With so many well-known brands offering ready-built retail desktops, picking a prebuilt PC is much easier than building your own. While you can’t beat the convenience of retail PCs, you give up a lot for it.
The whole point of getting the desktop is that you no longer need to compromise
Buying a laptop, have you ever found that it’s hard to get the mix of components and price exactly right? If a laptop has a great processor, it could be let down by small screen or an inadequate number of USB ports. If there’s enough hard disk space, the inbuilt graphics card may be inadequate. It’s always a compromise. Buying a desktop, you finally get to be in control – the big, spacious cabinets that desktops have exist for this very reason. You get to roll up your sleeves and put in exactly the components you want. To buy a prebuilt desktop is to miss the whole point of a desktop.
When buying a retail PC you are stuck with the parts that the company chooses to put in the system. Often, the parts they pick for the computer depends on what cheap deals they can strike with different manufacturers to source parts cheaply – not on what works best for the customer.
When you build your own PC you get to choose to buy each individual product from whatever company you like. You can have whatever chipset you want, whatever number of USB ports, graphics card, operating system and so on. You don’t need to pay for components that you don’t want, either. If you don’t want a DVD drive or a card reader, you can save money by skipping those.
You get better parts
The processor of a retail PC is always advertised by brand – Intel or AMD. The graphics card is sometimes named, too. The other components are never mentioned. You don’t know what make of hard drive, RAM or motherboard they use – these usually go under the radar. You can be sure that they would advertise what brands these were if they were good ones. Mostly, though, they tend to cheap OEM parts. By building your own PC, you can put everything together with affordable, quality parts.
You don’t have to put up with poor case design
The cabinets used on most retail PCs are built to conserve space. They compromise on airflow and expandability in the interests of slim, fashionable design. Poor airflow translates to higher temperatures and lower life for your computer. If you want to add a hard drive or other component in the future, these cabinets often don’t have enough room, either. You get to go with a great cabinet when you build your own computer.
You get a good power supply
Most retail PCs have power supply units (PSUs ) that are so weak, they don’t even provide enough power for low-end graphics cards. These usually offer very few connections for components to add in the future, too. Should you ever try to overclock your processor on one of these power supplies, it will never happen. You get a strong and stable system with a powerful PSU when you build your own.
Retail PCs usually come with cut-rate operating system versions that lack many good features that you might get if you went out and bought a full-retail version. Not to mention, ready-built computers usually include bloatware that does nothing but to slow down your system. You get to stay away from all these problems when you build your own computer. You get to put in just the software that you want.
Warranty and Upgrades
Retail PCs come with a one-year or two-year warranty, at best. You don’t get to take advantage of the generous warranty policies that component makers offer when you buy individual components to build your own PC with. For instance, processors come with three-year warranties. Hard drives come with five-year warranties and RAM is usually covered for the life of the product. You get all of this when you build your own computer.