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

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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

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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

Image-Source: bequiet

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 DVD, but of course, you will need a DVD Player. Nowadays the OS is usually either downloaded directly from the Internet or you are given 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

That’s pretty much it. You now have all the parts needed to build a PC. To actually assemble a PC you will need a Phillips head screwdriver (a magnetic one for finding those dropped screws) and you are all set!

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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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Dyllon

Ive been wanting to build my own gaming pc for a while now but I really have no idea what parts to get or which ones are best. I wanna be able to play games like ark and league of legends with little to no problem. My budget is around 1.5k-2k. If you could recomend a decent build for me I would really appreciate it. Thanks for the help.

Hey Dyllon,

Thanks for asking!

If you want to build a gaming PC, you would want to focus on having a great CPU-RAM-GPU combination in order to ensure that your rig will have no issues running even the latest AAA games. For a budget of around $1,500, you can put together a build with specs like the below:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor ($354.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X570-P ATX AM4 ($127.50)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X ($549.99)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($157.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 PRO 512GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($149.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($59.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.31)

The total of the build comes up to around $1482.76 and you already have a very capable Ryzen 7 3800X CPU at the heart of your system working in conjunction with 32GB of RAM. More importantly, this build comes with an RTX 2070 Super graphics card. All in all, the CPU-RAM-GPU combination of this build will ensure that you get to play not only Ark and League of Legends but even the more demanding AAA games today!

Cheers,
Alex

Jennifer

My 12 year old wants to build his own PC for gaming and streaming. I tried to use the link above to make sure what is recommended and compatible but didn’t see a gaming option. I know he wants to use an i7 processor. That is about all I know. Lol thank you in advance.

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for dropping a line!

If I may ask, how much are you willing to spend for the gaming and streaming PC?

In terms of processor or CPU, I don’t usually recommend using an Intel CPU like the i7 because it costs more than its Ryzen 7 counterpart. In addition to that, your upgrade options are rather limited with an Intel-based system compared to build with a Ryzen CPU.

Anyway, I’ve put together a build for you with a Ryzen 7 CPU which, as mentioned earlier, is the counterpart of the Intel i7 processor. I’ve pegged the budget to be around $1,500 and below are the parts:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor ($354.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X570-P ATX AM4 ($127.50)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X ($549.99)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($157.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($99.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($59.99)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($119.41)

The total of this build comes up to around $1469.86 but you get a snappy Ryzen 7 3800X CPU with 32GB of RAM. In addition to that, this build comes with an RTX 2070 Super graphics card. The CPU-RAM-GPU combination of this build will ensure that it can run any AAA games you throw at it and at the same time handle streaming very well!

Cheers,
Alex

JessieT

Are there any tools needed to build a pc? I am new to all of this, but I’m trying my best to research and learn. Also where is the best place to buy pc parts?

Primož

I was wondering if you have any recommendations for a gaming pc build for around 2k – 2.5k.
Also i really have no idea about buildin a pc, but i could probably manage if i looked at a lot of tutorials online and was careful with it, right?
Also i know that this probably takes up quite a bit of time so sorry for not including my own build, but i really wouldnt even have an idea where to start.

Hey Primož,

Thanks for asking!

Please take a look at the build I put together for you:

Parts List:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8GHz 12-Core Processor ($499.99)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X570-P ATX AM4 ($149.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2080 8GB – Asus Turbo ($819.95)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($139.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($199.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($64.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.03)

The total of this build comes up to around $1,956.93 and you get a snappy Ryzen 9 3900X CPU working in conjunction with 32GB of RAM. In addition to that, this build also comes with a very capable NVIDIA RTX 2080 8GB – Asus Turbo GPU. The CPU-RAM-GPU combination this build has will ensure that you get to play AAA games with no issues.

By the way, I didn’t include a CPU cooler in the parts list because the stock Wraith Prism cooler that comes bundled with the package of the 3900X is capable enough to handle its CPU cooling tasks. Also, if you are working with a $2,500 budget, you are left with around $500 and some change which you can invest in a good gaming monitor.

As for building the PC, you can definitely manage this! There are a lot of tutorials available online and numerous YouTube videos that will guide you from start to finish so no worries on this!

Cheers,
Alex

EldarHecton

Start by learning about each part of a PC, on this very page. Learn the understanding of each component, what it does, ect. For me it took about a week of hard researching for at least an hour a day, but I went from being clueless to quite knowledgeable. Start with this basis, then start to think about how your build works. If you have a question, throw it into google, and the internet will almost always, always, give you the exact answer you need, as long as you word your question properly.

kenny

hey guys im in need of help here im having trouble finding the best parts for my pc i will be playing a lot of horrow games and i want to have very good gameplay and also can you guys help me with finding the best monitor, so that ill be able to start my youtube channel. If you can thanks so much!

Hey Kenny,

Thanks for dropping a line!

