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Parts Needed to Build a PC (Computer Parts List & Explanation)

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Parts Needed to Build a PC (Computer Parts List & Explanation)

What Computer Parts do you need to build a PC, you ask? Does this mean you want to build your own PC? That is absolutely splendid! 🙂

Building your own Computer from individual PC Components has so many benefits compared to just going out and buying a pre-built PC:

It’s a lot of Fun! The anticipation of the individual Parts being delivered to your House, the shiny Boxes with all the different components in them, not to mention researching what parts you actually need, which you are doing right now!

Best Computer for Animation - Corsair Case

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By building your own Computer you gain a lot of knowledge into the inner workings of Hardware Components, how everything fits together and you will be able to troubleshoot if any Problems occur later on much easier, than when you have no Idea what is actually going on inside a PC Case.

Knowing the ins and outs of assembling a Computer and what Parts a Computer needs will also let you upgrade your Computer in the future, and buy components that you can actually upgrade easily.

Another very important factor is optimization. He who knows how a Computer works can also optimize it as much as possible.

Optimize by overclocking, by getting the right Parts for your specific purposes, be it Gaming, 3D Rendering, Modeling, Graphic Design, Video Editing or so many other purposes you can use a Computer for.

Building your own Computer is a lot cheaper than getting a pre-built PC. You can usually save around 30% in Cost when researching and buying the PC Components individually yourself.

And the best of it all, building a Computer is so easy, it’s kind of interesting that not more people are doing it!

Anyway, we now definitely know that we are on the right track in looking into building our own Computer, that’s probably why you came here for in the first place.

If you already have a grasp on what general type of Computer you need, what specific Parts do we need to build a PC?

Let’s see:

Computer Parts List (PC Components)

Here is the Computer Parts List with all the basic Hardware Parts that you will need for a functioning PC:

Let’s take a closer look at them:

Case

The Computer case is nothing more than a fancy looking box that holds all of the PC’s components. It can be opened and closed and usually has pre-defined areas with screws and holes where all the other Components are supposed to be placed and attached to.

PC Cases come in different colors, sizes, with or without fans, some have LED lights some don’t, some have glass side panels, some others look absolutely crazy.

Parts needed to build a PC - PC Case

Image-Source: Corsair

Usually, you can think of a PC Case as a black (or white) Box with some buttons on top. This is where all of your components will fit into, when you are done with building your PC.

You don’t actually need a case, you could also just lay all of your components on the floor or mount them on the wall, some people do, but being able to just pick up the entire Computer by picking up the Case comes in handy at times.

Some Cases that are extremely popular and often recommended are the NZXT H700i – ATX Mid-Tower or the Phanteks Enthoo Pro.

Motherboard

Next up is a very important part, the Motherboard. The Motherboard is a Printed Circuit Board that every other Computer Hardware Component will be attached to. It is like a central Hub that manages all the other Parts.

Parts needed to build a PC - Mainboard

Image-Source: tweakpc.de

The Motherboard has connectors for cables like power cables and data cables, slots for cards like GPUs & sockets for CPUs.

There are also lots of little building blocks like transistors, capacitors, jumpers and lots of other tiny parts, that all go towards making your different hardware components work well together.

Check out the best Motherboards for the popular AMD Ryzen CPUs here.

Processor (CPU)

Now, into the Motherboard Socket, the CPU is plugged in. Every CPU type has a specific Socket, that is named like 2066, 1151, AM4, TR4 and so on, and the Motherboard will need the exact same socket to be compatible with the CPU.

This is usually the first step in picking new parts for your own pc build. Pick a CPU, check what socket it has, and then pick a compatible Motherboard. Continue on from there.

Parts needed to build a PC - CPU

Image-Source: AMD / Intel

A CPU is the Central Processing Unit of a Computer, and without it, nothing really works.

Almost everything you do on a Computer will have to be calculated by the CPU in some way, so having a fast CPU (high clocks and high core count) will make your PC faster.

Head on over to the Custom PC-Builder Tool, to find the right CPU and Computer Parts for the type of Computer that you are looking at assembling

CPU Cooler

Anything that draws power also produces heat and the CPU produces lots of heat.

This means it has to be cooled to be able to operate flawlessly. What do we need for cooling a CPU? A CPU-Cooler! 🙂

Some CPUs like the AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen Series (3700X/3900X and so on) already have CPU-Coolers included in the CPU Box, but lots of others, like the popular Intel i9 9900K do not.

