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Should you buy a Prebuilt or a Custom Built PC for your setup?

When choosing between the two, there isn’t a wrong answer. Both ways have their advantages and disadvantages, and our thoughts are that it all depends on budgets, time, and effort. Having a custom PC can be cheaper, more rewarding, and more customisable. However, it requires a lot of effort to choose what you want, while buying a prebuilt PC is quicker, easier, and more than likely comes with a warranty. In this article, I am going to explain the advantages and disadvantages of buying a prebuilt PC or a custom PC.

Getting A Custom PC Built For You

One of the biggest advantages of a custom PC is that you can choose every single component you want, within your budget and taste/needs. This enables you to fine-tune and personalise your build to meet your specific budget and performance needs, and since you are handpicking each component, you have the chance to take your time to research and find out what the best deals are, and also maybe save up until you have all the correct parts ready to be put together, and sometimes, if you know where to go, you can make even more savings by purchasing the right used, open-boxed, or refurbished components from others. While prebuilt PCs have gotten a lot better over time, none will be able to give you as much freedom or flexibility as having a PC built for you. While prebuilt PC makers and system builders have improved over the years, none of them can give the same amount of flexibility and freedom that a custom-built PC can. Although constructing a PC may be rewarding, it can also be stressful and time-consuming. However, in the modern age, there is always support available online if you want assistance or guidance, but even for an experienced builder, the full procedure might take a long time. It has the potential to cause a lot of issues if something goes wrong. This is where prebuilt gaming PCs shine.

Buying a Prebuilt

Though paying for a prebuilt PC is more expensive, you are paying for more than just the parts; you are also paying for many other things like warranty service and support, which if you were building it yourself, you would have to buy it separately, which would cause many pains in the backside and the peace of mind that your computer was constructed by a highly trained team. Modern manufacturers can also provide features that you may not be able to obtain on your own. Some may dismiss it as unimportant, yet case designs are an excellent incentive to buy a prebuilt. Prebuilt, such as the Alienware Aurora R7 and Corsair One, employ unique in-house chassis that you wouldn’t be able to purchase if you built it yourself.

Our Thoughts

Both are great ways to obtain a gaming PC. Both have their benefits and downsides, but the choice is all up to you. You can buy the parts for cheaper and get a builder to build it for you and have it ready within a week, or buy straight online and have it arrive tomorrow. At Solent Way Computers, we do competitive PC build pricing for you, fully customisable to any budget (within reason), so if you want a prebuilt PC, then come down to Solent Way Computers.

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