About Colton

10432965_10201363845256988_341340840109844194_nHey everyone, my name is Colton and I have been a loyal gamer since 1999.Β  I built my first gaming computer back in 2011 and I will never go back to consoles due to its EPICNESS! πŸ˜›

I built this website in hopes that I can help guide individuals to enter the world of PC gaming while still on a budget. Just know that the more you pay, the better your computer is going to run your favorite games!

When I first had the idea of getting a gaming PC I researched pre built desktops. I was shocked by the results! Did you know that PC desktop manufacturers charge almost DOUBLE the cost of what their computers are actually supposed to be priced?

That’s when the beauty of building your own desktop comes in. Building a custom computer not only allows you to personalize it the way you want to, but you are also able to narrow down on a specific budget that you’re most comfortable with and still get a really good computer for yourself!

Some of the things I like most about PC gaming is the community, the ability to modify my favorite games and the fact that I can upgrade my PC whenever I want rather than having to go out and buy a whole new one!

PC gaming represents almost 40% of the worldwide gaming market, which is higher than consoles, phones, tablets or any other individual gaming segment – and it’s only growing BIGGER every year!

I’m very excited for the future of PC gaming. It’s going to be a wild ride, so hopefully I can help you get a head start in this next generation of epic gaming. πŸ˜‰



Founder of PC Builds on a Budget

E-mail: colton@pcbuildsonabudget.com


97 Responses to About Colton

  1. Julie says:

    Hi Colton

    Great site, lots of fab info. Thanks for sharing.

    Jules πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Colton,

    You have a terrific site here. It’s very informative and well designed! I will tell my sons about it since they are Gamers also.



  3. Dylan says:

    Hello Colton,
    I am loving the amazing information I can find here on your site and it is helping me to make some decisions on my upcoming journey into building my first ever custom gaming PC. Up until this point, I always thought storebought pre-builds were better, but seeing these budget PCs and comparing price, it’s DOUBLE If not TRIPLE the power at HALF the cost!

    I also emailed you some questions and hope you may have a minute to chat sometime soon. Look forward to hearing from you, keep up the amazing work.

  4. TONY says:

    hey Colton,
    Love the site, you’ve inspired me to venture into the PC building world. kudos bro…keep up the good work! left some questions for you on your $600 budget build. hope top hear from you soon

  5. Thomas says:

    Bro might be a weird request but I was just skimming through the site, since I have been a fan for about 8 months now at least, and I saw you did a review for your best gaming chair…….why not do a desk?? A little while back I used a combo of your $500 and $600 build just because I prefer the combo of intel and nvidia specifically because they are better optimized to play the batman arkham series on PC, and from then on I just went on a amazon rampage buying your GameCom 780s by Plantronics, the DeathAdder Chroma, the BenQ Gaming Monitor, Azio Levetron L70, and I even took one of your suggestions from the Towers link you put. Again thanks for everything and added you on steam lets game broman!!

    • Colton P says:

      Awesome! πŸ™‚

      That gaming chair review was from a while back, you must be going into the deep archives haha πŸ˜›

      I’ll definitely consider doing a desk, that’s not a weird question at all, friend! If you want me to do a certain kind of review just say the word and I’ll definitely consider doing it. I love that you’ve stuck around for as long as you have! It sounds like you’ve got a beast of a setup, both with your build and your peripherals.

      What was your Steam name? I want to make sure I added the right person lol πŸ˜›

  6. Dylan says:

    Well, I finally went and built my custom build.
    I had to settle with an ASUS M5A78L‑M/USB3 with AMD 760G over the Gigabyte AM3+ AMD DDR3 1333 760G you recommended for me. But, it seems to be doing about the same job really. Rather than order my parts online and wait around to get them, I went to Fry’s Electronics, a locally based electronics store that sells just about everything I needed to get my build put together.

    So, here is a list of what I decided to use.

