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Published: June 12, 2019
Published: May 24, 2019
Updated: May 16, 2019
Our latest report fresh from our latest hunt for the best GPU deals on the market right now that we could find, and there's currently small price cuts on a couple good RTX 2070 cards (welcome finds as many RTX cards are typically over MSRP, let alone below) as well as a typical decent range of deals on RX 570 and 580 cards as these two are always seeing price drops here or there on various models (and are two of the best budget cards to buy right now in mid 2019).
Updated: May 7, 2019
Our final updated build in our latest Q2 2019 lineup of recommended custom setups is our sample $300 rig for the casual gamers looking to spend the absolute least amount possible when building a PC, yet to still end up with something decent that can play old/classic games really well, and that forms as a base of entry into modern 1080p gaming that will play lesser-demanding games decently - and that you can always upgrade in future if you need more graphical firepower by adding a dedicated graphics card.
Updated: May 6, 2019
400 bucks is getting into super cheap build territory but thanks to AMD's very capable 2400G APU you don't need a discrete graphics card to get respectable 1080p performance, and leaving one out of your setup to use the 2400G's decent integrated graphics instead allows you to save a chunk of change and include a nice 8GB of RAM plus solid supporting components for a very cost-effective $400 rig.
Updated: May 2, 2019
We've been regularly publishing optimal $500 PC build examples for gamers since what feels like the dawn of time (ie 2008 ish), but, and this is speaking as objectively as possible, it's safe to say this quarter's sample $500 parts list is the fastest we've ever put out. Why you ask? RX 570's are at record low prices, whilst CPU and RAM prices are also very decent, making mid 2019 perhaps the best time to build a PC since well before the Cryptocurrency era (which, if you've been living under some lame rock, dramatically disrupted the GPU industry and caused price hikes of doom over recent years).
What this means for us gamers is the ability to once again assemble truly bang for buck custom systems just like the PC building glory days, and this $500 build is a shining example IMHO of how to do that to an absolute T. This build has undergone a complete makeover since its last February 2019 edition, with new recommendations across the board including switching from our previously recommended Intel Pentium G5400 to the current better value Ryzen 3 1200 processor. PC building is BACK in 2019 and we're happy to have survived The Great GPU Winter and still be around to tell the tale and continue lending a helping hand to fellow DIY gamers .
Updated: Apr 28, 2019
Our latest attempt at planning the current best value $600 build is now live and has undergone some changes since its last inception. It's more powerful than ever as this quarter we've squeezed the powerful RX 580 into this budget, which was previously the GPU recommended in our $800 rig, making this one of the most bang for buck list of parts on this entire site right now (and lacking in build examples, we are not). If you want to dominate 1080p 60Hz gaming for years to come on a fairly tight budget, this is the type of computer to build right now in mid 2019.
Updated: Apr 24, 2019
The all new GTX 1660 Ti from NVidia makes its debut in our build lineup and is clearly the best buy GPU between 250 to 300 dollars right now. Paired with the Ryzen 5 2600 and an affordable yet high quality set of supporting components and you have an impressive custom parts list to dominate 1080p gaming for years to come with plenty of flexibility for the future.
Updated: Apr 16, 2019
How to maximize gaming performance from a $1000 build by making smart bang-for-buck component selections. This quarter our recommended 1K custom setup switches from the i5-8400 to the newer, slightly faster and cheaper 9400F (we'll also explain why it costs less) as well as getting a better motherboard and all-new case recommendation.
Updated: Apr 15, 2019
Our sample 1200 US dollar build has undergone a major overhaul from the previous recommended one, with this Q2 2019 edition sporting a slick red and black theme and other improvements These are the parts we can safely recommend to gamers in 1440p looking for excellent performance, or for those running 1080p 144Hz monitors and wanting to get some seriously high frame rates thanks to the fairly powerful i5-9600K and RTX 2060 combination. It's also a beginner-friendly setup for overclocking.
Updated: Apr 10, 2019
Our sample 1500 dollar parts-list for 1440p stays the same this quarter besides a couple of aesthetic improvements to really hone in on a matching white theme. These hardware components are a great value mix and all you need for excellent 1440p gaming performance. The included AMD Ryzen 2700X processors means excellent multitasking/productivity performance, too.
