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Description

BuildCores captures the essence of the desktop PC’s flexibility through mix and matching endless combinations of PC components. It is designed for enthusiasts, scientists, professionals, or just anyone interested in the art of PC building.

You can:

• View specifications of a large collection of modern PC components that is updated hourly with the latest pricing data.
• Compare prices between Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Newegg, Adorama, and more!
• Pick PC parts and add them to an unlimited amount of custom builds, which are stored locally and available offline.
• See what parts are compatible with your PC build.
• Catch the best deals on the latest and greatest PC hardware and accessories with the BuildCores Sales Feed.
• Enable notifications to be able to snag the latest deals!
• View AMD and Intel CPU benchmarks results from 3DMark and Cinebench.
• View Nvidia and AMD GPU benchmarks results from 3DMark and Passmark.
• Share individual parts or entire PC builds through text or a table format designed for Reddit (great for /r/buildapc).

All of these features are enhanced by the speed of a native application on your phone. Unlike web solutions, BuildCores is incredibly fast with nonexistent lag and light data usage. BuildCores is also completely usable when you’re offline!

Version 2023.1.2

BuildCores now includes a substantial increase in part categories, some important privacy features, and other fixes to make your PC building experience even better.

Full Update Notes:

EXPANDED PART CATEGORIES

– Added 10 new part categories
– Accessories
– Headphones
– Microphones
– Speakers
– Sound Cards
– Network Cards
– Thermal Compounds
– Capture Cards
– VR Headsets
– Webcams
– With these new categories, you’ll have even more options to customize and upgrade your PC to fit your needs.
– Community part support will be arriving in the future for these new categories.
– These new part categories support the current set of retailers and can be included in any PC build that you create.

BUILDCORES ACCOUNT PRIVACY

– Users should have control over their data and privacy, so we’ve added the ability to delete your account.
– This feature will make it easy for you to remove your information from our servers if you choose to do so.

OTHER STUFF:

– Miscellaneous bug fixes and design tweaks across the app.
– Expanded the parts database.
– Performance improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

1.3K Ratings

Spectacular App

Was looking for an app similar to PCpartpicker, must say it’s pretty spot on. It may not have all the parts one would want but it allows you to add custom parts with premium version. And that’s only for the price of a candy bar or two. As a recent buyer of this product i would highly recommend it. It makes PC building easier and fun. I really look forward to more content in the future, this app has so much more potential in it still. Especially since there’s nothing in the App Store similar to it! Great job Dev, keep up the wonderful work and give yourself a pat on the back. 👍🏼

Best you can get here

Normally I would just used PC part picker, but I wanted to have this on my phone because I don’t always have my crime book next to me. It’s an all-around really good app and very easy to use and I suggest anyone that’s looking to get a PC get this for quick and easy use. The only problem I have with this app is that it doesn’t tell you if it updates prices on pieces or how frequently it does it. But there’s no reason to knock off a star because of that. And again I would really suggest this to anyone who wants quick and easy access to parts and prices easily.

Recommend For Any PC Person

I downloaded this app recently and even bought the premium version. This app is very easy to navigate and looks absolutely beautiful. I enjoy comparing parts for my current build and seeing prices for each part. My only critique is if we could see price changes of parts and have an option to add missing parts from the database. I have 2 parts in my build that don’t show up in the list of parts on the app. Besides this, I am having a blast with it! Looking forward to seeing what this app has to offer in the future.

The developer, Harshdeep Kahlon, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data

  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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Harshdeep Kahlon

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Age Rating
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Copyright
© 2023 Harshdeep Kahlon

Price
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Best PC Builds for Gaming: From Sub $500 Budgets to $4000+

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While you can buy one of the best gaming PCs and just plug it in, putting together your own desktop is more rewarding. When you build a gaming PC yourself, you get total control of everything from the exact make and model of motherboard to aesthetics of the chassis and how many RGB fans you want. 

By constructing your own PC from components, you will also probably save hundreds dollars over the cost of buying a prebuilt system. For example, right now, getting a desktop with similar but slightly inferior specs to our best $1,000 PC build will cost you $1,399 or more at Best Buy.

To help you assemble the best PC build for gaming or productivity that you can get, we’ve created recommended parts lists for every budget: from a super-cheap sub-$500 system to an affordable sub-$1000 build to a $4,000+ dream machine for those with deep pockets.  

Picking and Pricing the Best PC Builds

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Note that our best PC build recommendations are based on our component expertise, market research and testing we’ve done of the key components in each build, namely the CPU, GPU and SSD. However, because we are trying to hit price points and frequently changing these lists (as prices change), we have not tested all of the parts in each build together and some of the less performance-centric parts such as the case, motherboard and PSU may be ones that we have not reviewed.

We are also going to recommend GPUs rather than specific makes and models of graphics cards. For example, we’d recommend an RTX 4070 Ti and link to a list of available cards rather than, for example, the Zotac RTX 4070 Ti. Given frequent price and stock changes in the space, you should get whichever third or first-party card is available with the GPU you want for the best price at the time you read this.

