Latest PC Building Guides, News, Deals & More

Stay in the loop with any noteworthy changes to the site: every time we publish a new PC build, guide or tutorial, or if we make a significant update to one of our guides, we'll post it chronologically below.

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).

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

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.

What's the Best Wireless Adapter for Desktop Gaming: PCIe vs USB

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.

The Best PCI Express WiFi Network Cards for PC Gaming

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.

The Best USB WiFi Adapters for PC Gaming

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.

Get a Personalized Gaming/Workstation Parts-List to Your Inbox

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.

Recommended December 2018 Gaming Builds

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.

The Best Cyber Monday Deals for PC Gamers ft. Same Surprised Monkey

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.

The Best Black Friday Deals on PC Parts, Desktops, Laptops, VR & Accessories

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!

The Best $500 Gaming PC Build on a Budget (Nov 2018 Console KILLER)

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).

Recommended PC Builders for the Best Made-to-Order Gaming Desktops

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.

Plan the Best 3D Rendering Workstation PC Build: Q4 2018 Edition

Updated: Nov 22, 2018

Whilst the majority of you guys are building PCs primarily for gaming, we understand a healthy portion of you are content creators or professionals building more workstation-oriented PCs instead and we've got your back, too. In this guide we cover everything related to building an optimal 3D production and rendering rig, which has undergone an update for the late 2018 market to take into account newly released hardware.

Choosing the Best CPU for Gaming: Features 101 & Top November 2018 Picks

Updated: Nov 21, 2018

Our processor buying guide for gamers has been given an update to accommodate for recent CPU releases from Intel, namely the 9600K, 9700K and 9900K, which all now make our list of top recommended gaming CPUs for PC builds in late 2018. Intel can't be beat in the upper echelon, especially for extreme 144Hz builds where you need to crank out as many frames as possible (and is where Intel shines as they have better single threaded performance), but AMD makes our top recommendations in the budget and mid-range tiers. If you're new to the CPU world, this is the simplified beginner's guide that'll get you up to speed.

Plan the Best Gaming PC Build Under $600 (Nov 2018)

Updated: Nov 21, 2018

The 600 dollar recommended PC build for gamers stays the same as last month's build except for a small change in video card model from the EVGA single fan model to the currently better priced Asus dual fan model which is also overclocked out of the box for slightly faster performance. This guide explains how to stretch a modest $600 budget based on the current hardware market to build the fastest gaming rig possible to get 60FPS on high/ultra in most games in 1080p.

Virtual Reality 101 & Choosing Optimal Hardware Components for VR

Updated: Nov 20, 2018

We've tweaked our VR hardware guide with a few improvements such as including the new RTX GPUs so that it's now up to date for the late 2018 market. If you're looking to get into virtual reality on PC and want a 101 primer on how to get started, choosing the best PC VR headset, and what hardware you're going to need, this is the guide for you. 2019 could very well be a game-changer for VR with some very exciting titles to be released.

Plan the Best Gaming PC Build Under $800 (Nov 2018)

Updated: Nov 20, 2018

As we continue our meticulous re-evaluation of all our gaming build examples in time for the epic Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend of hardware sales that is to come, the next pit stop is our $800 build. This month we ditch the GTX 1060 6GB for the currently better value RX 580 8GB, which you can find at a super attractive $200-220 price tag right now.

Plan the Best $1000 Budget 1440p Gaming PC Build (Nov 2018)

Updated: Nov 19, 2018

Unlike some of the other tiers this month which have been totally revamped with new hardware recommendations, our suggested 1000 dollar build stays essentially the exact same albeit with a simple change in GPU model. An i5-8400 and GTX 1070 combination is hard to beat in terms of pure bang for your buck as a gamer, especially if you find a good deal on the 1070 which is quite easy to do at this point in time with price cuts happening on GTX cards left right and center.

Plan the Best $1200 High-End Gaming PC Build (Nov 2018)

Published: Nov 19, 2018

This month we've introduced a new $1200 price tier which shows how to utilize a budget of this amount to maximize gaming performance when building a PC in November. This amount allows for an impressive i5-9600K and GTX 1070 Ti gaming build for those either gaming in 1440p 60Hz or 1080p 144Hz, and is one of our overclocking-friendly builds as well with the unlocked i5 processor and decent aftermarket CPU cooler.

