Is it worth buying a custom PC?

There has been a battle going on between two camps of gamers for years about which is a better solution: buying a gaming console or assembling the best possible custom PC for gaming. Some might say the debate has been decided already, with the consoles winning by a long shot, but there are still a few reasons for which a custom-built PC is a better solution. Here are a few pros and cons that might decide the debate for you, one way or another.

1. Control

When you build a PC from scratch, you have complete control on what is built into it – as long as your budget allows it, of course. Besides the control over what hardware gets into the box, PC users also have control over what software to use. This sometimes backfires, though – given that Windows operating systems are used on most PCs of the world, game developers usually ignore the other platforms – Linux, for example. This limits the freedom of choice. Still, a custom built PC is among the first choices for many.

2. Upgrade

A custom built PC offers its users the ability to replace and upgrade the parts inside of it. If one of the components of the PC becomes obsolete, or just not enough to provide the performance needed for a task at hand, the user can replace it with a better one with a relatively small financial effort. In case of a pre-built gaming console this is seldom possible. On the other hand, with the hardware given, developers have to do their best to build their software to run on the given console with the best possible performance…

But let’s play the devil’s advocate for a while. A pre-built gaming console becomes obsolete much slower than the average PC. Keeping up with all the new technologies and the ever increasing level of detail in video games requires a custom built PC to “replace its parts” far more often than a pre-built console…

3. Flexibility

The content and software available for pre-built gaming consoles is limited by the rules and restrictions applied by their respective builders. This is why real money online gaming is not available on devices like the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox, while PC users are free to visit whatever they want. They can go over and claim the Euro Palace welcome bonus if they like, there’s no rule that will stop them to do so (except maybe for the laws of their place of residence, but this is a completely different debate altogether). They can switch to another operating system, build their own apps and programs, use the PC for programming, writing, learning or whatever they like – without any restrictions.

There’s nothing left but to ask you: which one is the better? Which solution would you choose – a custom built PC or a pre-built gaming console?

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