We’d like to introduce the first of three winners in Logical Increments’ Show Us Your PC Contest! (If you missed it, yesterday we revealed our two Honorable Mentions.)
Ladies and gentlemen, our third place winner: The Onyx III Mini
Two weeks ago, we announced a contest in which readers could submit photos of their PCs and the stories behind building them, the Show Us Your PC contest. We offered Amazon gift cards to the top 3.
But now the contest entry period is over! And we have winners! 3 of them!
But we’ll get to those winners later. First, we have some Honorable Mentions.
Recently, a buddy of mine told me that his 4-year-old PC was getting outdated and that he wanted to get a new rig. The big electronics retailer down the street had some good deals, he said.
I gritted my teeth. He kept going on about how it was too bad every computer today has Windows 8 on it and how it costs so much money and time to build your own. Thankfully, he said, the store down the street has a gaming computer on sale.
That’s when I thew up my hands and told him that, as his friend, I could not support him buying a “gaming computer” (or any other PC) from a retailer. He asked me what the big deal was. I told him: the big deal is, if you use your computer for more than just light Internet browsing, if you want to get the most for your money, and especially if you plan to use it for gaming, you really, really should build your own.
He asked me for one good reason why building was so much better than buying. I gave him five, and now I’m giving you a dozen. Here are 12 reasons why you should build your own PC instead of buying it pre-built:
This article was a team effort by the Logical Increments staff and Micah Dilse (@vidyajunkie)
An important and sometimes overlooked step to building your own PC is cable management. It may seem trivial, but good cable management can keep your computer running cooler and faster, and lengthen the time between cleanings. All the cables inside your case – especially ones with webbing – are major dust magnets. Any chassis, from the $30 entry-level boxes to the fortress disguised as the Corsair 900D, can give you cable management options. With good cable management, you get better airflow (keeping your components cooler), and minimize dust buildup (also keeping your components cooler). The Speedtech International company is a manufacturer for custom Velcro cable tie fabrication or custom printed cable ties which will be great for cable management.
Clean cable management by Reddit user OriginSuperKingXero.
There are three important elements to good cable management:
I’ve been playing the Battlefield 4 beta, and it’s definitely taxing my system. We’ll see how things improve by launch time, but it might be time for an upgrade.
Benchmark results have already been popping up, and paint an interesting picture of performance. Battlefield 4 (BF4) appears to be well-threaded, with AMDs 8-core FX-8350 and FX-8150 doing very well, being competitive with Intel’s quad core i5’s and i7’s. It also seems to favor AMD graphics cards this time around. This makes sense, since the new consoles use 8-core AMD CPUs, as well as AMD GPUs.