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Submitted by SethAFitzgerald 544d ago | opinion piece

DIY vs Boutique for custom gaming PC build

TGBuzz: When it comes to Custom PC Gaming, there are always two options that people must consider. These are DIY (Do It Yourself), or Boutique system builds. Both allow you to have almost the same amount of customization, but when you buy from a Boutique the system is shipped to you already made; whereas with DIY, you build everything from start to finish. (Digital Storm, Maingear, NewEgg, PC, Tech)

MooseWI  +   544d ago
It's also more expensive, and when you build it yourself you can take pride in it. It's also not that hard at all.. really easy.

I work in IT though.
SethAFitzgerald  +   544d ago
Only way it becomes hard (in my opinion) is when new builders need to do custom water cooling. I've seen so many horror stories about people trying to setup their water cooling and then completely messing it up and ruining the computer.

But overall I agree with you, people are almost always better off building the PC themselves.
Psychotica  +   544d ago
I don't know why but the only reason I have never built my own is because I worry about applying the thermal paste for the cpu. I always worry I won't put enough on or will put on to much.
MooseWI  +   544d ago
Thermal isn't that bad, just apply a little to the CPU and make sure the heat sink doesn't have it preapplied. If it does use alcohol to take it off. Usually thermal paste bought alone is always better. Then when it's set up run a stress test to make sure your temps don't go crazy. If they don't, you applied it right. If not, reapply it and try again.
TechnicianTed  +   544d ago
A rice sized amount on the middle of the cpu is all you need.
Upbeat  +   544d ago
I was always scared of building my first pc, but everything can only fit into one place, as if as you can put ram or cpu in upside down, only bit that needs abit of concentration is the putting the front power LED's and Button wires into right part of mobo and even at that it only takes you to read the mobo manual
Saryk  +   544d ago
I have built systems since the 80's. I have told people then and people now, that it is no different than baking a cake. You just need the right ingredients. Seriously, it is that simple!
dredgewalker  +   544d ago
It's actually easier to build your own pc these days. There's no fun in just buying a ready made pc and they also cost a lot more. The only problem really is how much you are willing to spend, but if you do your research you don't really need to spend a lot of money to get a decent rig.
SethAFitzgerald  +   544d ago
Yep I completely agree, when it comes to gaming PC's. Half of the fun comes from building the PC itself.
aliengmr  +   544d ago
DIY.

Custom PC dealers are way over priced.

1. Get a nice big case if its your first build.

2. Don't expect it to be 100% when you first start up. It takes time to "settle".

3. But after all is said and done you will have a system that is "yours" and no one else's.

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