The TBG DIY PC Build Guides

By Ari Altman | Published March 5, 2023 | Updated March 5, 2023

Introduction to the TBG PC Build Guides

Welcome to TBG’s DIY PC Build Guides! This is where you’ll find all the best PC builds on the ‘net, from ultra-compact home office PCs to screaming-fast gaming towers. In total, we offer 24 distinct DIY PC Build guides, constantly updated with the latest and greatest components.

The March 2023 Updates

There’s no doubt about it, now’s an exciting time to be building a PC! With cutting-edge CPUs from both Intel and AMD vying for dominance, and strong rivalry between Nvidia and AMD to win the hearts of gamers, competition has never been stronger. Adding to the fun are the stunning price drops on RAM and SSDs (on the order of 10-20% per month!), which give PC builders more value than ever before. But that doesn’t mean every deal is a good deal, so let’s jump into our recommendations!

Here are the details: Intel’s 13th-Gen Core processors are absolute beasts, offering up insane gaming performance and often winning in content creation too, but pulling tons of power to do so. While AMD’s new 3D cache-enhanced gaming-specific processors are interesting, availability is quite low and prices are quite high, so we’d just as soon go with an Intel at this point. On the flipside, AMD’s Ryzen 5 7600 and 7600X are now the least expensive current-gen processors on the market, making them easy picks if you want a cutting-edge platform at a great price. We also like AMD’s older Zen 3 CPUs a lot, as their newly-discounted prices make Intel’s lower-priced offerings seem, well, high-priced.

In the GPU arena, if you are on any kind of budget (read: less than $600 for a GPU), you will be buying a last-gen AMD Radeon GPU, and you will be getting a great deal. The Radeon RX 6600, 6700, and 6800 series were fantastic values when they were released, and unlike their Nvidia counterparts, they have dropped in price over time, making them the obvious choice. At the high-end, it’s AMD winning again with the RX 7900 XT at a touch above $800, and the 7900 XTX for around $300 more.

It’s only at the very high end that Nvidia has any GPUs worth buying right now, which would put a dent in its profits if more gamers were willing to put aside brand loyalty, but we digress. At the $1200 pricepoint, the RTX 4080 16GB won’t win value awards, but it’s an advanced powerhouse, offering up great Ray Tracing performance and the best efficiency of any GPU ever released. And at the ultra-high-end, there’s the overpowered RTX 4090 24GB, which is so far ahead of anything current-gen or last-gen that it might as well be from the future. And it’s priced accordingly, starting at $1600 for models that you’ll be very lucky to find in stock anywhere!

Using the TBG PC Build Guides

Whether it’s your first, tenth, or hundredth time building a PC, these guides will set you up with the best components you can buy. To find the right PC for you, feel free to browse all of the options below, or alternatively choose specific criteria from our filter browser below, which will display just the builds that meet your needs. You can then click on the “View Specs” button to see a quick view of prices, parts, and dimensions, or click the “View Guide” button to jump straight to the full Build Guide for that build. Happy hunting, and good luck with whichever build you choose!

Our DIY PC Build Guides are updated monthly, and sometimes daily, to ensure you get the most up-to-date info. If you appreciate the work we do on these, don’t forget to use our Amazon and Newegg links to support continued publication of these guides. And if you’re specifically interested in Small Form Factor PCs, definitely check out our monthly guide to the Small Form Factor PC Market as well.

We’d like to express special thanks to SilverStone Technology Co., which sponsors the TBG PC Build Guides. Founded in 2003, SilverStone has made major contributions to PC case design, small form factor PC development, and power supply innovation!


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