You might notice most of our current best PC builds use Intel CPUs. This is because, right now, the cost of Ryzen 7000 CPUs, along with their expensive motherboards and pricey DDR5 RAM, make them poor budget options on the low end. On the high-end, though, the Ryzen 9 7900X3D is a great choice.

Also note that we don’t include the cost of an operating system, because you can get Windows for Free or Cheap. Nor do we include the price of peripherals such as the best gaming monitors, best gaming keyboards or best gaming mouse. And if you’ve never made a computer before, see our article on how to build a PC. 

Best $500 PC Build for Gaming

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Component Type Model Price (at Pub Time in USD)
CPU Intel Core i3-13100F $110
Motherboard MSI PRO B760M-P $99
GPU Intel Arc A380 $139
RAM Silicon Power Value Gaming DDR4 RAM 16GB (8GBx2) 3200MHz $29
Storage WD SN570 (500GB) $31
Case Thermaltake Versa h28 $49
PSU Thermaltake Smart Series 500W $39
Cooler N/A, comes with CPU Row 7 – Cell 2
Total Row 8 – Cell 1 $496

For around $500, you can build a PC that has a discrete graphics card. You won’t get the fastest GPU around, but you will be able to play games at 1080p with modest settings. That’s a big improvement over relying on integrated graphics.

For the graphics card in this system, we’re going with Intel’s Arc A380. We didn’t love the card at launch, but it’s now readily available at Newegg and has been for a few months. Besides that, it’s faster than AMD’s competing RX 6400, comes with more VRAM, and most importantly it has full video encoding/decoding acceleration — including AV1 support for the future. 

The card averaged 54.7 fps in our benchmarks at 1080p medium, though updated drivers may have improved things another 5–10 percent. If you want something a little faster and can expand your budget by just a few dollars, your best bet is this RX 6500 XT card, which goes for around $149 and can take you up to 65.8 fps in 1080p medium.

For our CPU, we’re going with Intel’s Core i3-13100F which is just over $100 but delivers plenty of pep for the price. This CPU has four cores, all of them performance cores, and a solid boost clock of 4.5 GHz. It comes with a cooler in the box so there’s no need for a third-party one. We found that the 13100F was about on par with AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600, which costs about $30 more.

To work with our 13100F, we need an Intel 700 series motherboard and the best price we’ve seen on one is $99 for the MSI PRO B760M-P The microATX board uses DDR4 RAM (cheaper than DDR5) and provides support for M.2 PCIe 3.0 or 4.0 SSDs. It even as a USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) port.

Our SSD is the WD Blue SN570 in 500GB capacity. When we reviewed the SN570 back in 2021, we praised its solid performance for the price. The DRAM-less PCIe 3.0 M.2 drive boasts sequential reads up to 3,500 MBps and writes up to 2,300 MBps. Another $15 would take us up to 1TB capacity and that would be better.

We got 16GB of DDR4 PC-3200 RAM in a 2 x 8GB configuration. The Silicon Power Value RAM we chose isn’t the flashiest, but it’s inexpensive and from a reputable brand. Whatever you do, don’t build or buy a gaming PC with less than 16GB of RAM.

Our case is the Thermaltake Versa h28, which comes with tempered glass side panel, something we don’t always see in a sub-$50 chassis. It also has plenty of room for extra cooling, with space for two 120 or 140mm fans (a 280mm radiator) on the front, along with a rear 120mm fan and a top 120 or 140mm fan. Our power supply is the Thermaltake Smart Series 500W, because this is the least expensive PSU from a reputable brand that we could find.

Best $800 PC Build for Gaming

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Component Type Model Price (at Pub Time in USD)
CPU Intel Core i5-13400F $208
Motherboard ASRock B760M-HDV $109
GPU Radeon RX 6650 XT $279
RAM TeamGroup T-Force Zeus DDR 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB) 3200 MHz $34
Storage WD Blue SN570 (1TB) $45
Case Thermaltake S100 $69
PSU Thermaltake Smart 600W $71
Cooler N/A, comes with CPU Row 7 – Cell 2
Total: Row 8 – Cell 1 $815

If you can stretch your budget up from $500 to $800, you can enter a whole new world of gaming performance and productivity that will be good enough for some serious 1080p gaming (without ray tracing). Here we’re stepping up from a 12th Gen Core i3 to the Core i5-13400F, which has 6 performance cores, 4 efficiency cores and 16 total threads, along with a boost clock of 4.6 GHz. 

With a price just over $200 and performance that allowed it to provide 152 fps on our 1080p test suite, this is our current pick for best gaming CPU, based on its value alone. In fact, the Core i5-13400F is such a good mainstream value that we recommend it for three of our builds. It also comes with a capable cooler in the box.

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To go with this Intel processor, we’re using an ASRock B760M-HDV motherboard because it supports 13th Gen CPUs without a BIOS update. It’s a DDR4 board so we can save money by using DDR4 memory. It also features two M.2 slots for SSDs, with one of them supporting PCIe 4.0 drives.

