How To Build Your PC

Before venturing into your build you need to know what type of budget you’re working with. From there, you can execute on ordering each part!


Choose Your Budget

Below are links to each budget guide. The more you spend, the more powerful your PC will be after completing the build. If you’re looking for something as an entry level PC that can handle most gaming at a 1080p resolution then I’d suggest starting by looking at the $500 build guide.




After you pick your budget point you’ll see the complete part list that corresponds with that type of budget and you’ll also see the same video guide on putting all of the parts together. I will also share that video on this page!


How To Build Your PC

I will forever and always refer to the greatest PC building video in the world. 🙂

Newegg TV created a series of 3 videos and they are filled with pure quality content on how to build a computer completely from scratch.

When I built my first gaming PC I watched the video below and copied everything step by step as I built my computer. It took a while, but man it was a great feeling once it powered up!

After building several computers for friends and family, I can now easily set up a computer in an hour and trust me I knew NOTHING about building computers when I first started. I was only interested in PC gaming on a budget! 😉

Feel free to bookmark this page for later use when you go to build your PC gaming beast. If you have any questions about your PC, feel free to ask me in the comment area below! 🙂

What do you guys think of this video? Is it informative?

Which build are you going to go with?

Let me know in the comments below!


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66 Responses to How To Build Your PC

  1. James Ivy says:

    Hey Colton
    very good website especially the video, how did you get the video into your site. very informative through out links were very easy to follow and the pictures were great it looks very professional keep up the good work.

    • Colton P says:

      Thanks for the kind words, James!

      As for the video, I went to YouTube and copied the embed link and then pasted it into the text area of my blog post. I then tweaked the dimensions to get just the right size that I wanted.


    • Gat says:

      i’m looking for a PC that can run small indie games and bigger names like smite and worlds of war craft plus mods for them. iv never had a PC and i would like something simple that i can play with friends and customize in the future do u have any suggestions


    • Cole Nodden says:

      How much did the build with the money case cost. I think it is a good build and I like but I’m not sure if it’s in my budget. My budget is around $450. Also the video was very helpful. To me since I didn’t know to much about Pc. Thanks in advance.

    • James says:

      So doing my first build, bought all the pieces in the $400 budget computer. Thinking I followed it correctly nothing powers on nor is there an led on motherboard showing the power is flowing.

      • Colton P says:

        It’s best to go through the video again slowly ensuring that each step was done correctly.

        Do you have the CPU fan plugged into the correct prongs?

        Do you have the power supply plugged into the outlet? (I know that sounds obvious but sometimes that happens.)

        All of the right power cables from the supply to other parts such as the motherboard, graphics card etc is plugged in correctly?

        Nothing happens at all when you go to power on? Have you tried powering up via the screwdriver method?

    • Erik says:

      I want a bar. That has led colors light up

  2. Alayne Jones says:

    Hi Colton,
    you have provided heaps of very useful (& technical!) info here! I’m
    glad there are people such as yourself who can comprehend the inner workings of computers, I don’t think I’d ever be able to wrap my head around it! Great work on your site & thanks for sharing your extensive knowledge! I’ll know who to come to if I ever have internal computer issues!

  3. AndyJ says:

    Hey Parre, Lot’s o’ cool stuff on your website! The video on building your own pc is GREAT! Best success.


  4. Brock says:

    I built my first computer 4 years ago, and like you, I started out not knowing much. It was so rewarding when it powered up and everything worked. 🙂 Amazon has always been my go to source for PC parts since they have awesome customer service.

    • Colton P says:

      I agree that It’s a great feeling once it powers up! 🙂

      I’ll never forget my first PC build LOL, took me an hour to realize that I didn’t have it plugged into an outlet for the first time! xD

      Amazon is great, I go there for anything really, especially computer hardware.

  5. Abel says:

    Hey Colton, from reading your website (which is awesome!, btw), I finally came up with a build. I’d appreciate if you took some time and looked at my amazon list and see if it’s all compatible since this is my first build that I’m planning to do. Thanks for your time!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Abel,

      That looks like a pretty great build, though it’d be in your very best interest to spend the $10 for the FX-6300. There’s is a big gap of performance power between that and the CPU you’ve got there for your build, you’ll regret not doing it honestly. The CPU you’ve got for your build isn’t going to really stand the test of time… but everything else is going to result in an amazing setup!

  6. Hank M says:

    Hey Colton,
    I am building a $1000 dollar pc. I was going to buy one off of Cybertronpc, but when I saw your site I was encouraged to build my own. So i went on pc part picker and came up with this list. I was wondering if I left anything out of the build besides an operating system. I am going to boot that from usb.
    Thanks for the help.

