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#5731333 The Ultimate 'Build-A-PC' Thread. Complete With Pricings & Recommendation...

Posted by SOSTrooper on 04 June 2009 - 09:20 AM

So people have suggested a master thread to rid of all the 'help me build a PC for X amount of money' threads. This thread will be a work in progress, and may or may not be as helpful as we might think. If after a period of time this thread has proven to be useless or unhelpful, we'll kill it. In the mean time, we can give it a try.

Quality part suggestions are welcomed. I may even put up detailed instructions on how to build a PC (with pics and links to videos by other people) in the placeholder posts below. Please be patient as this thread will be updated constantly (usually at night when I'm home).

Please be aware this is not a 'deal' finder thread. Prices merely reflect the retail prices at which Newegg sells the parts for. You can find your own deals or better pricings on another website.

Special thanks to RAMSTORIA, CoffeeEdge, crystalkear64, Hydro2Oxide, Droenixjpn for their builds and insights.
Should I buy X now or wait?!?
You should always wait if you can control yourself. Prices will go down 99% of the time and/or a new platform is always around the corner. Its the way technology works.

Updated 06/06/2010


  • This list contains quality parts delicately selected and strongly recommended by your fellow CAGs for your computer build. These selections are based on a) brand reputation, b) price, and c) features.
  • If you want to check out the 'actual' building process before contemplating on building your own, please refer to 2nd post.
  • Many items may have Mail-In-Rebates (MIR) involved, clicking on the item will bring you to Newegg's site which will give you the most updated price. Other websites such as Amazon, ZipZoomFly, eWiz may have better prices due to sales. There is also cashback available via www.bing.com. So you should do your own research on the best prices when you're ready to take the plunge.

Processors: (updated 05/31/2010)
Intel: The Future: Ivy Bridge, the successor to Sandy Bridge is supposed to come out in Q1 2012.


LGA775 (out of date socket)





AMD Future Processors: Llano, a CPU that has a built in GPU is releasing on June 30 in the FM1 socket. Bulldozer, the successor to the Phenom series is being released in Q3 2011, (probably Septemberish, although there were rumors of a late July launch). Bulldozer will use the AM3+ Socket and the 9xx series chipset.

Socket AM3 (will work on both AM2+ and AM3 motherboards)

Motherboards: (updated 05/31/2010)
(trusted brands: Gigabyte, Asus, DFI, Foxxconn, MSI, EVGA)

For Intel CPUs





Socket AM2+

Socket AM3

Memory/RAM: (updated 01/08/2010)
(trusted brands: Crucial, Corsair, Patriot, OCZ, Kingston, mushkin, G.SKILL)



Video Cards: (updated 02/13/2010)
(trusted brands: EVGA, XFX, Sapphire, Diamond, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Zotac, BFG)


Lower Mid-Range:

Higher Mid-Range:

High End:


Sound Cards: (updated 06/05/2009)
Use onboard sound to save money.

Hard Drives: (updated 06/05/2009)

Solid State Drives:

(60GB usually boot drives, 100 to 120GB is ok for system)

Optical Drives: (updated 09/26/2009)

Power Supplies: (updated 07/03/2009)
(trusted brands: Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, SeaSonic, OCZ, Silverstone, Thermaltake, Antec, Enermax)

Cases: (updated 06/08/2009)

Cases only:

Case + Power Supply Combos:

Media Center Cases:

Monitors: (updated 06/08/2009)
(trusted budget brands: Acer, Asus, Hanns·G; trusted name brands: Samsung, Dell, LG, ViewSonic)

Accessories: (updated 01/08/2010)

Input Devices:

Case Fans:

3rd Party CPU Fans (for overclockers):

Socket 775/AM2+/AM3

Socket 1366


Sample Builds:

Here we have provided some sample builds suggested by experienced CAGs for those who don't want to select every single component by themselves. Links are to Newegg's public wish lists, which allow you to add/subtract parts that you may or may not like to have.

For example, if you do not play games, but want to do video editing with $700 budget, simply select a cheaper video card and upgrade the CPU to a Quad core. Also, please add your own DVD burner, I intentionally left them out because when they go out of stock, the build lists become glitchy.

Gaming PCs:





Non-Gaming PCs

$200 (Possible? Mmm not so much anymore.)

  • Intel: 1) i3 530 Build (updated 01/19/2010)
  • AMD: (updated 06/04/2009)
  • Intel: 1) i5 750 Build (updated 01/19/2010)
  • AMD: (updated 06/04/2009)

Media Center PCs