Student Blog Post
Building a PC by Liam Burke
Building a PC that suits your specific needs can be difficult. If you are the type of person that uses a computer mainly for things like web surfing or listening to music, a desktop PC is hardly necessary at all, a laptop would be better suited for those purposes. However, if you use a computer for more heavily demanding tasks, such as video editing or gaming, then a desktop PC would be ideal, especially if it is custom built to your exact needs.
Why did I buy a custom built PC?
Technology has always fascinated me, even from a young age. However, when I was first introduced to the idea of building a computer of my own, I was absolutely convinced that I'd never do anything of the sort. However, after a few years of looking it up, I'm typing this very article on a custom built computer of my own.
I got myself a custom built PC as I found that buying the parts separately was cheaper than buying a pre-built PC. Also, when building a PC, you know the ins and outs of the entire machine, and you know exactly what you're dealing out money for. Of course, this does come with the added work of assembling it, but a little effort goes a long way.
At first glance, this might not look all that complicated, aside from the wires. However, each and everything on that desk serves its own purpose. For example, the yellow cable that can be seen off to the right is an Ethernet cable, ran through the mains of my house to connect directly to my router, providing my PC with internet connection. The other two plugs are powering my actual PC tower, as well as my monitor.
The computer's CPU is a Intel core i7, running at an average speed of 3.3GHz, with a count of four separate cores. The GPU was originally an Nvidia Geforce GTX 295, a decently powerful GPU. I'm also running on 16 gigabytes of RAM, upgraded from 6, which provides me with all the memory I need.
What I did next
A few months after originally building my PC, I felt that it was due for an upgrade. As previously mentioned, I used to run on a GTX 295 with 6 gigabytes of RAM, but I actually upgraded both to two GTX 760′s running in SLI, which out-performs Nvidia's GTX TITAN, and 16 gigabytes of RAM to run alongside it. The new GPUs provide me with all the graphical power I need, and the RAM ensures that neither my CPU or my GPU will run out of memory to operate on.
Should you build your own PC?
Building your own PC largely depends on two things. One, what you are going to use it for, and two, how much money you're willing to lay out on it.
Building a low to medium-end PC will generally save you money. However, as previously mentioned, this does come with the added work of assembling it yourself. If you are building a high-end PC, however, this does mean that the parts will cost more, and, in turn, be more costly if they need replacing. However, hardware is generally that: hard. It's quite difficult to break it physically in most cases, and generally breaks due to either a software malfunction or something happening to the internal components
In conclusion, building a PC generally saves you money, as buying your own components ensures that you're paying the correct, exact price for each piece of hardware and software. However, this does come with the aforementioned struggle of assembling it all, which could be quite difficult, depending on your level of familiarity with the task.
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