Buying and Assembling PC Components
Building your own gaming PC by choosing the individual parts yourself is not as easy as it sounds with the constant changes in computer hardware. There are numerous ways of combining components to assemble your own gaming rig. However, it is important to understand that you need to consider certain factors before going out and buying PC parts:
The parts you choose must be compatible with each other. You can not just go out and buy a motherboard and assume that it can accommodate any CPU. Certain motherboards are only for certain processors. It would not be a good idea spending your money on a new and fancy motherboard only to find out that it is useless for the specific CPU you have chosen to buy.
When thinking of building a custom PC the usual question comes into mind:
How much does it cost to build your own computer?
Well, it depends.
Most people buy PC parts and rigs based on a budget. Even if money is not an issue to you, why would you want to spend more money on components that do not offer any value for the money you spent? In my opinion, $2000 is the most anyone should spend on a custom PC. At this price range, you can build a highly efficient gaming and workstation PC.
On the other hand, the minimum amount spent on a custom PC should be no less than $500. In case you can not afford to spend $500 you would be better off saving up some cash or buy a PS4 for less. Most Pc Building Sites recommend PC Parts based on budget and I have yet to see a site which offers a complete custom PC for less.
The sweet spot for most people is around the $1000 mark. At that price point, you can build a very capable PC without breaking the bank. It would be a wise move to save up in order to be able to spend 1000$ on a custom PC rather than $500 because the difference in performance is huge.
3. Hardware Changes
Relying on PC Building lists instead of going out on your own and assembling your PC yields the advantage of including all the current hardware changes on the market which you may not be aware of if you are new to PC Building. The recent introduction of AMD’s Ryzen CPUs, the new VEGA graphics cards, and Intel’s upcoming Coffee lake CPUs on October the 5th are very important factors that you need to consider because they will potentially change the PC Building recommendations.
If you were on the lookout for a new car, would you choose a car from 2007 or 2013 if you could spend the same amount of money on a 2017 one? Probably not. The same principle applies to PC Building. As components get better and better over time it is a good idea to get a new processor instead of an older one. New ones have better power efficiency and feature better performance for the same price.
For example, if you intended to buy Intel’s i7 7700k for your gaming rig, that would be a good choice 6 months ago. But at the time speaking, you should wait for the release of its successor the i7 8700k, which features a 5% improvement over its predecessor in gaming scenarios but you get a 50% boost in synthetic benchmarks due to the 6 cores and 12 threads for the same price as the i7 7700k.
Availability is an important factor you need to consider before buying PC components. A good example would be the newly released Vega GPUs from AMD. While being released back in August, availability is pretty much non-existent two months later and GPU manufacturers have not released their versions of the Vega 64 and 56 yet.
Buying a Vega GPU at the moment is a bad idea not only due to the low availability but also because of the inflated prices. In this scenario, waiting a little longer is recommended or buying a Nvidia GPU is the best choice right now if you do not want to wait any longer. Personally, I was disappointed by the performance and power consumption of the VEGA 64 which is approximately on par with the Gtx 1080, which I waited for a long time to replace my R9 390, thus I sold it and I am about to buy a GTX 1080 instead.
Monthly PC Building Guides
I always recommend looking at custom PC building guides to find the best value for the money you are about to spend on your PC. Monthly builds are always updated, they offer different builds for different price ranges and make the process of buying components much easier.
On this page, I will include my own PC Building Guides, which will be updated every month. I will include 6 different PC builds starting with $500 up to $2000. The Price ranges will be as following:
If you want to build your own custom PC but do not know where to start, I am sure that my monthly building guides will help you out. I always try to search for the best prices online to ensure that you get the best parts for the best price. Each listed part will have a link which will redirect you either to Amazon or Newegg, which happen to have the most competitive prices and whose products I advertise and recommend on my website.
To find out more about Custom PCs and how they compare against pre-built ones, click on this link
You can also assemble your own PC by heading over to pcpartpicker.com and choosing the parts you want.
If you have any questions or would like me to add more custom build options and price ranges, let me know in the comment section below.