I built a formidable little gaming & streaming PC under $1500, after tax. It has a little room to grow and improve whenever the GPU breadlines clear up. The power supply will handle a 3070, and a CPU upgrade, the case has plenty of room for growth and RGB fans. The cooler is a 280mm, which is very space efficient in this particular case, by mounting it up front. only 16GB RAM to start, and can drop in two more sticks as the load dictates.
I like this high tier gaming/light workstation build as it gives me all the performance I want while getting rid of as much markup as I possibly can on these components due to tariffs or companies simply thinking they can charge more in this very much seller's market for certain silicon parts.
Best I could do with current stock. CPU cooler is a stand in for a Noctua NH-14S.
This will be my next build
This is mine!
midrange build with a great value cpu and the best rtx graphics you can get for a decent price, should handle gaming and streaming well.
I came here from Linus' video and was under the impression I could build whatever I wanted. So here are the parts I'd want in my PC!:
My Custom PC build is based on a compact ready to build PC for gaming and family use. The build has the core components, cooling, OS / virus protection, and peripherals needed to setup a starter gaming PC. 👍️
My wife has been telling me how she would love a white build with lots of RGB so this build is inspired by something I wish I could get for her!
Good $1500 MicroATX desktop that could handle just about anything you could put it under, medium to high ray trace settings are not an issue. I currently have a 3060TI with a 2700x and I am able to play cyberpunk 2077 on a mix of medium to high ray trace settings with everything else on ultra with no issues. Motherboard comes with wifi for people who live in an apartment or at college like me lol. Had to upgrade the CPU cooling, i have had several issues with ryzen stock coolers
CPU: Ryzen 3700x - $279
Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black - $50
MB: Asus B550M-A Prime - $119
Memory: Crucial ballistix gaming 16GB DDR4-3200 - $87
Case: Thermatake core v21 MicroATX - $79
GPU: MSI RTX 3060TI Duel 8GB
Storage: 2.5" Samsung 870 Evo 1TB for main storage - $114
M.2 Samsung 970 Evo plus 250GB for OS - $64
Targeted components mostly in stock, except the GPU for obvious reasons (The GPU is the flexible component). The target for this is people who are looking for an all-in-one computer to balance between work/school/gaming. This build will take advantage of AMD's Smart Access Memory and FSR support with the option to overclock in the future. The Ryzen CPU can take advantage of the faster RAM speeds and the M.2 storage will help speed up load times. The motherboard itself also comes equipped with wifi to make it easy to connect to the internet and the small form factor case will allow this computer to be placed practically anywhere in the house. I did choose an RX580 for the GPU, I would rather get a 5500XT/5600XT to help modernize the build (couldn't select those cards). Even better whenever AMD decides to release the 6600XT, that should pair very well with the 5600X.
Okay, so this is an Intel Econ Build that is NOT BAREBONES. There is still room to upgrade RAM, Storage, and CPU far down the line. But this build will likely stand the test of time for 8-10 years. TOP OF THE LINE M.2 SSD; comfortable SATA storage for gaming and apps. Theoretically, 3060 is the GOAT. I also included Microsoft OS, since that is technically a part of the build. The airflow in the case will be ELITE, with 5 140mm fans. That is all, thanks for the opportunity, this was fun.
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I asked the missus if she would help me build a PC. She yelled from the kitchen, "NEEEEEEEEEERD." She still helped and basically picked everything out. "Pink it or stink it," she said as she was choosing the peripherals. She actually kinda got into it and picked out cables, monitors, and the whole shazam! I showed her photos of vertical mounts, and she is a whole hearted GO for a vertical GPU mount, but we couldnt figure out how to add one to the parts list, so. . .oh well :}
Im laughing so hard SHE PICKED OUT A PRINTER because it "matches the graphics domahickey." The case fans are also a trip.
Grace and peace, yall
I built this with my friends in mind who I have been slowly converting to PC gaming. Ideally I would swap the 6700 for a 3060/3070 but I think as long as ray tracing isn't the most important feature it will still do a great job for most games. When I was building my first PC last year I chose the liancool II with the lighting in the front, but I would suggest the all mesh version for past me (and other new builders). It is easy to work with, has room for several different sized AIOs, and has much better airflow than the version with RGB. I recently went through the nightmare of wiring and configuring 9 corsair QL fans (which look amazing) but I should have used the lian-li fans that clip together which I included in the build. I made sure to choose good, easy to work with parts that have some room for upgrades in the future, but will also last for as long as someone would want to use them.
In light of the ongoing shortage / costs of graphics card, opted for an intel CPU with integrated graphics. Using this as a base, I opted for other more budget friendly components to build out a desktop that can get someone gaming while saving some money for an eventual graphics card upgrade (once they become available at MSRP).
So this build is kina goes with the best parts while at the same time being reasonable. Budget based in some of the parts, and goes high in parts that matter like gpu.
5600x best gaming cpu for the price, goes well with the 3080, 1 pcie 4 m.2 for boot and a few direct storage games in the future, 1 tb pcie 3 ssd for games, 2 tb hdd for extra space.
I choose the components for the high end blacked out build that you can sit in your living room and use from your couch or chair (with the included wireless Mouse and Keyboard) and do what you want when you want, with plenty of horse power to spare without being distracted by RGB.
