The Builds

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, that's 24 separate systems!), starting at $500 and going as high as $8,000 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.

For October 2017, the big news was supposed to be the arrival of Intel's new "Coffee Lake" family of processors, but the real news has turned out to be that Intel launched this product line well before it was actually ready, simply to draw attention away from a surging AMD. Rather than support Intel's aggressive and somewhat misleading marketing campaign, we're going to recommend to our readers something they can use: products they can buy today! Of note, AMD processors are now featured in 1/3 of our builds, up from none at the beginning of 2017. How's that for a sea change?!?

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!

SilverStone

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 included 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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