Stay in the loop with the latest happenings here at BGC; every time we publish a new PC build or guide, or if we make a notable update to a current guide, we'll post it chronologically below. If you prefer to receive updates by email, subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page. We also sometimes post updates to our Facebook page (though only occasionally).
Published: Oct 18, 2018
This month we've introduced an all-new price tier - $2500 - where we explain how we would go about making the most of a super healthy, super lucky budget of this calibre to assemble the ultimate 4K and VR custom gaming rig. This setup boasts the all-new top dog gaming GPU, the RTX 2080 Ti 11GB, which replaces the mighty 1080 Ti as the single best consumer gaming card on the market. When building a PC at high price points like this you can let your creative spirit run wild to tweak your own version of PC nirvana, but if you threw me 2.5K in cash right now and said "conjure the best beast" - this is how I'd roll in Fall.
Updated: Oct 18, 2018
The new RTX 20 series cards have been released by NVidia this month which means price drops on the 1080 Ti, 1080 and 1070 Ti. If you can't afford the hefty (and many believe overpriced) price tags of the new lineup and would rather get a well-priced current-gen card (which aren't going anywhere soon and are still good buys) to maximize gaming performance for every dollar you spend, here we're tracking the best deals we can find from Amazon and Newegg, the 2 best places to buy hardware.
Updated: Oct 15, 2018
It's taken way longer than expected as there have been a great many changes to this edition of our recommended builds, but finally all of our gaming PC build examples for beginner builders are now live on the site. This update includes a new comparison table so you can conveniently compare the parts included in each build side by side, new estimated average FPS ratings for each build, as well as a new comments section where you can share feedback on the builds or get help with your parts-list.
Updated: Oct 12, 2018
Our latest top of the range PC build example for gamers looking to stretch a healthy build budget of around 2000 bucks this winter. A budget of this size allows you to build a pretty epic gaming system capable of impressive 4K performance. This is the first build that includes a new NVidia RTX GPU, which truth be told isn't the most cost-effective card at the moment, but for this type of budget it's definitely worth considering if you're after the latest and greatest and you're optimistic that the new RTX features will play out nicely over the next couple years; Battlefield V will hopefully put real time ray tracing to good use for the first time in gaming once released later this year.
Updated: Oct 12, 2018
Our latest in-depth buyer's guide to choosing the current best value parts for a high-end gaming monster capable of flawless 1440p, high-end 1080p (ie 1080 144Hz/144FPS gaming), and pretty good 4K and virtual reality performance too. As with all our suggested PC builds for first-timers or intermediate builders, we don't just recommend a component but delve deep into exactly WHY we chose it to help you better understand and navigate the current (ever-confusing) hardware market for yourself so you can confidently tweak the very best parts-list for your exact needs.
Updated: Oct 10, 2018
Thanks to GPU prices being back to normal now, this month's sample $1000 setup is again one of the best overall value builds we've put out all year and boasts a very capable gaming CPU and gaming graphics card pairing that you simply would never see in a pre-built gaming desktop around this price. In other words, a GTX 1070 and i5 is a powerhouse setup that is typically unheard of in this sort of budget, but by carefully designing an optimal cost-effective parts-list it's a possibility and will give you elite gaming performance for years to come.
Updated: Oct 8, 2018
This custom build example showcases how to stretch 800 dollars to build a system to fully dominate 1080p gaming. In other words, how to get a solidly smooth and consistent 60FPS on maxed settings in every AAA title, whilst also having an overall well-balanced, long-lasting parts-list that'll hold you in good stead for years to come (and with plenty of upgrade options). This type of custom desktop is all the power you really need for 1080p 60Hz gaming, and the only reasons to spend more as a gamer is for higher resolutions, VR, higher refresh rates, and/or cool advanced features.
Updated: Oct 7, 2018
With a spending budget of 600 bucks you can really do some damage, and this setup shows you how to stretch your dollar as far as possible to assemble the fastest, longest-lasting, most upgrade-friendly computer possible to dominate 1080p gaming now and over the next few years. Along with our recommended $500 parts-list, this is one of the most bang for your buck builds we've put out all year, also thanks to GPU prices being almost back to normal at this point.
Updated: Oct 6, 2018
Objectively speaking this is perhaps one of the most cost-effective AKA bang for your buck builds we've put out all year. A strategic CPU and GPU pairing, other cost-effective yet quality parts, and GPU pricing almost back to complete normality make for a super effective 1080p build on a budget to dominate many modern games without breaking the bank (including a flawlessly-smooth 60FPS in Fortnite on very good settings and 60FPS in PUBG on low/medium settings).
Updated: Oct 4, 2018
A cheap budget of around 400 bucks can go a surprisingly long way these days partly thanks to AMD's latest APU offerings such as the 2400G, which offers the best integrated graphics solution that gamers have ever had access to. Meaning, you don't need to spend on a discrete graphics card to be able to play (most of) the latest games when building a PC.
Updated: Oct 2, 2018
It's that time of month again - new build examples AKA our best compilations of parts to maximize different spending budgets based on the current market. And this month we have something special for you guys, with the best lineup of builds and most in-depth breakdowns in our 12 year site history, also with all-new build tiers and site features to hopefully make planning your dream PC that little bit easier. We kick things off with our recommended entry-level rig, but stay tuned for the glorious high-end PCs that'll be released over the coming days.
