Because current component prices are so low, computer manufacturers are beginning to see pre-built PCs as the fastest way to replace an aging system or take the itch out of an entirely new gaming rig. Personally, we even recommend buying a pre-installed PC rather than using DIY as a strategy.
But some DIY builders are still skeptical of manufactured homes, especially those from major companies like Dell and HP, for good reason. Not long ago, pre-built gaming PCs were equipped with proprietary motherboards and power supplies, making ordinary DIY upgrades difficult. (For example, you can’t easily replace a more powerful graphics card.) Parts from those same prefabs usually malfunction, and you can buy DIY parts outright.
However, as you can see in the video above, we opened up the HP Omen 30L to find that times have changed. Not only does the Omen series use high-end hardware like the Core i9 processor and RTX 3080 graphics card for sports settings, but also the 25L and 30L models are designed for easy upgrades. With easy access to our 30-liter box, components like the CPU cooler and power supply are easy to replace. Adding more storage is easy too.
This is true for seasoned DIY producers as well as PC beginners. Hewlett-Packard (HP) designed Omen to guide beginners in the right direction without hindering seasoned veterans. Not only can you download the service manual from the company’s website, but key areas of the PC are easily accessible or clearly labeled. In contrast, the areas that can put inexperienced builders in trouble are even more remote. This training wheel method is smart, especially for those who have to provide remote support to friends or family trying to upgrade for the first time.
This careful design isn’t the Omen 30L’s biggest advantage, but unlike small boutique builders like iBuyPower and CyberPower PC, the price of HP’s high-end gaming PC is not rising rapidly. The advantages that major companies like HP and Dell possess have always been around, but combined with newer and friendlier DIY methods this is truly a blessing. You can see all the details in our video and see the available configurations (changes based on real-time supply) in the HP online store.