I started from scratch, as I wanted an ITX build. I don't know what else to say except good luck to all the entrants.
A good pc that should come around $1000 without peripherals. It should be good for anyone in school and college and would allow for a really good gaming experience. If I had to build a computer currently, this would be my build.
I get the most of what available for FPS gamers like me. Amd 5800x + X570 Tomahawk wombo combo never fails me, easy overclock, great cooling, upgradeable slot for ram as well. SSD Samsung 980Pro and RX 6700XT will blow you away for 0.0000000001 sec , these satisfied me at the second I put them into my list. 750W gold Seasonic PSU is a reliable part for current setting and later upgrades. Check it out, bruhs.
I have made a $2,100 setup with midrange gaming PC parts and peripherals:
Here it is. The budget build that costs around $700 before taxes and will play modern games at 60fps on medium-high settings at 1080p. This build will cost less than the starter build would have, while having improved graphics performance and fitting into a more compact case.
Not only is it a solid budget build, it also has some room for growth built in, so that in the next few years, the CPU and GPU can be upgraded to keep running the newest games smoothly. Let's go over the components, and why it beats the starter build provided:
CPU: The Core i3-10100F is a quad-core CPU with plenty of muscle to support this gaming build. And because it has no integrated graphics, we can snag it for $20 less than the standard 10100.
Motherboard: This Gigabyte micro ATX board is a nice budget option thoughtfully chosen to include all the features we'll be needing in this build, all outlined below.
RAM: 16gb of 2666MHz dual-channel memory by Crucial, because 8gb can be lacking in many modern games, even in a budget build. And since our motherboard has 4 ram slots, we'll have plenty of room if we want to upgrade in the future.
Case: At just $50, this Cooler Master case looks great, has a mesh front for tons of airflow, a transparent side panel to show off our shiny new build, and even includes a 120mm rear exhaust fan. And all at half the cost of the case in the starter build. Nice!
PSU: The 550W Thermaltake power supply in this build is 80 Plus Bronze certified, has all-black cables, and is made by a known manufacturer. This is not the part of the built to skimp on cost, and we've managed to find a quality power supply for a good price. It can provide 50 more watts than the PSU in the starter build, so we can comfortably upgrade our CPU and GPU later on if we choose to. This PSU is also slightly more energy efficient than the one in the starter build.
GPU: The heart of the gaming build, and a good place to spend a big chunk of our budget. This EVGA 1650 Super costs about 10% more than the 1650 in the starter build, yet performs almost 20% better on average. A great option for a budget build in 2021.
Storage: We'll forego any hard drives here, and go fully solid state. This Inland Professional 512GB M.2 drive boasts excellent speeds while reducing the number of cables we'll have to manage, and only costs a few dollars more than a SATA drive of a comparable capacity. If we need more storage later on, we can always add another drive, as our motherboard sports two M.2 slots.
CPU Cooling: At $20, this budget cooler will suffice for our quad-core CPU, especially when our primary goal here is gaming. It even has a red LED fan to add some light and color to our new build.
Case Fans: Finally, we'll be adding two 140mm fans to the front of our case to keep everything cool. We made sure to select a case that has plenty of airflow at the front, and a motherboard that has enough headers for all of our fans.
By making smart choices about where to spend and where to save, as well as considering the features of our motherboard and other components, we've managed to put together a build that's not only a great value for today's games, but will also provide upgrade options for years to come. Happy gaming!
This is more of a dream game machine that can also be used for work. Also want it to be marginally quiet with plenty of air flow.
My build is what i think of when I think Micro Center and has some of the best parts money can buy and is blazing fast at every thing you throw at it.
I wanted a starter streaming and gaming build with this one. 1440p gaming and enough headroom for overclocking are the name of the game here. More importantly, I wanted to outdo the entry price points for a prebuilt system with a 3070 installed. There is a little flash but I wanted to stick to a smaller to mid form factor so that the RGB can be lit up when you need to show it off, and its easy to tuck away when you don't need it out.
It is just over my self imposed $1500 limit, but I can live with that.
This is my dream PC. I love gaming, and this is what I would build if I could build the best gaming PC for myself. I'm a huge fan of old-school gaming and I intend to continue the legacy of old-school video games and also continue the love of PC gaming going forward.
My build beats your build because the 5600x is a great value CPU and the RTX 3080 is the best graphics card for the money. Also it has an NVME drive which is MUCH faster than SATA.
Micro Center is one of my favorite places to visit, not only for consumer purposes, but also for because I just love exploring the environment and all the technology that's available to me. I hope that Micro Center keeps doing awesome giveaways like this. Heck yeah!
Good luck to everyone, and I wish everyone could win the prize!
I wanted to make this a PC that was based on the AMD processor. The system can play games well without breaking the budget. A few RGB fans make it look great. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=a4a66a15-7d67-4bc7-af78-078f5848215e
This build attempts to mirror my current build. My thanks go out to the St. Davids Micro Center which had my CPU, motherboard and GPU available during my visits. The GPU did require a slight loss of sleep during the overnight camp out. Still, the build is underway and I'm happy to be building gaming rigs again.
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