Make sure you have a CPU-Cooler that is compatible with your CPU and Socket. It is the same as with Motherboard Socket and CPU Socket. The Cooler has to fit the CPU and Socket.

Example: Are you planning on buying an LGA 1151 v2 CPU like the Intel i9 9900K? You need an LGA 1151 v2 Motherboard and an LGA 1151 v2 CPU-Cooler too. Easy as that!

Parts needed to build a PC - CPU Cooler

Air Cooled Tower CPU Cooler, Image-Source: bequiet

There are two mainstream CPU-Cooler types. One is the Air-Cooled Tower Cooler and the other is an AIO Closed Waterloop CPU Cooler.

The AIO Closed Waterloop Cooler cools overclocked CPUs & CPUs that run hot for long periods of time better but can be noisier (usually has more fans and the added pump noise) and needs more room in your PC-Case, as it is attached to the side walls of the case, connected to the CPU with some Water Pipes.

The air-cooled tower CPU cooler (See Image above) is great at cooling short performance bursts, is nice and quiet and needs less room in the case. It is simply placed on top of the CPU where it sits and goes about its cooling-work.

Graphics Card (GPU)

Next up is the Graphics Card. Its purpose is the calculation of anything having to do with visuals and outputs these visuals (Images, User Interface, GUI) onto the Monitor.

There are two main types of GPUs, the integrated GPU (iGPU) and a discrete GPU.

The integrated GPU is integrated into the CPU. This means, some CPUs already have a graphics chip built in and you will not need an additional GPU to attach a monitor to.

When your CPU has integrated Graphics (like the Intel i7 8700K CPU) it will output to the display Adapter on the Motherboard. The thing with integrated GPUs though is, that they are very limited.

They are usually good enough for light tasks such as Word-Processing, some minor Games and the like but as soon as you want to dive into graphic-heavy tasks such as 3D GPU Rendering, High-End Gaming, Video Editing, Graphic Design or lots of others you will have to get yourself a discrete GPU.

Parts needed to build a PC - GPU

Image-Source: Nvidia

A discrete GPU is a GPU that is not part of the CPU. It usually comes on its own little Printed Circuit Board (like the one in the Picture above), that is then plugged into a PCI Express Slot on your Motherboard.

Some modern GPUs include Nvidia’s RTX generation such as the RTX 2070, RTX 2080, RTX 2080Ti and so on. The competitor AMD also has a solid line-up with RX VEGA Series, RX 5xx Series GPUs and the NAVI Series.

The two Manufacturers, Nvidia and AMD are fighting a fierce battle in getting a lead over the other, but at the moment it seems as though NVIDIA would be the Brand to pick over AMD if you are looking for the maximum performance you can get out of a GPU.

Memory (RAM)

Random Access Memory (RAM) is the temporary thinking storage part of the Computer if you would compare it to a brain.

The RAM stores Data that is actively being worked on by the CPU. It can read and write very fast but loses everything it had stored once the power is turned off.

Parts needed to build a PC - RAM

Image-Source: gskill

RAM kits consist of RAM Modules. You can get just one Module or 2 Modules / 4 Modules or even 8 Modules for Motherboards that support this many RAM Modules.

A Motherboard has RAM slots where RAM gets plugged in to. RAM comes in different sizes starting around 4GB and going up to 32GB per Module on current systems. Having more Modules of course will multiply your RAM amount.

Find out what RAM performs the best for your future PC build.

Storage (HDD / SSD / NVME SSD)

Because RAM can’t store anything without power and we do want to be able to turn off our computer from time to time, we need a storage medium that retains its stored data, even when the power is off.

There are 3 main mass-storage types:

The HDD, the SSD and quite a new type of SSD, the NVME SSD.

All three do pretty much the same, they store data for you. The main difference between the three is the speed.

An HDD (which still has mechanically moving parts) is the slowest of the three and will usually read and save Data at about 100MByte/s.

An SSD will already read and write at around 500MByte/s and an NVME SSD currently reads and writes sequential Data with up to 3500MBytes/s.

So, yes, if you can swing it, get an NVME SSD such as the Samsung 970 Evo Plus!

Parts needed to build a PC - Samsung 970 EVO

Both HDDs and SSDs are plugged into a SATA plug onto the Motherboard via a SATA Cable. They also need Power that they get through a Power Cable from the PSU (Power Supply Unit, I’ll talk about that later!)