    • Colton P says:

      Looks like an extremely solid build to me man, might want to look into a wireless network adapter. Check out the one I recommend on any of the different budget points that I’ve made available here.

      Other than that I’d say you’re good to go!

  7. Hank M says:

    I looked for everything on that list on Amazon and found that it added $120 to my price. Is it worth it to take all that time to go through other websites making accounts and having different warranties or should I just spend the extra money and buy all of it from Amazon?

    • Colton P says:


      It depends on however much money you want to save and what kind of service you’d be able to be offered for the amount you have to invest.

      When I did my first build I also had this same thought. I was really happy to spend the bit of extra through Amazon because their support is the #1 rated support and they work great with their customers if any parts arrive DOA (very rare occurrence) so for me, I’d say go with Amazon.

  8. Hank M says:

    Thanks a lot. I always have problems deciding where to buy stuff. One other thing I was wondering is whether Amazon does good Black Friday deals. I ask this because I might be able to buy some of it at my local Best Buy.
    Thanks again,

    • Colton P says:


      Amazon will definitely have some good sales. They usually have the best when it comes to hard drives/SSDs. They’re known for that but also some of the processors, video cards and other parts will dip in and out of sales. Black Friday / Cyber Monday is going to be a crazy time for some good deals so keep an eye out, I’ll be updating the builds accordingly as well 🙂

  9. Gabriel says:

    When installing an AMD CPU, should I watch the AMD part of the video, or is it not necessary? I’m doing the 500 build you have posted as of December 10th

    • Colton P says:


      Yes, the first part will go over everything else. Refer to the 2nd portion of the video so that you can see how an AMD CPU is installed – it’s a little different than an Intel CPU.

      Everything else will pretty much be like the first part of the video.

  10. John "Matoro Smithy" says:

    Hey man, kind of a random question, but if and how can I become a member on your site? Does it require a Steam account or something?

  11. John "Matoro Smithy" says:

    I have a cord in good shape from one of my older towers. Can I use that to connect my PSU to the outlet when I’m using it, or do I need a new one?

    Also, I presume that I’ll need to use the wires from my 875w PSU in my new build, correct?

  12. Cameron says:

    Hello Colton,
    Merry late Christmas!
    Okay so I was looking at your 500$ budget one and I was thinking about doing it and I was wondering if anything has changed with your recommended items and also I was wondering if I had to be experienced with PCs to actually put the parts together!

    • Colton P says:

      Hello Cameron, Merry late Christmas to you too 😛

      The parts as is are very good when thinking about the future of PC gaming, though I’m not really sure if the graphics card has stayed around the same price point. I am probably going to be making a couple of changes in that fashion, though if you can afford the current card then I’d highly suggest picking it up!

      As far as needing to be experienced in order to put one together, no you really don’t. When I put my first PC build together I followed the same video tutorial that is embedded above and I went step by step. I knew absolutely nothing about putting computers together but that video made a world of a difference in that!

      I’d suggest going through that video before and actually during the process of putting it together 🙂

  13. Grady Gary says:

    Great info here. Thanks.
    Just wondering how often you find a power supply that is malfunctioning from the start??

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Grady,

      Glad you dig the site 🙂 when it comes to low quality power supplies it usually depends on the manufacturer. I mainly recommend going with EVGA power supplies because they’re known for high quality, long lasting products. I have seen people use power supplies by a company called Logisys and it was absolute crap.

      EVGA’s got your back, it would be once in a blue moon to see their PSUs malfunction.

  14. Desise says:

    Once you build your PC, you turn on PSU, will you need to ever turn off the PSU again after built?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Desise,

      Nope, if you want your PC shut down then all you’ll have to do is shut it down through your operating system. No need to switch the power supply off. You’d only want to do that if you’re moving your PC to another area or something of that nature but even then you wouldn’t really need to.

  15. Ryan says:

    Sorry first time builder…I am not that big into gaming but still want a solid pc incase i would want to start.. can i hold off on the grahics card.. or is that something i have to have

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Ryan,

      You could use integrated graphics with some of the builds, some processors have a graphics option which can be used to display stuff on screen and some are even good enough for 1080p video.

      For gaming, you’d definitely need to grab a video card.

  16. Andrew Roberts says:

    I think im going to go with your 400$ build, but how would i connect to the internet? Does it have a ehternet cable hookup or would i have to buy something that i can pick up wifi?