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

In terms of monitor recommendation, you might want to take a look at this article: https://www.cgdirector.com/best-monitor-graphic-design-video-editing-3d/. Be advised though that the monitors in that article are more specific towards graphic design and video editing but one of the recommendations there, the Philips 276E8VJSB, is something you may want to take a look at as it comes with great specs for its price.

Cheers,
Alex

Jackson

Alex, I was wondering if you would approve of this build. https://www.userbenchmark.com/PCBuilder/Custom/S101242-M609597.842720.842989.161079.89324vsS1055-M652504.664199.498903.226349.110937?tab=RAM
Or if I should change parts of it (i.e. spend less on SSD and more on GPU). I can’t really go over $1,300 for the actual PC. I plan to do gaming (Rainbow Six, Rust, Rocket League, etc.) Thanks in advance for the help.

Hey Jackson,

Thanks for asking!

The build you put together looks good but we can still make it better. If you plan on using the build for gaming, it makes more sense to spend more on the GPU. Plus, the SSD you selected is a little too expensive. You can actually get a cheaper SSD and use the extra money for a higher-tiered GPU.

I put together a more well-rounded build for you. Below are the specs:

Parts List:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($234.39)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X570-P ATX AM4 ($135.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB – MSI Gaming ($479.99)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 CL15 ($139.99)
Storage SSD: Silicon Power 1TB NVMe ($119.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($64.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($81.04)

The total comes up to around $1293.28. Though you get a slightly lower-tiered Ryzen 5 3600X CPU compared to the i7-9700K in your original build, the 3600X is still a decent CPU for gaming and you compensate that by having twice as much RAM. Also, we up things a bit by having an RTX 2070 GPU in your build which at the moment brings the best price to performance ratio among graphics cards. All in all, this build will surely be able to handle whatever game you throw at it.

Cheers,
Alex

Ninjario

Hi Alex, first of all thank you very much for this page, it really helps a lot.

From what i understand right now this built looks like it fits my needs too. I have a similar budget and i am looking to play Games as well as do programming (Unity and alike).
One of my friends told me about an upcoming game (called Starbase) and that it would need a really damn good PC in order to run, so i am not really sure if this built does support that or not?
I would appreaciate your help a lot, thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards,
Ninjario

Hi Ninjario,

Thanks for dropping a comment!

If I may ask, how much is your budget?

Just like any good game, the official recommended requirements of Starbase require you to have a rather powerful PC in order to run the game at 60 FPS on High graphics settings. You basically need a Ryzen 7 CPU or at least a 6th gen Intel i7-6700K CPU processor paired with either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or a Radeon RX Vega graphics card to really enjoy the game for that matter. Additionally, you may want to invest in at least 16GB of RAM to complete the CPU-RAM-GPU combination this game requires.

Here is the requirements link:
https://starbase.gamepedia.com/System_requirements

So the build posted above will make it run nicely!

Cheers,
Alex

Ninjario

Hi Alex, first thank you for your reply.

My budget is in a similar range from 1000-1300€ (for the PC alone not counting things like mouse,keyboard,monitor etc.)

So what i was asking is if this part list you provided above :
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($234.39)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X570-P ATX AM4 ($135.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB – MSI Gaming ($479.99)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 CL15 ($139.99)
Storage SSD: Silicon Power 1TB NVMe ($119.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($64.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($81.04)

can handle starbase. I don’t really know how to compare these things always. So Starbase says the recommended requirement is a Ryzen 7 CPU, which i guess is better then the provided AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor?

And for the Graphics card i have absolutely no clue if the NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB is better or worse then the recommended “Radeon RX Vega 8 GB / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB”.

It would be awesome if you could help me with my questions, thank you for your time 🙂

Kind regards,
Ninjario

Hey Ninjario,

The build I put together for you with the Ryzen 5 3600X CPU will definitely be able to run Starbase.

The game’s recommended requirement is a Ryzen 7 CPU but the thing with recommended requirements is that they tend to always go for top of the line components as this ensures that the game will run without any issues. That doesn’t necessarily mean that stepping down a bit from the top of the line will not allow you to play Starbase or any other game for that matter.

In fact, when you take a look at game requirements, there will always be a MINIMUM requirement and the RECOMMENDED requirement. The minimum requirement is just that – the minimum type of components that will run the game while the recommended requirements will always be the top of the line components as I mentioned earlier.

As for the graphics card, better or worse is more often than not, relative. For example, the GTX 1080 Ti has one of the best specs among graphics cards at the moment but it’s also very expensive. You always have to look at the price to performance ratio a GPU brings (or any other component for that matter) in order for you to always get your money’s worth. And at the moment, the RTX 2070 has the best price to performance ratio among GPUs and getting anything higher-tiered than that (like the RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti) is a little too expensive for the increase in performance it brings.