    Enermax Coenus Gunmetal Grey Gaming Case
    AMD FX-8350 8-core CPU (4.0GHz)
    ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 Motherboard
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU fan
    2 x Tricool Red LED 120mm case fans
    1 x 200mm Blue LED top fan
    1 x 8gb crucial ddr3 ram
    3 x 2gb crucial ddr3 ram
    XFX R9 380 2gb GDDR5 GPU
    Corsair CX750 750W PSU
    1TB Segate 3.5″ HDD
    Windows 10 Pro
    Currently Single 24″ Dell monitor

    <— in case the image doesn't post here is the link


    • Colton P says:

      Sweet setup Dylan, loving the red and blue fan combo bro!

      Enjoy what this build is going to do for you for years to come, it’s one hell of a beast that’s for sure πŸ™‚

      Happy gaming!

  7. Homun says:

    colton is this a worth it laptop or gaming?

    for around 350 USD

  8. John "Matoro Smithy" says:

    I’m really glad I had a run in with this site. I intended to buy an $800 laptop and was going to attempt to add external hardware to it to play games, but the idea that I can build my own gaming/just about anything computer for less than $500 boggles my mind! Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey John,

      I’m glad that you like the site! πŸ™‚

      Building your own rig is definitely a lot cheaper and in the end a lot more of a powerful choice when it comes to getting into the realm of PC gaming. It’s definitely the better way to go that’s for sure!!

  9. YouJun says:

    Dear Colton,

    Great site, bro! I’ve been searching around maybe to buy a gaming desktop, but came across your site and i am literally blown by your builds. I’m planning on building one soon, but not sure which one to use. The only game that would really worry me would be WoW. Could i know in your opinion, which $$$ build you recommend for the highest graphic WoW? Thanks!

    • Colton P says:


      Thanks man πŸ™‚ building your own desktop is definitely the way to go!

      WoW is going to run flawlessly with the $500 build. You’ll be amazed by the performance πŸ™‚

      • You jun says:

        Thanks for the reply!
        Luckily i can be a little flexible with my budget and also pray i can get cheaper parts during black friday and cyber monday
        I have decided for any possible future gaming
        Im goin for the 600 build with slight modifications

        I changed the video card to Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 4GB GDDR5 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/DP Dual-X with Boost and OC version PCI-Express Graphics Card 11217-04-20G

        And the motherboard to be MSI Computer Corp. LGA1150/Intel H81/DDR3/SATA3 and USB3.0/A&GbE/MicroATX Motherboard H81M-P33

        Also im curious on the differences between the 500 and 600 build ram and cd drive
        What makes them different from each other? Thanks for any help!!!

        • Colton P says:

          I too am praying lol πŸ˜› gotta make sure that we’re up and around right when the sales go down!

          Those changes would be totally worth it, it’ll be one awesome gaming machine.

          As far as the differences between the two, there really isn’t much of a difference except for branding. Both builds were though up at different times, with different prices fitting the different budgets lol. It’s whatever quality ones I’m able to put together to fit within the budget, those are what go in. Performance wise, really no distinct differences.

          • YouJun says:

            Thanks again!!!
            Final question, any recommendation for wireless mouse/keyboards…i’ve used a few wireless mouses, but not all of them last very long,…

            any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks!!!

          • Colton P says:

            Sure thing, if battery life has been an issue then you’re going to want to check out this mouse by Logitech, proven to stand the test of time with 250 hours of life.

            For a wireless keyboard I’d recommend going with this one to pair with it. Most other wireless keyboards I’ve come across are of low quality, they aren’t worth the price points based on the reviews and overall design. If you need a backlit one then this one would be your best bet.

          • YouJun says:

            Hey Colton,

            Sorry to trouble you again.
            Having trouble with the other video card, so i’m looking into other options.
            I noticed that you recommend in the 600 build the Gigabyte GTX 960 Overclocked 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Cards GV-N960WF2OC-2GD, but could i know if i use the Gigabyte GTX 960 Overclocked 4 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card GV-N960WF2OC-4GD, would there be any problems? like compatibility or if it will fit?

            Also I’m looking into EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SSC GAMING ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card 04G-P4-3966-KR.

