The Builds

Critical Update, March 1, 2018: As a result of the cryptocurrency mining craze that began in June 2017, every mid-range to high-end video card has sold out worldwide, and manufacturers have increased official MSRPs by $50-$150. Based on information we received direct from Nvidia board partners at CES 2018 in January, as well as recent public statements by Nvidia, we are quite confident this pattern of low availability and high prices will continue through at least the first half of 2018. Sorry, folks, but this is reality!

To help our readers navigate this difficult market, we are updating all our buyer's guides for March with our best home office, home theater, and gaming solutions. In many cases, we've substituted pre-built PCs where building your own is simply uneconomical. We've been publishing these guides non-stop for five years (literally, since March 2013!), so we have a pretty good handle on what's a good value and what's not in PCs. Please continue to support this site by using our Amazon affiliate links to purchase the products we recommend.


Would you like to build your next PC? 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. We currently feature two-dozen builds (yes, we mean 24 different systems!), starting at $500 and going as high as $9,000 and beyond. Using our filtering tool, you can identify the builds that best suit your needs and then compare them to find just the one you're looking for, based on components, price, and size.

With that out of the way, let's share a bit about how these guides are structured. Generally speaking, our build guides fall into five categories:

  • 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 ($900-$1,300): 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 ($1,400-$1,800): you're looking for serious gaming chops, or a very powerful office PC.
  • The Ultra-High-End Builds ($2,000-$5,000): you're looking for cutting-edge technology and extreme gaming performance.
  • The Supreme Dream Machine ($7,500+): you have a truly unlimited budget, or you just want to know what you could buy if you did!


We're pleased to share with our readers that The Tech Buyer's Guru maintains a unique partnership with SilverStone Technology Co., in which SilverStone is sponsoring the TBG PC Buyer's Guides and has made its entire catalog of products available to TBG for review. We'll therefore be including all of our favorite SilverStone cases, power supplies, and PC accessories in these guides, and you'll get the benefit of learning about some of the most innovative PC products on the market before anyone else! That includes SilverStone's huge assortment of Small Form Factor PC cases, many of which are featured in our Small Form Factor PC Buyer's Guides.

To use this guide, you can either browse all of the options, or set specific filters below, which will display just the builds that meet your criteria. 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. Happy hunting, and good luck with whichever build you choose!

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