Pre-Built or To-Be-Built

Pre-Built or To-Be-Built

By Malak Sabra

Buying a PC may seem easy to anyone, especially to those who are just looking for a standard PC that can do the bare minimum. For the hard-core gamers out there, buying a PC is a whole process. Here, we will give you an insight into the world of PC hardware, your ideal gaming rig or even just your standard work PC.

Let’s start off with the pros and cons of both pre-built and building it yourself. Buying a pre-built PC is easier for everyone let’s face it, but sometimes putting in the effort of building it yourself is rewarding and may even cost you less.

Advantages and Disadvantages of buying a pre-built PC:

Although when opting for a PC that was already built and selling for a lower price than trying to assemble one yourself, you won’t be able to ensure the use of the parts used, thus the quality of components determine how much your PC is going to lag, overheat, etc…

This means more failures and eventually incessant replacements for said parts. This will cost you more in the long run. You may be more comfortable being able to build a PC where you can configure everything you want from the ground up from the hardware all up reaching into the software.

Advantages and Disadvantages of building the PC yourself:

Having zero limits with a custom gaming PC you build yourself is a gigantic benefit over prebuilt choices. With building your own PC, you’ll always have the exact hardware you need.

Although the downside is assuming you’re a gamer who wants top-shelf product, it may cost you more than a pre-built one. Building it yourself does mean that you get all the customization you want, but it will be time consuming and an inconvenience for some people.

Assuming you’re willing and able to build your own PC, here are the parts you will need to do so ranging from budget friendly, to going all out.

1. Case:

Naturally you’ll need to get a case first, it’s what’s you’re going to hold all your smaller parts in. For the case generally anything can work as long as it has enough space for the parts that you need. So for a standard case you’ll be able to pay around 50$ for it, like the Cougar MX330 Mid-Tower Case. For those going all out, the NZXT H510 Compact Mid-Tower Case is the one for you.

2. Motherboard:

Every other component plugs into this circuit board. It’s essentially the parts’ highway to be able to communicate with one another. They come in different sizes and configurations, and each one looks a little different, but they all fill the same function.

The Gigabyte A320M is the cheapest thing to get your parts into and still work correctly without causing you any problems; this is available on OLX

MSI Prestige X570 Creation is your go-to if you’re looking for a great motherboard.

3. CPU:

The CPU is the single most important part of your PC, it’s the brain of your computer. It’s what will make the difference between a good PC and a bad one. Whether or not you’re building it yourself, a Core I9 10900 is what you need to be looking for. It’s available on the OLX store and worth the money spent for your dream PC.

But on the other hand, it doesn’t always need to be expensive. An alternative to the Core I9 is the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 that works extremely well for a budget CPU. It is also available on an OLX  for anyone looking for a fast exchange.

4. RAM:

For the RAM we will be using the HyperX Fury 8GB at 2666 Megahertz. It’s basically the memory that acts like the table you toss things on to deal with later. It’s the scratch paper for your PC, it is short-term memory storage.

For a better high-end RAM, the CORSAIR – Dominator Platinum RGB 64GB is a made for high-end gaming and content creation, in short, it’s your dream RAM and can take anything you give it.

5. Graphics Card (GPU) :

The GPU is the specialized processor that’s designed and optimized for handling visual data like the graphics in games. A good GPU would be the GTX 1080 TI, budget friendly and works amazingly.

For a mid to high-end gaming GPU the MSI GeForce RTX 2060 will do everything you need and more.

For the ones looking for the best of the best, we got you. The Radeon RX 6800 XT is a beast of a GPU and will handle anything you throw at it (even Cyberpunk 2077).

6. Storage:

This is where you store all your files, your games, your movies, your documents, your photos, everything. We’re using this for faster boot times and load times when it comes to all of our programs and games. This is something you can always modify later on so you can always add more storage later if you need it.

A good SSD may be hard to find, but here’s one that’s budget friendly and runs smoothly, the Inland Professional 240GB SSD is your go-to. Another good SSD card would be a WD Blue 1TB Internal SSD card but this one is going to cost you more than the previous one.

7. Power Supply (PSU):

Your power supply is the little box that supplies power to each and every component in your PC. It determines how quick and powerful your PC can be. The faster your PC is, the more power it needs.

Just like GPUs, PSUs are also a little hard to find right now but here are a few that work wonders. The NZXT C850 850W Gold Modular PSU 850-watt power supply should provide enough horsepower to run more than anything you would ever need.

For a great PSU, the EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G+ provides up to a whopping 1000 watts and is great for PCs with multiple graphics card or a lot of storage.

There’s your PC, aside from the externals such as the monitor, keyboard and mouse, you now have a better understanding of which PC to opt for depending on your personal preference. There is no definite better choice, both options cater to each person’s preference, and it all depends on your needs and circumstances.

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