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Windows 7: Do you have to be a gamer to build a custom PC?

18 May 2015   #1
Windidugo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Do you have to be a gamer to build a custom PC?

Most custom PC builds today are made by gamers. But I'm not a dedicated gamer. But i just want high performance for the best value. So can I still build a custom PC build?


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18 May 2015   #2
oscer1

win 7 64 bit
 
 

hi
sure you can you don't need to be a gamer to build a high end pc.
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18 May 2015   #3
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

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Most custom PC builds today are made by gamers.
Nonsense. I wouldn't have it any other way and I'm no gamer. Many are just enthusiasts that like performance at a discount price or just don't like the looks of the cheap boxes. Plus, you can choose your own hardware for your particular need and taste. Not many OEMs will let you do that. But the drawback is that YOU are the support entity for the hardware so know what you're getting before you buy. And just don't slap a bunch or parts together.
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18 May 2015   #4
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Not necessary to be a gamer to want to build your own. I'm not a gamer and I've been building my own systems since 1985.
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18 May 2015   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

My idea of hard core gaming is XP Pinball yet I built an x79 rig that...well, just check my specs. Gaming isn't the only thing one can use a high power rig for. My machine handles office type applications, photo editing, acts as a HTPC, etc., frequently many or all at the same time.
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18 May 2015   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I bought one store bought computer in my life and have built all the rest.
I'm surly not a gamer.
Take a look at my specs.
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18 May 2015   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windidugo View Post
I'm not a dedicated gamer. But i just want high performance for the best value. So can I still build a custom PC build?
If you were building a low to mid-level PC, say under $700, you might find it difficult to justify building your own. Particularly if you needed an OS license with that budget. You wouldn't save much if anything, but you'd at least be able to choose specific parts.

As you get beyond that budget level, it increasingly makes sense to build your own---assuming you know how or are willing to learn and that you get some pleasure from doing so.

Fifteen years ago, it could make financial sense to build your own even on the low end--but those days are gone. The low end then was maybe $1200 and now it's $500.

But it certainly seems to me that a lower percentage of all home users are building their own nowadays, a lot of which is due to the trend away from desktops and toward mobile devices that can't be built at home.
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18 May 2015   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Good learning experience
What ever your budget is be prepared to double it
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18 May 2015   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

How true.
It always cost me more than I plan.

When you roll your own you will spend most of your time doing research and homework.

You need to do this to get the parts you want and make sure they will work with the other parts you want and are able to do what you desire. Don't take any short cuts doing the homework.
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18 May 2015   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
...But it certainly seems to me that a lower percentage of all home users are building their own nowadays, a lot of which is due to the trend away from desktops and toward mobile devices that can't be built at home.
That may be changing. Tablet sales have been falling.
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