Pre-built gaming PC: is it worth it today?

In this article we want to address a topic that until a few years ago was indisputable: are pre-assembled gaming PCs more convenient or those created with our hands?

Before the semiconductor crisis, with the great abundance of silicon in the market, the advantage of assembling a PC piece by piece was undeniable. Then with the sudden rise in demand to the sky - did anyone say mining? - the components have become practically unobtainable, especially the fundamental ones such as CPU and GPU. With inflation and the world held in check by a tense geopolitical situation, things are improving very slowly. 

So we asked ourselves: but today is it better to go to a pre-assembled gaming PC or not?

Pre-built gaming PC: is it worth it today?

Pre-built gaming PCs: snubbed for years

The prices of a preassembled desktop PC have always been higher than homemade configurations. The production and assembly costs are obviously recharged on the final customer and then, in addition to the component manufacturers, those who designed and built the machine had to earn. And then someone marched a little on rampant ignorance. Moral of the story: assembling a PC at home was less expensive, it allowed you to fully customize your components and even the aesthetics by choosing houses, accessories, lighting and so on.

With the scarcity of components, however, the bargaining power of the big brands allowed them to secure a part of the precious stocks, while the free market was at the mercy of crazy and speculative inflation. Thus the pre-assembled gaming PCs have returned to be attractive to enthusiasts.

But how much can it cost to build a PC today?

Let's try to do a simulation of a mid-range configuration, the one on which most players would focus. Here is the list of components with relative prices:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-12400F, prezzo 208 euro
  • GPU: ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 3060 V2 OC 12GB, price 487 euros
  • RAM: 16 GB, Crucial Ballistix BL2K8G32C16U4B, price 80 euros
  • SSD: 512 GB, Crucial P2 CT500P2SSD8, prezzo 54 euro
  • Motherboard: ASUS PRIME H670-PLUS D4, price 170 euros
  • PSU: Seasonic PRIME GX-650, price 14o euro
  • sink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo V2, price 40 euros
  • Case: NZXT H510, price 86 euros

The total is 1265 €. Obviously if we then want to add fans or something else the price goes up.

Pre-built gaming PC: is it worth it today? Intel Core i5 12400F 2.5Ghz 18MB LGA 1700 Box
  • Intel Core i5 12400F 2.5Ghz 18MB LGA 1700 BOX
207,55 EUR Buy on Amazon (on offer on Pre-built gaming PC: is it worth it today? ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 3060 V2 OC Edition Scheda Grafica, 12 GB GDDR6, PCIe 4.0, 1 HDMI 2.1, 3 DisplayPort 1.4a, Overclock, Due Ventole Axial-Tech, PSU Consigliata 650W, GPU Tweak II, LHR, Nero
  • The NVIDIA Ampere multiprocessor offers greater power efficiency and FP32 data transmission twice as fast
532,50 EUR −15% 451,84 EUR Buy on Amazon Pre-built gaming PC: is it worth it today? Crucial Ballistix BL2K8G32C16U4B 3200 MHz, DDR4, DRAM, Memoria Gaming Kit per Computer Fissi, 16GB (8GB x2), CL16, Nero
  • Great for gamers and performance geeks
113,74 EUR Buy on Amazon (on offer on Pre-built gaming PC: is it worth it today? 31.428 Recensioni Crucial P2 CT500P2SSD8 SSD Interno, 500GB, fino a 2400MB/s, 3D NAND, NVMe, PCIe, M.2
  • Capacities up to 500GB with sequential read / write speeds up to 2400 / 1900MB / s
67,21 EUR −29% 47,99 EUR Buy on Amazon (on offer on Pre-built gaming PC: is it worth it today? 27 Recensioni ASUS PRIME H670-PLUS D4 Scheda Madre ATX, Intel H670, LGA1700, DDR4, PCI 4.0, Realtek 2.5Gb Ethernet, Realtek 7.1 Surround, 3xM.2, 4xSATA 6GB/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Armoury Crate, Nero
  • The LGA1700 socket offers support for the new 12th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron processors, exploit its enormous potential and create your PC as a true professional gamer
190,81 EUR −6% 178,54 EUR Buy on Amazon (on offer on Pre-built gaming PC: is it worth it today? Seasonic PRIME GX-650 fully modular PC-power supply 80PLUS Gold 650 Watt
  • 80 plus gold
143,90 EUR −5% 137,08 EUR Buy on Amazon Pre-built gaming PC: is it worth it today? Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO V2 CPU Air Cooler with LGA1700 Bracket - Offset Heatsink, 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes, X-Vent Fin Blade Design, 120mm SickleFlow Fan
  • IMPROVED V2 PERFORMANCE: Hyper 212 EVO V2 outperforms EVO, 10% lower temperatures across the board, new heat sink offers more system flexibility while taking up less space, is also quieter and easier to install / upgrade
45,99 EUR Buy on Amazon Pre-built gaming PC: is it worth it today? NZXT H510 PC Gaming Case, Black
  • NEW FEATURES: Front USB Type-C i / o port and tempered glass side panel with single screw installation
85,90 EUR Buy on Amazon

And a pre-assembled one?

Let's take for example the MEDION DESKTOP ERAZER RECON P20 which has pretty much the same specs as the PC we described above. This is a low-to-mid-range gaming desktop PC designed for gaming in FHD. The design is quite elegant and minimal. The price is approx 1199 €.

Pre-built gaming PC: is it worth it today? MEDION DESKTOP ERAZER RECON P20, Intel Core i5-12400F, RAM 16GB, scheda grafica NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060,Windows 11
  • Processore Intel Core i5-12400F
Buy on Amazon

This is not really a huge difference. However, several aspects must be considered. The first is that we don't have to spend hours and hours assembling all the components, hoping that the PC won't fail as soon as we start it. We have a product that we can use right away, just after unpacking it. Secondly we have a guarantee on the product which protects us from any malfunctions. Even on the individual components it exists, if you have assembled it yourself, everything can be more complex.

Certainly a pre-assembled gaming PC compared to one assembled at home it is less customizable (although there is usually some margin). But after all there are some really nice models as they are and, to some extent, we can even replace some components in the future to keep our PC up to date.

Pre-built gaming PC: is it worth it today?

We draw conclusions

We have seen that for a pre-built gaming PC today it is no longer what it used to be. First of all it is expensive and sometimes it is difficult to find the desired components. The choice of using a pre-assembled PC can be a valid solution, however, in the current market conditions. Obviously then the final decision will be up to you. Who is more geek he will certainly find it more challenging to build his own PC. Instead who is interested in the game and that's it, without too many frills, can consider the option of a pre-built gaming PC. You buy it, discard it, press a button and play. Stop.

After all, what matters is to have fun and spend a few hours in peace. So if you have fun wrapping the CPUs with thermal paste, go homemade. If you just want to start playing, buy a ready-made desktop PC! That's all from the hardware section, keep following us!

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