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“Now, I know many people will say it's better/cheaper to build your own computer. I know that, and chances are I will do just that”
- Stop right there Fernando! Do just that. Build your own.
If you absolutely have to buy pre-built (just threw up a little bit in my mouth, sorry), it’s better to buy a desktop from a company that
specializes in gaming rigs. These companies understand what you will need for a gaming machine. BUT! You will pay out the @$s for it. So, prepare
- Everything comes pre-installed
- If you decide to water cool, it’s usually under a warranty
- Warranty. These can be lifesavers if your genes are prone to unluck
- Usually have a sexy case
- You see what it looks like on the site before you get it.
- Everything is made to fit the case.
- Almost ALWAYS has bloat-ware. Some of which can be classed as malware.
- You have to buy what they offer. A lot of rigs only allow you to use specific hardware.
- Want to upgrade? You will probably void the warranty. Hell, upgrade might not even fit.
- Once piece of equipment is usually crap in most builds. No point in going all out on a cutting edge processor if your motherboard is going to
- Price $$$. Take the same items you are buying in the all-in-one build, and price them out individually on Newegg, Tiger-direct, or Amazon. When I
priced my home-built $1500 rig on HP, Alienware, and MSI, it came out to $5500 minimum. Some companies (Falcon) were up in the $8000 range. Two
hours’ worth of work is not worth $4000 to me.
o You saved the money for a while (Penny pinching I think you said). Make all that saving worth the effort. Do it yourself. Then spend
the rest on balloon rides.
o Another note. Since you know how to build computers, you are one of a select crowd that knows how. You have the ability to build a
screaming machine for a fraction of the price. That’s some pretty powerful knowledge. Why not use it? Pride yourself on being one of the few.
[Side-note] Don’t go stupid with memory. Get a decent speed and size, I would say MAX 32 GB. Unless you do a lot of video modeling or
CAD/animation, you will never use that much to begin with. It will be a waste. Definitely more than 8GB for games.
Of the companies I know of which provide decent gaming rigs:
Dell – I believe is now Alienware, but it’s a different division. They have a normal desktop division.
I’ve had good experiences with their non-Alienware setups.
HP – Decent desktops. Hit or miss unless you really know what you are doing.
MSI – I love their laptops, I’m sure their desktops fall in line
Falcon – Amazing setups if you want a super computer, but you will mess your pants when you see the price
Lenovo- no… just no, BAD!
Asus – Hit or miss, I’ve had good luck in the past
Alienware – Every hardcore gamer hates them. Mostly because they charge +500% for whatever they sell. Gamers usually aren’t rich. When you see
one, you immediately have a pre-conceived notion that the owner is a douche. This isn’t always the case, but in the past, a lot of Alienware owners
seemed to have an ego for their $8000 advanced calculator. Elitist mentality.
BestBuy anything- Stay far away. They usually have a model that specifically sold to just BestBuy. Stay away. These are made by the lowest bigger.
So, unless you want a government computer, go elsewhere.
Digital Storm – Kind of middle of the road. Not a lot of experience here.
Origin – No idea here. Looks decent.
If that doesn’t convince you, then maybe this story will…
So, let’s say you go out and buy a retail all-in-one desktop computer. You bring it home and realize it’s not completely to your liking. So you
open up the side of the computer in order to move some wires around and make the lighting a bit better. Ding! OOPS! Your microwave dinner is done!
You go grab your dinner, but stop by the bathroom on the way there. During this time, the neighbor’s dog jumps through the glass window above your
computer while trying to attack its reflection. All the glass falls into the side of your computer and the fans blow it around creating a clinking
sound. The dog, in all this excitement, goes after the fan thinking it’s a dog toy. While the dog is trying to bite the fan blades, its fur
catches fire from your Premium-Level VII processor while under your benchmarking runs. While on fire, the dog bites the fan blades, scaring the dog,
which then tries to run back home. Unfortunately your wife/girlfriend/homeboy has added curtains all over the house, blocking the door, windows, and
all fire escapes. The dog is now on fire, running all over the house catching everything on fire. 4 minutes and 38 seconds later, the rest of the
house is on fire. Quickly, the fire spreads to the kitchen and microware. It begins to melt the microwave. Melted plastic and aluminum drip into
your microwave dinner. Your evening is now ruined. Also, your plastic forks are melted.
Don’t ruin your microwavable meals. They are precious… Build your own computer. Trust me.
edit on 9-2-2017 by pointman1921 because: Had some errors posting, re-editing