Cheers,
Alex

Dan

Hey Alex,

As a student that likes to play games, I have the choice of either getting a gaming laptop for the budget of $1.5k, or would you recommend for me to get a cheap laptop for school, while also get a decent desktop that would have similar specs as the laptop below?

or should I just get this laptop Asus ROG Strix SCAR GL703GM-E5055T Gaming Laptop (Gun Metal) -Intel Core i7-8750H, 1TB + 256GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Nvidia GTX1060, 17.3-Inch FHD?

Hey Dan,

Thanks for dropping a line!

Whether you go for the Asus ROG Strix SCAR GL703GM-E5055T Gaming Laptop or get a cheap laptop and build a decent desktop that has the same specs as the Asus ROG Strix SCAR GL703GM-E5055T, you can’t go wrong! At the end of the day, it will all boil down to your preference. If I were in your position though, I’d get a cheap laptop for school and build a desktop computer. I choose this option because having a desktop gives you the capability to upgrade its parts, especially when some of its parts are no longer working properly or are no longer capable of running your games.

If I may ask, how much are you willing to spend on the desktop if you go for a cheap laptop as well?

Cheers,
Alex

William

Hey Alex,
I’m looking for an open world type gaming PC for around $500-$600. I will build it myself. 500GB of storage is necessary and I would like RGB. I don’t have anything so I need a keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc. Sorry for the bad English, if any.

Hi William,

Thanks for dropping a line!

I’m sorry but I’m not sure if you can put together an open-world type gaming PC for your budget of around $500-$600 especially if your budget covers everything including the monitor, etc. You could probably come up with a build for your budget but you will only be able to play games at low settings for that matter. If you can stretch your budget some more and allocate about $700-$750 for the system unit alone, you can get a decent build that will allow you to play open-world games at higher settings. Of course, you will have to spend extra for your monitor and other peripherals but you can be assured of a more enjoyable time playing games if you get a build with better specs.

One option you have is getting an entry level gaming laptop such as the Dell G3 Gaming Laptop G3579-5965BLK-PUS which goes for around $625.00. Below are the specs of the said laptop:

CPU Intel Core i5-8300H 2.30GHz Quad-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB
Memory(RAM) 8GB DDR4-2666
SSD 256GB Solid State Drive
HDD –
Weight 2.6 kg (~5.72pounds)
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

With that kind of specs, the Dell G3 Gaming Laptop G3579-5965BLK-PUS will surely be able to handle games at medium settings but more importantly, you won’t have to go through the whole process of building the PC from the ground up, so to speak.

Cheers,
Alex

Isaac

I am looking into building a good video editing pc for youtube. Around 10 minute videos. I have 700-800 dollars to spend on my build. I know nothing about computers and dont know how to tell what pieces work together. If you can help me set one up thats good for editing then that would be great

Hey Isaac,

Thanks for dropping a comment!

For a budget of $800, you can get video editing build like the one I put together below:

Parts List:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($149.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock AM4 ($36.90)
Motherboard: MSI B450-A Pro ATX AM4 ($95.95)
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1650 4GB – Gigabyte Windforce ($159.99)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($69.99)
Storage SSD: Crucial MX500 500GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($60.99)
Storage HDD: Seagate BarraCuda Compute 1TB, 3.5″ ($44.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($64.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($81.36)

Total: $765.15

The total comes up to around $765.15 and this build already comes with a decent Ryzen 5 2600X CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a GTX 1650 GPU. More importantly, it comes with a 500GB SSD where you can install your OS and commonly used programs and a 1TB HDD for the files you work on.

For more information on the best components for a video editing build, you may want to check out this article: https://www.cgdirector.com/best-computer-for-video-editing/

Cheers,
Alex

Nicholas

Alex, I am looking to build my first station and would like some help. I am not really looking to do any gaming, more along the lines of running Python, Javascript, etc. as I am a cyber security student. Maybe even bounce around on the DW a bit (;. Budget is between $1,000-1,500

Hey Nicholas,

Thanks for asking!

If you need a build for writing and compiling code, you want a workstation with the highest clocking CPU that fits your budget. The higher the clock speed of your CPU is, the snappier things will be especially when you’re compiling code. In terms of RAM, 8GB is the bare minimum but having 16GB or more is better. You won’t need the most powerful GPU so a basic graphics card is more than enough for your programming needs but will also take care of things if you plan to do a little gaming.

For a $1,000 budget, you can get a build like what I put together below:

Parts List:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($234.39)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock AM4 ($36.90)
Motherboard: ASUS TUF Gaming x570-Plus (Wifi) ATX AM4 ($199.99)
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1660 6GB – Gigabyte Windforce ($229.99)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($69.99)
Storage SSD: Crucial MX500 500GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($64.50)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($64.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($91.95)

The total comes up to around $992.70 but this build is more than enough for your code writing and compiling needs. It comes with a decent Ryzen 5 3600X CPU and 16GB of RAM along with a GTX 1660 GPU should you want to do a little gaming on the side. The remaining $500 or so from your supposed $1,500 budget can then be invested on a nice monitor or a good mechanical keyboard since programming involves a lot of typing.

Cheers,
Alex