i was never a fan Pre-built PC. No, it’s not just because I’m a DIY PC building snob. In the past, building your own was not only fun, but also easier and cheaper.
But for a variety of reasons, this year, more than ever, my eyes were opened to why people continue to focus on off-the-shelf desktop PCs instead of building their own.
Even with top-notch components readily available, building a robust PC only gets harder every year. No fingers have been pointed (yet), but the blame has been placed on several culprits, and no one is going away anytime soon.
It’s been nearly 20 years since I first tried to pick out and build my own PC parts. It took a whole day and a lot of stress, but in the end his PC booted up just fine and he’s been hooked ever since.
Since then, physically assembling parts has become even easier. We now offer motherboards with integrated features and built-in I/O shields, tool-less cases, modular power supplies, and M.2 SSDs that are extremely easy to install. Installing the CPU I also don’t have to worry as much about bent pins (though I still do). a bit).
In theory, prebuilt should gradually become a thing of the past. But that’s not the case.
Each of these changes makes building a PC more approachable than ever. There are also YouTube tutorials available. How-to guide This will walk you through the process step-by-step and dispel the notion that you need some kind of hardware wizard to build your computer from scratch.
Considering all of the above, prebuilt should gradually become a thing of the past. After all, why do people (often inferior) Was it pre-built when you could build your own PC for a low cost?
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Most of the difficulty has been moved away from the assembly process and into the research. Unfortunately, building a PC only gets more difficult to understand every year. The biggest problem lies not in how the parts fit together, but in the value, or lack thereof, of the individual parts.
Whether you’re building a PC or buying a new TV, there’s a common misconception that spending more money means you’ll get something that’s higher quality, lasts longer, and performs better. . And oh boy, will this current generation of hardware test that idea.
What I’m trying to say is that while things are tough in the world, making sure everything fits together isn’t even the biggest problem.it’s not that simple Choose your processor Make sure your motherboard has a suitable socket. Compatibility issues are just the tip of a very large iceberg. If you want to get your money’s worth, you’ll need to do a ton of research, especially GPUs.
Somehow, almost all best graphics card Choosing a GPU when in stock can sometimes feel like pulling teeth. I finally built a new PC this year. Even though I was familiar with the detailed benchmarks of all modern GPUs, I still struggled with my choice over and over again.To be honest, the whole experience I almost overlooked the GPU shortage.
How can you tell the difference between the RX 6600, RX 6600 XT, and RX 6650 XT?
If you don’t have basic knowledge about the topic, the options can feel overwhelming and you can easily fall into the traps mentioned above. You think a more expensive GPU must be better, but this may simply not be true.
of RTX 4060Ti 16GB is a typical example. Even though this card has twice as much VRAM as the cheaper version, it has the same narrow memory bus, severely limiting bandwidth. For most people, buying the 16GB version is like giving Nvidia an extra $100, considering it has the exact same specs as its sibling model. The actual performance improvement is very small. It’s a little faster than the RTX 3060 Ti, but not fast enough to justify buying it.Nvidia’s DLSS3 That’s the saving grace of this card.
Then there’s the never-ending debate AMD vs. Nvidia It only makes building a PC more difficult. Many people start shopping with that in mind, but in my experience, the scales often tip toward his Nvidia. However, this can also be a trap as AMD tends to be a better value if you are on a tight budget. Still, AMD also has some GPUs that may sound good but aren’t as good a bargain as their slightly more expensive brethren. RX7700XT And that RX7900XT.
Don’t even start using AMD’s last generation cards. RDNA 2’s lineup is so strong that it should come with a tour guide. This isn’t a bad thing, but it does make it more difficult for people who just want a great PC without hours of homework. How does a person tell the difference between the RX 6600, RX 6600 XT, and RX 6650 XT and how does he know what to spend his money on? Research, of course.Huge amount of research and tracking GPU priceyou have to learn things that you don’t need in your daily life just to get a solid PC.
Building your own PC is a true test of character. Especially if you’re trying to stick to a specific budget, fear of missing out (FOMO) rarely plagues you more than when trying to choose parts for a good gaming desktop. Also, if you try to ask Reddit or other communities for help, you may be tempted to spend more money than you actually need.
These communities are often a good way to enjoy all the benefits of a custom-made desktop without the hassle and stress of studying benchmarks for hours, but they’re often a bit of a gamble, and of course It means. This is the Internet. Anyone can call themselves an expert, but the advice given often reflects opinions and preconceptions, which can be problematic.
For example, if I had a penny for every time I saw someone recommend Nvidia over AMD due to “driver issues”; Currently (and always) too expensive, RTX 4090. However, if you’re trying to stick to a $1,000 budget, the idea that AMD is somehow worse than Nvidia is pretty false. In fact, AMD wins almost every time in builds like this, the only thing missing is his DLSS 3.
Estimating what kind of PC you actually need can be very difficult.
Aside from the possibility of receiving bad advice, gamers have to put up with the fact that it’s currently very expensive to build an enthusiast PC, and the situation is unlikely to improve. It won’t. GPU prices are higher than they were just a few years ago, and next-gen cards are unlikely to get any better. AMD may change that narrative.
The worst part is that it’s easy to fall victim to incremental upgrades. For example, let’s say you set a budget of $1,000 and leave about $200 extra. A solid PC can be had for under $1,000, but if you do some research, you’ll quickly find that you can get a significantly better GPU, such as an RTX 4070, for a little more money. In that case, you might as well get faster RAM since you’ve already spent more on power and more money…and all of a sudden you get a $1,500 PC, and it’s a lot more expensive. If so, it might be better than what you really needed in the first place.
Also, it can be very difficult to actually estimate the type of PC you need, especially if you’re not an expert. GPUs like the RTX 4060 are typically 1080p cards, but that won’t stop anyone from using a card that gives decent results at 1440p. All you have to do is lower the settings on your chosen game. However, most online benchmarks are done on Ultra settings and AAA titles, so it can be difficult to tell if you can game well at medium to high levels.
Building a PC is a very personal matter, so it can become increasingly niche over time. With new GPUs and CPUs being released every year, not to mention all the other parts, keeping up is something only enthusiasts want to do.
It probably doesn’t hurt to briefly touch on this topic once every few years when you buy a new computer. However, each time requires a lot of research, and as components get more expensive each year, making a mistake becomes even more painful. The barrier to entry into the world of PC building only seems to get higher every year, as the increasing complexity of components steepens the learning curve for beginners.
It’s no wonder that many people are opting for gaming laptops or pre-built PCs instead of putting themselves in situations like this.
of course, Prebuilts have their own set of problems. In many cases, you’ll find that the computer you’re paying for might not have the best specs. It may have an older CPU or unknown parts, which could cause problems in the future. Beginners may also encounter these issues and end up regretting their purchasing choices. That’s small consolation, but at least that regret stems from an impulsive purchase that wasn’t backed up by hours of research.
Despite the challenges, my main answer to those who ask is to build your own PC instead of buying one off the shelf. It’s not easy – in fact, it’s often frustrating – there are a lot of pitfalls, but if you’re willing to put in the time, you’ll get a better computer, and when you put everything together and it’s actually finished. can give you great satisfaction. I end up working. It’s a shame that getting there sometimes feels like such a pain.