Our graphics card at this price point is the AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT. At these more affordable price points, AMD offers a lot more bang for your buck than Nvidia or Intel. According to our GPU Benchmark Hierarchy, the 6650 XT slots in just below an old RTX 2080 and above Intel’s Arc A770. It delivered a strong 79.8 fps on our 8-game test suite at 1080p ultra settings and a passable 56.7 fps at 1440p ultra.  

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For our storage, we’re opting for a 1TB WD Blue SN570 NVMe SSD, which was just $45at press time. The PCIe 3.0 drive promises read and write speeds of up to 3,500 and 3,000 MBps respectively. When we reviewed the WD Blue SN570, we tested it and saw that it matches up effectively against all the best PCIe 3.0 SSDs, coming within a few milliseconds of the SK hynix Gold P31 on our game load time test.

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We’re going with TeamGroup’s inexpensive DDR4 RAM here, and we’re stepping up to a 600W version of the Thermaltake Smart  power supply so we can support our higher wattage CPU and GPU.

Our case is the Thermaltake S100. We like the sleek, gunmetal gray and black color scheme, along with the the steel material and magnetic tempered glass side panel. It comes with a rear exhaust fan but has room for up to five 120mm case fans and a 280mm radiator on the top or front.

Best $1,000 PC Build for Gaming

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Component Type Model Price (at Pub Time in USD)
CPU Intel Core i5-13400F $208
Motherboard ASRock B760M-HDV $109
GPU Radeon RX 6750 XT $374
RAM TeamGroup T-Force Zeus DDR 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB) 3200 MHz $34
Storage WD Black SN770 (2TB) $109
Case Phanteks Eclipse P300A $69
PSU Corsair CX750M $89
Cooler N/A, comes with CPU Row 7 – Cell 2
Total: Row 8 – Cell 1 $992

If you can stretch your budget up to around $1,000, you can build a PC with the ability to play games really well at 1080p and competently at 1440p. The best GPU option in this price range right now is the AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT, which goes for as little as $409. This card’s GPU can reach all the way up to 2.6 GHz as a boost click, taking advantage of its 12GB of speedy GDDR6 VRAM.

Inn our 8-game rasterization test suite at 1080p ultra settings, the 6750 XT offered an impressive frame rate of 105.3 fps while delivering a still-strong 78.2 fps at 1440p with ultra settings. At this price point, don’t expect to do much ray tracing, however. The card managed 34.6 fps at 1080p ultra with ray tracing on, a number which dropped to just 21.7 fps at 1440p.

Our recommended CPU for this build is the same Core i5-13400F that we are using on the $800 and $1,500 builds. Why spend hundreds more on a faster CPU when we want to put the money into a better GPU at these price points? Similarly, we’re sticking with the ASRock B760M-HDV motherboard we used on the cheaper build. 

We’re also sticking with 16GB of DDR4-PC3200 RAM here. There’s no real need to go faster or increase the capacity at this price point. Using DDR4 saves us money over DDR5.

For storage, we’re stepping up to a faster, PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD in the form of the WD Black SN770. This impressive and affordable drive promises read and write transfers of 5,150 MBps and 4,900 MBps respectively and, at press time, cost just $109 for 2TB. When we tested the drive for our WD Black SN770 review, we noticed that it was neck and neck with more expensive drives such as the Samsung 980 Pro.

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We’re going with the Phanteks Eclipse P300A as our chassis of choice.  When we reviewed the P300A, we lauded its great air flow, ease of building and attractive looks. The case has room for up to two 140mm front fans, a single 140mm top fan and a single 120mm rear fan, which is more than enough case cooling for this budget. 

Finally, we’ve stepped up to a 750-watt power supply and we’re going with Corsair CX750M, which is 80+ Bronze certified and semi-modular. You can get a modular PSU or one that’s 80+ Gold certified for a bit more, but that’s money you don’t need to spend at this price point.

Best $1,500 PC Build for Gaming

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Component Type Model Price (at Pub Time in USD)
CPU Intel Core i5-13400F $208
Motherboard ASRock B760M Pro RS WiFi LGA $149
GPU Radeon RX 6950 XT $629
RAM Patriot Viper Steel RGB DDR4 32GB (2 x 16GB) $79
Storage SK hynix Platinum P41 (2TB) $156
Case Phanteks Eclipse P360A $99
PSU Corsair CX750M $89
Cooler N/A (included) Row 7 – Cell 2
Total: Row 8 – Cell 1 $1,409

As we step up to a build that should be brilliant at 1080p gaming and really strong for 1440p gaming, we’re looking at around a $1,500 budget, depending on the current prices on graphics cards. We recommend going with a Radeon RX 6950 XT at this price point.

At press time, 6950 XT cards selling for as little as $679.  In our GPU benchmarks hierarchy, AMD’s card matches the super-expensive RTX 4080 achieving average frame rates of 141.5 fps at 1080p Ultra and 118.3 fps at 1440p while the $1,200 RTX 4080 hit 141.3 fps  at 1080p and a (slightly stronger) 130.1 fps at 1440p.  