The NVME SSD though is just plugged into the Motherboard directly, it is very small and needs no extra cables.

Your Motherboard, of course, has to support NVME SSDs and have an M.2 Slot available. But almost all modern Motherboards nowadays have at least one of these. Highly recommended!

More Cooling

We talked about CPU Cooling a bit already. The CPU is not the only PC Component that needs cooling in a Computer.

The GPU of course also needs cooling, but every discrete GPU that you can buy already comes with an attached Cooler on top of it, so we don’t have to worry about extra cooling for the GPU.

Now, as the PC Case is usually closed and the PC Components inside the Case need preferably cool(ish) Air to be able to be cooled, there should be a way to blow (usually) colder air from outside of the PC’s case into the Case.

This is done by attaching Case Fans to the inside of the case. These then pull in cool air at the front of your PC and blow out the hot Air at the back of the PC.

This way the inside of the PC-Case and all of your PC Components ideally stay nice and cool.

Parts needed to build a PC - Case Fans

So do you need to get extra Case Fans?

Usually not, as the Cases are shipped with extra fans that will do just fine for this purpose.

If you are thinking about building a really quiet/silent PC though you might want to get higher quality Case Fans than are shipped with a standard case.

Power Supply Unit (PSU)

We have got ourselves a bunch of nice PC Components already, but nothing much usually happens without a power supply to supply power.

There are so many PSU brands with different wattage or efficiencies out there, that it can be quite difficult to decide which one to buy.

The important thing is to know how much Wattage your current PC Build will need to run stable and maybe how much you will need in the future if you are planning on adding more components, like extra GPUs or Drives.

You should then of course (now already) buy a stronger power supply, that will later also be able to handle the extra components.

Parts needed to build a PC - PSU

Image-Source: Corsair

If you are unsure of how much Wattage your current or future PC Build actually needs head on over to the Wattage Calculator here that tells you exactly how much you need.

Some great Power Supplies that I can recommend without hesitation, are the CORSAIR RMX Series (2018), RM650x and the Seasonic FOCUS Plus 650 Gold PSUs. Another great PSU Brand is bequiet, but of course there are others that you might prefer.

That’s about it for our Computer Case. Everything that goes into the Case we have already discussed. We can close our case now and see what else we need to finish our PC Build.

Monitor

You will, of course, need some kind of display device such as a monitor to be able to see what’s going on. Monitors come in all kinds of sizes, color, resolutions, aspect ratios and so on.

A popular modern Display usually is a 24” Full HD Monitor from Brands such as Asus, Dell, LG, and many others.

If you are looking for a Gaming monitor you might not need the IPS type Panels that have better color display and contrast.

Check this in-depth article on what is important in a great Monitor.

Parts needed to build a PC - Monitor

Image-Source: Asus

If you are into Graphic Design and Professional Color grading or Video Editing you should probably invest more into a good Monitor.

The Monitor is attached to either the discrete GPU or the Motherboard, depending on what type of GPU you have.

Operating System

Windows 10 is the currently leading Operating System that will operate your PC-System. Lots of online Stores offer Volume License Keys that usually don’t cost you more than 15$ per license.

Win 10 Logo

Image-Source: Microsoft

Of course, you will need to install the OS onto your Computer.

There are several ways to do this. You can use a Win10 DVD if you have one and your PC has a DVD Player.

Nowadays though, as optical Drives are becoming a thing of the past, the Operating System is usually either downloaded directly from the Internet (for you to create your own boot medium on DVD or thumb drive) or you can buy it on a USB Drive that you can install Win10 from.

Input Devices

Don’t forget a Mouse and Keyboard! 🙂 There are lots of other Input devices such as Graphic Tablets or Pens that you can also use, of course.

Keyboard and Mouse

Image-Source: Logitech

Tools needed to assemble a PC

That’s pretty much it for PC-Components & Input Devices. You now have all the parts needed to build a functioning PC.

To actually assemble a PC you will need:

  • Phillips head screwdriver (a magnetic one for finding those dropped screws)
  • Anti Static Wrist Strap (So you don’t damage any PC-Parts with static electricity)

Check our PC-Assembly Guide to learn how to build a PC.

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Select the main purpose that you’ll use the computer for and adjust your budget to create the perfect PC with part recommendations that will fit within your budget.

