PC in the world.Better Choice/Customization: You can choose a Processor-Graphic Card combination of your choice which might not always be available in the stores.Re-using old components:While building a PC, some parts can be retained from your old PC, example a HDD, a DVD Drive, RAM sticks (if your new Motherboard supports them), Cabinet(if it is spacious and in a good condition), PSU, cables etc. The reason I’m telling this is because not all of your current PC components might need upgrade.This tip is applicable only if you currently own a PC)I recently built a Gaming PC and saved at least 10k INR, thanks to the last tip. The performance has been amazing so far.My PC Specifications:Intel i3 6098p 3.6 Ghz 6th Generation ProcessorMSI Twin Frozr NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti 2GB 8GB DDR4 RAMGigabyte GA-H110M-S2 Motherboard LGA 1151 SocketCorsair CX430 PSUWatch how it runs:FIFA 18: Which was released just a few days back:Assassin’s Creed Unity: Which is one of the worst optimized games in the world till date:
What is the best gaming PC to buy (not build) on a budget?
There is no best option. Sorry, the truth hurts sometimes, but the fact is that the most important parts (GPU/CPU) for a gaming computer are also the most expensive. Prebuilt manufacturers take advantage of the fact that it’s easy to build computers and if you’re not willing to do it, you don’t know the difference between different models of parts.100% of prebuilt computer manufacturers skimp on GPU/CPU and overspend on RAM so that they can offer you impressive numbers and widen their profit margin. The only way to buy a computer with anything approaching a reasonable cost-performance value is to build it yourself. Even “good” prebuilt computers, you’ll be looking at paying around $1200 for around $800 worth of parts and probably $500–600 worth of performance (because again, they spend high on cheap parts that don’t matter, and spend low on expensive parts that do).If you change your mind, go to Logical Increments, the PC Builder's Friend for some help/advice, and Pick parts. Build your PC. Compare and share. to help select parts. If you still choose to buy a prebuilt computer, I would suggest not attempting to run anything more released more recently than 2013–2014, unless you have the money to spend on a $3000 prebuilt (because that is the only price point at which they can still turn a profit and give you quality parts).Again, sorry I didn’t answer the question you asked, but there isn’t a true answer to the question you asked. The computer you want does not exist, that’s the nature of the industry.EDIT: And on the off chance you are rich and can afford a $3000 computer, still go to pcpartpicker instead of a prebuilt company. Dell doesn’t care about you. On pcpartpicker, you can find somebody who will make you a sweet custom rig, fine tune its overclocking much more precisely than a factory setting and do custom watercooling loops + painting, all to your specification. If you’re going to spend an excessive amount of money, you may as well commission something that will make your friends’ jaws drop instead of some Dell piece of crap (alienware is actually just dell, on that note, it’s just an alien logo).
Would I save money/get a better computer by building one myself?
It really depends on what you're going for and how good you are at pricing out components.The main advantages you can get by building your own computer are that you can cheap out on components you don't need to be high-end, and since you can price out components individually you can wait for them to go on sale.For the absolute bottom in price and performance, there's almost no way you can beat some of the low-end pre-built computers. The only way you can save money is by going mid-range or high end. I personally managed to build a nice mid-range machine for about $450, which is significantly cheaper than the $800 you might expect to drop on a pre-built machine with similar specs. But I haven't yet seen a way that I can buy components and assemble them at a price that matches old $100 Pentium IV machines (the lowest of the low end).I'd recommend going to Slickdeals, which is a community-run deal aggregator, and waiting for fantastic prices to pop up on the components you want. Before deciding what's a good deal and what's not, search for the components on Newegg to find out what they typically cost.To find which components you want, you can find gaming forums and find out what people did with their own machines and get advice on what works well and what doesn't. Tom's Hardware is a great place for information on component performance.
Problem with new build PC?
