PC gaming has long been the most rewarding gaming platform. It boasts better graphics and offers a more complicated, immersive, and unique experience than consoles do. However, despite its superiority, some console gamers will never make the jump. The reason? Most console gamers think PC gaming is too expensive of a platform to get into.
This is actually understandable, because if you look at some of the price tags on the high-end pre-built “gaming computers” available today, you’ll find prices that hover around the $1,000 mark for the entry point systems. With prices so high, it’s no wonder why most gamers don’t want to shell out thousands of dollars just to hop into PC gaming.
However, getting a solid gaming computer isn’t something that has to cost you thousands of dollars. In fact, landing a gaming computer can actually be more lucrative than buying a new console…
Consoles are limited in what they do. And, most people need some kind of computer to keep up with the demands of today’s tech-driven world. So, a computer will not only fit a person’s gaming needs, but it will also give them the ability to browse the internet, send emails, use it for work/school related purposes, etc. The bottom line is that you’re getting much more than a gaming machine when you get a gaming computer.
So, how can you get a quality gaming computer at an affordable price?
You have to build it yourself…
By building your own gaming computer, you will avoid the high markup prices that manufacturers put on their systems. In doing so, you can save yourself a ton of money and you can get a gaming machine that will allow you to play the best games on the highest settings.
And, despite what you may think, building your own computer isn’t as hard as it seems. It’s really just a matter of plugging the right components into the right slots.
So, in an effort to get more people switched over to the PC gaming platform, in this article I’m going to take an in-depth look at a couple of reasons why you should build your own gaming computer.
Building Your Own Gaming Computer: More Performance at a Lower Cost
There are many reasons why building your own computer is the best option for gamers. And, not all of the reasons have to do with gaming.
Not only does building your own computer give you more performance at a lower cost, but it will also give you a unique insight into how computers work and I think that is incredibly important in today’s tech-dependent world. Ultimately, the more you know about your computer, the better off you will be in a world run by computers.
With that being said, I’m now going to go into each of the reasons why you should consider building your own gaming computer…
Building a Gaming Computer Will Save You Money
As previously stated, high markup costs make pre-built gaming computers fairly expensive. This, of course, isn’t ideal for gamers who can’t drop thousands of dollars on a new computer. Fortunately, by building your own gaming computer, you don’t have to pay those markup costs.
By choosing your own components and building your own system you can save a ton of money. In fact, you can build a gaming computer that will run today’s most graphics-intensive games on the highest settings for about $600-$700.
Even for a couple hundred dollars less you can put together a cheap gaming computer that is capable of running most games on the highest settings. And, since some of the most popular games on the PC aren’t incredibly graphics-intensive (World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, Diablo III, Minecraft, League of Legends, etc.) a $400-$500 machine may be all you need.
This is just the start of the savings, though. If you consider the fact that most gaming computers become obsolete three to four years after they are purchased, then you can see how expensive it would be to replace your gaming computer every few years. However, when you build your own gaming computer, you will be able to make upgrades to your system as necessary in order to keep it up to par with modern games. By upgrading your computer when necessary, you can double its life and save yourself a bunch of money by not having to replace it.
Ultimately, building your computer, rather than buying it pre-built from the manufacturer, will give you the opportunity to make the switch to the PC platform for gaming. However, you will not only save money by building your own system, but you will also get a better quality machine as well…
Building Your Own PC Gives You Complete Control Over the Quality of Your System
Aside from the high markup costs, one of the big knacks on computer manufacturers is the quality of components they choose for their system. Sure, you’ll see them market the big-named processors and boast how much memory and storage space their computers have, but you’ll rarely see them go into details on what motherboard, power supply, and hard drive they’re using.
While these three components don’t directly relate to your in-game performance, they do play a huge role in the overall quality of your system. And, unfortunately, these are the three components that manufacturers skimp on the most.
It makes sense… the mainstream public isn’t going to buy a gaming computer based off of its motherboard, power supply, or hard drive. They just aren’t jaw-dropping components. However, if your power supply goes bad, you run the risk of damaging other components. If your motherboard goes out, you’ll need to get a new motherboard, and a new operating system (which will have to be be reinstalled). And, if your hard drive goes bad and you don’t have your computer backed up, you can lose all of your important files, have to get a new hard drive, and then reinstall your operating system.
These are all inconveniences that could easily be avoided if you ensure that you choose quality components. And, if you build your own gaming computer, that’s not hard to do.
Another good thing about choosing your own components, is that you can decide how the computer will run now and in the future. If a pre-built computer comes with a cheap, generic power supply and a function-limited motherboard, you probably won’t be able to make very many upgrades to it in the future. On the other hand, if you build your own computer, you can choose a feature-rich motherboard and pair it with a high-quality power supply that will give you room for upgrades in the future.
Building your own computer will also allow you to tailor your system to your own personal needs. This is in contrast to what the manufacturers do—which is to just a certain set of components and then use those sets to mass produce their computers, leaving very little variation between their systems.
So, if you’re mainly playing games like World of Warcraft and Starcraft II, but you also like to record your gameplay and stream live, you can adjust your budget to use less on your video card (since those two games aren’t graphics-processing hogs) and more on your processor and memory (because a more powerful processor and more memory will help with the multi-tasking involved with recording and streaming.)
Build Your Next Gaming Computer
In the end, building your own computer gives you a lot more options and allows you to build a computer that will meet your own needs. Not only that, but it will save you money as well. And, unlike buying a pre-built system every couple of years, you can upgrade the components in your system as necessary in order to keep it running at a high level for a longer period of time.
So, if you’re thinking about getting a new gaming computer in the future, take some time to consider the prospects of building it yourself. It’s not as hard as you think.
Today’s article was by Brent Hale…
Brent runs EliteGamingComputers.com—a site dedicated to helping gamers build their own computer. If you’re in the market for a new gaming computer, check out EGC today. There you’ll find a number of gaming computer builds for cheap gaming computers and high-end systems alike. Also, be sure to check out another article by Brent at Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts — Three Reasons Why You Won’t Regret Building Your Own Gaming Computer