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Why Build a Custom Computer?

April 2nd, 2012 | Posted by admin in Buying New Stuff

Why Build a Custom Computer?

Building a custom computer doesn’t have to be expensive.  In fact, you can often build a great computer for less than you can buy one from a major manufacturer.  You get exactly what you want and need, and at a more competitive price.

Knowing exactly what you want; you can select components that will work synergistically with each other achieving optimal performance.  A custom computer will also probably significantly outlast a cheap name brand computer, if only because of superior build quality.  Most of the name brand manufactured computers nowadays are manufactured in bulk in China, and are designed to last a couple years at best.  Many custom built computers last much longer, which translates directly to a lower operating cost per year compared to a brand name computer.

There are many free how-to guides on the internet, and many websites that compare computer components, so you can read up on reviews and know exactly what you are getting with minimal effort.

Custom Built, Custom Use

Many people build their own computers, because nothing equitable is offered at a fair price.  Let’s say you want a computer for gaming.  Well you can spend several thousand dollars on a brand new gaming computer, or you can build your own.  If you build your own you can build it cheaper than you can buy it for, and at the same time upgrade it a later point in time if you desire.  You can easily build a top of the line gaming computer for under a thousand dollars that will last you for years to come and is of superior build quality.

Many people build computers for custom uses, such as trading, drafting, graphics editing, encoding video and of course; home entertainment.  Each of these computers will have specific needs that differ from each other, so proper planning is key.  It is best to determine what exactly you will be using the computer for ahead of time, before you spend any money, so you can be assured of individual component compatibility.


Competition is a beautiful thing.  Nowadays, with as many computer manufacturers as there currently are, getting quality components at fair prices is easy.  You will first need to pick a quality case, and a quality motherboard.  Then pick a compatible CPU, compatible RAM modules, a good quality hard drive, and any other drives you will need such an optical drive, or Blu-Ray Drive.  Once you have selected these, you will then need to select a quality power supply that will adequately handle all of your components with ease.  There are many free guides that go into great detail about building custom computers, and you will find the most difficult part in building the computer is often the selection of parts.  Everything fits together nicely once you actually start putting it together; just make sure you take reasonable precautions to prevent static electricity buildup.

A good solid, well-rounded computer will probably set you back around 800 – 1000 Dollars depending upon your needs.  Once you have assembled the computer, you will need to select an operating system.   Windows© is by far the most popular choice, and should suit your needs just fine.  If you are more experienced with computers, you might choose a free version of Linux for your needs.

The trick with building a custom computer is to map out everything in advance, so there are no surprises.  You should know exactly what it will cost beforehand, and also be certain that your chosen parts are compatible with each other.  People are often surprised how simple it is once they begin, and wish they had started sooner.  You might just find that custom computers are the solution to cheap brand name computers.

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