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  • How to Convince Your Dad that a Black Friday Laptop is Not Worth the Time Anymore thumbnail

    How to Convince Your Dad that a Black... How to Convince Your Dad that a Black Friday Laptop is Not Worth the Time Anymore

    My dad started out in this country as a software engineer, working on various projects from large contractor companies that... My dad started out in this country as a software engineer, working on various projects from large contractor companies that essentially brought in tons of immigrants to fill contract needs in the 70s and 80s. He now works as a Project Manager in the development/software sector, but has always been familiar with computing and best practices. Come black friday season, he's usually interested in picking up a new laptop to manage his personal work. I usually see him go through these every 2-3 years, and this past year he asked me what laptop I think he should get. I bet him that I could spent less on a custom built PC that is more powerful and capable than a laptop, and would far outlive the life of the laptop as well as the period of time it takes for a machine to "feel slow". What ensued over the next three days was a debate of the ages, similar to those of Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates. He showed off tempting deals--mobile platforms with Ryzen 7 CPUs, high fidelity displays, long battery life, warranties. I returned by pointing out benchmarks of those CPUs, the lower clock speed of the memory modules, the ineffective cooling capability of the chassis. Finally, our great debate resulted in a close with a wager. That I could successfully build a complete machine with peripherals for under 500 USD that would outmatch the laptops he was interested in, even in ranges of 600-700 in price. Ultimately, we're both quite happy with the resulting build. He primarily uses the computer for office and productivity related work. He was using a Dell Inspiron 22 3263 that was an AIO desktop solution. He had been struggling with load times, processing times, and the ability to print 50+ page documents (as he also side hustles as a notary) without the computer crashing. Looking back, perhaps I could have gone with a lower memory package, but for the cost and the spec it was a great deal! If it was an intensive gaming build, I definitely would have sprung for a silver or gold standard PSU, but with the given warranty and the use case, I thought this was fine. With additional savings, I would have installed an NVME SSD to act as a boot drive, then added in some HDD TB drives for storage, but we had plenty of old drives lying around to recycle into this build, so there was no need. I also learned that I love building in mATX cases! My own build uses a full size ATX case, and I feel that the cable management gets messy as it is with that much room. In this case, I just left the rats nest of cables as is because there's not that much space anyways, so who cares!
    $475.74
    Sairam V
  • Mona Lisa of Budgets thumbnail

    Mona Lisa of Budgets Mona Lisa of Budgets

    I started off with a console and found myself hitting a cap on my gaming skills and decided it was time for an upgrade. I... I started off with a console and found myself hitting a cap on my gaming skills and decided it was time for an upgrade. I worked a bit harder and pooled some money together after watching countless youtubers build budget systems using Dell Optiplex's but upon agreeing to my dad to check out the micro center, I was shocked! I quickly sold my xbox and a few of my old games and shoes and headed down to micro center and found the best motherboard cpu deals! If I win, I will use the money to purchase the all new RTX 3070 which has a starting price of exactly 499$ and will be a huge step up from my GTX 1650 Super!
    $546.44
    Awaadh S
  • Toasty Bros 2020 $500 Budget Gaming PC Build thumbnail

    Toasty Bros 2020 $500 Budget Gaming PC... Toasty Bros 2020 $500 Budget Gaming PC Build

    Taking into account the current marketplace and limited availability of some choice products, sometimes it can be difficult... Taking into account the current marketplace and limited availability of some choice products, sometimes it can be difficult to find the perfect parts for your build. Today, Matt and Jackson put together an amazing budget gaming build for you! They chose an Intel Core i3-9100F Quad-Core CPU, ASUS B360 PRIME mATX motherboard paired with a Gigabyte RX 5500 XT Overclocked and 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM from Crucial. The great value and performance of this build shine through in-game. Getting around 80-110 fps on mixed Normal/Medium settings in Warzone. Performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider was equally impressive, getting an average of 60 fps on high settings. Matt makes a serious recommendation to include 16GB of RAM in your next build as it's becoming the new standard for good gaming performance. Watch their video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuyqYjAyHLE What do you think about The Toasty Bros build? With the limited availability of some parts, would you wait for parts to get back in-stock or would you buy what's available now?
    $551.93
    Micro Center
  • The Humble Overdue Upgrade Build thumbnail

