Should I buy or build my PC?

Having a PC, whether you buy it, or make it yourself, is very rewarding. You can do just about anything you like on them, it can be for work, for gaming, or just as a leisure tool.

Let's discuss whether it is better to buy or build your PC.


First of all, we know it is obviously a good choice to buy a PC from another supplier, the reasons are pretty widely known.

Buying a pre-built PC enables you to save on the hours of work required to set up each component, and getting everything running will normally take under 2 hours when you buy a PC brand new. You'll have your operating software all ready, you don't have to worry about the motherboard or the power supply having issues (We say this because if there is any kind of fault from a new PC, you are generally covered under the warranty of the product for a minimum of 12 months to 2 years.

Should I buy or build my PC?

If you decide to build your PC and buy each component from a different supplier, as soon as one part starts to show signs of error, you have to get that returned, and it is time wasted over a component probably worth a fraction of your build cost - With a new PC the full unit can be replaced, which is generally a shorter wait time, as you don't need to re-fit any parts to your PC tower.

Building your own PC however, gives you immense flexibility. You have the freedom of choosing which brands you will use for each component in your build. If you want a faster PC for multi-tasking, but storage isn't an issue, you can invest in a better RAM, but not have to stress as much about forking out on a quality SSD (solid state drive).

You can, to a certain degree, set an upper budget, but still have a great choice between which brands of components you wish to use. Remember though, building your own PC requires a bit of research. You're going to need to know all of the main components that are required in the build process.

Should I buy or build my PC?

That includes the power supply, the monitor, all of the connecting cables, the RAM slots, the motherboard, the SSD (solid state drive), the fan, the cooler, the GPU, the CPU/core processor, and probably more, depending on how well you want it to perform.

Also, don't forget to factor in the cost of a monitor, or two, depending on how you wish to approach your gaming, work, video editing, or whatever it is you intend to spend the majority of your time doing on your new PC.

It is fairly easy to build a PC with the same specs as a low/medium end pre-built PC, for a much lower price overall. If you want only new components, but you are also happy to sacrifice some quality, a PC with 8 GB of RAM and an i3 Intel core processor might cost you S$400 - S$700 to buy all of the basic components, as opposed to buying a new one pre-built, the latter may cost you another S$100-S$300, depending on the other specifications, such as the SSD (solid state drive) size.

Overall, both work just as well as each other, but if you're willing to sacrifice a couple of weeks to research how to build, you can save yourself a couple of hundred dollars as opposed to buying outright. At the same time, buying a new PC will save you more time and stress, and that's where the higher price works to its advantage.

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