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Alex Glawion - post author

Hi, I’m Alex, a Freelance 3D Generalist, Motion Designer and Compositor.

I’ve built a multitude of Computers, Workstations and Renderfarms and love to optimize them as much as possible.

Feel free to comment and ask for suggestions on your PC-Build or 3D-related Problem, I’ll do my best to help out!

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Norris

I want to build a PC but I have a very limited budget. I need the PC for graphic design and I’m looking to spend no more then 800$.

Is it okay to buy second hard parts? What do you suggest?

Hey Norris,

Thanks for the comment!

I don’t recommend buying second hard parts especially if you’re using your build for work. The problem with second hand parts is that you just have no way to telling when they’d get messed up or how long they will last. That said, I tried to squeeze as much power into your build given your budget and here is what I came up with:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($204.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Spire Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: B450 Tomahawk Max ATX AM4 ($114.99)
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 ($216.95)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($79.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: WD Black 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($69.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($69.99)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.99)

The total cost comes up to around $810.89‬. It does went a little over your budget but you can expect this build to perform nicely when you are doing your graphic design tasks. Of course, you can’t expect it to deliver the performance seen in more expensive and higher-specced build but the beauty of the Ryzen platform is that it allows you to easily upgrade parts of your build. So, if you come across extra money and you want to add more power under the hood of your build, you won’t have issues with that.

Cheers,
Alex

Norris

Thanks Alex

Will definitely consider upgrading some of the parts once i have the budget for that

By the way, can you suggest the best budget monitor, something that costs 100$ or less

Hi Norris,

Less than $100 can only get you smallish monitors with diagonals of around 19 inches to 21 inches. If you are willing to spend $109.99, you can get the HP VH240a. It’s a 23.8-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. And since it uses an IPS panel, you can expect excellent viewing angles on the HP VH240a. Of course, it goes without saying that given its budget nature, colour accuracy is not something you should expect but for its price point, the HP VH240a is something worth considering.

Cheers,
Alex

Pao

I want to build a PC that can do a little bit of everything like greaphic design, video editing, photo editing and the likes
I want also to play games on this PC
What can you suggest for a budget of $1200?
Thank you kindly

Hey Pao,

Thanks for asking!

Your $1,200 budget will get you a nice all-rounder PC with specs like the below:

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=zq1Ch0n0hfa

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor ($329.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X570-P ATX AM4 ($150.95)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB – MSI Gaming ($359.99)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($74.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: WD Black 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($79.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series Platinum RM850x 850W Power Supply ($127.21)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.01)

The build will cost you around $1197.13 but you can expect a more than decent performance from the Ryzen 7 3800X CPU and 16GB of RAM under the hood. The 500GB NVMe SSD also adds a little snap factor while the RTX 2060 has got GPU rendering covered in case you need to use the GPU render engines. All in all, this build is powerful enough to handle your graphic design, video editing, and photo editing tasks.

Cheers,
Alex

Edison

Hi,
I need suggestions for a PC to use
I will be working from home and I need a PC that’s strong in multitasking
I will have multiple office apps open and multiple browsers open as well
Should i build a PC or buy a laptop
I can spend not more than 750$ for this hope you can help me
Thanks you

Hi Edison,

Thanks for dropping a comment!

If you will be working mostly from home, then building a PC makes more sense because this will also give you the capability to upgrade the parts on your build later on. However, if you think you will need to work someplace else, a laptop is your best choice for portability.

Below is a build that costs around $655.21 that should be more than enough for your use case. Be advised though that the build has no GPU to keep costs down since you mentioned you will only be using it for office apps and browsing. This is strictly a work PC based on your use case that will get the job done.

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7GHz 4-Core Processor ($159.99)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition AM4 ($38.99)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH Max ($92.23)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 CL16 ($68.99)
Storage SSD: Silicon Power Ace A55 2.5″ 1TB SATA Solid State Drive ($97.99)
Power Supply: Seasonic Focus GM-850, 850W 80+ Gold Power Supply ($129.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.03)

If you’d go for a laptop, the 2020 model of the HP 15 15.6″ HD Touchscreen Premium Laptop is perfect for you. Priced at around $709.00 , the HP 15 comes with an i5-1035G1 CPU and 16GB of RAM so you can multitask with ease. It also comes with a 15.6-inch touchscreen display and its keyboard comes with a numpad which would help a lot if you work on spreadsheets.

