• Muhammad Aathiq

The Custom PC Scene in Singapore

A trend that began decades ago still continues till today – building custom-made PCs (Personal Computers). Personal Computers became accessible to the general public from the early 80s and gradually grew to become a competitive industry today. In this article, we discuss the origins of the custom-built PC industry and how it is growing today.


A PC’s interior


History of Custom-Built PC’s

Custom-built PCs took off in the early 80s. With the increased improvement and development of microprocessors, a critical element of the motherboard, PC’s became gradually easier to build. Since then, PC building became more than just a hobby. It started businesses and innovated technology that is used today.


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One such example is the legendary Apple, with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs developing the Apple 1 computer from Steve Job’s garage. This momentum eventually spurred a personal computing revolution that landed millions of pre-built computers onto the desks of consumers, businesses, and organizations of all stripes.


The Custom-Made PC Boom

By the ’00s, gaming graphics and hardware were increasing (in complexity) at an exponential rate. With better processors and more choice, more people wanted to experiment which component suits themselves best. This is easily evidenced in the online forums. Reddit’s BuildaPC subgroup has over 300,000 active subscribers, while Tom’s Hardware forum has nearly 2 million registered members.


Tom’s Hardware


In the gaming industry, faster graphics accelerators and improving CPU technologies result in much higher levels of realism in computer games. Nvidia and RADEON both offer up high-performance graphics card options, allowing developers to increase the complexity of modern-day game engines.


With the PC gaming market accounting for $21.5 billion in hardware sales last year, major players in the pre-built PC industry are starting to look at gamers as a saving grace. Acer, Asus, and Lenovo have brought to market designer gaming rigs hoping to cash in on the enthusiast segment.


Advantages of Building a Custom-Made PC

Many decide on building their own computer for a variety of factors, but a majority of them do it for its customization. Who wouldn’t want to customize something that suits all of your own needs? I would.


Choosing your own parts, designing how it will look, building and testing out the system is all the feel-good elements of this industry. Some say your own PC is a reflection of your own self. I’ve listed down some advantages to building your own PC:

  1. Saves Money

  2. Tailoring to your own needs

  3. Makes you an expert


Saves Money


Building your own computer is often cheaper than buying a ready-made one because you can focus on the features you do need and leave out the ones that you don’t. The amount you can save depends on the type of components you’re purchasing, and the retailer you usually buy your machines from, but it can be up to several hundred dollars.


Tailoring to your own needs


When you build your own PC, you’ll know exactly where each part in your system goes and how it is installed. If the purpose is to play games, you can buy parts that suit the games you play. If the purpose is to edit photos or films, you can buy parts that can handle the workload of editing.


Makes you an Expert


Whether you are a student or an adult in the workforce, building a PC gives you an advantage over those who have not built their own computer. If you put 100 people in a room and ask how many of them can build a computer, I can guarantee that a small percentage would raise their hand. We live in an era where computers are everywhere we go; they are in businesses, households, cars, and even in our pockets. Understanding how these machines are put together is an important life skill.


A safer alternative for beginners: Pre-built Custom-Made PCs

Building a custom PC has challenges as well, as it requires an appropriate amount of knowledge and experimentation in order to build the best set up. An industry is growing to combine the best of two worlds: customization and reliability through professionals.

It is highly recommended for beginners and for users who wish to have a fuss-free experience. Going to companies who build custom-made PCs not only help you to build a great PC you need but have the after-sales service you would not get building your own PC. Some companies, listed below, do exactly that.


Dreamcore

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Founded a decade ago, Dreamcore’s main focus is building a community of custom-made PC users. At the start, the company focused on orders of users requiring specific components, and they help to build them.

As time passed, Dreamcore grew to provide more services, such as pre-built custom-made computers that suited to a variety of needs, to developing their own products. More of Dreamcore will be featured in our following articles, so do keep a look-out!


AfterShock

Founded in 2012 by a group of computer enthusiasts, AfterShock became the top player in the custom PC market. It strove to build the best custom-made PCs by fine-tuning their values and developing top-notch production lines.

Their founders, Marcus and Joe Wee, prides itself on its after sales service. By building their after-market service and pushing for affordability across it’s product range, AfterShock found a market to grow. AfterShock garnered plenty of awards such as Best Gaming Notebook and Best Compact PC from leading media such as Hardware Zone, The Straits Times and Geek Culture.


Conclusion

Building a PC is just plain fun.

It’s the DIY attitude that continues to grow in you. From figuring out whether each component works together, to talking to new friends who are more experienced in it. Selling and buying components not only helps you to become more shrewd, but you will grow to love what you are building. Take your time, learn from one another, or go to the companies listed above. Trust me, you are in for a treat.

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