Should I buy or build my computer? This is a question a lot of individuals especially the tech-savvy usually ask when a need for a computer arises in their life or business. Of course, building a computer by oneself can be rewarding and fun, but, it may not be for everyone. In our article for today, we will attempt to guide you to decide if you should go for building your next computer or if you are better off simply buying one off the shelf.

Our Four Steps to Guide For Your Buy or Build Your Computer Decision

Are you comfortable working with electronic components?

inside of computerIf you are not too comfortable with working with electronics or the inside of computers it is an obvious signal that building a computer may not be for you. But, if you like the idea of “doing it yourself” then you may want to go ahead with building your next computer.

How much time are you willing to spend?

Building a computer can be tedious, not simply in the nitty-gritty of building of the machine, but the amount of time it will take to research and pick the necessary components you wish to include in the system. You should also, consider the time it will take for components to arrive if you order them or in search for them at computer parts shop(s), as well as the time it would take to load and set up all the software, all of which are usually already done on new systems. As opposed to buying a computer, you’ll have a complete, fully working system that you can launch and deploy for use right of the packing box.

What is your budget? How much money are you willing to spend?

This is a very germane question to guide your buy or build decision. Undertaking to build a computer may not always be less expensive than buying a new one, especially if you also need to buy an operating system and other software along with the hardware. If you are truly on a lean budget, it may be worth researching what kinds of deals are available on complete systems. Also consider what you may already have available, such as do you already have a nice monitor and keyboard you can use? Could you also reuse your hard drive? Do you already have a copy of the operating system and other necessary software that you can reuse on a new machine? These are factors to take into consideration if you want to build a machine versus just buying one.

What type of machine are you looking to get?

First and foremost, if you are looking to get a Mac, the decision to build versus buy is done already. The only way to get a Mac is to buy one through Apple store or any of their authorised retail partners, as the only way to build a Mac from the ground up is very technical, and also illegal. Beyond that, do you just need a machine to surf the web and/or do office works or do you want to get a fully customized high-end gaming machine? As you move into the higher-end of PCs, building the machine instead of buying one makes more sense, especially as building your own machines affords you the luxury of being able to pick exactly what you want to go in your new machine. Also, are you looking to get a desktop versus a laptop? If you are looking to get a laptop, the decision to build versus buy is also virtually already made. Although it may be possible, it is much more difficult to build a laptop and often more expensive, then simply to buy one.