Cheers,
Alex

Harry

Hello
I have all the pc parts that I want to buy but do I need any software to go with it or will it run games fine without?

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Harry,
You’ll need an Operating System like Win 10, but other than that you only need the Games you want to play (Though you can download these through Steam, Battle Net, or where your games are being sold).

No need for special software. Drivers and such are either included with the OS or can be downloaded directly from the manufacturers Website.

Cheers,
Alex

Yohann

Hi im indian but i calculated my budget thingy to dollars. So im actually 12 years old and theres this game called minecraft i love. So i want to record good quality videos and also for like playing games like fortnite and i do photoshop and illustrator. Can u give me a list of stuff that is very cheap. Id say my parents budget is 500 dollars. Also i have a monitor

Hey Yohann,

$500 may not be enough for a build you will use to play games and use Photoshop and Illustrator on. Here’s the cheapest build that should perform decently:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD RYZEN 5 3600 6-Core Processor ($172.39)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool Gammaxx 400 ($49.99)
Motherboard: MSI PRO B450M PRO-VDH Max AM4 ($79.99)
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1650 ($149.99)
Memory: 8GB (1 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 CL16 ($46.99)
Storage SSD: Silicon Power 512GB Solid State Drive ($57.99)
Power Supply: EVGA 500 W1 80+ WHITE 500W Power Supply ($49.97)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ($53.99)

This build will cost you around $661.30 but you can expect a decent performance from this build when you’re playing Fortnite or using it for Photoshop or Illustrator.

Cheers,
Alex

Yohann

Thanks, but is there a better looking cpu case with rgb lights and stuff like nzxt

Hey Yohann,

You might want to have a look at the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow ATX Mid Tower Computer Case. It’s a little more expensive though because it’s priced at around $109.00. However, this case looks really good and more importantly, it comes with three SP120 RGB Pro case fans on its front panel. In addition to that, the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow comes with the iCUE Lighting Node CORE. Plug in your fans directly into the iCUE Lighting Node CORE so you can control your RGB lighting without the need for a fan hub.

Cheers,
Alex

Yohann

Hey, uhm i checked the price at amazon.IN and damn its soo expensive it might be cheap there but its really expensive here in india. Can u give me a cheaper build with ryzen 3 or smth. Because in India it costs like 700$. I dont play fortnite, i just gave an example i just want to record decent mc vids

Hey Yohann,

Here’s a much cheaper build:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD RYZEN 3 3200G 4-Core Processor ($94.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Stealth Boxed Cooler (-)
Motherboard: MSI PRO B450M PRO-VDH Max AM4 ($79.99)
Memory: 8GB (1 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 CL16 ($46.99)
Storage SSD: Silicon Power 512GB Solid State Drive ($57.99)
Power Supply: EVGA 500 W1 80+ WHITE 500W Power Supply ($49.97)
Case: Ant Esports ICE-300TG ($51.15)

To keep costs down, I removed the CPU cooler but you can always use the Wraith Stealth cooler included in the package of the Ryzen 3 3200G. I also removed the graphics card to really keep costs down but no worries on this because the Ryzen 3 3200G comes with an integrated GPU. You can still play games but don’t expect to be able to max out the settings.

Cheers,
Alex

Yohann

thanks a lot but isnt there a cheaper gpu cuz i heard to record videos with really good quality u need one? i tried recording with my dads laptop which has 8 gb ram an intel i5 but integrated gpu and the recording is super laggy

Hey Yohann,

If I may ask, how much are you willing to spend for the dedicated GPU?

Just so you have an idea, a GeForce GT 1030 (regardless of brand) will cost you around $100. If you want something with a little more power, you can get the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 OC for about $156.40. Or, you can also look at AMD GPUs like the GIGABYTE Radeon RX 570 for around $159.99. You see, with a limited budget, your options become limited as well and if a dedicated GPU is needed in your build, you have to allocate budget for this too.

Cheers,
Alex

Conrad

I need to build a pc but I have a very limited budget.
The pc will be used for online research as it is a work pc.
I have a list of parts can you check if this will do
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/CkrsgJ
Thank you

Hey Conrad,

Thanks for asking!

