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When to Build Your Own Computer and When Not to Build Your Own Computer

Updated on April 6, 2016

Welcome to Building Computers!

Are you ready to upgrade from the stone age and burst into the 21st century?! Are you ready to say good bye to that old rusty dinosaur that you call your computer?

If you said yes to both of those questions then you have come to the right place my friend!

Eeep Gads, A Dinosaur!

A very, very, very, very, very, very. . . Well you get the point. This is a very old computer.
A very, very, very, very, very, very. . . Well you get the point. This is a very old computer.

A Few Questions Before We Begin This Journey!

Now there are a few questions we need to address before you can get started on that brand new computer of yours.

Number One!

Do you really have time to build your own computer?

Number Two!

What are the pros and cons about building your own computer or buying one?

Number THREE!

What do you want your computer to be used for?

For example:

Is it for personal everyday use such as surfing the web?

Is it a super gaming computer?

Is this a business computer?

It is time to address questions One and Two!

I hope these cons and pros of building a custom made computer, or buying a premade one helps you choose what is best for you.

Pre-made Computer (Store Bought)

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Pros  
Cons  
Already premade and put together. Only have to push the power button and customize.
Unless you spend a pretty penny at Alienware these types of computers are not built for high end gaming, or streaming multiple videos.
Reliable: All the parts have already been tested to ensure everything is in working order.
More expensive then building your own when it comes to beefier computers.
These types of computers are the best choice when it comes to low end gaming and surfing the web.
Loaded with preinstalled unwanted programs also known as bloat-ware.
1 year warranty on your entire computer with one company.
Unless you spend money to have a company build one for you. These computers are not customize-able.

Custom Made Computer

Pros
Cons
This computer has everything YOU want in it.
Warranty: This is a pro and con. The warranty is on your parts not the entire computer.
The cost of the computer is entirely up to you. Whether you spend $500 or $5,000 just depends on your budget.
No 24/7 help service. Although with the endless supply of information from the internet do you really need one?
Cheaper then buying a premade computer at the same quality you could build it for.
Requires time, patients, and research.
Complete and total customization!
Need to install everything yourself.
This is the best choice when it comes to building a gaming computer or business computer.
Since your parts are not from one company you need to keep way more paper work on your computer then a prebuilt one.

Which computer do you prefer?

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Now for the most daunting question of them all number Three!

What do you want your computer to be used for?

Don't be scared. After all this is choosing what you want.

How hard can that be?

Personal Computer (Surfing the Web)

What you need to know about this type of computer!

  • No putting together the computer required. A store bought computer will do just fine for your needs.
  • Beware does contain bloat-ware. Highly suggested, but not required to go through and uninstall the programs you don't want.

Over all if your strapped for time this is the best choice.

Business Computer

What you need to know about this type of computer!

  • You don't need a gaming computer case. What you need is a case with low noise. You can find many types of these cases under $100 making them fairly affordable.
  • DDR3 Ram all the way do not accept anything less.
  • When it comes to amount of Ram I recommend 8 gigabytes.
  • When choosing a mother board read the reviews closely, and study up on it. Mother boards are the skeleton of the computer.
  • Windows 7 64-Bit version or Windows 8 64-Bit version operating system are the systems you want. They do not have the restrictions on ram that the 32-bit version does. Also if you plan on building more then one computer do not get the "Builder" version or the OEM version. These versions can only be used with one PC. As for which one to choose that is entirely up to you.
  • The power supply. Very important part. Without a big enough power supply your components won't work correctly or get fried. If you are having a hard time deciding how much power you need just remember that is better to get a power supply with more power then your computer needs then not enough.
  • A high end video card is not necessary. The built in video card in the mother board will do.
  • Processor: when it comes to a business computer the cheaper AMD quad-core processor will fit your needs nicely.
  • Fans are a must have. Most cases come with one fan, but I suggest that you get at least one more for a business computer.

Gaming Computer

What you need to know when building this type of computer.

  • Gaming Computer Case: This is a must have for high-end gaming computers. These cases are large and have plenty of ports and room for all the beefy components you will need.
  • DDR3 Ram all the way do not accept anything less.
  • When it comes to amount of Ram I recommend 16 gigabytes.
  • When choosing mother board read the reviews closely, and study up on it. Especially with gaming computers. You will need to consider the wattage, ram slots, PCI-E slots, and processor compatibility. With gaming computers you will want to choose the mother board before the case so that you make sure you get one big enough.
  • Windows 7 64-Bit version or Windows 8 64-Bit version operating system are the systems you want. They do not have the restrictions on ram that the 32-bit version does. Also if you plan on building more then one computer do not get the "Builder" version or the OEM version. These versions can only be used with one PC. As for which one to choose that is entirely up to you.
  • The power supply. Very important part. Without a big enough power supply your components won't work correctly or get fried. If you are having a hard time deciding how much power you need just remember that is better to get a power supply with more power then your computer needs then not enough.
  • A high end video card is necessary when it comes to gaming computers. I suggest NVIDIA when it comes to high end gaming. They have better visuals with newer games.
  • Processor: I suggest the intel core i7 or i5 Skylake processor. These processor are mean, lean, and ready to take on any game you throw at them. Plus they can handle DDR4 RAM.
  • Cooling system: You will need two intake fans usually on the side and front of the case as well as two outflow fans on the back and top of the case. You may also want to invest in a liquid cooling system. These systems work faster and better.

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This Article has been Created By: Garrett Biebinger, Computer Technician at NGL Connection.

This Article has been Edited and Posted with Permission By: Kaylee Wright

© 2016 Kaylee

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