The Builds

DIY PC Builder's Update, November 11, 2019: Welcome to November, the ultimate month for buying a new PC! With every component manufacturer vying for your hard-earned dollars, we're going to see a lot of action when it comes to product releases and price drops in the weeks to come! In preparation, we've updated nearly all of our DIY PC Buyer's guides for November, and even added a new one (our $1,000 Content Creation PC), bringing the total number of guides to 25!

The big news this month comes from AMD (again!), which announced its Zen 2-based 24-core and 32-core Threadrippers on November 7th, along with the Ryzen 9 3950X 16-core model. The specs are amazing, but we think these are mostly going to be paper launches for November (technically arriving on the 25th), with no actual availability until 2020. That's disappointing for sure, but these CPUs weren't going to be seeing any Black Friday pricing anyway, so AMD isn't going to rush things just to hit that sale date. On the Intel side, we're going to see a third refresh of the Skylake-based X-Series processors, again maxing out at 18 cores. Given that there's nothing new with regard to their design, Intel had to do something to drum up interest, and it comes in the form of a 50% price cut. Yes, we're quite serious about that, and it's most definitely the first time Intel has ever offered twice the performance per dollar from one generation to the next! We can of course thank AMD for that sea change, and if these new X-Series CPUs actually hit store shelves any time soon, we'll update our guides instantly, you can be sure of that!

One quick note for long-time readers of TBG: we've moved our editorial content to our YouTube channel, so from here on out, all reviews, news, and how-to guides will be in that format. Please check it out and subscribe to make sure you don't miss out! Moving forward, only our very popular buyer's guides will continue to get the "written" treatment, and if you appreciate the work we do, don't forget to use our Amazon links to help support continued development of these guides. 

Using the TBG PC Build Buyer's Guides

Whether it's your first, tenth, or hundredth time building a PC, these guides will set you up with the most up-to-date components you can buy. Generally speaking, our build guides fall into five price ranges:

  • The Low-Cost Builds ($500-$750): if this is your first build, or you have modest needs, these systems will be ideal for home office, home theater, or gaming.
  • The Mid-Range Builds ($1,000-$1,250): you want a PC that will be faster and quieter than just about any off-the-shelf system, but you still want it to be easy to build.
  • The High-End Builds ($1,500-$2,000): you're looking for serious gaming chops, or a very powerful office PC.
  • The Ultra-High-End Builds ($2,500-$5,000): you're looking for cutting-edge technology and extreme gaming performance.
  • The Supreme Dream Machine (~$10,000): you have a truly unlimited budget, or you just want to know what you could buy if you did!

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 Buyer's Guide for that build. Note that many of the PC builds we profile are Small Form Factor models, and while they are all listed below, you can learn more about SFF PCs by jumping over to our monthly guide to the Small Form Factor PC Market. 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 Buyer's 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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