            Could you advise which one would be best? Thanks!

          • Colton P says:

            You’re not trouble at all YouJun, I don’t mind helping at all πŸ™‚

            Yes, you can use the 4GB version of that card. If you have the room in your budget then I’d highly recommend that you do so.

            Through my research, the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SSC GAMING ACX 2.0+ has just a slight hair of a performance win over the other card that you’ve mentioned, so it’ll honestly just come down to wanting to save that $10 or not. If that’s not an issue then I’d say to go for the EVGA one. That one will also fit the $600 build’s case just fine.

          • YouJun says:

            Hey Colton,

            So after clicking on your link, i’m getting two slightly different video cards for the EVGA ones that I was asking previously, could you tell me which one would be better in your opinin…I cannot tell the difference between the FTW and the SSC…Thanks for the help!!!
            EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card 04G-P4-3969-KR


            EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SSC GAMING ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card 04G-P4-3967-KR

          • Colton P says:

            The FTW version of the card has a slightly faster clock than the SSC.

            Go with whichever one is best on your wallet but it is good to know that performance wise, FTW wins!

  10. Hank M says:

    I was thinking of buying it all on Amazon. Is that a good idea or should I try Newegg?

    • Colton P says:

      I always recommend Amazon strictly because of the super awesome service and support that they provide. If you want to save money to find cheaper means then by all means go ahead, but Amazon is the king of support!

  11. andrei says:

    great site, so happy i found it. surely will be donating.

  12. Suez says:

    Hey Colton!

    This site is THE best. Several months earlier I COMPLETELY struggled on finding the cheap components of a gaming computer, because I thought even the good graphics card starts at 700$. But when I found this site? next thing I know is that I’m building a PC 3 hours later.

    I was a bit skeptical at first because some jerks on youtube told me the components you listed was weak, but MAN they were ABSOLOUTLEY wrong. Ran GTA V on High settings while remaining at 70 fps from the parts you gave me, truly the PC experience.

    And I am still having the experience right now. without this glorious site, I wouldv’e bought a 1000$ PC and be left without any money

    Anyway, thank you so much. You’ve got me into PC gaming, and like I said earlier, without this site, I would’ve been stuck in my old and aging XBOX 360.

    Thanks again man!

    • Colton P says:


      I’m really glad you dig the site! I made it to help people just like you, I was also an avid 360 gamer. Making the move to the PC gaming realm was the best decision I had ever made. πŸ™‚

      Do you happen to have a link to the YouTube video that you’re talking about? Wouldn’t mind taking a look at it.

      PC gaming all the way, cheers and happy gaming!! πŸ˜€

  13. jacob says:

    hey colton, I have been following this awesome website for little over a year now and I wanted to say awesome work! keep it up!

  14. Josh O says:

    I just love the site and all the awesome info you’ve put in here! Keep it up!!!

  15. jacob says:

    hey colton, I hear people say amd video cards are not too good and you should go with intel video cards, what’s your view on that? I’m asking because amd is cheaper. And if intel is better, can I still use amd to play games with okay graphics because I don’t care about playing games with the most perfect graphics, I just play for fun and like to have decent graphics. Thank you for the help!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey again Jacob, good question.

      As far as you saying “intel” do you mean nVidia? Because intel only has integrated graphics in their processors and aren’t really ideal for gaming.

      My first build had a 1GB AMD card in it and it worked really well! Lasted me about 4 years until I was ready for a bit better performance. AMD cards work great, the only main difference is that nVidia cards are usually the first ones to get optimal drivers versus AMD having to take a bit of time for the correct drivers to be released. If you would rather go with an AMD card then go for it! They perform pretty well, good bang for the buck πŸ™‚

      • jacob says:

        ok thanks. yea I meant NVidia
        also one of my friends says amd processors are awful compared to intel processors. again, I would like to get an amd processor because they are cheaper but I’m not sure if they will do well for me. I just want to have a pc for schoolwork, games with decent graphics and watching stuff. thanks for your help!