    The Humble Overdue Upgrade Build The Humble Overdue Upgrade Build

    Before this I had a Haswell gaming machine (i5-4570) for like 6 years. It started showing its age, particularly in Modern... Before this I had a Haswell gaming machine (i5-4570) for like 6 years. It started showing its age, particularly in Modern Warfare and on a couple emulators that really benefited from more threads/better IPC. Despite reaching 60 frames on most titles, the stutters were absolutely abysmal and it was clear the old i5 was bottle-necking my RX 580. I'm not a hardcore gamer so apart from emulators, the most intensive games that I currently have are Black Desert Online, Modern Warfare, Borderlands 3, and GTA V but I'm positive I'd be able to run the newer AAA games like Battlefield 2042 at an acceptable and consistent enough frame-rate. I built this around Christmastime 2020. I was lucky enough to be chosen for Honey's promotion at that time so I was able to get $250 from them. The motherboard was on sale, the CPU and case was not. But since I had the other parts for the build already from my old system, I think the $250 was just enough to get all three. I *could've* gone for a 6 core but I ended up deciding with a Ryzen 3 3100 as a stopgap solution. Plus any modern processor from the last 3-4 years is an upgrade to the i5-4570. Why AMD? I honestly wanted to go Intel since their six cores at the time went for $140-160. The reason why I didn't was because there were no Intel motherboards that had memory overclocking at the time. So I went with AMD just because I thought it would be better value, at least motherboard wise. So if you think about it, I only really paid for the parts OTHER than the mobo, case, and CPU. Most of which I got on sale/at a reduced price.
    $605.92
    Bagas
  • BudgetAMD thumbnail

    BudgetAMD BudgetAMD

    It's a budget AMD desktop. Will upgrade the GPU when there's a deal. It's a budget AMD desktop. Will upgrade the GPU when there's a deal.
    $689.94
    shiyou w
  • Starter build thumbnail

    Starter build Starter build

    I built this pc to be able to do future incremental upgrades as needed/afforded. It's solid as it sits now but can be easily... I built this pc to be able to do future incremental upgrades as needed/afforded. It's solid as it sits now but can be easily modded.
    $721.28
    Jeffrey W
  • Post-College PC Build thumbnail

    Post-College PC Build Post-College PC Build

    I built this to be my daily driving computer. Not a big gamer, but I do like playing Minecraft occassionally. I also... I built this to be my daily driving computer. Not a big gamer, but I do like playing Minecraft occassionally. I also develop and compile code for personal projects and learning.
    $814.94
    Alexander C
  • Bare minimum in this economy thumbnail

    Bare minimum in this economy Bare minimum in this economy

    as the title suggested, it is meant to be a build on life support until PC parts become affordable again... as the title suggested, it is meant to be a build on life support until PC parts become affordable again...
    $837.94
    Ken J
  • Red Team Budget Box thumbnail

    Red Team Budget Box Red Team Budget Box

    This is a budget build I put together when you dropped the Ryzen 5 1600 to $100. That was what finally told me it was time... This is a budget build I put together when you dropped the Ryzen 5 1600 to $100. That was what finally told me it was time to build again. This is a 1080p gaming machine. I primarily play (and occasionally stream with my friends via Discord) Minecraft. I'm about to drop a new processor in before the AM4 socket phases out. I forget the exact pricing, but it was about $650 at the time of build. Last year, I dropped some more memory in, and I replaced the stock cooler to help out with some virtual machines.
    $852.95
    FryinNinja
  • Years of Patience on a Budget thumbnail

