Why Building a Computer is Very Cost Effective and Not as Difficult as it Sounds

Last year I was in the market for a new desktop computer. I tend to do a lot of research when I am about to make a large purchase and this was definitely in that category. During that quality R&D I came across the following idea over and over: “building a computer is more cost effective than buying one.” Initially, I disregarded it thinking there’s no way I’d be able to figure out how to actually build a computer… that stuff is reserved for rocket scientists right!?

So, I continued looking for the perfect desktop with all the specs that I wanted. Fast processor, lots of RAM, tons of storage, great graphics card, and all of the next gen tech I could find. Yet, it almost seemed impossible to find what I wanted and within my budget. The size of my budget was decent, I could spend over a grand to get the best top of the line computer. The unfortunate news I was discovering, however, was that the desktop with all the bells and whistles that I was dreaming of really cost double to triple what I was willing to spend.

…building a computer is not only feasible, it is practically on the same skill level as building a Lego set.

The price shock had me thinking, “Well… maybe it’s not totally ludicrous to try to build my own computer.” So, I went back to my newfound favorite hobby where I gleefully endured numerous hours of research on the topic! Is this going to be a really difficult task to complete? The result of this research was that building a computer is not only feasible, it is practically on the same skill level as building a Lego set.

“Okay cool. Legos. I can do Legos.”

Now, how much money would I actually save over that super expensive desktop if I actually build one with the same or similar specs? I found an excellent resource in https://pcpartpicker.com/. That site makes it extremely easy to map out what parts you are planning on using as well as how much the total cost would be for your project. I went about selecting parts that would produce a similar product to some of the best computers on the market. I can tell you that I was extremely pleased to discover I could potentially build a nearly identical, if not better, version of those desktops for a fraction of the price.

My Computer

At this point I had carefully chosen each and every component that would go into my computer build. I began ordering all my parts and I was able to get tons more in savings just by shopping around different online stores. All in all I spent $1,400 on an excellent desktop computer which I am still in love with a year later. I’m fairly certain a computer of that quality would cost $1,500 – $2,500 range, which is a huge amount of savings. In fact, doing a quick google search of what’s available with similar base specs, the prices start at $1,600+. That’s after a years time with better technology becoming more and more affordable. It seemed the general consensus about saving money through building a computer over buying one was absolutely spot on. Thanks internet!

If you are the kind of person who got to this point thinking, “If he doesn’t tell me all the details about this computer I’m going to punch a hole in my screen!”, then I have good news – you can un-clench your fists. Here are the specifics about my computer including links to find each of these parts:

The Specs

Processor Intel Core i7 – 4.0GHz
RAM 16GB DDR3-2133
Storage – Hard Drive 2TB @ 7500rpm
Storage – Solid State Drive 250MB (Boots up in 10-15 seconds!)
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB (Gaming purposes $$$)
Operating System Windows 10 – 64bit

The Parts

Component Type Part
CPU Intel Core i7-4790k 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler CRYORIG h7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard Asus z97-A/USB 3.1 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
Seagate Barracuda 2TB Hard Drive
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case
Optical Drive Asus Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
Operating System Windows 10 64bit

If you want to go ahead and build this exact computer I can assure you it will be well worth your time and effort because I absolutely love this desktop! Keep in mind though, if you plan on improvising/changing out parts, you need to make sure that your new parts are compatible with the rest of the build. Check out https://pcpartpicker.com/ to make sure your chosen parts will work. The build process may seem daunting at first but there are tons of tutorials online that will walk you through it. I may even write up my own tutorial if enough of you request it!

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