When my niece came to me with her broken doll and told me to fix it, I rushed in with the enthusiasm of the scientists in The Six Million Dollar Man and said, “I can rebuild her.” As it turns out, she was more the Six Cent Doll as I ended up breaking off an additional arm and accidentally stepped on the head, caving it in. Luckily, you can become a better scientist when it comes to building a computer for yourself. After proper training and education, here are some of the pros and cons of building a computer yourself.
Most of us have always bought our computers from an electronics store and use the same one until it’s simply too slow to stand or catches fire. Nowadays, more people are taking to building their own computers as the parts are becoming more readily available and a plethora of information is available through web sites and online video clips.
Pros Of Building Your Own Computer
Whenever you construct something yourself-birdhouse, doll head, or computer- there is a certain amount of self-satisfaction in completing the task. The same goes with computers, as even though you might not consider yourself a tech-head, building a computer from scratch is quite an accomplishment.
Another benefit of building your own computer is that you can fully customize it with software and hardware you need. You can build a high-performance computer simply for gaming or you can build a more basic version for surfing the ‘Net and word processing.
Finally, building your own computer will give you the knowledge of every single part and component that make up the unit. If you ever need to replace a part, you know exactly where to find it and what it does. Knowing the inner workings of a computer can lead to lucrative opportunities in computer repair or fixing up old components from a junk pile and selling them for profit.
Cons Of Building Your Own Computer
The first question you have to ask is if the price and labor is justifiable. Just like a VCR that marketed for $250 back in the day sells for $4 now, technological advances have dropped computer prices significantly as well.
Another disadvantage of building your own computer is that you have no warranty or tech support, which is a nice fallback feature when your brand new laptop bursts into flames the first time you “fire” it up.
Also, even though there are multiple tutorials available online, every build encounters its own special inconsistencies. You might spend plenty of days and dozens of dollars figuring out incompatibility issues between your motherboard and video driver or other system components that won’t even let the computer power on.
It’s best to take up building your own computer as a hobby, when you have plenty of free time and financial resources saved up and have a working computer you can use for daily activities. Once you’ve mastered the basics on your own time, you can start getting creative and toying with new ideas. You’ll certainly gain satisfaction with the completed project but their will be frustrations along the way as indicated when I asked my niece how her doll broke she replied, “Well I accidentally got liquid metal in my data core processor while soldering together my CPU…so I threw her off the wall in frustration.”