I bought this gaming PC instead of building my own – and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made

Last year, I landed an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti without waiting months by purchasing a pre-built PC from NZXT. It was a tough decision to make considering all the negative things I’ve heard about pre-built computers. However, after a year of waiting for Nvidia RTX 30 series cards to become available at reasonable prices, I went with the nuclear option and purchased a pre-built rig. Seven months later, I do not regret my decision. In fact, buying a pre-built PC was one of the wisest decisions I’ve ever made.

In my previous article, I was hesitant to tell others to follow me. I’ll admit that this apprehension came from being intimidated by potential backlash from the PC community that sometimes frowns on buying pre-built rigs. I was also a newbie tech writer and didn’t want to give the impression that I wasn’t savvy enough to build my own PC.

While I always encourage people to make the decisions that are right for them, I now have the confidence to urge them to buy one of the best pre-built gaming PCs, especially those who want new graphics cards like the recently released RTX 3090 Ti. And since I write for a site called Tom’s Guide, I’m compelled to direct readers to products and services that can enrich their lives. A pre-built PC certainly qualifies as such a product.

Here’s my experience using a pre-built PC for the past seven months.

what i bought

Price $3,910
Liquid cooler NZXT Kraken x63
SE Windows 10
Case NZXT H510 (White)
Motherboard Asus ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming Wi-Fi
CPU Intel Core i7-11700KF 8 Core 3.6GHz
RAM 32GB (T-FORCE Vulcan Z Team 3200MHz)
GPUs Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080Ti
Storage 2 TB (Seagate FireCuda 520)

A great experience so far

Despite all the controversy surrounding pre-built PCs, I haven’t yet encountered any issues with my current rig. In fact, things were pretty mundane in that I was able to carry on as I did with my previous computer.

I mainly use my PC for work. To that end, the powerful 3080 Ti GPU didn’t bring me much benefit since I mainly use Google’s services for writing documents, checking emails and transferring files. Any of the best laptops gives me the same features that I enjoy right now. But having that extra compute headroom ensures that I can have a slew of apps and programs running without worrying about my PC buckling.

Producing and editing my podcast is much smoother on my current platform. Thanks to my powerful CPU and RAM, I can stream on Twitch via OBS and use Discord to conference with my podcaster friends without a hitch. OBS itself launches and closes much faster than on my old computer. After the broadcast is over, I download an MP4 of the podcast from Twitch and convert it to a WAV file with Adobe Premiere. This process is so fast that I barely have time to blink. I then use Audacity to edit the WAV file and convert it to MP3 before uploading it to AudioBoom. All of this takes much less time on my new PC.

Game on

guardians of the galaxy

(Image credit: Square Enix)

Then there’s gaming, which is why I wanted a PC with an RTX 3080 Ti graphics card. Needless to say it was a glorious experience. I can comfortably play games like Guardians of the Galaxy, God of War, and Forza Horizon 5 at maximum settings on my LG CX OLED 4K TV. Cyberpunk 2077 still struggles to run at 60fps smoothly, but that’s because the game is (still) not well optimized.

I can comfortably play games like Guardians of the Galaxy and God of War at maximum settings on my LG CX OLED 4K TV.

Ironically, I haven’t played many games on my PC due to the shortage of AAA titles due to the lingering effects of the global pandemic. My PS5 has gotten more love thanks to exclusives like Horizon Forbidden West and cross-platform games like Elden Ring that I play with friends. But when I play on PC, that’s all I could have hoped for.

Conclusion: the best decision I have ever made

My pre-built rig works like a charm, allowing me to work and play effortlessly. I bought it hoping it would last five to six years before I was forced to upgrade it. Considering the global chip shortage is far from over, my rig may last even longer. After all, I doubt many game developers create titles that can only run on new hardware that people can’t find (or afford). I may have my current PC longer than expected, which is fine with me.

So, will my next gaming rig also be pre-built? I am not sure. Buying a pre-built PC has been an overwhelmingly positive experience so far. Honestly, I have no complaints since my computer works so wonderfully. That said, I miss being able to find parts on my own and trying to set up the optimal rig. And while I’m not too good at building PCs, it’s something I want to get better at. I may build my own rig next time, but it’s still too early to tell.

But if you’re in the same situation I was seven months ago and you’re still on the hunt for a new GPU, then buying a pre-built PC from a site like NZXT isn’t the worst idea. . In fact, if your experience is anything like mine, this could be the best buying decision you’ve ever made.

Robert P. Miller