Updated: Sep 24, 2018
Our hardware guide to building the best PC for rendering applications has undergone an update for builders in Q4 2018. We've added all-new processor and GPU recommendations in our current recommended rendering builds to factor in recent releases such as the latest AMD Threadripper CPUs and NVidia's latest RTX GPUs (which are not just great gaming cards but can be used for rendering production PCs too).
Published: Sep 16, 2018
If you want 1 on 1 help planning the best bang for your buck, compatible, well-cooled and upgrade-flexible parts list for your specific budget to get the exact performance you want in certain games, applications and/or resolutions/settings/refresh-rates, we offer a done-for-your build research service where we meticulously plan the ultimate system for your situation.
Recommended September 2018 Gaming PC Builds
Updated: Sep 9, 2018
Another month means another full update of all our custom build examples which show how we would strategically choose parts in the current hardware market to maximize performance, reliability, features and looks for the money. Since August there haven't been many changes at all, and most build tiers stay the same this month.
Published: August 28, 2018
The long-anticipated new range of graphics cards from NVidia are to be released in September and here we breakdown everything you need to know about the new GPU lineup minus the complicated tech-speak and slick marketing. We'll cover specs, new features, performance estimations, buying tips, our own thoughts, and more.
Updated: August 26, 2018
Everything you need to know about picking the right keyboard for your needs and budget. We list our top recommended keyboards for different price tiers, and for both casual and eSports gaming as pro/aspiring pro gamers have higher demands when it comes to peripherals. We'll also explain any noteworthy keyboard features.
Published: August 26, 2018
Optical drives are entirely optional PC components in 2018 as not everyone needs to play/read/write CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray these days, but if you still want one here's what you need to know including internal vs external drives, DVD formats explained, and our top value for money drive picks.
Updated: August 23, 2018
Our latest top-recommended mice for specific situations: casual gaming, multi-purpose general gaming, eSports/competitive gaming, First-Person Shooters like Overwatch and CS:GO, and MOBA games like DOTA 2 and LoL. You'll also learn which mouse specs are important to consider and what they actually mean.
Updated: August 21, 2018
What to look for when choosing the right PC case for your gaming build including which features matter and what they mean, and our top picks of the best value for money mid and full-tower gaming PC cases on the market right now. Your case will mainly come down to personal preference but shop carefully as they're not all created equal.
Updated: August 13, 2018
Nothing impacts your frame-rate and overall PC gaming quality, smoothness and experience than your graphics card, so you want to make sure you choose wisely and get a card that gives you the performance you're after in the specific games, resolution, refresh rate and settings that you'll be running. This guide covers everything you need to know about buying a GPU in 2018.
Updated: August 9, 2018
Our CPU beginner's guide has undergone a 2018 update and includes our latest general thoughts on Intel vs AMD, the features to consider, and our current recommended models for gamers in different price points. The CPU is one of the most important parts of a gaming computer so you should allocate a healthy portion of your build budget towards a good one.
Recommended August 2018 Gaming Desktop Builds
Updated: August 6, 2018
We've completed our full monthly update to our sample gaming PC builds for any budget, which show how we would strategically choose the best value parts on the market right now to build computers in various price tiers. Our August build lineup introduces an all-new $1000 build tier, which is aimed for those wanting the most cost-effective system possible for 1440p gaming.
Published: July 31, 2018
When planning a setup for streaming, you can either use one PC for both streaming and gaming which is recommended for most people, or if you're a more serious streamer you can build a dedicated computer just for streaming so you can allocate an entire PC to encoding the highest quality stream possible. This is how we'd build a killer dedicated streaming box for PC or console.
Updated: July 29, 2018
We've given a long-overdue, complete overhaul to our power supply buying guide for beginners which includes a ton of new content on picking the right unit for your gaming PC such as which brands are best, modular vs non modular units, which connectors to look for, efficiency ratings explained, single vs dual rails, how much power you need in 2018, and more.
Updated: July 27, 2018
If you're building, buying or upgrading a new PC as a video editor, certain components are going to be more important than others. In this guide we explain the hardware requirements of editing and how to pick good parts, with included sample video editing PC builds for different budgets.
Published: July 21, 2018
You've basically got two choices to connect your gaming computer online: using a wireless connection from your router or a wired Ethernet cable connection from your modem or router. Find out how each network method stacks up against each other in 2018, and whether or not a wired connection really is that much better for gamers as is assumed by most.
Published: July 20, 2018
Learn the difference between modems, routers, and modem router combo units, and which networking setup you should use for your new gaming PC and your home. If you're confused about the various networking devices available to buy, this beginner-friendly guide examines their pros and cons and will steer you in the right direction.
Updated: July 15, 2018
Sound cards are a luxury add-on component for a PC build that may be worth considering in certain circumstances. Learn everything you need to know about sound cards in our updated 2018 sound card buying guide, including when you would need one, which features and specs to consider, and the current best gaming sound cards on the market right now.
Updated: July 14, 2018
Motherboards can be one of the more confusing PC parts to select for your new build, especially as a newbie. In this guide we explain what you need to know about choosing motherboards so you can more easily, more quickly and more confidently pick the right one for your needs that is compatible, high-quality and has the features you want.
Note: Older updates can be found in our Archives section which contains all our articles (although keep in mind we delete any outdated articles that are no longer relevant)