Hi all, I've just taken it upon myself to build a PC and am having some problems - the parts that I've bought are listed below: Motherboard - ECS G31T-M7 Processor - Intel Celeron E3200 Dual Core High Performance CPU cooling fan Octigen 400w Power Supply 2gb DDR2 800 Memory (1 chip) iCute iBox Micro ATX Case I have an old IDE CDROM and an old Maxtor 40gb hard drive that Im using temporarily until payday. The Problem Basically - nothing works lol. Im 100% sure that the connections are as per the instructions that came with the motherboard, however when plugged into the wall and turned on nothing happens, nothing at all - not even the PSU fan comes on. Because the PSU didnt power on I bought a new PSU - same thing. So I tried replacing the power cable. Same thing - nothing happens. There are no lights on the case illuminated at all, no matter whether the power is switched on or off - I figured that if I had connected the case lights etc back wards (- in the positive slot etc) then it would work in reverse? Correct me if Im wrong though). So I then figured it must be a dodgy motherboard. So I took it back to PC World who exchanged it (the board and the processor came as a bundle). Reconnected everything - same story!! Im at my wits end with it - I simply cant figure out what could be wrong!! I think that Ive tried everything but would welcome any experts to point me in the right direction - I loathe the thought of having to take the machine to a shop and pay £100 for someone to unplug on thing that Ive done wrong lol.. help!?! :O)
860 dollar budget build or buy a computer?
Much depends upon if you need a monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse... Those things will push your budget on getting a "good" gaming rig in the end... If you need those items as well, try to spend as little as possible for them. Shop around and get those items for min. you can spend on them. Speakers, keyboard, and mouse really don't get your gaming experience as high, as your system/monitor... If you are wanting a very high definition of monitor, you can get LCD HDTV's for just as cheap or cheaper. Make your choice for operating system an OEM windows7 64bit, instead of retail, to save $50 or so. You don't have to have a high end CPU to game, you can cut cost on CPU and overclocking motherboard, if it enables you to get a 69xx ATI or 5xx nvidia graphics card... A good ram amount is 4gb, you don't need 8Gb of ram, like many people like to stress about...
I am looking at purchasing a pre-built gaming PC for 1600 USD. Is this a good deal or am I better of building my own gaming PC?
EDIT: There was a link with a cyberpower PC in the question, and now it’s gone. I won’t really bother changing my answer because I don’t want to discuss whether a generic $1600 is a good deal or not. I’ll leave my answer in response to that machine. My parts are roughly the same as the build, and I added a mouse and keyboard to my list because they were included with the build in the link.I built a comparable rig here for you: System Builder - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core, GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Dual Advanced, H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower - PCPartPickerThe CPU is exactly the same, their cooler is proprietary so I chose one with the same features, their motherboard looks exactly like the one I did, their RAM is the same series as mine, they said “flash” so I threw in a nice NVMe drive, I found a good cheap 2080 since I can’t tell what they’re doing, and their case looks like a custom H500 so I put that in there. You also need a power supply, Windows 10, a keyboard and mouse to match them.My build came out to $1950. Let’s talk about some of the difference; they might be using a normal SSD, so just take off $100 for that downgrade and we’re at $1850. You could squeeze up to $20 out of it by going with a cheaper PSU, and I’m betting you can find a couple bucks off the RAM so let’s knock off $30. Now we’ve matched the non-sale price of the computer you showed us. If you really went looking for the sales you could probably save another $100. That puts you at $1700. Even if you can get a cheaper GPU by $90 less, then you’re still over the cost of buying this rig pre-built.So yeah, that rig for $1600 looks great to me. How do they do it? They make money even if they just sold you the parts for what you could buy them for elsewhere. They don’t charge much for the build and support. It’s a killer business model because it’s almost stupid not to buy from them so they make up for low margin on bulk.Buying pre-built machines are never half as bad as people would have you believe. At worst you’re paying around 20% more for the machine (minus a couple companies that really fleece you), and if 20% markup sounds like a scam to you, then I’ve got some bad news for you about the retail industry.