Building your own gaming computer is the smarter, cheaper, and most fun way to get into the exciting world of PC gaming, eSports, streaming, virtual reality, and/or for other demanding non-gaming tasks like video editing and other workstation applications.
There are many good reasons to build gaming computers instead of buying pre-built, off-the-shelf "gaming desktops" that are not optimally designed and tweaked for maximum gaming performance: see our list of compelling reasons why building a PC beats buying. Simply put, if you want the best, highest-performing, longest-lasting and most reliable gaming PC for your hard-earned money, choosing your parts and building your own PC is the best way. Period.
The best thing about PC building is that in this modern day and age it's easily accessible to all and way easier than it used to be, and assembling your very first computer from scratch is actually super-easy - even if you're a complete newbie with zero computer or hardware experience, and even if the idea of building your own PC sounds a little intimidating or overly complicated (it's not).
The saying that building a computer is basically like Lego for adults (or teens) holds very true, and it's hard to go wrong with a detailed-enough step by step guide by your side such as our beginner-friendly walkthrough on how to build a PC, or our full eBook manual edition for those who want to learn more than just installation (ie how to plan, optimize, maintain and upgrade your rig as well).
Here at BGC we've made it a mission for many years to simplify the oftentimes confusing, fast-paced hardware market to help any first-timer more easily and cleverly build the best, fastest-performing, most reliable (and cool looking) custom gaming computer for your exact budget so you can play your favorite games smoothly in all their glory for as long as possible (and feel a real sense of pride everytime you boot up).
On this ever-evolving site you'll find hardware and accessory buying guides, our monthly-updated best bang for your buck gaming PC builds for all spending amounts, and other tutorials and tips to help you plan the ultimate custom rig, pick the absolute best parts on the market right now, and put your system together without issues.
We also strive to minimize any technical speak/lingo as much as possible so that no noob gets left behind, so that every gamer out there, even if you're a complete hardware beginner, can easily get into this super-fun and beneficial hobby that will serve as a handy skill for the rest of your gaming days (or for your career if you're in IT).
More experienced builders aren't forgotten about either and we also produce guides on intermediate/advanced topics such as CPU and GPU overclocking for enthusiasts, how to build a water cooling PC, what to know about building video editing PCs or rendering PCs, which parts are best for pro gamers, and much more.
Welcome, and have a blast designing, building and then playing your dream new gaming beast that'll have you playing your favorite epic PC titles in all their graphical glory to really max your overall experience (and chances at winning if you're an aspiring or pro gamer).
Our Monthly Gaming Desktop Computer Builds are here to help you fully maximize bang for your buck for your new gaming PC or upgrade. This long-running, most popular feature of our site lists PC build examples for any type of spending budget, and are carefully-reconsidered and updated each and every month to ensure they remain solid examples of how to stretch your dollar further as a DIY PC gamer.
With these monthly-updated gaming PC builds the extensive, time-consuming, painstaking and often-confusing hardware research has been done for you, so you can more effectively design your own parts lists to match your exact performance and feature requirements, and end up with an overall better and faster gaming computer that lasts longer, looks cooler, and is more flexible in terms of upgrades as well.
Sample PC Builds for $300, $400, $500, $600, $800, $1200, $1600 and $2500
When you build gaming computers there's no hardware component more crucial than your graphics card and this guide covers what you need to know including the best value GPUs for 1080p, 1440p and 4K.
The latest information on buying a processor including Intel vs AMD, which CPU features matter most, and the top bang for your buck gaming CPUs right now.
Your motherboard is a vital piece of the PC puzzle and in this buying guide you'll learn about the most important features as well as handy tips on selecting the best Intel or AMD motherboard for your needs.
The RAM in your custom computer plays a role in gaming and general performance and we cover RAM types, speeds, and how much you really need for gaming or other demanding applications.
Traditional storage hard drives are still the go-to when building a gaming computer to stretch your dollar as far as possible (SSDs are faster but more expensive). Learn what you need to look for in a HDD for your desktop PC.
