Beefjack: Should You Build Your Own Computer?

Beefjack Writes: Building your own computer can be a rewarding and money saving experience. That does not mean that it is for everybody. There is a long list of advantages and disadvantages that must be taken into account before you jump into the fray.

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nkakolowski3195d ago

I just built my first computer last May, and since then I've been hooked. It was much easier than I thought it would be. All it took was a little bit of research and some patience. In the end, I couldn't have been happier with what I have.

PoSTedUP3195d ago

i just bought a nice laptop for school (cant really play anything but out dated games) but i never really was a pc gamer. i am trying to find a decent game my laptop can run.

i think in the future i am going to hook a pc up for gaming (after all pc has the best graphics and i want the best)

but dont have time and money for that right now.

TotalPS3Fanboy3195d ago

building a PC nowaday is so easy. Choose a motherboard. Choose a CPU. Choose RAM. Choose harddrive. Choose case. Choose keyboard mouse. Choose monitor. Assemble. Profit.

Cosquae3195d ago (Edited 3195d ago )

Why does your comment sound like the start of 'Trainspotting'? ;)


I'm going to say... you're welcome.

ThanatosDMC3195d ago

Hey, that's the first youtube vid i ever saw that had bare bewbs on them.

edgeofblade3195d ago (Edited 3195d ago )

I bought my most recent computer, pre-built, nearly a year ago. Of course, first thing I did was wipe it and install a clean OS. But I'd rather save the time/space/shipping cost and just shop around for a solid PC. With a solid 64-bit quad core, 6 gigs of ram, and a terabyte drive for under $1,500... I'm totally happy with it. It plays anything I could ask it to play these days.

But my last PC was built in anticipation of Unreal Tournament 04. It served me well, thanks to the ability to choose your own parts and pick the right parts that work together.

JsonHenry3195d ago

Been building my own PCs for years now. Saves a LOT of money compared to buying a pre-built "gaming" PC.

Just parted out a new i7 rig on a couple days ago. Can't wait till the parts get here!

kneon3195d ago

It always seems to come out more expensive, though I get exactly what I want. Rather than building I just bought a refurb this time, i7 920 with 12gb, 1gb ATI 4850, 1 + 1.5 Tb HD, Win7 Home Premium. All that for just over $1000, I doubt I could build it for anything close to that. I will need to do some upgrades though when I move up to the ATI 5xxx series as the power supply just won't cut it for a top end card.

ATi_Elite3195d ago

Of course you should build your own PC, that's the whole joy of it. That your computer was hand crafted by you and doesn't look like anybody elses. Plus you will save a TON of money.

It's not hard and you learn so much. Building PC's is a wonderful hobby.
Once you tell someone you built your own PC then they usually ask you to fix their's, and that's when the CA$H starts rolling in. best website and online store in the whole world!

BYE3195d ago

Self-built PCs are always the best.

You can choose every part of it yourself, when it's done there's nothing but quality inside.

Pre-built computers usually have issues like cheap power supplies, fans and mainboards, which reduces the PCs power, lifespan and upgradability.

Letros3195d ago


Might I suggest an AMD setup, 955 BE, you can save considerable money over a i7 platform(motherboard mostly), if all you do is game, the performance is very close. But the core i7 is far better for excessive multimedia tasks.

AMD is trying to reduce the amount of motherboard upgrades as well, AM3 socket should be around for awhile, 6 core CPU's out this year. I am ignorant on Intel's stance for socket compatibility.

If AMD is not your thing, look into Core i3 and i5, very good processors for your money.

kneon3195d ago

The primary use for the machine is video and photo processing. That's why I went with the i7 rather than AMD. The software I use supposedly makes good use of the multitasking and GPU. A transcoding job that used to take 6 hours on the previous machine I used for this purpose, a [email protected] 3ghz, now gets done in about 10 minutes without even breaking a sweat. I haven't tried AVCHD yet, that should stress it a bit :) After I try that then I'll see whether or not I need to upgrade the graphics card.

DJ3195d ago

And it runs smooth as butter. The only bottleneck during rendering is the fact that Premiere CS4 is still 32-bit. Once we get CS5, that issue should be resolved.

For some reason, H.264 runs incredibly slow on my rig. Though MOV files using H.264 run just fine. It's a bizarre situation.

kneon3195d ago

Thanks DJ, I plan on getting a 1080p camcorder soon and expect to be doing a lot of processing of AVCHD so I'm glad to know I won't be waiting 2 days to process an hour of video.

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Letros3195d ago (Edited 3195d ago )

You can build your own PC, there are tons of tutorials on it online, I build my first when I was about 20 and it was a lot of fun really (nerdy I know).

The only thing that will suck if you have a crucial part that is dead on arrival (DOA) and the PC will not POST, you need to know how a computer operates to do your own diagnostic checking.

I recommend spending a little extra money on quality brands like ASUS, MSI, etc. And stay away from crap like Foxconn, Jetway.

In the long run you save a ton of money, and become perfectly capable to build systems for friends, who want to get into PC gaming. (Last friend I built for was so blown away on how good PC looked compared to his PS3 he wanted a system, ran him $600 which I built for free.) is the place I look to for great prices, fast and often free shipping.

Have fun, if you have any questions, feel free to PM, and many other avid PC gamers on here as well.

To add a little humor, watch this and enjoy!

Jamescagney3195d ago

Good post. I started building pcs about 8 or 9 years ago, and with a little basic knowledge like what motherboards take what components it's quite easy and pretty satisfying. And you save a hell of a lot of money.

My advice - build your own, never buy a complete system. Although pricing is competitive it's far more rewarding and you can save cash and get exactly what you want. PC World will sell you what they want you to buy, not what you truly need or could get for the money.

Cosquae3195d ago

Newegg is always touted as the best (or one of the best) places to get components for Americans.

Anyone suggest the best UK based shop/website for components? Amazon? Maplins? Etc?

Letros3195d ago (Edited 3195d ago ) Dabs? I'm not really sure, I shopped for some parts and they came up with high rating.

Look into their return policy(very important for DOA parts, sh!t happens), shipping rates, and of course prices.

Jamescagney3195d ago (Edited 3195d ago )

Overclockers are pretty good, they have some good deals sometimes. There is another company I've used before that were better, but for the life of me I can't remember their name, I tend to get a lot of pc stuff from Ebay now. I'll just look through my emails and see if I can find it.

EDIT:AriaPC, that's the one. They used to have some excellent deals, I imagine they still do.

iamgoatman3195d ago


Some places being - Ebuyer, Aria, Dabs, Overclockers, Novatech to name a few.

My favourite being Ebuyer, built 2 PCs with parts ordered entirely from them, everything was spot on.

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Cyrus3653195d ago

Building your computer has always been cheaper to do than up until recently...I personally build all my own computers....

nkakolowski3195d ago

I agree with Letros in the logic that you are better off spending a little bit more for the best companies. When you are investing so much of your time and energy into something, it really isn't worth the risk of dealing with budget hardware.

tdrules3195d ago

i always find it funny that i ALWAYS get better quality parts buying them myself.
you look at a premade PC and there is at least one budget part that you know will die soon

evrfighter3195d ago (Edited 3195d ago )

usually the power supply, which in my opinion is the ONLY part you shouldn't skimp out on.

At the end of the day if you have say a 80 plus certified silver 750+ watt PSU brand name like corsair. You know your pc will be alright in the long run.

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