Are you thinking about replacing your current computer with a more up-to-date version?
If you are, and you’re like the majority of people around the world you’ve probably gone looking through computer stores at packaged deals. You know the types, HP, Compaq, Dell etc, full systems that come with Windows installed ready to go. The vast majority of computers sold around the world come from these full system type deals, but would you believe that they are in fact not the best way to get a faster PC?
Why not build one yourself?
I know what you’re thinking, you don’t know how, or where to start. Or, you may be thinking the biggest fallacy of them all, “building is far more expensive than…”.
Stop right there, because the fact is, building a PC from the ground up will ensure you a number if key things.
- You can pick and choose the components and brands
- You can select the style of peripherals, case, monitor etc
- You can choose the type of OS you want
- 99% of the time building is CHEAPER.
Oh, and best of all, you don’t actually have to “build” it yourself. Most computers stores will do the build for you for a minimal fee.
To best give you an example of this, last year I purchased a new PC, selecting the components i wanted and had it built by a great computer store here in Brisbane called Gamedude.
The system is features an AMD Phenom II X4 955 (3.20GHz) Quad Core processor, 4G of quality RAM, ATI Radeon HD5770 PCIE graphics card with 1G RAM, full HD 26″ ASUS Wide-screen monitor, Antec 300 Gaming case, Logitech G15 gaming keyboard, Windows 7 PRO 64bit… you get the idea, fairly speedy.
After I got it, i went out and looked to see what the “equivalent” product would be in a full system from manufacturers the likes of Dell and HP. While I could find a system very close to mind, it was built with lower quality component brands. The shocking thing that I found however was that the full system would have set me back just under $4,000AUD. My system, including the installation charges.. just over $2000. That’s half the price for a better quality system that comes with the same level of warranty that the full system did from the big brand stores.
So I leave you with this thought. If you want a fast system built from quality parts, don’t go to the big stores. Ask around, do some research and get one custom built to your specific needs.