Many people believe that we are entering a post-personal computer world, but while mobile phones and tablets are great for checking emails on the go, you will still find more functionality with a desktop or personal computer (PC). And even more possibilities open up when starting up a custom-built computer.

The trend of having custom built computers started a few years ago. It has continued to rise in popularity, because building a computer allows people to have more control over which parts go into their machine. It is especially popular with those who enjoy computer gaming and want a machine that can process and render graphics to a high quality without slowing down or lagging (cue the “rage quit” here).

If you are sceptical about the advantages of a custom-built computer, let us enlighten you below.

The Pros

Cost-effective Components

Now, you might be thinking that purchasing a pre-built machine is cheaper, but this is only half-true. If you will be using your computer simply for tools such as word processing, email access, and using the internet, a pre-built model is the right choice.

However, if you will be gaming or watching films, a custom-built machine is best. Not only will you be getting good value for money, but you can add memory, more storage, and upgraded video cards at more affordable prices. Rather than spend a large amount of money on a professionally built machine, you can create your own build without breaking the bank.

Wonderful Warranties

While pre-built machines do carry warranties, it is easy to void these warranties if the machine is not used according to the brand’s specifications. With a custom-built computer case, using carefully chosen parts, each component has an one-year warranty.

You can have complete peace of mind that you will not be voiding any warranties by opening your computer case and moving parts around. However, you will still need to handle these parts carefully in order to prevent any voiding or damage. Ask about the warranties of the components you are purchasing and be sure to make note of the terms and conditions.

The Cons

You Might Not Have Expertise

Building your own computer can be a highly rewarding experience, but it can also be extremely difficult if you do not have the expertise. Installing all the parts correctly is vital for a well-functioning machine, and if you do not have the expertise, you run the risk of incorrect installation.

You can speak to your local computer supplies store for advice on each component. This will ensure that everything is installed and placed correctly in order to avoid any damages. Not everyone is adept at technical projects, so be sure that you are able to find assistance for your build if you know that you might battle.

You Need A Clear Goal in Mind

Now, this might not sound like a “con” per se, but some of us are more organised than others. Not having a clear goal in mind when starting your custom build can make the project difficult to complete, potentially increasing your expenditure. You need to have a clear idea of what the machine will be used for.

If you are uncertain what the PC will be used for, you can visit a computer store to obtain professional advice. For example, if you would like to build a computer for gaming, you will require different components than you would for one geared towards graphic design. If you start out simply purchasing separate parts without knowing what the computer needs to do, the project might not be a success.

Build for Success

A custom-built computer has both advantages and disadvantages. It can be highly cost-effective as well as provide peace of mind with warranties. However, you will require expertise and you will need to have a clear goal in mind for the project.

If you are interested in building your own machine, contact Computer Mania online or visit your nearest store today to find out how we can help you.