Updated: Apr 8, 2019
This quarter's recommended 2K rig changes a little this time around, with a better value for money air cooler as opposed to our previously recommended liquid cooler, which is the best way if not overclocking or doing mild overclocks. This frees up some of the budget for a faster RTX 2080 card than our previous $2000 build. For those interested in nitty gritty details, join our email newsletter where we explain exactly what changes in all our builds with every update that we do.
Updated: Apr 6, 2019
We've made a few tweaks to our recommended 2500 dollar custom setup, although only aesthetically and the core parts remain the same as nothing really beats an i7-9700K and RTX 2080 Ti combination when building a computer in this price range.
Published: Apr 4, 2019
For the first time in our short site history - we've been around for a long time but not really in the grand scheme of things as the internet has believe it or not only really just begun - we've published a recommended PC build for 3000 bucks. $2500 was our limit until now, but a few of you guys have requested even more extreme setups in recent times, and we're happy to oblige and share our thoughts on how to stretch such ludicrous amounts of moolah. Yep, that's right, 3K for a gaming rig. Freakin' overkill indeed, but there are those elite 1-3% of pro gamers out there who wouldn't really settle for less than the absolute best. Anyway, this is how we'd go about choosing the best parts on the market to assemble the ultimate gaming machine in the galaxy.
Published: Mar 30, 2019
Many bothans died to research, craft and fine-tune our all-new comprehensive no B.S guide to buying the right router as a gamer and/or streamer. This one has been in the works behind the scenes for a long time now (months), but I didn't want to rush it and wanted to get all the details right (there are many) including the very carefully-considered top router recommendations for 2019, and also creating something that's as helpful as possible as there's a lot of misinformation online about buying a router that just adds to the confusion and I did not want to just add to the noise. Hopefully it helps someone out there with this tricky purchase.
Best March 2019 Deals on Graphics Cards for Gamers
Updated: Mar 20, 2019
Our periodical analysis of the best graphics card deals for gamers that we can find gets another update, and this time there's quite a few decent deals on budget/mid-range cards from AMD, as well as a couple light deals from team green.
Published: Mar 19, 2019
Tri-band routers aren't for everyone, but for homes with heavy internet usage they can come in handy as you can allocate more coverage and speed (or even an entire one of the 3 bands if you want) to what matters most: gaming. The top models also come with special features to maximize throughput, range, speed, and to help lower enemy numero uno as an online gamer: ping.
Mar 11, 2019
Quick heads-up on our builds as some of you have been wondering when the March update will be finished for our recommended custom PC builds. We've decided there's no need to update the builds in March, and our current February builds still apply as a roadmap if you're planning a build this month.
PC hardware changes quite quickly, but not that quick, and from month to month most of the builds often don't change too much (if at all). That's why from now on we'll be doing quarterly builds (as in every 3 months) for the forseeable future, so the next builds update will be around April or even May.
We've been doing monthly builds for what feels like forever now (many, many years) and it's been a great success based on your feedback over the years (thanks to everyone who has ever supported the site whether in a big way or small; much appreciated and the site wouldn't still be around today without some of you guys sharing the site and supporting it in other ways).
We feel quarterly build updates is a better time-frame for both you guys and for us here at BGC: 3 month updates is still frequent enough to cover any noteworthy changes to the market, but it also increases the time we can dedicate into updating all our many other supporting guides (which take a ton of time, too) and in creating all-new guides on other PC building related topics. Thanks guys, happy building, and look out for many new guides coming this year! It's gonna be a game-changing year for BGC.
PS - We've just started actually posting on the Twitter page we created last year so follow us there for updates too.
Published: Mar 5, 2019
Modem routers aren't for everyone, as some gamers will either want or need to use a separate modem with a separate wireless router as well, but if you want/need a combo device to kill 2 birds with one black box this guide is here to help you better navigate the confusing modem router market.
The Best Video Card Deals: February 2019 Edition
Updated: Feb 16, 2019
We took a short hiatus on tracking GPU deals, as to be honest in January there wasn't too much to get excited about, but right now in mid February there are some decent savings to be had in a few different price categories. Standout GPU deals at the moment are super-cheap RX 570's, specifically Sapphire mining cards which are still just fine for gaming PCs so long as you have a DVI input on your monitor or you buy a DVI to HDMI adapter as these GPUs only have a DVI connection (and you don't mind not having AMD Freesync which is a fair trade-off for getting a 570 at such a bargain price).
