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The Joy Of Building A Gaming PC



When people talk gaming PCs, they usually focus on the raw benefits in performance and upgradeability. While we’ll touch on that here, we also want to discuss something else: the genuine joy that comes with building a gaming PC, especially doing it with a friend or family member. So what makes building a gaming PC such a special experience?

When you’re responsible for building your own PC, you’ll become intimately familiar with every one of your components and how they fit together to make your PC function. This familiarity will also make the act of opening up your PC much less scary, since you assembled it in the first place. When it comes time to clean your PC, diagnose or upgrade it, you’ll have the familiarity and knowledge to do all of this successfully.

Making It Yours
Customization is another important aspect of PC building. Cases come in all different colors, shapes and sizes, and customization doesn’t stop there. With things like RGB lighting, LED fans and full-blown case mods, there’s no limit to what you can do to make your PC truly yours. If you’re so inclined, you could even do something completely crazy, like use an NES shell as your case!

That’s just aesthetics. Once you’ve build your PC, you have a ton of different choices in software. Windows or Linux? Steam or GOG? Chrome or FireFox? In fact, since you aren’t on a console locked to a particular manufacturer, you don’t even need to choose! You can buy PC games from any storefront you want, run as many operating systems as you like, and switch between browsers as you please. Consoles offer a very controlled, limited experience that can’t come close to the variety that PCs offer.

The Work
Whether you’re a lone gamer building their first beast, a father assembling a PC with his son, or anything in-between, PC building is a truly unique experience. It can be intimidating for a first-timer, but with the right safety measures there’s little to worry about, and mistakes can often be fixed. It’ll take time: new builders may take an hour or more, while experienced builders can strip apart and assemble PCs in half that time.

But once you’ve put everything together, plugged in all the right cables and powered on your PC for the first time, all that exhaustion will turn into pride. Buying a console, plugging it in and turning it on is one thing. Buying your components, assembling them yourself and powering on your PC for the first time is another entirely.

What Else?
Those are the main benefits of the actual building and setup process. Past that, you’ll be enjoying the numerous benefits unique to PC gaming. In short terms, these are:

Competition. On PlayStation, you get the PS Store and that’s it. On PC, you get Steam, Origin, UPlay, GOG, Humble Bundle, Amazon...this competition means that prices are low and competing sales are frequent. If you want a game, you don’t need to wait long to get it for much cheaper on PC than you would on console.

Freedom and accessibility. PC offers all kinds of accessibility and customization options, so everyone can have a gaming experience tailored to their needs. Special keybindings and configurations are available for disabled players, and most games support gamepads if mouse/keyboard isn’t comfortable for you. And performance, and upgradeability, and...

Well, you get the point. Building a gaming PC is an enriching experience from start to finish, and establishes long-term rewards for doing so. If you’re interested in learning more about building gaming PCs, check out our builds over at www.thegreatsetup.com.


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