What should I do ?

  mr-greenkey 21:25 PM 10 Jan 12

I dunno how many times you guys have been asked this question but no one has ever answered it for me and so I am asking now. Should I build my own PC or should I just get a pre-built one? I figured it's around £90 cheaper to build my own but I don't know how hard it is and I don't trust myself all that much so I suppose I have two questions - Should I build my own or get a pre-built one and, is building your own PC hard or delicate ?

Thankyou for any response :)

  johnnyrocker 21:29 PM 10 Jan 12

the answer lies in how capable one is


  mr-greenkey 21:33 PM 10 Jan 12

Well it would be my first time doing it and the only insight I have has is a few youtube vidoes on how to build your own :/

  northumbria61 22:03 PM 10 Jan 12

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  ton 22:22 PM 10 Jan 12

It's not hard (I have built several), I suppose you could say it is delicate as everything has to be correct or it might go bang and not work.

I wouldn't build one to save money, that is not a good reason as it could end up costing more.

  mr-greenkey 22:30 PM 10 Jan 12

I have come to the conclusion that I would rather not risk a £820 computer for an extra £90. If I do mess up then that's gonna be £820 down the drain so I think I'll just customize one on PC Specialist and order it from their. They do seem very professional and has great reviews :) Thanks for the help guys but I think I'll just order one.

I'm gonna promise you all something - One day when I am way more experienced with computers, I will build my own computer. Just for you guys ;)

  spuds 08:40 AM 11 Jan 12

There are a number of ways at looking at this?.

Saying that you will save £90, might be the case, but consider that you must select the right components that are compatible with each other. So whoever you buy the components from, ask their advice, in case of future problems. Building the computer is not all that difficult, especially if you look at some instructional videos that are freely available on the internet.

As a first build, you could consider buying a 'bare-back' unit from somewhere like Novatech. This would give you the main compatible units in one go, and start you on the route for building you own.

At the end of the day, you can get great satisfaction in self build, you can also get experience that everything isn't always straight forward. Would mention that you would not be building a computer for "Just you guys", but for yourself :o)

If you do build your own, then also consider warranties, because if anything goes wrong, then It would be up to you, to find the fault and try and get the retailer to help resolve possible problems. If you bought off the shelf, then its a case of possibly dealing with one person or company like PC Specialist?.

  onthelimit1 08:48 AM 11 Jan 12

As long as the motherboard and CPU are compatible (and places like Maplins sell them as a 'set'), the rest is pretty straightforward. I would tend to buy all the components from the same source as it simplifies matters if things go wrong.

  Diemmess 09:28 AM 11 Jan 12

These days I doubt if you could build a mid-range computer from scratch and save much money. As others have said, you may not have much warranty cover except for the individual components.

Postage too will add up unless you buy everything in one order

But if you are determined to DIY, consider various options from Novatech, they have an excellent reputation for support and fair dealing. The link takes you to the "bare bones" offers of basic matched components.

click here

  chub_tor 09:32 AM 11 Jan 12

I now build all my own computers, as well as for family and friends, but I did not "jump into the deep end" with a complete build from day one. My first adventure was to upgrade some RAM (opening the Mesh built case for the first time was a heart thumper), then I changed a graphics card and later upgraded a CPU. Each time I opened the case, even if it was to blow out dust or add parts such as front mounted USB or a DVD drive I learned something new. I never did go down the route of buying an assembled motherboard with CPU and RAM, in fact I don't think they were available at the time I was learning but I have often bought a bundle where motherboard and CPU have been selected for compatibility by the retailer. I concur with most of the forum members who have posted and I would add that you will not become "way more experienced with computers" until you actually get your hands dirty and start pulling them apart.

  Braebo Computers 11:52 AM 11 Jan 12


If you would like you can email me the specification you were looking to build as well as prices and I can see whether we could match the price (or at least try to get as close to it as possible?).

This way you should still be saving money and we would offer you a warranty, repairs etc included in the price, and you can contact one of our PC Specialists if you have any questions issues etc.

If you would like to send the specification and price you have received I'll try my best for you. [email protected] - FAO of Lee.

Good luck in what ever route you choose!



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