Gaming is a beautiful thing, it allows you to immerse yourself in the minds of the creators, and create stories of your own. This gives you the opportunity to live through some of the most intense, passionate stories that some of the most creative minds have ever laid down on this world. That’s why you want to be sure to have the most seamless of adventures, where you are completely in your universe. Of course, you have consoles that can do the job, but I believe that PC gaming, is the ultimate adventure.

PC gaming is somewhat tricky. With all the choices you have, it would be normal for a newcomer to feel overwhelmed and it is completely understandable. Which is why that in this blog post, I will talk about the big differences between building your own gaming desktop and buying one pre-built. There aren’t many big differences between each, but they both will be scrutinized under my little lens to make your life somewhat easier when it comes to making that ultimate decision. That lense will be composed of the following layers: performance, pricing and customization.

When it comes to performance, all the higher-end desktops are built by yourself. There are not many manufacturers that provide you with over the top high-end components, just as much as custom-rigs are. Custom-built desktops also have an easier access to the BIOS, which allows more advanced users -or users that have done their research- to go and change settings to optimize the performance of their gear.

Even though pre-built desktops do not offer some of the highest possible components, they do offer some pretty nice sets, which can run you basically any game that you want. The BIOS is also not as available as with custom-built ones since the optimization is pre-made by the company you bought it from, allowing it to perform as intended, from the get go.

When it comes to pricing you want to be sure you get the most out of your money. Of course, that means the biggest performance, and durability for the price. The price for building your own desktop or buying a pre-built one varies from strength of the hardware. But even then, companies sometimes sell you their name at the same time, so custom-built desktops built by yourself are less expensive. The price usually varies depending on the brands you use, but you could save from $10 to $300 which could be used in changing or upgrading a piece of hardware.

If you want to customize your desktop to be more how you visualize it, then custom-built desktops win hands down, giving you that opportunity to personalize your gear the way you want it. Feeling even more attached to it makes it so much more fun when you show it off to your friends, like a small little trophy. You can of-course, customize pre-built desktops, but what would be the point of changing the aesthetics if you are to buy a pre-made one? There aren’t any advantages and you might end up spending more than just making your own.

An important point that should be made, is that pre-built desktops come with some sort of guarantee that custom-built desktops just don’t have. That guarantee being that pre-built desktops will come to your place, all ready to go, working and in one piece, in one day. While the custom built one might take a few days to arrive in full, some pieces may arrive dead, more commonly called DOA (Dead On Arrival) which then leads to an even longer wait, and after that you have the updates, and so on and so forth. This brings me to say that pre-built desktops are somewhat more hassle-free and quick to use, and offer similar performance to its custom built counter-part.

In conclusion, the custom-built desktop has minor advantages over pre-built ones. Those minor advantages are, however, somewhat irrelevant other than in the categories of pricing. Which leads me to say that it comes to if you want to spend the time to create from scratch, build, and use or instant plug and play, which could be a lot easier for someone new to PC gaming.

If you decide to build your own desktop it’s not that complicated (you can watch this video if you want to be guided step by step) but there are one or two things that you need to know. The first one is placing the CPU in its socket correctly. It happens that some new builders force it in the wrong way or forget to remove the socket cover causing some serious damage to the CPU. The other hard part is setting up the computer case buttons to the motherboard correctly. Since every motherboard is different each layout is different, which means that the instruction manual is very important to keep. Other than these, building a PC is straightforward. You just have to plug the parts in their appropriate areas making sure that you hear a small “click” sound. And there you go, you just built your desktop!

So there you have it. And as a brief sum up of everything we have discussed, here is a convienient pros and cons list for laptops

Pre-Built

PROS

  • Quick to use
  • Plug and Play
  • High-Performance

CONS

  • A bit more expensive (buying the name)
  • Not as customizable
  • Can be a bit less performant than the custom-built

Custom-Built

PROS

  • Fun to build
  • High-Performance
  • Highly Customizable
  • More Choices
  • A bit less expensive

CONS

  • Pieces can arrive on different dates
  • Building it
  • Pieces can be DOA (Dead on Arrival)