Custom Built vs Pre-Built: Which Is Right For You?

The age old tale of building your own gaming PC as opposed to buying a pre-built machine will undoubtedly outlive us all. Building your own PC will always be cheaper, always cater to your personal wants and needs, and will always afford you the opportunity to tinker as much as you want knowing it’s your own responsibility. All these aspects of building your own machine only do well to serve the PC enthusiasts as well as those willing to dedicate the time to learn the ins & outs while inherently taking a risk. Much like a great deal of PC gamers and enthusiasts out there I build my own PCs, and have done s for many years. This is something that will never change.

However, the difference between me and those who have never even touched a graphics card, reside within my own enthusiasm and knowledge for PC hardware and my passion for gaming. That guy who pulled apart his SEGA MegaDrive and Hard-Modded his Sony PlayStation to run back-up games before reaching the age of 10, yeah, that was me. Where I to have a completely different upbringing however, one that doesn’t revolve around computer chips, DIMM slots, clock speeds and GPU Shader cores then the idea of even opening a computer chassis would send chills down my spine. This where the benefits of a pre-built machine come into play. And much like a great number of gamers out there, if you build your own machines then this feature will provide no use to you.

Reassurance & Compatibility
For those new to PC gaming bearing little to no knowledge of computer hardware, the thought of putting a system together can be very daunting. While some may say it’s as simple as inserting a Game Cart into a Nintendo 64, and this is true in many respects, it can still be quite intimidating when your understanding of what each component does is severely lacking. This can lead to damages when handling components where those such as CPU sockets, GPU PCIe and DIMM slots are concerned. As pre-built machines take care of this issue altogether, those confident enough to replace components later on down the line will know exactly how and where each component is installed.

Building your own PC from components you have personally decided on does have it benefits in regards to performance desires and aesthetic needs. Along with each component decision manufacturers provide their own set of warranties and exclusions. As buying a pre-built machine sources each of the components from one singular location, the manufacturer’s warranty over each and every component is handled directly, with the boutique builder having the replacement hardware ready to go. This saves time and money in regards to shipping components for repairs or replacement. For those strapped on time unable to dedicate a morning or afternoon to handle these issues directly this can prove useful in catering to their lifestyles.

As building your own PC requires dedication, time, knowledge and most importantly enthusiasm for the PC gaming culture itself, this can cause an inconvenience for those new to the scene who don’t have the time or much knowledge on the subject for actually putting the machine together. As well as aesthetic purposes which can take weeks at a time due to the many stylish choices available, having a selection of pre-built configurations to decide from proves to be a time saver.

Typically, a gaming PC will consist of three different performance tiers, this is known as entry-level, mid-range and high-end. The first of these 3 systems tend to offer console-comparable performance, the second takes this further with greater than console performance, with the last delivering a performance metric designed to run the latest games for the next 3 to 5 years at their maximum visual settings at high resolutions and frame-rates. As the latter of these 3 systems can result in a pretty high price, the aspect of building a PC yourself can save a great deal of money.

For those unsure of how memory size and CPU clock speed effects performance, with graphics cards being the most complex due to the many variations regarding core count, VRAM size, memory speed, bandwidth and the like, all being far too complicated for newcomers to understand. Pre-built systems take care of this as each component is balanced and already configured to offer the best possible performance at each specific price.

The Takeaway
Buying a pre-built system is more expensive than building one yourself. This has and will always be true. The additional costs regarding labour, quality check, set-up time, lifestyle convenience, warranty, and delivery fees all form the basis of what a pre-built machine consists off. Without a doubt buying a pre-built machine is a service. And by this logic alone, just about anything about anything can be thought of as pre-built and do-it-yourself. Cooking, washing your clothes, travelling, decorating your home. Anything. I like coffee on-the-go, but if my home isn’t within the immediate vicinity and Costa is, then I’m willing to pay the service in order to taste that goodness.

For the latest range of pre-built systems, Dino PC has a great number of configurations available: Dino PC


  1. To be honest the price difference between building a FULL system and making one yourself buying parts retail is not as much as most people think. In some cases you can get around the same price pre built as you can buying each part separately. How much does a car cost if you bought each piece individually?

    But to be more specfic pc makers can buy at wholesale in bulk and so they can effectively make a pc in many examples for roughly what the components cost retail.

    I bought a dino pc 3 years ago and now my daughter is the one thats uses it, awesome pc recommend 100%

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