Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician
I wanted to talk a bit this week about buying versus building computers. I am a builder, always have been and always will be. I love the act of building a machine from start to finish. There is nothing like the parts' research, price shopping, boxes turning up, and booting of the final machine.
Not everyone wants to take the time to build a rig, and I can understand that. If you are not a techie, it can be a daunting task. But, if you know a techie like me, then s/he can normally be convinced to do it for you; I know I can.
Half the fun is building the best system you can from the budget you have, and trust me, a medium system is not as much as you think. There are lots of companies out there that sell pre-made systems that are great, and if you just surf the web and do light computer work, they will last for ages.
Where the difference comes in is with high end rigs or gaming rigs. These beasts are cutting edge machines with faster drives and ram, better processors, fancier cases, and even funky cooling (I used to have a water-cooled system).
You can buy gaming rigs from specialists, but they will cost thousands of dollars. Or you can build it for less and enjoy the process.