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The Best Gaming PC Builds for the Money: Q3 2019 Edition

Aug 21, 2019

We've updated our main recommended builds chart for all 11 different price points to reflect our new top recommendations following the recent new CPU and GPU launches from AMD and AMD/NVidia respectively. Some of our individual in-depth build guides are still to be updated for Q3 2019, but the main table is now live and ready to trigger some who might feel there's still too much team blue among our picks. But as always, we back up all our recommendations with the data and facts wherever we can, but overall it is a fairly big takeover by AMD after all, who take a full clean-sweep in every single budget and mid-range tier for the first time in the history of our build series (as far as I can remember; long-term readers will know it's been a while ;p).

Building the Best $800 PC to Dominate 1080p (Q3 2019 Edition)

Aug 18, 2019

Our latest recommended $800 custom PC for maximizing gaming performance gets a bunch of tweaks including a new 500GB M.2 SSD boot drive, a large 16GB of super fast 3000MHz RAM (previously 8GB), a slightly better PSU, and a better processor and motherboard combination. Oh, and the GPU model changes, too. Besides the P400 case, it's essentially a brand new build based on recent price changes in the market, and our top example right now of how to stretch $800 as far and wide as possible when building a great new setup for 1080p 60Hz or (or entry level 1440p or 1080p 144Hz).

How to Build the Best $600 Mid-Range Gaming PC (Q3 2019 Edition)

Aug 15, 2019

Our 600 dollar recommended rig get a total makeover and is now based around the supreme bang for buck R5 2600 thanks to a nice recent price drop following the Ryzen 3rd gen launch. We also switch up storage with an all-new 500GB m.2 SSD as flash pricing is much more reasonable these days, along with changes to every single other component since the last edition of our $600 build leaving no a trace of the previous i3-8100 build. It's safe to say, when it comes to builds on a budget in 2019, AMD has the clear high ground with better value CPUs for all builds $600 and under.

Do You Need a BIOS Update for Ryzen 3000? (FAQ)

August 7, 2019

Like with the last Ryzen launch, BIOS confusion has plagued a fair few newbies building a budget B450 system with the new CPUs such as the R5 3600. We answer some of the common questions surrounding this such as whether or not you need to update your new motherboard's BIOS for Ryzen 3rd gen CPUs, and the various ways to do it. Plus, our thoughts on the seemingly many having problems updating the Tomahawk for the 3000 series.

Building the Best $500 Budget Gaming PC (August 2019)

Aug 6, 2019

Unlike our two super-cheap $300 and $400 AMD APU builds which get a couple improvements during this Q3 update, our sample RX 570 4GB build remains the same from Q2. After going over it with a fine comb and re-evluating its components, each part still remains our top pick when building a great 500 dollar rig for real good 1080p medium/high. The guide has been tweaked and added to in little ways though, including new peripheral and tool recommendations.

How to Build the Best Cheap $400 APU Build (August 2019)

Aug 4, 2019

Our example AMD APU build on the cheap gets a refresh to take into account recent changes to the market, most notably the release of the 3400G which has lowered the 2400G in cost quite nicely. This also allows for some memory reinforcements; new 3200MHz modules to replace our previously recommended 2666MHz sticks to nicely boost frame rates as APUs enjoy fast RAM.

Planning the Best $300 Gaming PC Build (August 2019)

Aug 2, 2019

It's that time again - fully updated and refreshed build guides! The dust has settled on the latest CPU and GPU releases of July, of which there were quite a few, and through August we'll be bringing to you our new and improved sample builds based on how we now see the market. We kick things off for the super-budget gamers wanting to spend as little as possible to still get respectable performance in many popular games, which includes our thoughts on the latest super-budget 3200G APU release from AMD, and why we recommend the 2200G instead due to widespread B450 motherboard BIOS update issues.

What Are Graphics Card Slots? Size Differences Explained

July 25, 2019

What is the QVL and is it Important for RAM Compatibility?

July 22, 2019

When planning a new build you might stumble on something called the QVL, and then enter a rabbit hole of differing opinions should you start researching into it online. Is the QVL important for your build? Ask 10 people and you'll get 10 slightly different answers. You then wish you never knew it existed 'cause ignorance can be bliss. If you want some sort of conclusion so you can move on with your build, here we break down our objective thoughts on its importance (or non-importance).

How Accurate is PCPartPicker to Check Hardware Compatibility?

Published: July 19, 2019

An objective look at the PCPartPicker compatibility checks and whether or not you can rely solely on this helpful tool to plan a new build, including my own personal thoughts and experiences using their tool.

The Human PC Build Generator (Have Us Plan Your Ideal Build)

Published: July 18, 2019

We've improved our "build generator" (which is an in-depth parts-list help service for beginners wanting thorough guidance) and added 3 different service options. You can now select your desired timeframe to receive your personally-researched custom parts-list - either within 2-5 days, or within 24-48 hours with our express option for an extra $4.99. There's also a new VIP edition which gives you 3 months of available technical support, plus a specially-created accompanying written guide for your build which includes an in-depth breakdown of why each part was selected and extra tips/advice for your build.

The Best Prime Day 2019 Deals for PC Gamers & Enthusiasts

Published: July 16, 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.

$1000 Gaming PC Build Guide for Q2 2019

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.

Killer Red and Black Gaming PC Build for $1200 (Q2 2019)

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.

Plan the Best $1500 Gaming PC Build (Q2 2019 Update)

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.

How to Build the Best Gaming PC Under $2000 (Q2 2019 Update)

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. 

Plan the Best $2500 PC Build for 4K Gaming (Q2 2019 Update)

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.

How to Build a Monster $3000 Gaming PC (New Build Tier)

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.

How to Choose the Best Router for Gaming in 2019

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.

The Best Tri Band Gaming Routers for the Money

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.

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