By Ben Tischler
Ok, a few distinct advantages.
- Cheaper (Usually)
- One warranty for each part, not one for the PC
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
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.
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
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!
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