The story changes when you use ray tracing, where the RX 6950 XT delivers a playable 61.5 fps at 1080p, but is far behind Nvidia competitors. However, for a system in this price range, you shouldn’t expect to run ray tracing at 2K resolution or higher.

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We’re sticking with the Core i5-13400F from our $1,000 build, because we’re putting more money into the GPU. The Core i5-13400F has 6 performance cores, 4 efficiency cores and 16 threads. It can’t be overclocked and tops out at a boost speed of 4.6 GHz, but at this price, we’re not looking to overlock anyway. Intel’s processor comes with its own cooler in the box so you don’t need to pay for a third-party one. 

We’re going with the $149 ASRock B760M Pro RS WiFi as our motherboard, because it provides a step up from the B760M-HDV motherboard in our $1,000 build, giving us built-in Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. It also has two PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD slots.

With our increased budget, we’re stepping up to 32GB of RAM from the well-known and respected Patriot Viper Steel series. We’re also going to the very-fast SK hynix Platinum P41 at a 2TB capacity. This M.2 drive promises sequential read and write speeds of 7,000 and 6,500 MBps respectively. It’s near the top of the stack of PCIe 4.0 SSDs, offering strong performance that’s only a few points behind the industry-leading Samsung 990 Pro.

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Our chassis of choice is the Phanteks P360A, which offers excellent thermals, a premium tempered glass side panel and two included RGB fans. Our power supply is a 750-watt Thermaltake Toughpower 750W. This 80 Plus Gold certified PSU packs enough power to support our GPU with plenty of juice to spare. However, it’s not fully modular, with some of the wires being built-in.

Best $2000 PC Build for Gaming

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Component Type Model Price (at Pub Time in USD)
CPU Intel Core i5-13600KF $293
Motherboard Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX $254
GPU Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti $799
RAM G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5 6000 $119
Storage SK hynix Platinum P41 (2B) $156
Case Lian Li Lancool 216 $109
PSU Corsair RM750e $99
Cooler DeepCool LT720 (360 mm) $144
Total: Row 8 – Cell 1 $1,973

At a current price of $2,000, our high-end gaming PC build should provide enough performance to play games at 1440p ultra settings with strong frame rates, and 4K ultra with playable frame rates. The system gets its GPU muscle from an RTX 4070 Ti, which is currently in the $799 to $899  price range. The card is backed by the Intel Core i5-13600K, one of Intel’s Raptor Lake processors, which is one of the best CPUs for gaming.

In our tests, an RTX 4070 Ti card achieved an average frame rate of 76 fps at 4K resolution with Ultra settings. If you drop down to 1440p resolution or 1080p, those numbers jump to 121 or 139 fps, respectively. 

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Nvidia cards do much better at Ray tracing so the RTX 4070 Ti is a great choice if that matters to you. The 4070 Ti delivered 60 fps at 1440p Ultra with ray tracing in our tests while AMD’s similarly-priced RX 7900 XT could only do 45 fps (and if you want to try 4K without upscaling, that drops to 30 and 23 fps, respectively).

The Intel Core i5-13600K has 6 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores, which make it capable of using 20 threads at once (two for each P core). It carries a top boost frequency of 5.1 GHz and can be overclocked to higher frequencies than that.

We easily overclocked it to 5.6-GHz where it averaged 199 fps on our Windows 11, 1080p gaming suite (which uses an RTX 4090 card). That’s better than every AMD chip on the market, including the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and only a few frames behind the Core i7-13700K, which costs $129 more.

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In order to make the most of our CPU overclock, we need a Z790 motherboard that supports DDR5 RAM and the Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX fits the bill. This full ATX board has 16 + 1 + 2 power phases and snazzy MOSFET heatsinks. It also comes with Wi-Fi 6E built-in, 2.5 Gbe Ethernet and support for up to three M.2 SSDs.

Our CPU doesn’t come with a cooler in the box and we plan to overclock it to more than 5-GHz anyway, so we’re using the DeepCool LT720, a 360mm AIO liquid cooler, to keep its temperature down. We’re using 32GB of G. Skill’s Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6000 RAM. The Trident Z5 kit tops our list of best RAM, thanks to its tight-timings, fast performance and overclocking potential. In our tests, the Z5 also had the lowest memory latency of its competitors.

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We’re going with SK hynix’s Platinum P41 SSD, because it’s just a step behind the industry-leading Samsung 990 Pro, but costs much less at the moment.

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Our case for this build is the $120 Lian Li Lancool 216. When we reviewed the Lancool 216, we praised its included dual RGB 160mm front and single 140mm exhaust fans, excellent cable management and attractive looks. There’s also plenty of room for a top-mounted radiator that’s up to 360mm. 

To power all these high-end components, we’re using a Corsair RM750e PSU which is 80+ Gold certified and fully modular. 

