If your gaming computer is letting you down, build your own

As you may have heard, there is a lot of interest these days in “gamers,” also known as “gaming computers.” The reason for this may be that so many of us are using computers on a daily basis, shopping for them in the stores, having to get them repaired, having to deal with the various aspects of their limitations, etc. It is no wonder that there is a renewed interest in having a better computer, in gaining the upper hand in almost every aspect of them; even to the point of building your own in order to achieve the “maximum” beneficial outcome. It’s even possible that you yourself have been that route.

Think about it:  How many times have you gone to buy what you thought was a really good deal in a laptop, only to find that it falls short in terms of speed, hard drive space or some other such thing? How about with a desktop? Happens to me all the time. And when you search for that upgraded version, isn’t it always far more and disappointingly expensive? And it may still not come with all the bells and whistles you were looking for. I found out the hard way. I had been doing a lot of graphics work on mine and even worked on some movie and music projects using a standard Windows HP machine and it actually did a fair job; but when I started going online and playing around with more graphics-driven applications, specifically, Second Life (a free downloadable from the net) and the Halo game, it simply fell short straight away. In fact, in Second Life, in the “system requirements” area, it simply becomes apparent that if you do not have the adequate video card (or graphics card) on your computer – Second Life won’t work for you. It stutters on even simple things like flying around in there. (Yes, you can do that in Second Life … fly)  It is difficult and looks choppy.

As I later realized, even with the best possible computer, fastest connection etc. there can still be issues due to the number of users online at any given time, site maintenance and other factors, which by the way, is rather annoying and counterproductive to what you are trying to achieve there, namely, having some educational, interesting and relaxing fun. So this is why some folks are taking matters into their own hands and learning to build their own. Why not? Save time, money and end up with the best equipment possible!

In actuality, large corporations such as Dell Computer have advantages on pricing due to buying by volume, which means you will end up paying more for parts no matter what. But when you have something so far ahead of it’s time, it’s really worth your while. My build produced a computer that is Windows 7, 8 core, 2 Terabyte Hard Drive, Turbo driven 3.4 to around 4.4 GHz speed, utilizes crossfireX technology (the ability to use not one, but two, video cards in tandem), for HD video or even accommodate a Blu-Ray optical drive. With 3.0 USB – (not 2.0 like most have). We’re talking “Rambo” of computers – leagues ahead of the game! And the best part, not even all that hard to do. One could learn to do it oneself by merely watching some online YouTube videos on the subject (there are many available, even from industry sources – who would love to see you purchase their awesome-looking cases). Well worth your while.

One Response to "If your gaming computer is letting you down, build your own"

  1. tfissel   August 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    While it may be difficult to compete with big name stores in terms of price for some types of computers it is not always the case with gaming computers, especially top of the line rigs. This is because Dell, and its competition, do not see gaming rigs as a huge portion of their sales and, therefore, do not purchase the same volume of components as their other computer types. It is quite possible to spend less that $1000 and be able to compete with Dell in terms of quality of their top of the line. And, as the price increases the name brands become less appealing to a do-it-yourself gamer.

    There are other benefits as well. A quicker turn around for replacement parts, better customer support and a the satisfaction of building your own PC. If you are capable of putting together your own rig then you likely know why your box wont boot or why you have screen tearing during games. And, knowing this, you can contact the support of the bad part without having to listen to a low-level tech. support from Dell ask if the thing is plugged in.

    A few companies do pretty well at replacing bad hardware that you’ve purchased from them (Newegg.com comes to mind). I’ve never had to wait more than a week or so after sending a bad component to a retailer.

    Whenever family talks about getting a new PC I always suggest building it instead of purchasing from a big name store. Price-wise you can save more money by limiting the fluff they make you purchase and unnecessary hardware (if you never plan to play a game or video edit then a graphics card is wholly unnecessary) they typically install. And, when they sit there and see how the whole machine works as I put it together for them I don’t get nearly as many phone calls asking why their mouse stopped working, power button doesn’t work, etc.

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