Armor's Custom Computer Lab

We use computers for just about everything today, from work to entertainment and everything in between. So, when people need a new computer, why do they just go out a buy a name brand computer that is cheap and easy to get? Is it because it meets the minimum requirements for the minimum cost? Is it because the big box store offers a warranty? Or is it simply because most people are not sure what they actually need our of their computer. Here are 8 fundamental reasons to have a custom system built to make your life easier.

1. Custom systems do not come with bloatware.

HP Bloatware

When you buy a pre-built system, you succumb to bloatware 99% of the time. From the software Dell overlays over your copy of Windows, to HP's custom drivers, there's a ton of additional software associated with a pre-built system. You don't need any extra deals, or anyone doing data mining on your computer, and these softwares do just that. They use up the resources you want to play your favorite game or interfere when you're trying to get some work done, so your best bet is to get a custom system.

2. Custom towers allow for better upgrades.

View 91 Tempered Glass RGB Edition

Grabbing that pre-built Dell computer offers little to no room for upgrades or expansions. The moment your system no longer meets the minimum requirements for the job, game, or whatever else you are using it for, you have to buy a whole new one. If you build a sweet gaming rig with a Thermaltake View 91 Tempered Glass case, for example, or any of the modern PC cases on the market, there are expansion areas for anything you need or might need in the future, e.g., more drives, water cooling, expansion bays for media readers, space to keep the system clean, and air filters to keep the inside of your computer dust free. Function isn't the only reason to build a custom PC—these cases make the system look cooler, too!


Custom built gaming PC

There is nothing better than have a good computer with a solid quality power supply that weighs a ton. A quality power supply will make sure that your system doesn't fall victim to the power fluctuations of the processor and video card during intensive gameplay or a 3D-rendering job. It also lets you keep adding more drives, more parts, more lights, and will help protect your computer from surge issues.

4. Standardized parts that will not have you replacing the computer.

Custom systems are built with standardized parts that can be easily replaced, so you don't need to throw the whole computer out. If the power supply fails, it gets replaced with another standard ATX power supply with the same wattage, not the Dell power supply that has its own special size. If your RAM goes bad, you can put another stick in that is the same speed but doesn't need to be a specific HP replacement part. Custom systems allow for flexibility and customization levels that cannot be matched by pre-built systems, and that makes it easier to maintain your computer throughout the lifespan of the machine.

5. Performance.

Recently, we had someone looking to buy a refurbished computer to meet the minimum specifications for some financial software he wanted to use for stock trading. He wanted a $300 to $400 refurb with an i5 processor in it. However, that is a used computer that was a box store one we rebuilt. So instead, I suggested a $1200 custom build with an i7 processor and a solid-state hard drive that would perform at the speed he needs for the software to operate optimally. He didn't like the idea until I told him that he could lose a $2000 stock trade because of the time lost in the refurb struggling to run the software. Custom systems are cost-effective, designed to fit your specific needs, and focus your money in the right places. These systems are built with better video cards for gaming, more hard drives for file serving, and more standardized parts to deliver the performance you need.

6. Special needs.

Four monitor computer setup.

There are a number of custom case options that have air filters on the case for industrial areas (or if you have pets). There are custom microcomputers that are built as small as possible with minimum requirements for data entry. Others are built for 4 to 8 monitor stations to display video, workspace, dispatch systems, financial markets, and more. All of our developer stations have 4 monitors to maximize our productivity. Building custom systems allows for each and every special need of the job, service, or entertainment to be met.

7. Reliability.

Custom systems use better parts that have a lower failure rate. Most hardware bugs are issues with the development of the name brand system getting rushed out the door built with the cheapest components. The highest volume of repair jobs we have come in are HP computers. If you're lucky, the company will eventually send you a software patch sometime down the road. We see very few custom-built computers fail in our shop. Most of the time, when it does happen, it is an issue with Windows.

8. Plus, you can do some really creative things with custom builds . . . like mounting them on your wall.

Custom Wall Mounted Gaming PC

Wrapping Things Up

So, the moral of the story is if you want to work smarter or game harder, then you need a custom system to match the performance, and it has to fit your unique needs and aesthetic. It will cost a little more, but you will get more bang for your buck in the long run because of the higher quality parts and the performance. A computer that doesn't fit your needs finds its way into the trash (however, you should never throw your electronics in the trash; please take them to a facility that recycles e-waste, like Armor). We also offer financing through Square, so you don't need to worry about dropping thousands of dollars upfront.