Best $4000+ PC Build for Gaming

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Component Type Model Price (at Pub Time in USD)
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D $576
Motherboard Asus ROG Strix X670E-E $482
GPU Nvidia RTX 4090 $1,749
RAM G. Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5 (2 x 16GB) DDR5 6400 129 (x2)
Storage WD Black SN850X (4TB) $399
Case Lian Li Lancool III RGB $157
PSU Corsair HX1000 $287
Cooler DeepCool LT 720 360mm $139
Case Fans Lian Li Uni FAN SL-Infinity 120 RGB 3 Pack $94
Total: Row 9 – Cell 1 $4,141

For our super-high-end build, we’ve got a system that’s capable of playing high-end games in 4K at ultra settings and delivering smooth ray tracing. This is made possible thanks to the Nvidia RTX 4090 card, which is by far the fastest card on the market — and also the most expensive, by an equally large margin.

This is our dream machine build, so price is a lesser consideration on parts like the 4090, but the good news is prices are starting to come down. Recently, 4090 cards cost over $2,000, even though the Founder’s Edition RTX 4090 card carries a $1,599 MSRP. Right now, there’s a MSI card available for $1,729 which is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen since launch. 

On our tests, the RTX 4090 averaged 112  fps playing a suite of games at 4K. That’s a huge improvement over the next-best card, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX, which only hit 90 fps. In ray tracing, the gap widens a lot more, with the 4090 averaging 58 fps, the 4080 sits at 41 fps, and the fastest card from AMD, the 7900 XTX, gets just 30 fps.

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Our CPU is AMD’s Ryzen 9 7900X3D, which offers faster gaming than any Intel CPU on the market, including the Core i9-13900K. It has a whopping 140MB of cache, thanks to AMDs innovative 3D V-Cache and it boasts 12 full-power cores and 24 threads, which is more regular cores than the 13900K’s set of 8 (to go with 16 E-Cores).  

On our tests, the Ryzen 9 7900X3D averaged 6 percent higher frame rates at 1080p than the 13900K. AMD’s Ryzen 9 7950X3D is a little bit faster, but at press time, was selling at close to $1,000, rather than its $699 MSRP. Meanwhile, the 7900X3D was less available for less than its $599 MSRP.

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We’re using an Asus ROG Strix X670E-E motherboard, which comes with built-in Wi-Fi 6E, four M.2  slots for storage and 18+2 power stages. To cool the Ryzen 9 7900X3D, we’re using a 360mm DeepCool LT720 AIO cooler.

Because we’re fattening our budget for this build, we’re going with some speedy DRAM in the form of G.Skill’s Trident Z5 RGB DDR5 , which operates at up to 6,400 MHz. In our review of the G.Skill Trident Z5, we lauded the kit’s strong performance and excellent overclockability. In our table, we are linking to a 32GB kit (2 x 16GB DIMMs as that is the highest capacity it is sold in. However, we recommend buying two of these kits so you can have 64GB of RAM.

Instead of chasing minor performance gains from the slightly-faster Samsung 990 Pro, which tops out at 2TB, we’re going with a 4TB capacity of the WD Black SN850X, which goes for a very reasonable $399 right now.  As you can see, the 2TB capacity of this drive is only slightly behind the 990 Pro, but having a 4TB drive is a huge luxury, particularly if you plan to install a lot of games.

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Our chassis choice is the Lian Li Lancool 3, which is the case I used for my most recent build. This is a behemoth with a ton of flexibility. It comes stocked with three 140mm RGB front fans and a non-RGB rear fan, along with room for three additional rans (or a radiator at the top) and three more at the bottom. It has glass panels that don’t need to be unscrewed but simply swing out on both the left and right sides. It also has excellent cable management and room for tons of drives if you want them.

With these high-end components, we don’t want to skimp on the power supply, and having something that’s fit for a future graphics card upgrade makes sense. We’re going with a full 1000-watts of power and the Corsair HX1000. This power supply is 80+ Platinum certified and fully modular.

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Self-assembly of a computer from components is a simple process available to a user who has a table, a screwdriver, pre-purchased components and a free evening. The advantage of assembling on your own is the ability to prepare for yourself exactly the kind of PC you would like to see: high-powered and expensive, for games or video editing – or weaker and cheaper, for multimedia viewing or work. An additional plus is the confidence in the quality of the assembly. You choose the components yourself, from the central processor to the cable ties, connect them yourself – and you know that you paid exactly for the configuration that you received at the output. The instructions from the Good Deeds Service will help you assemble the PC correctly – we described the whole process, from choosing components to installing the operating system. Let’s hit the road!

PC parts list

Components. You can use old elements: for example, the case, cables,
good working memory. In the future, we will focus on
configuration from scratch – this is the only way to guarantee one hundred percent
compatibility.

