The TBG DIY PC Build Guides

By Ari Altman | Published February 1, 2024 | Updated February 1, 2024

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 20 distinct DIY PC Build guides, constantly updated with the latest and greatest components.

The February 2024 Updates

Early 2024 saw a few major product updates, but nothing that shook up the PC industry in a serious way. We’ll get to those in a moment, but first, what doesn’t change are our primary CPU picks. The AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D is simply the fastest, most cost-effective, energy-efficient gaming CPU ever made. We recommend it in a bunch of our higher-end gaming builds. We have a few other picks for lower-budget system (mainly AMD CPUs as well), and for our high-end professional or mixed-use systems, we go with Intel’s latest Core i7 and Core i9 CPUs.

In the gaming market, Nvidia released some new GPUs in January under their “Super” branding, which ended up being minor refreshes rather than major revisions. The good news is that the 4070 Super, 4070 Ti Super, and 4080 Super are in fact new, not just rebranded, but the performance increase ranged from a paltry 2% (the 4080 Super, which luckily also got a $200 price cut) to a fairly impressive 15% (the 4070 Super), while the 4070 Ti Super has some important spec bumps, mainly to its memory subsystem, that may play dividends in future games. Overall, Nvidia has simply repositioned itself more competitively against AMD, and that’s why we love competition. Price/performance would be far worse without it! At the lower end (under $500), however, Nvidia simply does not compete in gaming, with AMD continuing to offer much more value. But then flip over to content creation, and Nvidia is the clear winner. With all that said, we also have a number of systems without video cards, relying on the competent built-in video in many AMD and Intel CPUs.

Finally, there is a bit of bad news on pricing. The solid-state drive market is undergoing a complete reset after a steep drop in prices in 2023. We’ve seen prices on Gen 3 and lower-end Gen 4 SSDs jump well over 50% (!) since their historic lows in October 2023, and high-end PCIe Gen 4 drives are now up about 30% and continue to creep up weekly. We anticipate all Gen 3 and Gen 4 drive prices will rise by 50% over historic lows before this is all over. The one exception is PCIe Gen 5 drives, which debuted at twice the price of the best Gen 4 drives, and clearly had a ton of margin built into that price. So if you’re shopping in this market, you’ll see prices very similar to launch. The upshot of all this is that if you wait long enough, prices will drop again, but it could be a year or more, so just get what you need today without going overboard on capacity and you’ll be fine!

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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