        • Colton P says:

          For the most part, some people are just big fans of Intel over AMD so they feel the need to put AMD down.

          I have a friend who has used an AMD CPU for years with his build and it works great. Sure, some Intel processors have better performance but you just can’t beat the power per dollar spent with the AMD choices.

  16. jacob says:

    hey Colton, I saw that you were talking about the steam lunar new year sale. I was wondering if you had steam and if so would you be able to add me as a friend because I would to be able to contact you about questions quicker. (my name is CharvaD) I don’t mind if you do not want to friend me.

  17. Griffin Kennedy says:

    Thank you for your website. I was needing a new computer and I wanted to build one. Building one for the price of a prebuilt one I knew I could get more bang for my buck. This website was a great starting point to find compatible components. I elaborated on some parts. But for 700 bucks I made a beast of mid grade gaming machine that will double as a work machine. And out perform my Xbox one which was my Goal. Thank you again for this website. It is awesome for newbies but also use nerds who just need a place to start. And don’t queit remember all the types of stuff like socket types what can work with what. Thank you.

    • Colton P says:


      Thank you for the kind words man, that is my overall goal with this website and I’m super happy to hear that you find it useful for those trying to move forward with their ideal builds!

      A $700 build definitely blows the Xbox One out of the water when looking at raw performance, enjoy the build man the PC gaming industry is in for some exciting stuff ahead πŸ™‚

  18. Henrik says:

    Hi Colton

    What a great site you have which I have just been so lucky as to stumble upon as I was searching the net for a place with recommendations for a cheap pc build.

    Reading through your recommendations for the various builds I suddenly realised that what I need is an upgrade for my rig and not a complete new one ie. I do not need a new case, PSU or CD drive as I already have them and i’m content with them and don’t see any needs for upgrading them also.

    So, this got me thinking and I came up with this idea; why don’t you have a section for builds which only require the “core” components of a rig like cpu, mobo, ram and video card.

    I hope you’ll take my suggestion into consideration.

    Kind regards,


    • Colton P says:

      Hey Henrik,

      Interesting suggestion man… I’ll definitely do some research see if people are looking for guides like that and if there are, I’ll definitely start building some! πŸ™‚

      Thank you!!

  19. Raphael says:

    Hi. Just new for this kind of topic.

    ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 Overclocked 4 GB DDR5 256-bit DisplayPort HDMI 2.0 DVI-I Graphics Card
    ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 960 Overclocked 4 GB DDR5 128-bit DisplayPort HDMI 2.0 DVI-I Graphics Card

    If I choose the 970, Will it still work? for the 600$ gaming pc build?I dont know whats the difference between this 256 and 128 bit. Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Raphael,

      If you have the room in your budget then I’d definitely highly recommend going with a GTX 970 over a 960.

      Thing is, you’ll want to make sure that the 970 can fit the case as there are some versions of it that wouldn’t. The version that you’re referring to (this one) would definitely work though πŸ™‚

  20. Jake M says:

    if i build myself a new computer, can i take the 1tb hd out of my old hp envy h8-1414 and use it or will i run into some problem? it would be nice to not have to download everything i already have on it and not buy windows. looking forward to not playing games on the lowest setting possible and thanks for all the help!

    • Colton P says:

      You should be able to as long as it is a normal, traditional hard drive. Some desktop hard drives like that have proprietary stuff with them where it can only be used with a specific type of motherboard but there’s only one way to find out if it does or not and that’s by trying to use it with a new build. Give it a shot and see what happens!

  21. Alex says:

    Hey Colton, I have a lot of questions in mind. First, I’m not sure whether to get a i7-4790k or i7-6700k. CPUBoss says the Devil’s Canyon is more powerful overall. Second, which GTX 950 line is the most powerful? I’ve heard that same GPU from different brands delivers different amount of Frame Rates.