Selection of components for assembling a personal computer for
games, multimedia or work includes the purchase of:

  • Motherboard. The most important part of the PC,
    connected directly to the power supply, containing connectors for connecting everything
    other equipment. Choose according to your preferred storage type.
    data (HDD/SSD), the number of USB connectors, the power supplied to the main
    Components.
  • CPU. Should provide
    sufficient performance, which depends on the number of cores, their frequency,
    the amount of cache memory, etc.
  • Video cards. Represents a powerful
    computer complex responsible for the formation and output of the image to
    monitor. The graphics card’s video chip contains thousands of cores and has
    performance of supercomputers of the recent past. In one of our
    articles we have already told in more detail how to choose
    video card.
  • RAM. We highly recommend taking pairs.
    strips of the same manufacturer and equal volume – then problems with
    performance will definitely not arise.
  • Network card. Gives you access to the internet. IN
    In most cases, a built-in network adapter is included on the motherboard.
  • System disk: hard drive (HDD) or
    solid state (SSD). To assemble a PC from components yourself without problems,
    check if the motherboard has a suitable connector – for example, a standard
    M2 or SATA. For
    obtain the optimal price-performance ratio, you can use
    a combination of a solid state drive for the operating system and a capacious
    hard disk for storage of various files (collection of movies, music,
    photo archive). Learn more
    about SSD you can from our
    publications
  • Power supply. Must over cover
    the total power of all energy-consuming components.
  • Additional elements: wires, loops,
    coolers, adapter for receiving Wi-Fi; we advise you to immediately buy a mouse and keyboard, and
    also, if they are not yet available, speakers and a monitor.

Be sure to check the compatibility of the selected
components – for example, the motherboard may not be compatible with
processor by socket or power consumption.

The choice of components ends with the purchase of a system unit case – it must be spacious enough for all components, and in addition, leave room for your hands for comfortable assembly.

A few tips for choosing computer
components

Purchase components for assembling a personal computer you
You can both online and in a stationary computer store. Second option
it is preferable – you can hold the component in your hands, make sure you have it
protective seals, consult a consultant.

In order for the assembly of the system unit from the components to bring to
the result is joy, and not the need to redo everything anew, follow simple
recommendations:

  • Do not buy used or
    “restored” items. They cost, of course, less than new ones, but you never
    you won’t guess when the part will fail, and you can even repair under warranty
    don’t count. As a result, unreasonable spending can cost more than
    the savings achieved.
  • Compare prices across multiple stores. Not
    be too lazy to take a walk around the city or the Internet – prices can be very
    differ significantly even in nearby retail outlets.

We do not advise you to accept suspiciously good offers: you may be sold a fake or defective part, and as a result you still have to buy a replacement.

Preparing to build a PC

The next thing you need to build a PC is an organized work
place. An ordinary large table is best; it should have enough
space for placing parts and the housing in which they will be
be installed.

Temporarily free the tabletop, wipe the top;
until the end of work, do not place foreign objects on it, do not put food
or drinks. Make sure there are no traces of dust or dirt on the surface – when
work, all this will definitely get inside the system unit.

Arrange the correct surface lighting. Light must
fall from above or from behind the shoulder, but at an angle close to a straight line – so as not to
cast extra shadows. If there is enough sun outside the window, from artificial
lighting can be turned off.

Tools to be prepared:

  • Utility knife. Help with unpacking
    boxes, packages, release of parts from screeds. For the last goal,
    use small cutters.
  • Screwdriver. Theoretically one can do
    “cross” – but better stock up on a set with interchangeable bits.
  • Mini spatula. Assembly sequence
    computer includes applying thermal paste – you need to do this carefully,
    in small portions. Instead of a spatula, you can use a plastic card
    (bank or discount).

Recommended to work with gloves: less sebum
remains on the components, the more likely the computer you have assembled
will start the first time.

Place a comfortable chair or chair at the table: the process will take more than one hour, and the more comfortable your back is, the sooner you will receive the assembled PC.

How to assemble

Before you begin, remind yourself that most computer components are fragile enough to break under too much pressure when installed or even unpacked. In this case, you can not hope for a warranty repair or replacement – you will have to buy new parts for your money.

So, where to start assembling the computer and how to continue it:

  • Install the power supply in the appropriate corner of the case. This is a bulky element, and after fixing the motherboard, it will be much more difficult to put it in place. Fasten the block with all supplied screws; if there are holes for additional fasteners, you can use your own, of a suitable diameter. Until the assembly is completed, it is not necessary to plug the PSU into a power outlet.
  • Turn the motherboard with the connector side up. Connect the central processor so that the labels on its back and the board match. If necessary, snap off, and then return the latch to its original position again.
  • Apply a thin layer of thermal grease to the surface of the CPU, gently smearing it over the entire area.
  • Connect and install the main cooler.
  • Locate the vertical RAM slots. At the ends of each of them there are clamps – they need to be snapped off. Now insert the RAM sticks all the way – and snap the latches again.
  • Install the motherboard into the system unit. Fasten it with the included screws, not wrapping them too tightly – otherwise assembling the computer with your own hands will result in a breakdown of the board.
  • Connect video card. It is located perpendicular to the motherboard. Insert the contacts into the connector until it stops; if possible, fix the video adapter with screws.
  • Connect the network card if necessary.
  • Connect front box with USB ports, headphone and microphone inputs, shutdown and reset buttons. Follow the markings: for example, the Power SW contact is responsible for the operation of the power button, Power LED – for turning on the indicator, Reset SW – for the reset button.
  • Install and secure the hard drive in the rack with screws. Connect it with cables to the motherboard and power supply.

