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Is it better to build or buy a PC?

Pic by AJ Ashton Wikimedia commons
Pic by AJ Ashton Wikimedia commons

Gaming PCs are highly sought after especially by console gamers. It is in layman’s terms PC gaming the best of both worlds. Most of both Playstation and Xbox console exclusive games are available for PC gamers. However it is very expensive to make or buy a PC. To build your own PC that could run modern games it can easily cost over 2,000 dollars. However buying a premade PC can also be incredibly expensive from prices ranging from 1,200 easily exceeding 5,000 dollars. 

Not only is it about price but also performance and quality. It really depends on the person too, if you want a monitor or hooking it up to a TV, if you want to play with a keyboard or controller, if you want a portable PC or not. Many prefer to build their own since they can find the cheapest parts for the most quality. Yet some are not so tech savvy and would prefer just to buy a pre-built one so they can just hook it up and play without spending all of their time researching parts and figuring out how to build one.

 The price of a PC can vary exponentially. You can get a pre-built PC that is top of the line for $1,199-4,134 depending on the seller and whether it is on sale or not. For example, you can get the Alienware Aurora R15 for $1,199 on Dell’s website. Personally built PCs can extend well over $2,000 for a good desktop.

PC laptops are also a choice, however they will not run as well as desktops. They can’t run multiple new games, the most you’d get out of a gaming laptop is one brand new 2023 game and no others. However you can run older games very easily and with a storage expansion card you can get more games and not bog down your PC. They are pricey as well, a good one ranges from $999.99-3,000 dollars. It all depends on what you want and your budget in the end, there are a variety of options even for anyone who wants to game.   

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Samuel Wester
Samuel Wester, Reporter
Hello, my name is Samuel Wester. I am a Sophomore at Eastmont High school. This is my first time writing for the Scratching Post newspaper. I enjoy playing the alto sax, listening to music, playing video games, and hanging out with my friends and family. My goal is to get into running start and go to college.