The Builds

DIY PC Builder's Update, January 14, 2019: The year is off to a good start, with continuing discounts on RAM and solid-state drives, and plenty of availability of most high-end gear, including Intel's Core i7-9700K and Core i9-9900K processors, as well as Nvidia-based RTX 2070 and 2080 video cards. On the flipside, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is still very hard to find in stock, and we've seen many PC cases selling out regularly, which is in part due to the ongoing trade tensions with China, meaning we update our recommended chassis picks regularly.

In other news, TBG recently met with over two-dozen PC industry manufacturers during CES 2019, including Corsair, CoolerMaster, LG, MSI, Phanteks, Samsung, SilverStone, Thermaltake, and Zotac. Get the full scoop in our "Best of Show Awards" covering ten different product categories! 

How to Use 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. We currently feature two-dozen builds (yes, we mean 24 different systems!). 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.

Remember, the only way we can continue to bring these guides to you on a monthly basis is if you support the work we do. All we ask is that you use the links we provide in our guides if you decide to purchase products we recommend. By doing so, you'll help keep TBG on the Internet for the future generations of PC builders, and also ensure that we will never have to plaster your screen with ads. We'd also like to express our gratitude to SilverStone Technology Co., which helps sponsor the TBG PC Build Buyer's Guides. SilverStone has been dedicated to the PC community for well over a decade, and they've been very supportive of the work we do here at TBG, while also being open to criticism once in a while!

Happy hunting, and good luck with whichever build you choose!

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