    Lastly, I’m confused about the VR. Since I’m planning for 950, however 950 gets red on the VR Scale. This means it’s not ready. However I saw it gets around 70 FPS during VR session. But here’s my list of Framerates:

    20-30 – Poor
    40-50 – Okay
    60-70 – Good
    80-90 – Very Good
    100< – Excellent

    So on my scale I get Good, and playable, so should I run VR on my 950? Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Alex,

      I’m not exactly 100% knowledgeable when it comes to VR so I can only base my answer on tests that have been done with the Vive and my personal opinion based on the requirements for VR…

      As far as those CPUs, I’d personally shoot for the 4790k because it’s cheaper and it’s still an absolutely amazing processor. The performance level of it is going to be up to par for years to come and all in all is just a good way to go. With that, sure the 6700k is more powerful but you’ve also got to dish out extra cash for a CPU cooler right off the bat because it doesn’t come with one and as of today, it’s overkill.

      I have the 4790k with my build and the performance is phenomenal.

      As far as using a 950 for VR… I wouldn’t recommend trying it. Why get a 950 when you’re getting a CPU that is that powerful? Why not drop down to the i5 4690k and a much better GPU with the money saved?

      If you want better gaming performance across the board then you’ll want a better GPU not a better CPU. With the amount saved you could probably opt for a GTX 970 which would ensure a quality VR experience for sure.

  22. Jake says:


    I actually never had a PC, however I usually hang out in Cyber Cafes. However, I’m planning to build a PC. Because I’m a huge Counter Strike player, which GPU would you recommend? Since Counter Strike and other FPS games like CoD has a lot of difference apart, I need a cheap and good GPU. I’m pretty sure the GTX 750 works like magic, together with the price. I’m smooth with AMD tho, so if there’s any better AMD GPUs than the 750, knock on me!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Jake,

      Sounds like the $400 build would be best suited for you. The 750ti would work great it’s basically the best budget GPU on the market right now.

      You may want to consider upgrading the CPU to the FX-6300 instead though for the most optimal performance – especially in CS:GO!

  23. Samuel says:

    Hello Colton P!

    This is an amazing site and it is helping me out so much and I’m about to get all the parts I need and build my first computer! I couldn’t be more excited. I’m going with the $600 build, and I was wondering how that builds graphics would be compared to a PS4. I play allot of PS4 and either way I’m going to build the computer because I also need it for school, though I want to get into pc gaming as well. But just out of curiosity I was wondering if you knew how the $600 build would stand against a PS4.

    Thank you!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey again Samuel!

      Well when you look at the hardware of the PS4 and compare it, the build wins in both departments on the CPU side and GPU side.

      The PS4 rocks as a console and beats the Xbox One for sure but with that specific build you’ll have smoother frame rates, a bit better graphics, more hard drive space and overall a way better experience.

      PC gaming wins mainly with the community, the insane sales and freedom of modding. Hardware wise specifically though, it’s definitely way more powerful than the PS4 will ever be πŸ™‚

  24. Samuel says:

    Hey Colton !

    I just saw this now and wow that actually is really crazy! I have had the build actually for about 2 weeks now but I have only played games from like 2011 at the latest LOL and obviously that can be maxed out. Because I spent cash on the computer I haven’t bought a 2015 or 16 game yet, but I just signed up for origin access and after hearing what you said I’m really excited to play ps4 games with better framerate !


    • Colton P says:

      Happy to hear that you’re really digging the build Samuel, gaming is just so much better on a good PC build πŸ™‚

      Happy gaming friend!! Let me know if Origin Access is worth it down the road!

  25. Max says:

    Hey Colton I was wondering If this build would be good for a 2 screen display
    Apevia X-SNIPER2-GN ATX Mid Tower PC Gaming Case with Green Tinted Side Window

    ASRock Z97 Anniversary LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    ASUS STRIX-R9380X-OC4G-GAMING Graphic Card

    Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K

    Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Single DDR3 1600 MT/s PC3-12800 CL9 1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory (BLS8G3D1609DS1S00)

    EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1 80+ BRONZE, 750W Semi Modular 5 Year Warranty Power Supply 110-B1-0750-VR

    Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    Seagate 2TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST2000DM001)

    Or if there could be better items my budget is $800 and my 1st time building a pc

    • Colton P says:

      The 380x will be able to handle multiple monitors for sure.