    • Colton P says:

      Hi Andrew,

      If you take a look above, I talk about how to connect to the internet with the build.

      You could either use the wireless network adapter that I have listed above or you could also connect via ethernet though you’d have to get your own cord for it, the build doesn’t come with one. You’d be able to use ethernet after installing the motherboard’s drivers which come in a CD with the motherboard!

  17. Marcos says:

    What about builds that are full tower and have a water cooler?

    • Colton P says:

      Well this site is all about building good rigs on a tighter budget point, but if you have the room in your budget and you want to have a huge case for a lot of drives and water cooling then by all means go for it Marcos 😛

      The builds I share here are for those on specific budget points, best bang for the buck. Since water coolers and full tower cases are super expensive, you won’t see a lot of them on the site.

  18. Andrew says:

    Hi Colton, do you think this is a good PC Build? I will be overclocking it later on. I just want some feedback on what I should change or have in the build. 😀

    • Colton P says:

      Hi Andrew,

      That CPU isn’t really worth getting man. You’re better off going with a different gen like Haswell with a different motherboard. Same price, a lot more power.

  19. Greg says:

    Hey there Colton, it’s me your friendly neighbourhood Greg. So I’ve finally decided on parts that I’m going to use for my build, I’m just wondering what your thoughts are on this build and whether all of these parts are compatible with one another.

    CPU: Intel Core i5 6500

    Motherboard: ASUS B-150M-A Motherboard

    Graphics Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 OC 4GB

    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK8GX4M2A2133C13 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4

    Solid State Drive: Solid State Drive: Kingston SSDNow UV400 240GB SSD

    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001

    Power Supply: EVGA 500B 500W Power Supply

    Case: NZXT S340 Mid Tower Case Black/Blue

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 32bit/64bit USB Flash Drive in

    I’m not entirely sure on the SSD at the moment, so I may change it as I’ve heard it’s slow.

    If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know.

    Thanks in advance Colton,


    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Greg,

      Definitely a solid build to move forward with, but do you have a link to the motherboard that you are using? Not enough info there to tell which one it is exactly.

      Other than that, everything looks great. Kingston SSDs are just fine!

      • Greg says:

        I certainly do have a link to the motherboard, here it is

        Ah good to hear the Kingston SSD’s are good, I’d heard that they weren’t entirely great in the way of speed, but in the end that really doesn’t bother me.

        Hopefully all the pieces are compatible with the motherboard, if not then I may need to do some more searching.

        Thanks for the feedback, this site has been helpful to me for getting ideas for a build.


  20. Joel says:

    Hey Colton,

    This is going to be the first time I build a pc, and I have a question about all the wires, are they seperate and can you make a list that is needed for the 2000$ build.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Joel,

      All of the cables and what not that you’d need to get everything connected and working together is going to come with all of the different parts. The only other thing you’d really need is a Philips screwdriver!

  21. Ryan M. says:

    Hey Colton,

    I have never had a gaming computer before and I am can save up for any of the builds you have here, faster for the low end but not very long for the higher end. So which of the builds would you say would be best for a first time gaming desktop?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Ryan,

      I’d suggest going with the $600 or $700 builds if you’re wanting to have a higher end PC to start off with. The $500 build would also be a great choice if you’re wanting to get it done ASAP, the other builds wouldn’t have to be upgraded as soon as the cheaper ones. If you have the time to save for the $700 build then that’d be most optimal for the future!

      Let me know what you decide to do!

  22. Sebastian R. says:

    Hi Colton,

    I bought the Cyberpower PC Gamer Ultra GUA3400A Gaming Desktop about over a year ago and I have been thinking of selling it and making a PC the can run games like Destiny 2, do you know what kind of specs and price it would be to have a PC like this?

  23. ScottA says:

    Its not the big connectors that are the problem, its figuring out all those teeny ones that scares me. Built one about 8 years ago and had to take it to my local PC guru to finish up with all those front panel to MB connections.

    Trying to figure out if its worth upgrading. My current setup is an Intel E8500 / Gigabyt GAP43ES3G and a GTX650TI Boost, no overclock (but have been seriously considering it). If my normal fare is the MS Flight Sim FS9/FSX, is it worth going up to the i5 or i7?

    Looking at where the GPU fairs in the current comparisons, I think maybe an upgrade to my GPU may be in store regardless. Wondering if the MB handle the newer ones?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Scott,

      If you only plan on playing those sim games then your PC should be good to go as is, have you tried playing them with your current rig? Also is FS9 the 2004 edition of Flight Sim?

