The Builds

DIY PC Builder's Update, December 4, 2019

Welcome to TBG's DIY PC Buyer's Guide, the best place to find all the best PC builds on the 'net, from ultra-compact home office PCs to towering gaming machines. We offer up 24 distinct DIY PC Buyer's guides, updated every month with the latest and greatest components. And because PC tech is changing so fast (thank you AMD!), we've rolled out some completely new systems this month, using the Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3960X/3970X processors. We've also consolidated some of our home theater PC offerings and expanded our content creation PC offerings, in response to the growing interest in this area of the PC market.

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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