      Multiple monitors simply takes more than one port for display. As long as you’d have the right cord (ex: one display uses HDMI and another one uses DVI) then you’ll be good to go!

  26. Drake says:

    I have a suggestion. Do you have or would you be able to do a tutorial on how to best tweak the settings on a game’s graphical settings to get the best experience?

    • Colton P says:

      Hmm… Thanks for the suggestion man!

      I definitely know a thing or two simply through experiencing different titles as to what settings actually affect visuals versus stuff that’s hardly noticeable for better performance. I’ll definitely put something like this on the list for future posts!!

  27. AnyOtherWay says:

    I’m curious, and I gotta ask – Do you watch anime?

  28. Drake says:

    I was wondering what you would say the life expectancy is on the GTX 900 series of cards now that the new 10’s are out.

    I have a 970 in my current rig and was wondering when you think that it is no longer going to be able to preform?

    • Colton P says:

      I also currently use the GTX 970 and I personally think that it’s going to be golden for more years to come.

      Sure, it’s not able to use the entire 4GB of VRAM that is advertised for it but so far its performance has not hindered in newer game releases and I don’t see that happening any time soon.

      • Drake says:

        Thanks, I have been doing some bench marks and see that it preforms as well as the 1060 in a 1080p.

        Just kinda bummed that the 1060 is about 100 buck cheeper then the 970 was when I got it two months ago.

  29. Jorge romero says:

    Hi my Γ±ame is Jorge,i need a build for work it just 4 of ram and 2.o ghz. No vΓ­deo card required. Can you send me a build at —

  30. Jorge romero says:

    Hi i need a build low budget for work only need 4 gb of ram ,and 2 ghz.if it can be as low budget possible.

  31. AnyOtherWay says:

    So, I had a couple ideas for posts you could “possibly” make, and there’s really not any other place on your site to suggest them, so here I am to suggest a couple posts you could “possibly” make.

    You made a “free games to get with your new build” type of list, so I was thinking you could make a “cheap games to get with your new build”, and by cheap I mean like $10 or less, maybe $15 or less. Doesn’t necessarily have to even be gotten with your new build! Two games I’d suggest if you do make that list are Terraria and Bloons Tower Defense 5.

    A post where you go over what you consider “the best membrane keyboard”, uncaring of the price of it(well, for the most part), and just going over what you’d consider the best membrane keyboard, which I’d consider as this Logitech keyboard. (http://amzn.to/2fcfCPR) For the price of it, you could probably go up a bit and get a low end mechanical keyboard, but personally I’d rather a higher end mechanical keyboard over a lower end one, even so where I’d go with a membrane over a low end mechanical, and I think it could just be interesting. You could also make a “best mechanical keyboard”, but I feel like that should wait til a different date, when you try out another or something.

    And lastly, a post where you just go over your favorite companies for making certain parts. Example? Who is your favorite motherboard maker, PSU maker, keyboard maker, etc. Basically, I’d like to see a post where you just go over who you think makes the greatest parts for each specific thing, since you must have some sort of thoughts in this regard. As an example, from what I’ve noticed your favorite for PSU seems to be EVGA, and for motherboard ASUS, so I just want to see what your favorite for every part is. You could even ask people in the comments of that post what they’re favorites for all the things are! Bonus if you also make a least favorite version, or just make least favorite in that same post. However, it’d be annoying if you made multiple posts for the thing, like “what’s my favorite psu makers”, or “what’s my favorite ram makers”, for lack of better words, so just make it one post, at most I’d say two.

    And those are my thoughts! Let me know if you like them, are confused by what I meant, or stuff. Of course, you don’t have to make these posts, these are just posts I think “could” be interesting.