Now you can connect the power supply to the mains – and
check the result.

Operating system installation

built-in speaker on the motherboard, the fan starts to rotate, and on
on the screen you see a suggestion to install the OS, the main stage of the assembly is successful
completed. At this step, you can close the system unit and proceed to the selection and
operating system installation.

OS installation is carried out from an optical disk or in advance
prepared flash card. General operating procedure:

  1. Insert DVD or flash drive.
  2. When restarting the computer, enter BIOS
    (most likely, the F2 or Delete key will help). Here select as
    The main storage medium is not the hard drive, but the connected storage medium.
  3. Restart your PC again.
  4. When the drive is found, continue
    installation in the suggested order: select interface language, create if
    you need a separate partition on your hard drive, wait for the files to be unpacked.

The PC may restart several times during installation. This
normal process and should not be interrupted. More about installation
find out the operating system at the link

Checking the assembly

Instructions on how to assemble a computer yourself, it is logical
ends with checking the result of your labors. Turn on the PC with installed
operating system, complete the suggested settings, install the basic
programs: text editors, media players, browsers, messenger clients and
social networks.

Now you can start testing. When turned on
listen to whether the coolers hum evenly, whether the hard drive creaks – no
grinding sounds should not be heard. Play a high quality movie on your PC
resolution and see if the image is twitching, “falling apart”
picture. Use the Internet by opening any convenient browser; If
the provider is blocking requests from the new address of the network card, you will have to first
call him and register a new device.

Still have questions or need more detailed instructions? Call or write to the Good Deeds Service! We conduct remote consultations for residents of Moscow, St. Petersburg and other regions of the country. Get in touch – let’s plan the perfect assembly together!

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Assembling the system unit with your own hands in 10 steps

Is it scary to assemble a system unit yourself? Don’t worry. This guide explains everything step by step: it will help you to cope with the task in no time.

Advantages and disadvantages of self-assembly of the system unit

As a rule, the cost of the finished PC includes the work of the assembler. It also happens that the computer has stuffing elements that are necessary for one user, and for another – no need at all.

Two main advantages of self-assembly of a PC follow from this:

  1. the ability to create a computer that will have everything you need, specifically for your tasks;
  2. cost savings.

There are also a couple of minuses:

  • an inexperienced user may not cope with the task on the first try and may even damage components;
  • wasted time.

How to assemble the system unit yourself

In fact, the process of assembling a PC with your own hands is a simple matter. For a long time, computer hardware manufacturers have approved the Advanced Technology Extended standard, which the system components correspond to. This makes it possible to create a modular type design, based on personal needs, allows you to add and change the filling. It is only important that the components are compatible.

Checking the compatibility of components

The foundation of the entire PC is the motherboard (system) board. All parts of the assembly are connected to it. If the elements are incompatible, they simply won’t work.

What to consider:

  • Socket – processor socket – for the motherboard and the CPU must be identical. It is indicated in the characteristics of both devices. It is also worth noting that the device manufacturer must be the same: it will not be possible to install an Intel CPU in an AMD “mother”, and vice versa.

Note : other accessories are not linked to the manufacturer. For example, an AMD RADEON video card is quite capable of working in tandem with Intel processors, just like NVidia video cards with some RYZEN. It is believed that the use of components from the same manufacturer gives the best results. But this does not mean at all that, having installed models of different brands, the user will not start the system without dancing with a tambourine and will not be able to work comfortably on it in the future.

  • “Mother” and RAM – you need to install only those bars that the board supports. It is also worth noting: if more than one RAM bar is installed, then identical modules must be installed: matching timings and frequencies are the key to normal computer performance.
  • Compatibility of the motherboard and video card – relevant for gaming system units. Here you should pay attention to the number of pins (PIN) that are present in the GPU that need additional power. In modern models there are 6 or 8 pins.
  • The number of PCI-E slots occupied by the GPU. In most cases, this is one slot, but there are quite powerful and large models that need two. For this reason, it is better to choose a motherboard with a margin. It also gives you the opportunity to upgrade.
  • Chassis and board form factor. In the specifications, these data are always indicated. A small platform can be placed in a large case, but not vice versa.
  • GPU dimensions. The maximum length of a video card that can be installed in the case is also indicated in the specifications.
  • Cooling system. Boxed versions of processors are equipped with a cooler, however, fans are not included with OEM versions: they will have to be purchased separately. Here, too, it is worth considering compatibility with the motherboard, the dimensions of the case, because it also happens that a too large cooler can block access to the RAM slots.
  • Storage connectors. There should be at least two of them on the board: so there will be a place for a hard drive and a solid state drive.
  • Power supply unit. The network has special calculators that help calculate the optimal indicator. However, it is better to take the option more powerful by 20-30%.

