After saving up for months or even years, you are finally ready to commit and invest in a brand new PC. The question is should you purchase a PC which has been built by a major manufacturer? Or should you build the PC yourself?
To help you decide on which PC or laptop is the right choice for you, we have weighed the pros and cons of each below.
Building Your Own PC
PROS: Access to factory overclocked parts; parts come with warranties; can save owners money
CONS: Takes time, experience and knowledge, no warranty on the work performed
A growing number of PC owners are choosing to build their own PCs. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take a lot of time to learn how to build your own PC. Apart from a few specifics, putting together a PC is much like putting together a Lego set: you follow the step-by-step directions, and you will end up with a great finished product.
The real draw to building your own customised PC is to have the freedom to choose the parts that you want inside of your system. Factory overclocked parts aren’t available for OEM PCs. Custom PC builders can choose the right video card, sound card, and other parts which can enhance their entire system. They can choose which parts to splurge on and which to save on.
There are some disadvantages to building the PC yourself, however. The workmanship is not covered, as you will be building your PC. This means that if something goes wrong with your PC, you need to fix it or pay someone else to figure out the problem.
This is a whole other issue. As you have a custom built your PC, a computer technician will be unfamiliar with your rig. He or she may take longer to fix the PC, be unable to fix the PC, or they may even mistakenly damage to your unit.
At the end of the day, building your own PC is more advantageous than purchasing a pre-built off the shelf PC. It does take a bit of research, and there is a learning curve involved. But there are a number of great resources online that can be used as a guide to help you troubleshoot any issues you may be having. For all other problems, you can visit a custom PC shop and ask them for further assistance.
Buying an OEM PC
PROS: Less expensive; comes with a monitor and speakers; ready to go within minutes of bringing it home
CONS: Only use proprietary parts; difficult to upgrade; may not be suitable for your specific needs
The nicest part about purchasing an OEM PC is that everything you need is right there and ready to use. Within mere minutes of taking an OEM PC out of the box, you can have it set up and ready to use. Many will also come with drivers installed, making the process even easier.
Another benefit that comes with OEM PCs is that they are less expensive than most custom PCs. Manufacturers are able to purchase the parts for these PCs by the thousands, which means they are able to significantly save on the parts they use. They are then able to pass these savings to the consumer.
But that brings us to one glaring drawback to choosing an OEM PC over one that has been custom-built: pre-built PCs use proprietary parts. These parts will only work with their equipment and cannot be swapped in or out with other parts. For the basic PC user, this may not be much of a problem. However, when a part needs to be replaced or upgraded, the OEM will charge you an extravagant amount for that part because they know you are at their mercy.
Finally, it is no secret that the customer support, which OEMs offer, is sub-par. Not only the customer service representatives often difficult to understand, but they also are not great at troubleshooting a number of issues. The customer service representatives are poorly trained and are often ill-equipped to handle most advanced questions.
Finding the Middle Ground: Pre-Built Custom PCs
What if you could enjoy all of the benefits of both an OEM PC and one that has been custom built? Custom PCs from Chillblast, for example, come to owners pre-built and with everything, which the PC user could possibly want. The most reputable custom PC builders in the UK will:
- Build a PC to your specifications and which meet the highest standards
- Perform peerless testing on your rig
- Offer extended warranties on their work
- Provide top notch (and local) customer service
The only drawback to choosing a pre-built custom PC is that you will need to pay for the computer engineer’s time and expertise. This means that the custom PC, which you may have been able to build yourself, will come at a higher price tag for what may be the same end product. However, consider this:
- You will not need to sink hours into building the PC
- There will be a warranty on the work performed. If something goes wrong, you are not left footing the bill
- If your computer needs repairs in the future, you will be able to contact the custom PC building company and quite possibly even receive help from the same technician who built your PC
What to Look for in a Pre-Built Custom PC Builder
There is a handful of pre-built custom PC builders in the UK, but there are some characteristics, which separate the great for the “not-so-great,” Look for:
- Great reviews and happy customers (ask for references)
- Friendly and helpful customer service
- Awards received for outstanding work and products
- Whether or not they offer the parts you want for your PC
Speak with those who work at the shop and get a sense for how passionate they are about the work that they do. The best custom PC builders in the business aren’t in it for the money – they’re in it to create high-quality products that will not only exceed your expectations but their own.