      If that is all you plan on playing then the specs you listed with your current PC should be able to handle them fine, let me know if you wanted to go ahead with an upgrade though if you planned on playing higher demanding titles as well. Only say that because the specs you listed surpass what is recommended for those flight sim games.

      • ScottA says:

        Hi Colton;

        Yes, FS9 in the 2004 version AKA Century of Flight.

        From what I have read on the forums, FS does not use all of the horsepower in those later CPU’s. I had asked on the forums about a year ago and was told that I could get a steady 3.7 or so out of my current CPU overclocking it with air cooling. Forgot to mention, I am still in the XP stone age, but am going to Windows 7 (most of my payware doesn’t work with 10) as part of the overclock effort.

        I am curious as to what does the CPU speed really say? IOW is the jump from 3.16 in my E8500 to 3.7 comparable to the same 3.7 in the i5 or i7 CPU’s? Or is it also dependent on the variables in the setup such as the OS / MB / CPU.

        • Colton P says:

          If all you plan on playing is FS9/X then you’ll be fine with what you have going on right now. The E8500 CPU and the GTX 650 Ti are much more than enough to run those sim games without any issues.

          CPU speed is not the only factor that determines the performance power of a CPU. How many cores it has, how many threads, cache, the architecture and etc. CPU speed will determine how well the processing tasks of games and/or certain programs will be handled by the processor. Basically how well it’s going to keep up and how fast it can process all of the information involved in a game or a program.

          As for your 650 Ti, it was released around 2012 so it’s expected to not be on par with today’s cards but it’s still not too shabby of a card considering that it was released over 5 years ago. Now if you planned on venturing more into today’s titles and you were wanting the higher quality experience then I would suggest really looking into upgrades but since the specs you have are great for the titles that you play, upgrades/new parts aren’t really necessary.

  24. Mars Paez says:

    Hi Colton,

    This is an amazing page and your setups are very detailed, but I do have two questions.
    1) Instead of the 1 TB harddrive, would it be better to get a SSD?
    2) What is the difference between the $700 and $800 setups in terms of power and graphics?( I want to play AAA games at 60 fps at 1080p)

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Mars! I’m glad that you’re digging the site man.

      It’s a better idea if you don’t need that much storage space right away. For around the same price, you get a SSD that has a fourth of the storage space of a 1TB hard drive. A SSD will increase load times of games, programs etc. by a huge margin and booting up Windows when you power on the PC is much faster. It comes down to what you value more – Amount of storage space or the speed of the drive itself? You can always add a 1TB hard drive down the road.

      I’d recommend any of these from SanDisk if you would rather go for a SSD, they’re well made and they’re available for a good price right now.

      If you want a more constant 60 FPS rate then the $800 build is going to be the one to go for. Sure, the $700 build will do pretty well at 1080p and you’ll get a solid FPS but with the higher demanding titles, you’ll get 60 FPS less constant than with the $800 build because the video card performance difference is a decent margin.

      • Mars Paez says:

        Thank you for the reply! I’m gonna go with the $800 setup. One more questiont though, can you have both a SSD and a hard drive at the same time?

        • Colton P says:

          Yes! As long as you have enough SATA cables and the right cables from the power supply, which you will have with the $800 build, you’ll be able to add in a traditional hard drive with a SSD.

          Be sure to install your operating system to the SSD along with your most used programs/most played games. Anything else could go on the hard drive.

  25. Anne says:

    Hi Colton,

    So you have me thinking I might want to dip my toe into building my next pc after starting out with a commodore 64 in high school.

    I always thought AMD processors were better for gaming than Intel. I am not into big games, just The Sims 4 series. But after reading what you have said I am very hesitant to buy another computer already built off amazon. So which is really better for a game like The Sims 4 that is going to eat up ram, graphics and I think processor?

    I have a budge of around $1500 and I do know that people have said I would need at least 1tb HHD I want 2tb personally, 16gb RAM, at least a 1060 graphics card and a high end processor.

    • Colton P says:

      You’d be able to put together a $1000 PC build that has more specs than what you’re looking for. Granted, you’ll have to add in the 2TB hard drive and 16GB of RAM but even after adding those parts, it should still be less than $1500 in total.

      AMD hasn’t always been better and when it comes to single core performance – Intel has a slightly better edge. But with easy overclocking and the lower price it’s right up there up to par with performance of the latest Intel CPUs as well.

      Be sure to take a look at the $1000 PC build guide I linked above and let me know what you think! I can help more over there as well if you need it, all ears here.

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