Significantly more expensive. By leaps and bounds actually.
I’d estimate you’d spend about twice as much for a pre-built gaming PC than if you made it yourself.
For instance: The Dell Inspiron 5675, a typical pre-built gaming PC, costs $750 as per the Dell website.
This PC has these parts, and how much they’d cost on NewEgg as of this writing:
- AMD Ryzen 5 1400 – $139
- 4GB RAM DDR4 2400Mhz – $28.99
- 500GB 3.5 7200rpm HDD – $24
- Radeon RX560 2GB – $104
- 460W PSU – $45
- Nice Full Tower Case – $42
- Ryzen Mobo – $59
As you can see, it is significantly cheaper of you build it yourself. If I built an equivalent PC using parts from NewEgg, it’s only cost $443. Around half what Dell is asking plus a Benjamin.
I chose those parts first thing I saw on NewEgg with the same spec. The Mobo is even a nice Gigabyte AM4 mobo and the RAM is Ripjaws with a nice copper heat spreader. It’s not like I was pinching pennies. And believe you me, whatever parts Dell put in that PC, they were the absolute bargain basement cheapest crap they could get their hands on. There is no doubt that the $443 PC I listed is of better quality.
Buying pre-built PCs is the dumbest thing you can do. It’s for people with no technical knowledge, but with just a little study you can save around half the cost just making your own PC.