Building a PC is a great way of getting a high-functioning computer that meets all of your custom needs. It’s been a popular trend for gamers to build their own PC, but it serves other benefits as well.
Because of this, people are beginning to build their own computers that will last them a lifetime, rather than become outdated in a few years.
“What is technology?… It’s another god.”
Benefits of building a PC:
- It’s customized to your needs, so with enough research, you can buy the certain parts you wanted. This can also increase your downloading speed and storage space can go well over 2 TBs.
- If you’re familiar with coding and how PC’s work, you can download or choose what operating system you want whether it’s PC or Mac or both even. You no longer have to choose between Apple books and PC controls or online multiplayer games and Mac controls. It minimizes on the decision-making.
- Speaking of games, games are way more compatible with a PC and run much smoother. Laptops can’t handle the rendering of graphics for most detailed games such as Skyrim or most other games that are accessible on the Xbox One or PS4.
- It’s actually not too hard to build one. It’s as simple as putting legos together and screwing in a few screws. Of course, if you need help, grab a buddy who knows how or go off a guide online. I haven’t built one myself, but my friends tell me it’s easy and less intimidating than it sounds.
Disadvantages of Building a PC:
- There are quite a few parts that go into making the desktop monster and it can get a little overwhelming keeping track of it all and finding parts the suit you.
- It’s not a laptop, which means it’s not portable. In fact, with all the parts and the delicacy of the entire thing, you might need a decent sized box or two to transport it from place to place. But, that’s not really a big problem considering what you’re getting for all of it.
- It can get really expensive. Some people go all out and might spend a total of over $10,000 for all of the best equipment. But, it’s important to note that the price range of building a PC is pretty wide and even college students can handle budgeting for a PC.
Does building a PC still give you the regular features of a regular store-bought PC?
Yes, you’ll still get all the normal functions of a computer from the store and way more than you could ever imagine. So you can still hold on to your messaging apps, Snapchat, Shazam, and any other apps you’ve got on hand. Like I mentioned before, don’t think of it as building something from IKEA instructions, just think of it as lego blocks. Of course, there are always people online who are also looking for budget friendly options and how to build one as well.
Before we total up how much this will all cost, let’s do some research as to what parts they need and what the most cost efficient prices are.
This is the heartbeat of your PC. It’s function is to bring your monitor and desktop to life This one is specifically an Intel Core i5 – 4460 LGA 1150 CPU – BX80646I54460 model. It has a 5-star rating on Amazon and it’s Anti-Theft, Turbo Boost Technology, and has Virtualization technology.
This is your graphics card, and for those of you gamers out there, I suggest looking at other GPUs as well if you want even more high definition experience. But this one will suffice for anyone working with a budget. Your graphics card decides the quality of videos, video editing, and graphics in games and other apps. The better graphics card you have, the faster your PC will run. This is an EVGA GeForce GT 730 4GB DDR3 128bit Dual DVI mHDMI Graphics Cards 04G-P3-2739-KR and it has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.
This is essentially your processor and it determines how fast how much broadband it can handle from your Internet. It’s basically your motor and keeps things running smoothly while processing multiple programs at a time. This is an Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard and has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.
This is your memory device and it processes all of the stored information on your computer. For this particular brand, you get two memory sticks with 8GB and if you need something bigger or smaller, the price difference isn’t that much and memory sticks of all sizes are quite affordable. This is a Corsair Vengeance Red 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory and it has a 5 star rating on Amazon.
A Solid State Drive is your main source of memory storage. Games take up a ton of storage depending on how many you have and how big its file is in storage. Of course, if you also work for a big business and have to constantly download files and send files on your computer, you’ll need more storage and these can hold way more than an ordinary laptop can. This is a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM), it has 5 stars on Amazon and comes in 120GB, 250 GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. But be warned that the larger the memory, the more the price goes up exponentially.
CPU Cooler: $60
All electronics such as TVs, gaming consoles, computers, and sound systems can get overheated easily. Being in a hot, enclosed space with a hot device can ruin it and cause it to deteriorate faster. You need something to keep it cool constantly so it doesn’t overheat and it’ll help your computer process a little better. There is two types of cooling systems: the fan and a water cooling system. My friends and I personally recommend the water one. This one is a Corsair Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM, it haas a 4.5 star rating on Amazon, multiple cooling options, and it’s quiet for a peaceful computing environment.
Your optical is your CD/DVD drive. A CD drive is important for any programs that are installed on CDs and for whatever other purposes you have such as watching movies and playing games. This one is an Asus Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Drive (BC-12B1ST) and it has a 4 star rating on Amazon.
This is your power supply and helps protect you PC from any malfunctions in the hardware such as over voltage, under voltage, over current, over power, short circuit, and over temperature issues. This one is an EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR and it has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon with a warranty plan. It’s important to note that most of these have warranty plans in case of theft or damage, but you should always check if it has a warranty plan to back up your parts.
The case holds everything together and completes the clean and modern look of the desktop. You wouldn’t want anything to get into the system and wires, so it’s there for protection. There are many different cases available if you’re looking for something more aesthetic or cool, but this is the one I saw that was the most neutral. This is a Corsair Carbide Series 100R Mid Tower Case, it has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon and comes with a quiet option for a $10 increase if you want that quiet environment in your office or gaming room.
For a high power PC with multiple functions that can handle any operating system, that’s a better price than some laptops at any electronics store. You want to know something else? You can order all of these parts online (these came from Amazon, but there are other websites specifically for PC builders) and those aren’t all of the cheapest options. I went for cheap, but quality because you don’t want weak PC with weak parts. I imagine if I chose all of the cheapest parts, this price would be well under $500, which is workable for almost anyone. It’s proof that they’re cheap and easy to order.
What if I can’t build it?
Most people online advise you not to hire someone to build your PC for you. There are very few places who will do it anyway and their asking price is anywhere from $50 to $300 and that’s just another expense on top of all of the parts. Everyone assures that if you look up a guide or a YouTube video online, you will find that it’s easy and safer to do it yourself. That’s less money you have to spend.
Building a PC is rewarding and extensively useful in everyday. Sure, a laptop can be less/more expensive and portable, but you won’t get the same quality, speed, and satisfaction of a super computer. Try it and you’ll see how much you love it. Don’t forget to buy a cool mouse for your PC too!
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