Build my own PC or pre-built?

When it comes to building or buying your workstation/gaming PC, there isn’t really a right or wrong answer. Each approach has its own list of pros and cons, just like most things, ultimately it comes down to PC preference, build and how soon you’d like to use it.

So how do you decide whether you’d like to build or buy your PC? In the past, building a PC was much more difficult and pre-built PC’s came at a much higher cost. In this blog we will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of building and buying a gaming PC to help you come to a final decision.

Building Your Own PC

One of the biggest advantages to building your own PC is essentially having the ability to hand pick each and every component in the PC (almost all of them!). By hand picking your build it means that you can really fine tune your build to fit your performance and budget requirements. You will also have the benefit of personalising your website exactly to your liking, if you’d like a build that stands out.. buy yourself RGB components! 

An additional benefit to building your own PC is having the ability to purchase your components from other suppliers. Once you have your build setup using a common tool such as, you can then search elsewhere to find cheaper deals.

Even though PC manufacturers have definitely evolved over the years, none of them will offer the same flexibility compared to building your own system. 

When it comes to building your own PC the possibilities are endless, you have the opportunity to create a beautiful and unique system that you will be proud to say that you built yourself. Even though it might seem daunting to build your own PC in the beginning, it will certainly be worth it once you see it first working! 

The satisfaction and reward after building your PC is a great feeling and certainly a feeling that you won’t experience with a pre-built system.

Buying your pre-built PC

When you purchase a pre-built PC you aren’t just paying for the parts, you are paying for the support, warranty and assurance that your PC was built and tested by professionals. Some modern manufacturers can offer features that you aren’t likely to get on your own, some of these are pre-installed software, safe over-clocking and exclusive components.

Another reason some people go with pre-built is actually the design, there are a few PC cases that will only be available from pre-built. Most important of all you also don’t have to worry about cable management, this is a big part of your build and can totally change the look of your PC if not done correctly. In our case we enjoyed this part, but some people will get frustrated even by the thought of cable management!

What do Hypen recommend?

Build your own!

At the end of the day the choice is totally yours and our recommendation will depend on your budget and performance requirements. For us we would always recommend building your own PC, the feeling of building your own system and knowing the in’s and out’s of your setup is something that you will never get with a pre-built. Building your own system is also a way of learning new things by getting your hands (not literally) dirty! The customisation and having the ability to change parts out in the future is also a great position to be in.

If you really aren’t keen on building your own PC then a pre-built will be the best way forward for you. There will always be a pre-built option available to you within your budget and you can always build your own PC down the line.