7 reasons you should build your own PC

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By Charlotte Parker 01 May 2018

Have you ever wanted to build your own computer? Don’t worry, in this guide we'll explain why you should think about putting your own PC together, and what the benefits are.

 

Cost

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A pre-built computer will function as it’s supposed to, but you won’t be getting the best value-for-money when it comes to the components. A high-profile brand with a price tag to match doesn’t always guarantee you the best. To make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for, why not build it yourself? That way, you know exactly what’s gone into your machine and how it should perform.

 

Components

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Building your own computer means you have complete control over how it looks, how it performs, and it also makes for easy changes later on. A pre-built computer could have been made several months ago and then sits waiting in the shop, so it probably doesn't have the most recent parts inside. When you buy the components seperately, you'll know exactly what you're getting so you can balance price and performance.

A pre-built computer with a mid-range graphics card and 16GB RAM would cost about £1,000. You can build the equivalent for less than £700.

 

Upgrades

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When you buy a pre-built computer, your upgrade options are usually limited. You can usually upgrade the RAM and the graphics card, but you might be restricted by the size of the case. Eventually, the PC will become old and need replacing. When you’ve built your own, you can upgrade individual components when you need to, meaning you’ll get much more life out of the machine. A pre-built machine can be expected to last three to five years (depending on quality, care, usage etc), whereas one you build yourself will last as long as you keep the parts working.

Your needs could also change over time. Let’s say you only browse and stream on your computer at the moment, but in 12 months you become a fanatical PC gamer. A new graphics card will help you out, instead of having to buy a whole new machine.

 

Better cooling

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If you’re a PC gamer, this will be especially important. Most pre-built computers will have a cooling system to cope with everyday demands, but when you want to run something that’s high spec, the cooling system might not be able to cope. Building your own means you have control of that from the start, and can make sure it will perform the way you want.

 

Knowledge

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In a large group of people, most of them won’t have built their own computer before. These days, with computers being everywhere, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding of how they work. Building your own computer is a great way to get a head start with understanding the way things work.

It's a bit like putting a jigsaw together. As long as the parts fit and are compatible, it's a case of putting them together. All you need is a bit of knowledge about where things go.

 

Problem solving

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Inevitably, you’ll come across a few bumps in the road when undertaking this project. That’s not a bad thing though, because it helps you sharpen your problem-solving skills and you learn more about it as you go. Don’t be afraid to ask for help either. There’s lots of forums and message boards full of people who’ve been through your problem, so reach out for some guidance if you’re stuck.

 

Hopefully that's encouraged you to build your own PC. If you need any more help, contact Team Knowhow Experts.

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