  32. Gil says:

    Hel Colton, this website is very very helpful. I was thinking of buying a PC from best buy but after looking at the parts that most of there computers contain for the price is not really worth it. I just have one question because I’m in need of a PC. The main games I will be playing is H1Z1, Outlast, State of decay, The Forest and etc. Mostly open world games online. Will the $700 PC build on your website due the job well?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Gil! Glad that you dig the site πŸ™‚

      Yes! That’d be an ideal build for 1080p for today’s games. It’s a very solid build!! Let me know if you ever need more help as you move forward with your build, I’m all ears here!

  33. David Hamilton says:

    Hey Colton,
    I am not sure if you remember me, but you helped me out with the $1500 build. Anyways, I was wondering what is your opinion on the new AMD graphics cards and CPU’s?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey David,

      The new tech out now is definitely a step in the right direction. If you’re gaming at 1080p or even 1440p since you had the $1,500 build then there won’t be any need to upgrade quite yet. I still use my GTX 970.

      The new cards are great for 4K resolution and VR gaming for sure. Going forward they’re going to be the cards to have but as I said, no reason to upgrade really if you aren’t into 4K or VR gaming yet.

      Which cards were you looking at?

  34. Rob says:

    Hi Colton,

    I’m starting to put the funds together to build a gaming PC. I really want to be able to run games like Overwatch at over 100 FPS. I will not be using this PC for anything other than gaming. Will your build under $1,000 help me achieve this? I’m relatively new to PC building. I’m doing my research but as I’m sure you understand, there is A LOT to know.

    – Rob

    • Colton P says:

      Hi Rob,

      The $1,000 build is a high end build and you’d definitely run Overwatch like a charm going with it. You really wouldn’t have to spend that much to have a high quality overall experience with Overwatch but doing so would also allow you to run future games a lot smoother.

      Let me know what you decide to do and I’m always here as you keep moving forward with your build!

  35. Matt W. says:

    You do great work here. But, I have a what I think may be a bit of thinker for you. I have about $800 to spend on something right now(need right now) but want to be able to upgrade to your $1500-2000 range as funds become available.

  36. Mike says:

    Hey Colton,

    I appreciate the work you do.

    I was wondering what build you would recommend for some video editing? I’m trying to get more into video and photo but a little bit of gaming too, so which build would you highly recommend?

    • Colton P says:

      That’s why I love Ryzen so much, it’s the perfect CPU for video/photo rendering/editing yet it’s still able to keep up with some higher quality gaming.

      What type of budget are you on? I’d suggest the $1,000 build if you plan on doing heavy work and then something like the $700 build or $800 build would be good for high quality gaming and a decent bit of editing on the side.

      Let me know!

  37. Cody says:

    Hey bud. I haven’t really taken the time to go through this website until now. Very very detailed and very informative. I’m definitely going to check out some of the builds for myself. Love what your doing man. Keep it up.

  38. John "Matoro Smithy" says:

    Hey man, long time! I know it’s a bit harder to contact you through e-mail than through this site since you check this far more often, but I ended up with a pretty long message, and I wasn’t quite sure where to put it on your site’s comments’ sections since it discusses several different topics. I would appreciate it if you could give it a look at your leisure, it’s titled “On the Subject of Upgrades and Laptop Add-Ons…” Hope to hear from you soon!

  39. Darin DeRoy says:

    Thank you for this site! I have been console gaming for years, looked into PC gaming but it just seemed so intimidating. Your builds and the video really make building a PC seem possible!

    The only thing I am waiting for is true HDMI 2.1 implementation. I know that the most recent Nvidia GPUs were supposed to have them, but in the specs on their website it lists them as having HDMI 2.0.

    Any word on when we might actually see a GPU with true HDMI 2.1? (i.e. when we might see you include one in your builds?)


    • Colton P says:


      To my understanding, HDMI 2.1 is for 4K at 120hz and 8K at 60hz. With most of these builds and with games today, it’s not necessary for video cards to have that type of resolution and refresh rate. If it did exist, it’d cost a lot more than the most expensive build listed here which is the $2000 build – I’d guess that it’s going to be a while before the average consumer is actually ready for 4K gaming at 120hz and/or 8K gaming in general and then the hardware to be able to be cheap enough to create for gaming computers.

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