The TBG DIY PC Build Guides

By Ari Altman | Published May 2, 2022 | Updated May 2, 2022

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.

While we know our readers stumble upon a lot of other sites during their research, what we do is completely different: we professionally curate every build based on relationships we have with dozens of manufacturers and our constant testing of the latest products. That means our PC Builds are the most up-to-date, best-performing builds you’ll find anywhere, period.

The May 2022 Updates

Now on to the latest updates, and for the third month in a row, it’s all good news for gamers and content creators! After well over a year of inflated prices (not to mention terrible availability), GPUs are now easy to buy every day of the week, thanks to the end of the longest cryptocurrency craze in history. GPU prices have dropped 40-50% so far this year, and many are now approaching MSRP, which would have been impossible to imagine six months ago.

In fact, the performance per dollar you get today is actually far better than at any time in history, since none of the circa-2020 GPUs that launched at too-good-to-be-true prices were ever easy to buy at retail. We’re especially impressed by prices on AMD’s Radeon RX 6600/6700 series, which offer tremendous value to mid-range gamers. Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti, 3080 12GB, and 3080 Ti are pretty attractive at the high-end too, given that they are at or below MSRP, while the 3090 Ti is a tour de force at the $2000+ pricepoint for gamers who just want the best!

Once you factor in the compelling prices on Intel’s groundbreaking 12th-Gen Alder Lake CPUs, it’s most definitely a great time to be building a PC! We’re a bit surprised AMD didn’t counter Intel sooner. We think the underdog got a bit too confident after sweeping past the 10th- and 11th-Gen CPUs from Intel, but now it’s definitely playing catchup. The only AMD CPU we still strongly recommend is the Ryzen 5 5600X, which offers great bang for the buck, especially once you consider the lower platform cost versus the high-end Intel CPUs. Shockingly, we recommend AMD in fewer than a quarter of our 24 DIY builds, down from nearly 100% of our 24 builds last summer. There’s no doubt that Intel is back with a vengeance!

More In-Depth Content From TBG

We spend most of our editorial and review time over at YouTube. You can post questions in our channel trailer here or any of our videos and we’ll answer it! And don’t forget to subscribe while you’re there to make sure you don’t miss out on future content!

With that said, our written DIY PC Build Guides linked below continue to be updated monthly, and sometimes daily, to ensure you get the most up-to-date info, because a video can only be relevant for so long. 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.

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. Our build guides fall into five price ranges. 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!

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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