The question has been closed for the following reason "Duplicate Question" by kevinlockergnome Jun 22 '12 at 16:59
Built my own.
I don't like prebuilt as they are slow and expensive.
answered Jun 22 '12 at 04:23
Build, cheaper easier to upgrade, since you know what you put into it, no bloat ware, and its often a better product than store bought.
answered Jun 22 '12 at 11:18
oh yes why not, hardware these days is powerful and improved quite a bit, from cpu's to ssd's i cant even think of buying a mac and limit my productivity efficiency, windows 7 os is great and i want specs in my pc, pc ftw for me, dear apple u say its post pc era but never lower ur hardware prices.
answered Jun 22 '12 at 14:11
Best to build. You get better performance for the money. Most prebuild systems that you get from a store will not have balanced specs, eg before you can get a prebuilt system with a good videocard or other good hardware, you will get an insane price hike on irrelevant components.
Eg a $1200 dell or HP system with a mid range CPU and low end videocard and only 1TB of storage
When you build your own computer, you also get a better warranty. Most prebuilt systems come with a 1 year warranty. When you build your own system, you are getting a motherboard with a 2-5 year warranty (depending on the how high end the motherboard is)
You are getting a CPU with a 3 year warranty
RAM with a lifetime warranty
A hard drive with a 3-5 year warranty
A motherboard with a 2-3 year warranty
A power supply with a 3-5 year warranty
A videocard with a warranty that can be anywhere from 2 years to life time
When you build your own PC virtually all of the components will have a warranty that is significantly longer than what a standard store bought system will come with.
You are also getting more upgradability. Most store bought systems have poor cooling and bare minimum power supplies making most upgrades to higher end hardware, also require a new power supply.
The cases are also provide very little space for larger components, eg videocards with coolers that take up 2 slots.
while this all changes if you get a high end prebuilt gaming system, but then you are paying a huge price premium, in many cases, around $500-1000 more than it would cost to build it your self.
PS almost all prebuilt systems lack proper control over the bios. So you will end up with systems where the memory list a timing of 7-8-7-24 but the motherboard defaults to 9-9-9-24 and sometimes at a lower speed and you have no way of changing it.
You also lose the ability to overclock, so if you buy a prebuilt system then not only are you not getting the ability to overclock, you also often get less performance than what the stock hardware can offer.
answered Jun 22 '12 at 15:53
I do both, if I don't have the funds to build, I buy, also if it's a laptop, I buy. However, if it's a desktop, and I have the funds, building is the best way to go and get more bang for your buck.
answered Jun 22 '12 at 16:11
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