I see no issues with your chosen components. I did notice that you didn’t include a graphics card in your list but you did choose a Ryzen 3 3200G for your CPU. The Ryzen 3 3200G is actually an APU and it comes with an integrated GPU so there is no need for a dedicated GPU in your build. And given what you need your build for, I think it makes sense to not include a GPU for now to keep costs down. And besides, you can always add a dedicated GPU later on in the event that the work you do would require a dedicated graphics card for that matter. All’s good with your build, no issues or incompatibilities whatsoever, so you can go for it. Happy building!

Cheers,
Alex

Conrad

Thank you thats very helpful
Do you have recommendations for a good budget monitor

Hey Conrad,

If I may ask, how much are you willing to spend the monitor?

Just so you have an idea, a good budget monitor is the ASUS VA24EHE. It is a 23.8-inch IPS monitor with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It’s currently available for around $109.99. Given that the Asus VA24EHE uses and IPS panel, you can expect wide viewing angles. Color accuracy is not too good but this is a budget monitor so you really can’t expect much color accuracy wise. Let me know if this works for you.

Cheers,
Alex

Conrad

More than $100 is expensive for me sorry but i have limited budget\
My budget is just $70 for the monitor i hope you understan
Can you help me chose the best monitor i dont need a fancy monitor

Hey Conrad,

No worries – I completely understand!

Anyway, with your $70 budget, you might want to take a look at the HP P204 monitor. This monitor is currently available at around $68.31 so it’s still within your budget. The HP P204 has a 19.5-inch TN display with a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. It’s not much, to be perfectly honest, but you get what you pay for, as they say. But given what you need your build and the monitor for, the HP P204 can get the job done and at the same time it won’t put too much of a dent on your budget.

Cheers,
Alex

Aaron

Hello,
Just looking for a parts list like I keep seeing on here. I am on a tight budget with everything going on right now but I am wanting to build my own PC for the first time. Its something I have always wanted to do. It does not have to do anything special but I want it to look good and maybe have a LED case with it. It will be used mainly for my work for the fire department. I am a CAPT on the department and handle all of the reports and payroll stuff. Mostly going to just be running office products and maybe youtube if I want something new. Like I said it does not have to be special right now I am just looking for a good parts list for a tight budget and will be easy for a first time builder. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!

Hey Aaron,

Thanks for dropping a line!

If I may ask, how much are you willing to spend?

Just so you have an idea, here’s a sub-$900 build:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($204.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Spire Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: MSI MPG x570 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 ($140.79)
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1660 6GB – Gigabyte Windforce ($210.41)
Memory: 8GB (1 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 CL16 ($46.99)
Storage SSD: Team Group T-Force VULCAN 2.5″ 250GB SATA Solid State Drive ($45.99)
Power Supply: CORSAIR CV Series, CV550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($59.99)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99)
Case Fans: COOLMOON RGB Case Fans (6 fans) Kit 120mm with Remote, Fan Hub and Extension ($67.99)

The total of the build comes up to around $867.14 but you can be sure this build is more than capable of handling your reports and payroll stuff. Also, per your request, I chose a included in the list a 6-fan RGB case fan kit. You can install 3 of these on the front panel of your case while 2 will go on the top panel, and 1 on the rear panel.

And since you mentioned you plan on building the PC on your own, I think you will find this article helpful: https://www.cgdirector.com/how-to-build-a-pc/

Let me know if this works for you.

Cheers,
Alex

otis

Hi Alex,
I need to build a gaming PC and im lost I need help with my build and I am willing to spend up t0 1000$

Hi Otis,

Thanks for asking!

For your budget, you can get a gaming build like the below:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($199.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Spire Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 Gaming X ATX AM4 ($209.90)
GPU: GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5600 XT WINDFORCE OC 6GB ($279.99)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($80.99)
Storage: Team Group GX2 2.5″ 1TB SATA III Solid State Drive ($94.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($78.20)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99)

This build will cost you around $994.05 but it’s more than decent enough to run today’s AAA games for a highly-enjoyable gaming session.

Cheers,
Alex

Darren

Would $1500 be enough for a gaming and streaming pc?
What parts do you recommend?

Hey Darren,

Definitely! Please see below for a list of components for your gaming and streaming build:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor ($338.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 Gaming X ATX AM4 ($225.00)
GPU: PNY GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER ($549.50)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($85.99)
Storage SSD: Silicon Power Ace A55 2.5″ 1TB SATA Solid State Drive ($102.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($119.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99)

This build will cost you around $1,497.45 but you can be sure it’s more than capable enough to handle your gaming and streaming needs.

