How To Build A Personal Computer, Optimize Your Budget!

Last Updated on August 14, 2015

Knowing how to build a personal computer will allow you to optimize whatever budget you may have so that you can build an awesome computer!

The first and most important thing that you’ve got to ask yourself is what kind of computer you’re looking to build.


Here’s A Basic PC Build

Are you just wanting to browse the internet, watch YouTube videos, browse social media sites and use it for every day computer stuff?

Or are you a gamer that’s looking to get the most bang for their buck to run the most demanding video games?

To me, a personal computer is a computer that is made for basic computing needs like I mentioned above. Just to browse the internet and maybe play a couple of flash games or Facebook games here and there.

If that is what you’re looking for then keep on reading through this post, the hardware that I am going to share with you is going to allow you to optimize your budget to get the best personal home computer possible!

And after you go through the parts and you decide that you kind of want to go even cheaper then you can just let me know in the comments area below that you would love a cheaper option and I’ll do what I can to help you out! 😀

If you’re a gamer and you’re looking for a PC build that will run your favorite video games then I highly suggest that you check out the $500 gaming PC build that I have on this site. It has got amazing hardware that was made specifically for gaming and once you see the power it has for gaming performance, I just know you’ll be in awe. 😉

Now if you know that you’re not going to be doing much gaming and if you know that you’ll just use it as a personal home computer then read on my friend, you’re about to learn a new skill and you’re about to have an awesome personal computer!


How To Build A Computer

Building a computer is actually a lot simpler than what it seems. When I built my first computer I had no idea what I was getting into, I just knew that I wanted to build my own that way it could be as cheap as it could be.

This is where the video series by Newegg comes in. These guys have made a series of videos the shows you step by step what it takes to bring the computer components together to bring a PC to life.

You can check it out below! Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference when you go to build your own personal computer!

Be sure to go through that video, every part of it, before AND during the actual process of when you build your computer. This is the same video series that I went through when I built my first computer and I have since then built many computers for friends and family, Newegg did an awesome tutorial!

With all of that, let’s get to the actual hardware that’ll be inside of a personal computer. I will be updating this list with what I think is the most optimal hardware based on the date that I update it.

Again, if you’re looking for an even lower price just let me know in the comments area below this post.


Optimal Hardware For A Personal Computer


Last Updated: August 14th, 2015


caseCase – Rosewill Dual Fans MicroATX

mobo Motherboard – Gigabyte LGA 775 G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

cpu Processor – Intel Pentium E5800

card Video Card – ASUS GT 610 Silent 1GB

ram RAM – Crucial 2GB Single

psuPower Supply – Rosewill Stallion Series 400W

hd Hard Drive – Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 500 GB

cd CD Drive – Samsung SATA 1.5 Gb-s


Final Price: $312.83



This build is pretty good, this is a great budget build if you’re just looking to store photos/videos, watch/stream 1080p movies and if you’re looking to browse the internet with optimal budget performance then this is definitely the right build for you.

For a case, the Rosewill case listed above gets the job done at the lowest cost possible. Everything will fit fine in the case, it may be a tight fit but it’ll definitely work I know that for sure. Any case will do with these parts, the only reason I have this one listed is because it is simply the best budget case available to date. If you want to browse other computer cases then you can do so by clicking here!

The Intel Pentium E5800 has more than enough processing power to really pump up the processes when it comes to watching videos and/or browsing the interwebs. The dual-core power is great for multi-tasking and making sure that your PC is able ro keep up with the demands of running certain programs, like an internet browser for example.

The Asus GT 610 is super silent, you won’t here a thing from this video card. It has 1GB of memory and has enough power in it for watching 1080p resolution videos. It will also display blu-ray quality videos just fine as well.

If you’re looking to add a blu-ray player then I highly suggest that you replace the CD drive that I have listed above with this drive instead. It will play blu-ray disks but it will also be able to play/write on regular CD/DVD as well.

2GB of RAM will allow you more than enough memory room to keep up with your basic computer needs. Want to have a YouTube video up while you’re working on a document? Then just know that 2GB RAM will be able to have your PC do that!


