It does exactly what it says on the tin. Custom built PC ‘s are just that, you customise your own specification to your needs & build your own PC and then there are the store bought PC’s, which are generally for the masses and not specific to the requirements you have that need to be fulfilled.
Advantages of Custom Built PC
Building your own PC is quite a daunting task yet an educational one none the less. You will find what components are compatible and work in synchronicity; you can choose which brands you want, what size hard drive, memory, what case etc, it is all your choice.
OEM – Original Equipment Manager PC
The likes of Dell, Hewlett Packard, Sony, Asus to name a few are your typical OEM PC’s. Although they list the specifications against the product, they may not necessarily be the top quality components that can be bought and built into a custom build.
The illusion of convenience usually draws customers in to places like PC World, especially if they want to buy it and take it home the same day. However, this option may not necessarily be the right one for you.
DIY – Do It Yourself PC. You buy the components and either you build it or get someone to build it for you.
In all honesty you may pay a little more in the beginning for a custom built PC, however, it will be worthwhile in the long term as you will less likely need to pay out for a new PC in a couple of years’ time because you are unable to expand your memory (for instance).
If you don’t feel confident enough to try building your own or don’t have the time to spend there are custom PC builders like www.ginger6.com that can provide you with that service.
With store bought you don’t get this freedom of choice and usually component quality is compromised to keep prices low.
In the end it comes down to what you as the consumer want to do. You can buy an off the shelf system, with quality support and warranty coverage, but it will probably lack capability for expansion or upgrading leaving you with no option but to purchase another system few years down the road. Furthermore, it will usually contain some generic components and will not perform as well as the custom pc. The other option is you can spend a little more, build your own PC, or purchase a PC from a custom pc builder and have a system that will perform well for years to come and has the capability to upgrade in the future.