What is a Custom-built PC?


Updated: 12/30/2019 by Computer Hope

As opposed to a prebuilt computer, a custom-built PC is a computer that’s built and customized to meet specific consumer needs. People build computers for gaming, video and photo editing, animation, or web browsing and productivity needs. Different parts of the computer are prioritized based on what functions are required by the builder. Individual components, like the graphics card, CPU, case, and motherboard, are usually purchased separately to find the best prices and save money on the completed system.

Websites like PC Part Picker can be a helpful resource for putting together a list of required parts to build a computer system. Components can be sorted by price and functionality, and tested for compatibility with other chosen components. They can then be purchased from online retailers, like Amazon, Newegg, and B&H.

Custom-built computers are for those willing to take the time to familiarize themselves with the components and can be cheaper and a more personalized alternative to a prebuilt computer.

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