By Ben Tischler

Ok, a few distinct advantages.

  • Cheaper (Usually)
  • Upgradable

Now, disadvantages.

  • One warranty for each part, not one for the PC

PREBUILT

Now lets see why they are cheaper, lets say I wanted to build a pc for ~$1500 USD. Lets see what a prebuilt can get me

That will get me the TSM 2018 CHAMPION EDITION 100 from CyberPower PC. Here are the specs

CPU: i7–9700k

COOLER: CyberpowerPC Asetek 550LC 120mm Liquid Cooler

MOTHERBOARD: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 4

RAM: 16GB DDR4

GPU: GTX 1060

STORAGE (SSD): 120GB WD Green M.2 SATAIII SSD

STORAGE (HDD): 2TB HDD

CUSTOM BUILT PC

While these specs are good, a custom built pc can do somewhat better. For a custom built PC we get.

CPU: r7–2700x

Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62

Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX X470-F Gaming ATX

RAM: 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4–3000

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition

Storage (SSD): 500GB Samsung 970 EVO

Storage (HDD): 2TB Seagate Barracuda

Case: NZXT H500

PSU (Power Supply): EVGA – SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold

PcPartPicker: System Builder – Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core, GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition, H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower – PCPartPicker

So now, let’s review these systems. The custom built, for the price, gets you a better GPU, better SSD, off the shelf motherboard, and arguably a better CPU (hyperthreading anyone?). The custom built is the better choice here, because it has become so easy it’s like putting together lego’s. There are some advantages, hope that helps!

Image Sources: NeweggNZXT, and CyberPowerPC

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