Big-box stores have aisles of brand-name, pre-built computers to offer, oftentimes with tempting deals and low prices. How does buying one of those computers compare to purchasing a custom build?
When you shop in a big-box store, you are one of the many people those salespeople are going to work with in a day. If you’re lucky, you may get to speak with someone actually assigned to the computer area on a regular basis.
When you work with Stan’s Tech Garage to build your custom computer, you get individualized expert service. Our specialists know computer users have different needs. You might want to run the latest-and-greatest games at full graphic quality. Someone else wants something basic to only support email and Web surfing. Or how about a stock trader who doesn’t need a fast computer, but wants to run six screens at once?
You deserve a computer that is specifically tailored to your needs.
It may be easier to walk into a big-box store and walk out with a desktop computer, but the big-box computer aims to appeal to everyone; it isn’t customized for you.
The Problem with Pre-Built Computers
These days, pre-built computers are incredibly cheap. And we’re not just talking about them being inexpensive. Manufacturers are bringing down costs by cutting corners and using low quality parts.
If you’re thinking: That’s fine, I can just upgrade them. Well… there’s a limit to how much you can upgrade certain parts. Pre-built, brand-name systems often use proprietary parts unique to their manufacturer. This makes it difficult and expensive to replace that part.
Another reason a pre-build may be cheaper is if it only has 4 GB of RAM. Sure, the sticker price may be lower, but your computer won’t run as well. Today, you need a computer with at least 8 GB of RAM. Depending on how you plan to use the computer, we might even suggest 16 GB.
Lastly, pre-built computers are pre-loaded with bloatware. Manufacturers keep prices down by installing unwanted software in return for kickbacks. So you paid less, but your computer runs slower from day one because it’s brimming with software you didn’t want. A custom computer only comes with what you need.
We Aim to Build a Personal Relationship (and your Custom Computer too – don’t worry!)
Another selling point for big-box stores is the warranty. This is one more way they’re making money off the sale of your computer. But keep in mind that most of these stores aren’t going to fix your computer on-site. You explain your problem to a retail employee – again, maybe someone knowledgeable about computers (fingers crossed). Then you wait as the computer gets sent to a central repair base, where someone you haven’t spoken to is working on your computer. Then you wait for the computer to come back, hopefully fixed. Something that would take our experts 30 minutes to fix, now has you waiting a week. That’s a big deal if you depend on that computer on a daily basis.
When you customize your computer with one of our qualified specialists, you’re building a relationship with someone who knows you and your computer. If it ever needs repair down the road, you’ll always know who is handling it and exactly where your computer is during the repair process (p.s. it’ll never leave our storefront here in West Hollywood). Additionally, since every part of your computer is custom picked, you might even enjoy individual part warranties.