Operating System And More

As far as an operating system goes, I’d suggest picking up either Windows 7 or Windows 8 for now. Microsoft is giving a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it comes out in July, all users of the Windows services will get a notification about upgrading to Windows 10 for free.

Now I understand if you don’t want to throw down an extra $100 for an operating system. I guess that is one tiny flaw behind building your own computer, but trust me, you won’t find a desktop computer at this price for this amount of power especially where the processor is concerned.

However, if you want to save your money for Windows or if you just want to avoid that cost all together then I highly suggest adding Ubuntu, a Linux based operating system.


Because it is free of charge. 🙂

Honestly Ubuntu is pretty much perfect for a personal computer. The only downfall to it would be that it isn’t compatible with a lot of video games out there but if you’re not a gamer and if you’re just looking for a reliable basic PC then you’re in luck, you should definitely just use Ubuntu instead of Windows to save yourself $100.

Also, if you want internet connection then you’re going to have to pick up a Wireless Network Adapter as well. This plugs right into your motherboard and the antennas come out of the back of the computer case. This allows your motherboard to connect to any available wifi connections.


To Conclude

All in all, if you’re looking for a basic personal computer that will get the job done as far as browsing the internet, playing 1080p resolution videos and if you need something to connect to the internet in a reliable and optimal way then this is definitely the build for you.

So what do you guys think of this PC build? Is this the kind of build that you’re looking for?

If you have any questions about it let me know in the comments area below!

29 thoughts on “How To Build A Personal Computer, Optimize Your Budget!”

  1. You mentioning in one repose that someone could email you for some other ideas. Is that option still available? If you could email me, I’d love to respond with kinda my situation. I’m moving from Kenya to Cameroon with the U.S. Army, but want to build something along the way that will meet our needs. Speed is important (so I’ll shoot for a SSD maybe…), minor video and photo editing is next, followed by my son playing Minecraft. I would love to have something set up to back up my photos so maybe I need an extra hard drive? I would like the easiest, no brainer option for backing up my 200 GB of photos and about 200 GB of video… and be able to get into them and edit them and quickly save them and copy them to DVD or USB drives… We won’t do any big gaming at all, but will stream Netflix, stream video from FB and from other websites, possibly through a VPN. I’ll buy Win 10 unless you have a better Win recommendation. I have a 6 year old Acer that is now running at 90% physical memory. I don’t know why. I erased the HD, reinstalled Win 7, have a USG-provided Symantec virus protection, tried Google, but still haven’t found a way to clean it up. I’d love to make it work again if you have advice, but eithe3r way, I want to build a new one for me.. so any advice on the above would be greatly appreciated!

    • Sure thing you can reach my email at the About Me page though I’m a bit more active here in the comments.

      I would recommend going with the $400 or $500 builds here on the site and adding in a SSD instead of a hard drive right off the bat. Then if you needed more hard drive space you could always add in a 1TB hard drive down the road as a secondary drive. The performance would be perfect for what you’re trying to get done.

      As far as back ups, I’d go with an external drive through USB. They’re a bit more expensive but it’d make file transfers super easy. I’d also suggest looking through the mid tower cases on Amazon if you’re wanting to have more USB slots and what have you. Link me to a case you think you’d want to use and I’ll let you know if it work with a specific build!

      Let me know!

  2. Can you finally build a pc with a budget of 300$ to finally beat the consoles once and for all.

    If your having problems take this PC build, for your 300$ build its really meant for the community.

  3. Hey Colton I have some good news, I have managed to build a 300$ pc build With a few sacrifices like the HDD but overall this is the best pc build for 300$ I tried my hardest to keep it in my budget but here it is


    Case 26$ ZMT1PLUS
    Motherboard 47$ H110M-HDS
    HDD 20$ Western Digital (WD) Caviar Blue 320 GB
    PSU 30$ EVGA 430 W1, 80+ WHITE
    RAM 41$ Kingston HyperX FURY Black 8GB
    CPU 60$ Pentium Processor G4400 3.3 GHz
    GPU 90$ Gigabyte AMD R7 360

    Do not put doubt on the pentium it is much more powerful than it meets the eye.

