Topic of the Week: When getting a new PC, do you build or buy?

Topic of the Week: Building or buying a PC

There are a lot of reasons why you might be contemplating a new rig at the moment. Maybe you’ve become terrified by the VRAM apocalypse, or you’re desperate to ensure you can make The Witcher 3 look better than real life, or perhaps you just want to get yourself one of those fancy new 9 Series GPUs that Nvidia’s released. 

But before you even start looking at components, there’s one big question that must be answered: do you buy a prebuilt PC, or build one yourself? And that’s our Topic of the Week. 

As always, I’ll get the ball rolling.

I am a lazy man. Avoiding stress is my life goal. Despite this, I have built my own PC before, though I did need some help. It was not a fun experience. There are so many things that could go wrong, and even when they didn’t, I never felt relaxed. The ever present threat of cocking up loomed over me.

There were benefits, sure. I now know my PC inside and out, and god knows I ended up learning a lot more about this mechanical creature that sits next to my desk in the day I spent putting it together than I had in the years before I decided to get my hands dirty.

But I’ll never do it again. I will happily pay someone else, someone who does it for a living. And at least if something goes wrong, it’s not my fault.

What about you lovely folk? Are you builders or do you have minions for that?