The Final BYO Month 2022 Build Guide - The Perfect First Build

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BYO Month is almost over, but you have one weekend left to take advantage of our PC part sales. And if you're still not sure what type PC you want to build, or if you've never put together a PC before, we've drafted up a great PC for first-time builders. Designed to handle AAA games with at least 1080p resolution and enough storage to keep up with the latest releases while still being easily upgradable thanks to AMD's AM4 CPU socket. So when you're ready for an upgrade, so is your build.

And if you're still looking for more ideas or help building your first PC, check out our new What to Know When Building Your First PC guide!

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G Cezanne 3.9GHz 6-Core AM4 Boxed Processor - Wraith Stealth Cooler Included

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G Cezanne sits at the sweet spot between power and cost, delivering fantastic performance for a budget price. Plus, as most modern AMD processors operate on the same AM4 slot for motherboards, if you decide you're looking for a little more oomph, you can upgrade without getting a whole new mother. And it comes with the incredibly solid Wraith Stealth Cooler absolutely free!

Motherboard: MSI B550 MAG Tomahawk AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard

The MSI B550 MAG has everything you could want for a first time build, including M.2 support, 6 USB ports, 10/100/1000/2500 LAN connection, 7 fan headers, and even some RGB, all wrapped into a full ATX motherboard so you have lots of room to work. And, when bundled with a CPU, you get an extra $20 off!

Graphics CardASUS NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 ROG Strix Overclocked Triple Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card

There's a lot to be said about the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, and we've said it before with breakdowns as well as reviews and benchmarks. But did you know you could also win this exact card? Just head over to the contest page, post your build, and be entered to win!

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200

When it comes to a first-time build, you don't need to do anything too flashy with your RAM. Sure, you could go for RGB, and it does look pretty good, but if just you're looking for something to get you up and running, 16GB of G.Skill Ripjaws is the RAM to do just that.

Hard Drive: Inland Professional 256GB SSD 3D TLC NAND PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe M.2 Internal Solid State Drive

Don't build a PC in 2022 without an SSD. They're faster, sleeker, and last longer than traditional platter-based HDDs. But if you're looking to keep things on a budget, springing for a smaller capacity is a great way to still get the quick-boot benefits without breaking the bank. M.2 NVMes are even better, connecting directly to your motherboard, removing cords from the build process and speeding things up even more. And if you need more space, you can always pick up a super budget-friendly 2TB HDD.

Power Supply: Corsair CX750M 750 Watt 80 Plus Bronze ATX Semi-Modular Power Supply

You should never skimp on your power supply. Inexpensive power supplies can lead to shorts and part failure. But if you are just getting into PC building, a semi-modular power supply is a great way to save money and some headache. It has all the necessary cords pre-attached while leaving the optional cords loose so you can keep clutter down without getting lost in a mess of loose cords.

Case: Lian Li Lancool 215 Tempered Glass eATX Full Tower Computer Case - Black

The case is the most subjective part of any build. Different colors, sizes, RGB styles, windows - it's all up to personal taste. We'd recommend building in an ATX build for your first go-round, as they have the most amount of space to work with. The Lian Li Lancool 215 delivers that space with flair, adding in a nice tempered glass window so you can gawk at your parts as well as fully customizable RGB fans on the front. Make 'em neon or leave 'em dark. Either way, the Lancool 215 is a stunning case to behold.

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