How to decide whether a custom built pc is right for you

How to decide whether a custom built pc is right for you

Are you in the market for a new computer? If you’re like most people, you use your computer for everything from checking Facebook to working on a presentation. So when it’s time to buy a new one, it can be tough to know if you should opt for a custom pc or just get a standard model. If you are, you may be wondering if a custom PC is right for you. Custom PCs can be a great option, but there are a few things to consider before making your decision. In this post, we’ll take a look at what factors you should consider when deciding whether to buy a custom PC or go with a pre-built model. We’ll also explore some of the benefits of custom PCs and share some tips on how to find the best custom builder for your needs.

Evaluate what you need your computer to do

When you buy a new computer, the first thing to consider is what you’ll be using it for. If you mainly want a PC to spend time on your favorite games or browse the internet, a custom desktop may not offer much benefit over a pre-built model. Many budget-friendly computers will meet all of your needs without breaking the bank.

When deciding whether or not a custom PC is right for you, many people don’t consider how they’ll use their new computer. If you will need to do things like photo/video editing or 3D rendering, then building your computer is the way to go. However, if all you plan on doing with your new rig is gaming and surfing the net, then buying a pre-made computer may save you money in the long run.

Also, if you use your computer for specific types of tasks or are looking to upgrade components that aren’t easily accessible on mass-market PCs, a custom PC may be right for you. While most pre-built computers do allow for some customization within their models, custom PCs will let you make exactly the upgrades and modifications needed to make it work perfectly for your needs.

Why choose a custom PC?

When it comes to computers, everyone’s needs are different, which makes shopping for one an intimidating task. This is why having the option of building your own may seem alluring. With a custom pc, you have the freedom to use exactly what hardware will work best for your purposes without worrying about compatibility issues or outside interference from pre-loaded software. You also can remove anything that isn’t necessary and streamline it to optimize speeds accordingly.

This is why having the option of building your own may seem alluring. With a custom pc, you have the freedom to use exactly what hardware will work best for your purposes without worrying about a specific manufacturer forcing a certain part to be compatible with their own.

This is a major perk of building your custom PC. You can find any kind of hardware that you desire and be sure that it will work properly with the rest of your components. This also means that if a company decides to stop selling a specific component, say an LED display, for example, you won’t have to worry about being forced to buy something else to make up for the lack thereof or search from one site to another until you find something similar.


1) Customize your hardware options

While many modern computers are designed with appealing aesthetics in mind, there’s usually only one configuration available before you’re forced to buy additional components yourself. This can present a few problems, particularly if certain parts have compatibility issues or won’t work at all together outside of what the manufacturer intended. Pre-built PCs also often come with bloatware, limiting your choice of what can be removed or replaced.

2) You also have the freedom to decide what goes where

In the case of extra drives, for example. For instance, you can decide to put your DVD drive right next to your graphics card just below the PC tower if you’d like instead of having it clustered with all of your other components inside of the tower.

Custom PCs are designed simply for creativity and user preference. There are endless possibilities, especially when it comes to lighting schemes, that make each custom rig unique. You get to choose what kind of look you want for each component, allowing full customization without making compromises.

3) There are no compatibility issues since each part works perfectly with other parts

This is different than when purchasing the parts separately and assembling them yourself, which could cause compatibility issues if you aren’t well-versed in personal computers.

Custom PCs are generally much faster than buying a prebuilt computer since they’re built by only including the best and most powerful parts to reduce lag and load times. There’s no software or bloatware installed on them so everything about your PC will run fast and efficiently from start to finish. However, this can be dependent on what kind of custom build you’re looking for. In some cases, choosing a prebuilt computer might be better for gamers who don’t want to spend time optimizing their rigs themselves.

4) Can customize and improve easily as new becomes available (add ram, new graphics card, etc)

Increase performance at a fraction of the cost of buying an entirely new prebuilt computer. That’s true, custom-built computers can easily be upgraded or enhanced when new hardware becomes available. You can simply upgrade the RAM, add a graphics card, change your motherboard or switch up some other components in no time at all.

This is perhaps the most important advantage of custom PCs because it maximizes their longevity – you can upgrade separate parts in them at any time without throwing out your whole system. For example, let’s say you have a Radeon R9 290 graphics card but feel dissatisfied with its performance when playing some games so 3 years down the line you decide to buy a GTX 970 instead. Well, thanks to the modular design of custom PCs, this is possible! All you’d need to do is take your old GPU out and put the new one in its place, then download or update your drivers accordingly. Prebuilt ones can’t do that for you because they’re sold as a whole unit which is why if performance becomes unsatisfactory, you’ll need to buy an entirely new prebuilt PC rather than just buying an upgrade.

5) Custom computers are personalized for you

The customization process allows you to hand-pick every single part of your computer so you get exactly what you want with no unwanted surprises. This is especially helpful for gamers who know exactly what they need their rig to do and don’t want to pay for features they won’t use.    Prebuilt computers don’t give you that opportunity because most come with default configurations that might not be ideal for specific gaming needs.

Also, if there is an Operating System (OS) that is important to you – custom-built rigs typically offer more options in this regard.

6) Custom computers are built only from the best parts

When you purchase a custom-built computer, you can be sure that all of its hardware is high quality and will last a very long time. This is because many custom makers use only the top brands in their products – Nvidia for GPUs, AMD for CPUs, Corsair & NZXT for cases, etc. Furthermore, they know exactly which components work best with each other to create a system that runs efficiently and doesn’t have any compatibility issues or bugs down the line.

7) Custom PCs offer the most bang for your buck

Many gamers assume that prebuilt PCs are lower priced than custom ones but it’s not true! Custom systems provide great value because they give you complete control over what they look like (with the ability to choose which color components, lights, and fans they have inside) and their performance is comparable or better than that of high-end gaming prebuilts.


Sometimes expensive for those with a low budget

In terms of price, custom PCs typically cost more since they’re built to the buyer’s specifications and have all of the best components. Depending on how much money you have, it might be more cost-efficient to buy a prebuilt computer that has most, if not all of the same specs as your custom build since it will be cheaper.

Time-consuming and laborious to choose from all of the options available

When deciding whether or not a custom PC is right for you, there are many factors to consider. Do you have time to research parts? Will you need help assembling your new rig? Are you an experienced enough PC user so that building your computer won’t cause any problems? If you answered yes to these questions, then buying a custom pc may be right for you. However, if this type of PC sounds intimidating or difficult for whatever reason, then buying a prebuilt PC might be the better option.

Custom PCs require more time to get right than buying a prebuilt one. This is further complicated by their components sometimes being incompatible with each other.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...