  4. Man… This build is rather weak. If you have a 300$ budget, I don’t think you should be trying to fit a GPU into the build, just go with an APU. And even then, this build is rather old. I do see it hasn’t been updated in a year+, but that doesn’t change that it’s old. Update perhaps needed.

  5. Hey Colton, I am planning to build my wife a home PC. No gaming, just streaming videos and browsing the internet. Is this build okay or is it too much?
    Thanks for your help! Can’t wait to start on it

    • The CPU is a good bit too much if she’s not doing anything like with Photoshop or rendering stuff. Other than that, I suppose that’d be an ideal route for a HTPC! Look into the Pentium processors and motherboards that go with, they’re even cheaper and will definitely be good enough.

  6. Hi,
    Any Recommendations?

    $500-$700 Budget (if needed). Looking to build a PC for wife. Mostly browsing numerous shopping sites, she also leaves them open for a couple days, if this matters. Facebook, you tube, but no gaming. only basic sound. No sound card needed.Looking for fast internet connections (WIFI) and speed most important. Also we will need 21-23″ monitor and keyboard and mouse. Also need windows since she does not like change…lol.This will be my first build, really excited. Also will be building a Gaming PC for myself as soon as I’m done with hers or at the same time. I will be checking out your Gaming PC Builds and I will have a slightly higher budget for the Gaming PC. Thanks for your help. Can’t wait to get started.

    • Hey Bill,

      If you’d like, I can e-mail you for better communication towards getting those specific builds going. Your wife’s PC build isn’t going to need anything super crazy, you’ll be able to make it for a pretty low price point if she just wants to be able to watch 1080p video and browse the web!

      Go ahead and click on the “About Me” section of the top navigation and you’ll find my e-mail. Shoot me a message and I can definitely get you some configurations that’d work best for you!

    • If you’d like me to then I can definitely get the parts updated, I’ve never seen anyone interested in this guide specifically. Mainly the gaming builds, but if you’d like it then yes I will definitely update it when I’m able to!

      • Sorry for late reply its just that I live in a contry where prices are doubled, I manage to build a pc with gt 730 120 a gt 730, 120 gb SSD 63, 120 strongest pentium G, 4 gb ddr3 ram, terrible 450 watt Mercury ATX, Mid range Case for about 330$. Just for you to know the prices are doubled in my contry, so can you manage to build a pc better that this?

  7. Hi, I’m looking to build a basic computer, but I want to be able to hook up 2 monitors to it – 1 for a spreadsheet or word document and the other for either a Web page or netflix. I’m thinking the video card and ram may need to be upgraded. Is that true? Can you recommend another option?

    • Hey there Jessica,

      Actually the video card listed above would work fine with dual monitors. One would have to be VGA/HDMI/DVI and the other would have to use whatever isn’t being used. The video card is also good enough for video services at 1080p resolution such as Netflix or YouTube.

      2GB of RAM would be enough for basic computer needs like what you’re talking about here. Everything above would be what you need!

  8. Hi, the build that you gave as an example but, I came to this website because I was looking for a new computer, because my laptop is getting old, but it is still hanging(It is a low budget 15″ Acer laptop), but I kind of change my mind, when I read about your opinion about Ubuntu. And recently I started working with my money on my laptop(with a windows 8, the pirate version) and I have a friend who suggest to reinstall my OS to Linux, because it is safer, what do you think is Ubuntu safer, compared to Windows?

    • Windows is safe when it is a legit copy Lyubomir. 🙂

      Ubuntu is free and yes, it is extremely safe. The UK govt. actually just approved it for its security, it rocks! I’d suggest trying to run Ubuntu on your laptop and if that doesn’t work then you should definitely build your own personal computer 🙂

  9. Hey Colton!
    Thanks for this article on building your own personal computer. The build you laid out was exactly what I had in mind. While budget is always a concern, in this case I am really on a tight one.
    Thanks again ~Jeremy

    • Hey Jeremy!

      You’re very welcome, the beauty in building your own computer is the budget. Retailers would sell this PC for upwards $400-$500 and this PC is definitely not supposed to be that kind of price point as you can tell.

      If you need to go even lower on the budget just let me know and I can try to work some magic 🙂


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