Updated: Feb 10, 2019
Our latest build lineup showcasing our latest recommended PC parts for any spending budget is finally complete. This month's update has been a long time coming as we skipped the January update in order to give all our build guides a bit of a makeover. Our February recommended builds include a few changes, with the most notable being the obvious choice to replace the GTX 1070 and 1070 Ti cards from the best $1000 and $1200 builds for the new RTX 2060, but the biggest update to our builds (and the reason for the delay) is our all-new hand-picked recommendations for builders in Canada, UK and Australia.
Published: Jan 31, 2019
What should you choose when adding wireless to your desktop build? An internal WiFi card or a USB dongle? Let's discuss everything you'd ever want to know about including wireless capabilities into your new PC build, including a full breakdown of which is better for online gaming, which speed you need, internal vs external antennas, and more.
Published: Jan 30, 2019
Our top 3 recommended PCI Express expansion cards to add wireless to your build, or when upgrading a prebuilt desktop. These carefully considered models represent the best overall value (IMHO) for 3 different price tiers, and deciding between them comes down to how fast your router and internet connection actually is. Included is an FAQ on PCI network cards.
Published: Jan 28, 2019
5 of the best overall value for money USB adapters if you want to add WiFi to your PC build but would rather have an external adapter instead of installing a PCI expansion card (or instead of buying a motherboard with built-in WiFi). We also cover what to look for in a good USB adapter including what all the specs mean.
Updated: Dec 15, 2018
We've just reintroduced our done-for-you parts-list planning service where you can get dedicated 1 on 1 help with choosing the optimal parts list for your exact budget and gaming/workstation performance needs. This isn't for everyone, but if you want a longtime hardware expert to carefully and thoroughly research your build for you, this might be the service you need to give you the confidence to build your first PC and avoid confusion and fear surrounding buying average, incompatible, or overpriced parts.
Updated: Dec 14, 2018
Over the past couple weeks we've done a full update to all our gaming PC builds ready for the late December holiday period.
The Best Video Card Deals in December 2018: Daily Tracker
Updated: Dec 1, 2018
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now a distant memory but that doesn't mean tech deals stop cold turkey, and you can expect price drops and the occasional standout hardware deal throughout the Holiday season. Since video cards are not only the most important component to a new gaming build or upgrade, but also the most expensive, we're tracking GPU deals on a daily basis throughout the whole of December just like we did in November to help you buy a discounted card for your rig.
Updated: Nov 26, 2018
Just like Black Friday, we're obsessively tracking the top deals throughout Cyber Monday morning and afternoon (by nighttime the best ones will undoubtedly be gone) to help you avoid missing out on great bargains for your new PC build or upgrade. The first wave of deals today look seriously great without any exaggeration, and today's the perfect day to build a discounted rig.
Published: Nov 23, 2018
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the best days of the year to build a PC, period. But finding and sorting through the many PC related deals out there today and throughout the weekend sales bonanza can be confusing and a little overwhelming if you don't know what to look for. Here we try to simplify things and pinpoint the very best, high-quality deals on PC components and gaming gear that are actually worth considering for your PC build and that we would actually buy ourselves. Good luck!
Updated: Nov 22, 2018
How to choose the best bang for your buck parts on the market right now to easily put together a simple yet killer value for money gaming PC that trounces modern day consoles and allows for much smoother 60FPS performance than your typical 30FPS experience on console. This cheap rig may be all you need for solid 1080p gaming if you're gaming on a 60Hz monitor and don't need crazy high frame rates and you don't mind turning down the settings on the most demanding games (although it'll run many AAA games really well on high or even ultra settings as well).
Published: Nov 22, 2018
Building your own setup will save you the most money and is what we recommend to all gamers even if you're a complete hardware noob who doesn't know what a GPU is. However some gamers don't have the time, patience, or interest to learn how to do it and in that case you're best off leaving it to a pro. These are our current top recommended PC builders with good reputations for reliable, fair-priced and good-quality gaming PCs.
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