Now that everything is clear with the compatibility of the elements, it’s time to assemble the system unit. How to proceed further – in the full guide below.

Important : Before starting any work, wear an antistatic wrist strap and/or special gloves to prevent damage to components by accidental discharge of electricity. It is also worth making sure that none of the parts of the system unit was connected to electricity.

Read also: Which processor is better for gaming, AMD or INTEL – choose from 2 manufacturers Everything except screws is included. As you can see, the task is not difficult, the main thing is accuracy.

Not for nothing that form factors were mentioned above in the article. If the compactness of the assembly is not important, it is better to choose the largest motherboard: when it comes to wiring, and there are a lot of them, it is easier to do this with a large board.

Advice : Before putting the motherboard in the case, it is better to put the CPU and RAM in it first. So the user’s movements will not be limited.

Installing the power supply

Often in modern cases, the power supply bay is located at the bottom, which improves ventilation efficiency. This must be taken into account so that when connecting the cable length is sufficient for system components located at a decent distance from the PSU.

RECOMMENDATION : modular power supplies like the Proton 1000W are convenient, in which all cables are disconnected. Thanks to this, wires with extra connectors can be simply removed.

Processor

Installing the CPU is also easy. But first you should remember: it is important not to try to press it into the motherboard. Excessive force may damage components beyond repair.

How to do it right:

  1. Remove the plug from the socket on the board.
  2. Find the marks in the form of arrows on the corner of the CPU and on the motherboard connector. These are the so-called keys.
  3. Move the mount to open the socket.
  4. Check whether the keys on both components match. If yes, it remains only to carefully insert the processor into the motherboard, close the connector and fix it with a lever.

Read more: Installing the processor on the motherboard: 3 steps

Cooling system

Installed on the CPU. But first you need to degrease the components and apply thermal paste – a substance to improve thermal conductivity. It is applied with a syringe and gently spread over the surface with a thin layer. Cardboard, thick paper or an old plastic card will come in handy here.

Regardless of the type of cooling and brand, the system is inserted into the CPU FAN connector, which is located on the board.

How to install a cooling system (CO) on an Intel CPU with your own hands

Coolers from this manufacturer are distinguished by a fairly simple mounting method, implemented by four legs that snap into place. There are also identification marks in the form of keys, so everything is done easily.

  • Find the connectors for the cooling feet on the motherboard.
  • Insert feet into slots.
  • Fix the cooler using the latches.
  • Connect wires to power.

Advice : if the wire is too long, then it is worth fixing it somehow so that it does not get into the fan.

Independent installation of CO on the CPU from AMD

Here, too, everything is simple. The scheme is the same, the only difference is that the latches are implemented as hinges or levers:

  1. Find the connector on the motherboard;
  2. Supply CO;
  3. Throw on loops or tighten the levers;
  4. Connect the device to power.

Hard drive and SSD

Available in 2.5” and 3.5” form factors. The former are suitable for both desktop and laptop builds. The second ones are only for system blocks. They are placed in special baskets in the case and are connected by SATA-type cables, which are connected from the board to the power supply. There are also solid-state media in M2 format, which are installed directly into the motherboard. They are good for thin and light laptops, compact desktop PCs.

Note : the optical drive, if needed, is placed in the system unit in the same way as the hard drive – in a special pocket.

Installing RAM

This is probably one of the easiest tasks in the build process. Each stick of RAM has a key. It excludes the possibility of an error: the user simply will not be able to put something wrong, the maximum is not to fully insert the bar.

Correct:

  1. Push back the tabs on the sides of the connectors.
  2. Insert the operating bar into the socket evenly and carefully.

An audible click indicates the completion of the installation. It means that the modules are inserted normally, and the latches have returned to their original position.

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Video card

An integral part of most assemblies. It’s not only about games, but also about systems for complex graphic tasks. In addition, a discrete can be useful if the user has chosen a processor without a graphics chip.

Important : is usually installed last. The fact is that most discs are placed in the very first PCI Express x16 slot. But if the card needs several ports, acting according to this scheme, the user blocks access to the connector located below. Power cords are pre-output to connect this component.

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Motherboard Power Connection

After the user installs the PSU, it is necessary to bring out two main cables: 24-pin – to the motherboard and 8-pin – to the CPU.

Recommendation : It is a good idea to purchase a set of cable ties before assembling the PC. Using them, you can avoid inconvenience when connecting and organize everything inside the system unit so that nothing gets confused and looks neat. The aesthetic moment is especially important for those who decide to choose a case with a side window.

Connecting the front panel

If it is connected incorrectly or incompletely, the computer will not turn on. Making a mistake when assembling the system unit with your own hands will not give a block of contacts called the Front panel or F-Panel, located on the motherboard.

Most often, on the front panel of the case, like the Libra LG-01B, there are power and PC reset buttons. They also need to be connected to the board.

Inputs for headphones, monitor and other devices are also easy to connect. Everything is signed, so the main thing is to carefully read the inscriptions.