How to Plan the Best Gaming PC Build Under $1500 (Nov 2018)

Published: Nov 18, 2018

For this month's recommended 1500 custom gaming PC we've introduced an all-new high-end AMD gaming build, as the value of the 2700X CPU is hard to ignore and it makes a great alternative to an i5 or i7 and also makes for a very future-proof and well-balanced rig (in terms of performance as its an amazing multitasking chip). This build also features the all-new RTX 2070 graphics card, which is the new best pick right now around the mid to high-end GPU range, and represents the best overall value within the latest RTX releases when compared to the overpriced 2080 and 2080 Ti.

Planning the Best Extreme Gaming PC Build Under $2000 (Nov 2018)

Updated: Nov 14, 2018

We've complete our full monthly update of our current suggested $2000 parts-list, which explains how we'd currently spend a budget of this amount based on the current hardware market to get the most bang for the buck as a gamer. Most of the parts stay the same but this month we introduced an all-new awesome case for this build tier. This custom gaming PC is recommended for either flawless 1440p gaming performance or very respectable 4K and VR performance.

Planning the Best 4K Gaming PC Build Under $2500 (Nov 2018)

Updated: Nov 14, 2018

We kick off the full November tweaks of our monthly-updated recommended PC builds for gamers with our current recommended $2500 gaming PC build which includes the latest RTX 2080 Ti graphics card, the newly crowned king of single gaming GPUs, as well as the latest and greatest Intel i7 processor. The specific custom parts-list in this guide is exactly what we suggest right now to maximize a healthy PC budget of this size based on the current market.

The Best Video Card Deals on GTX GPUs (October Daily Deals Tracker)

Updated: Nov 14, 2018

The new RTX 20 series cards have been released by NVidia which means price drops on the 1080 Ti, 1080, 1070 Ti and 1070. If you can't afford the slightly overpriced price tags of the new RTX cards and would rather get a cheaper current-gen card (which aren't going anywhere soon and are still good buys) to maximize gaming performance for every dollar you spend on your new build or upgrade, here we're tracking the best deals we can find from Amazon and Newegg on the previous 10 series.

Gaming PC Build Guide for Beginners: 7 Steps to Your First Custom Setup

Published: Nov 9, 2018

Building your very first custom setup and need a full roadmap? We've run this site for many years now, helping countless first-timers take the fun leap into DIY for the first time, but we've never had an A to Z step by step guide covering everything from scratch all in the one place. As in, not just building your PC, but planning it from absolute scratch and understand hardware basics as a complete beginner. This changes now, and this guide will take you by the hand through absolutely every step that it takes.

Game Settings Explained: Choosing the Best PC Graphics Settings

Published: Oct 28, 2018

Whether you're planning a new build and wondering which settings you should aim for and base your hardware choices around, or whether you have already built your system and looking to tweak performance, this beginner's guide to graphics settings covers all the basics including a look at whether you really need ultra settings, which settings affect FPS the most, which are most CPU intensive, and more.

What's the Best Resolution for PC Gaming in 2018?

Published: Oct 22, 2018

A newbie guide to the most popular resolutions for gaming in 2018 and which to choose for your new custom build and monitor, inluding optimal resolutions for the specific graphics card that you choose and our thoughts on 1080p vs 4K. The resolution you choose has a great bearing on the performance you'll get, and ultimate on how much you need to spend on your PC.

Choosing Hardware for the Best Battlefield 5 Gaming PC Build

Published: Oct 20, 2018

This November EA and Dice launch the latest Battlefield which promises to be a great WW2 single and multiplayer FPS, with a much anticipated Battle Royale mode to be released later down the track too. In this guide we'll explain the system requirements, how demanding the game is, and tips on upgrading or building the right system for good performance in this game.

How to Build the Best 4K Gaming PC Monster in October 2018

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.

Recommended Extreme $2000 Gaming PC Build (Oct 2018 Edition)

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.

The High End $1500 Gaming Computer Build (Oct 2018 Edition)

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.

Current Best Gaming PC Build Under $1000 (Oct 2018)

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.

The Best Value 1080p 60FPS Ultra Gaming PC Build (Q4 2018)

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.

Recommended Mid-Range Gaming Computer Build (Q4 2018)

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.

The Best $500 Budget Gaming PC Build (October 2018 Updated)

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).

The Best Gaming PC Build Under $400: Recommended October 2018 Cheap 1080p Setup

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.

The Best Gaming PC Build Under $300: Recommended October 2018 Entry-Level 1080p 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.

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