Cheers,
Alex

Simon B

Hey, Alex!

I’ve never had a good, or even remotely nice PC and this is my very first gaming PC build. I play a lot high-demanding games, while multitasking streaming or video-editing at the same time and the performance can get really slow. I do know I want a RGB build that I can control the light patterns, temperature, and fan speed (I hated when my old PC fans were so loud when I opening Chrome or any other low-demand apps) and a high-performance graphic card. I have high budget of around $3200 and I’m not sure if I even need that much money for a high-demand gaming PC. (and I’m fine with going about ~$100 over it) It would great if I can get a good amount of RAM or a great Internal Hard Drive. I’ve been researching a bit and made a somewhat unrealistic list that is slightly out of my budget (It’s around $3800). If you can help with my build, it would be kindly appreciated! 🙂

Thanks for your help,
Simon B.

P.S. When it comes to CPU’s, I don’t know if Intel i9 or any Ryzen CPU’s would better help my performance, speed, and how long it would last.

(Here’s my PCPartPicker Dream Build Link: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/bG86x6)

Hi Simon,

Thanks for dropping a line!

I took a look at your list and while your list looks pretty good, you missed out on some important stuff and may have included some that are not really needed. Also, you picked an Intel CPU and I don’t tend to recommend the use of Intel CPUs because they are a dead-end platform and a Ryzen build offers more in terms of upgrade path. I also noticed you included a case, monitor, RGB fans, liquid CPU cooler, and a fan controller so I’ll include these in your budget. All these total around $750. If you have a total budget of around $3,300, that leaves you about $2,550 for the components in your PC. Please take a look at the build I put together for you:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5GHz 16-Core Processor ($729.99)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($159.59)
Motherboard: MSI MPG x570 Gaming Pro Carbon Wifi ATX AM4 ($259.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X Trio ($759.99)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) G.SKILL Trident Z RGB (For AMD) DDR4-3200 CL16 ($209.95)
Storage SSD: Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($126.38)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($179.99)
Storage HDD: Seagate BarraCuda Compute 4TB, 3.5″ ($98.92)
Power Supply: be quiet! Straight Power 11 1000W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($145.27)
Case: Deepcool MATREXX 50 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99)
RGB Fan: Corsair LL120RGB LED Fan (Three Fans With Lighting Node PRO) ($116.99)
RGB Fan #2: Corsair LL120RGB LED Fan Single Pack ($39.99)
Monitor: AOC C24G1 24″ Curved Frameless Gaming Monitor ($309.00)
Fan Controller: Corsair iCUE Commander PRO ($67.36)
Speakers: Logitech – Z313 2.1-Channel Speaker System ($39.99)

The total cost of the build comes up to around $3,298.79 but you do get a Ryzen 9 3950X CPU and 32GB of RAM at the heart of your system. I had to get a slightly lower-tiered graphics card to keep things within budget but you can be assured that the RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card is more than powerful enough for your gaming, streaming, and video editing needs. I had to remove some of the not needed components but all the like the external HDD and Wi-Fi adapter (the motherboard I selected for you already has Wi-Fi connectivity) but you can be sure that this build will deliver a great performance.

Cheers,
Alex

Alex

Hi, Alex so im looking to build my own pc im console player always have been so iv been researching but Im just lost in the pc world . Im a streamer/gamer/content creator/editor Its a Multi Purpose Pc but I also like to Im not sure what Im looking for . I do want things to run smoothly whether im playing and streaming or editing I, at the moment but It doesnt have to be the “best” Pc just one that will run smoothly and is at least good or great . In terms of budget lol the cheaper the better but it doesnt matter lol
? Any help would be amazing thank you 🙂

Hey Alex,

Thanks for asking!

First off, how much are you willing to spend?

Just to give you an idea, here’s a well-rounded build that will definitely do well in terms of gaming, streaming, editing, and content creation:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor ($338.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite ATX AM4 ($199.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X ($424.50)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($163.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($119.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($98.31)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case ($111.88)

This build will you cost you around $1,457.65 but you can expect this build to deliver a great performance and powerful enough for your gaming, streaming, editing, and content creation needs.

By the way, you can also check out the site’s PC Builder Tool. Just input your budget and most appropriate use case and the tool will automatically give you the best recommendations based on your budget. You can find the tool here: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/

Cheers,
Alex