Whilst totally optional, Solid State Drives are all the rage these days and for good reason as they provide super fast loading of your games and other programs should you have the budget to afford them.
The enclosure that houses and protects all of your expensive hardware is an important decision and here we cover everything you need to know to pick the best one for your budget and size preference.
Last but definitely not least is the often overlooked PSU which is an important component in the grand scheme of things and should be chosen wisely. Get expert advice on shopping for one here.
No point building a killer rig without hooking it up to a decent screen. In this guide you'll learn about the important features that make a good monitor for gaming and the current top rated models.
Having a comfortable, decent-quality and accurate mouse is important to many gamer's especially for competitive multiplayer games or eSports where every millisecond counts.
Keyboards come in all shapes and sizes with many different cool features too. We give you the lowdown on how to buy a good one for your budget and feature-needs.
Headsets can be a confusing bunch and we do our best to help you make sense of it all as well as advice on picking the best bang for your buck models on the market today for different budgets.
Headsets are all the rage these days thanks to the rise of multiplayer/online gaming and the frequent use of chat mics, but sometimes you'll want to crank out a nice set of speakers instead.
Not a necessary component when building a gaming PC but a must-have for high-end audio geeks and enthusiasts who won't settle for anything less than the highest quality audio possible.
When you've ordered your awesome new PC parts and are ready to finally put them together to enter your next level of gaming, you can easily learn how to build your gaming computer in one of 3 ways:
Option A: Video Tutorial (least detail)
Are you fairly tech-savvy and just need the core general guidelines? Follow along with a YouTube video; this one's pretty decent. Whilst a video usually can't provide as much information, insights, tips and precise detail as a written tutorial can provide due to having no time restraint (unlike a video where you have to leave out potentially important details to avoid making it too long), it may be enough for you as a first-time builder, especially if you're already fairly tech or hardware-savvy and/or fairly confident that you'll breeze through building a PC.
Option B: Written Tutorial (more detail for beginners)
If you're someone who likes having every single step including all the little details and insights that may be important to you as a beginner, so that you don't just follow each PC building step but you also understand them - an indepth written guide will be your friend. Our PC build walkthrough article, which is an excerpt from our main book explained next, is all you need to build your machine.
Option C: Book (most detail for beginners, & bonus topics to max your DIY quest)
If you want to learn not just how to build your machine, but everything else related to building, maintaining and optimizing a custom PC, the next step up is to grab yourself a more comprehensive book. If this sounds more like you, and you want to fully maximize your PC building quest to both build the best PC you can and make it run as fast as possible for as long as possible, our recently released eBook The Gaming Build Blueprint: 2018 Edition has you covered. Simply put, this is the most comprehensive PC building tutorial you'll find anywhere this year.
Once a Builder, Always a Builder
However you go about building your first custom gaming computer, enjoy! Putting your first system together is a really fun overall experience if you're into gaming, and it feels good to join the endless other DIY PC gamers out there around the world who have also seen that the grass really is greener (forever) once you ditch pre-built PCs forever and commit to building gaming computers instead. Once you get that first custom rig under your belt, you realize how easy and worthwhile it is, and you'll likely want to build all your new systems in the future. Once you go DIY, you're DIY - and part of the gaming elite - forever. Also, don't be surprised when you suddenly have an urge to use your newfound talent and skill to help out your friends and build them kick-ass PCs as well!
If you found this site helpful in making the most of your hard-earned money to get the absolute best gaming computer for your budget don't forget to share the site with a gaming buddy who may also benefit a lot from taking the DIY PC path like the gaming pros. We're here to save gamers getting swayed to the dark side of pre-built gaming PCs - one gamer at a time.
Ok ok, at times you may find the odd decent pre-built PC at a price that's okay value as a gamer, but in the majority of cases nothing beats building if your aim is to fully max performance, reliability and upgrade-ability (which it should be if you know what's good for you and your wallet as a PC owner), and
many most pre-built desktops are a total waste of money for demanding gamers and performance-enthusiasts/workstations. Anyway, good luck and see you 'round the site again whenever you need a refresher on what's happening in the world of DIY gaming tech.