    Years of Patience on a Budget Years of Patience on a Budget

    My PC was not always like this. I have always added and replaced parts depending on my budget. I am a student, and I have... My PC was not always like this. I have always added and replaced parts depending on my budget. I am a student, and I have saved up for years for its upgrades with the part-time jobs I have done. It all started with an i3-4130 and 4GB DDR3 ram back in 2013. In January 2016, replaced the processor with i5-6600K and a 4 GB DDR4 ram. I could not afford an unlocked Z170 board, so I opted for an H110 motherboard. Next year, in 2016 February, I got a used GTX 950, my first even GPU. I also added another 4 GB DDR4 stick. A few months later I exchanged the H110 board with a Z170 board from someone who had a locked processor. I had a blast for 2 years with my i5-6600K, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and GTX950 2GB. It was again in January 2018 when I saved up enough money to upgrade my RAM to 16 GB and add a used GTX1060 6GB. I sold out my old rams and GPU to fund my purchase. In late 2018, my PSU fried and I replaced it with a used CM 550 Gold. I also changed my casing to MasterBox Q300L to a more sleeper look. I never owned any RGB fans as I never could spend the extra bucks on something only for aesthetics. Now comes how the current build got into shape. I added an extra stick of 8GB DDR4 ram in Jan 2020. In Jan 2021, I put my name on the EVGA waiting list for an RTX 3060. I was finally invited to purchase the GPU in November 2021. By that time, I saved up enough to buy it new for 446 bucks. I put my GTX 1060 6GB Gigabyte Extreme gaming on Facebook marketplace and it got sold quickly. I put that money and an extra 100 bucks to get the Ryzen 5 5600x and the cheapest motherboard I could pair it with just 12 days ago from microcenter. So, now my rig looks like this. CPU and Motherboard: Ryzen 5 5600x and Asrock B550M Pro (Bought 2 weeks ago) GPU: EVGA RTX 3060 (Bought in November 2021) RAM: G Skill 16 GB 2400 MHz (8x2) DDR4 (One stick bought in Jan 2018, another in Jan 2020) PSU: Cooler Master v550 Gold (Bought in Late 2018) Case: CM MasterBox Q300L (Bought in Late 2018) HDD: WD Blue 1 TB (One of the original components since 2013) SSD: Transcend 240 GB PCIE x4 (Bought used sometime between Jan 18-Jan 20) My target is to upgrade the rams to higher clock speed. I use this PC mainly for my education, running different analysis software and some occasional gaming. I have played the whole Assassin's Creed, GTA and Witcher series on it. Right now, I am re-playing RDR2. I don't play competitive games or shooters.
    $1,032.93
    Shayan S
  • Home Build thumbnail

    Home Build Home Build

    HTPC / Media Server HTPC / Media Server
    $1,149.91
    r443
  • A Beast in Progress thumbnail

    A Beast in Progress A Beast in Progress

    I am a teenager and am excited to be getting more than 30 spf (seconds per frame) on most games. I am hoping to finally get... I am a teenager and am excited to be getting more than 30 spf (seconds per frame) on most games. I am hoping to finally get to play minecraft java (I used to play on an ipad) and games like Forza Horizons 5, etc.
    $1,181.93
    Tatyana S
  • Media and Gaming Small PC thumbnail

    Media and Gaming Small PC Media and Gaming Small PC

    mostly gaming and some media, tried to keep build as small as possible mostly gaming and some media, tried to keep build as small as possible
    $1,193.93
    Kai C
  • My First Build #Bitwit! thumbnail

    My First Build #Bitwit! My First Build #Bitwit!

    So this is the first build I've ever done. I was aiming to do something that would be good for gaming, for light video... So this is the first build I've ever done. I was aiming to do something that would be good for gaming, for light video editing (no 4k or something like that), CAD applications, and that it would be under a reasonable price. Originally I didn't have a CPU cooler (only the included AMD wraith stealth) and a used 8Gb RX580. I was able to upgrade the CPU cooler recently as well as the GPU to an RX6700xt thanks to a friend that was able to snatch one from one of the AMD drops. The main upgrades I would like to do in the future would be the CPU, the CPU cooler, the PSU and maaaaybe the case just because I would like to have the 5950x and I'm not sure if I'll be able to fit a cooler big enough for it inside my case, but so far this PC does everything I need it to do.
    $1,264.37
    Orlando M
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    Cojo Cojo

    I always wanted to build a gaming pc and started of with a simple build then decided i want to really dive in with some of... I always wanted to build a gaming pc and started of with a simple build then decided i want to really dive in with some of the newest hardware. I love AAA titles and have been playing them all my life.
    $1,319.93
    Ryan M
  • MC thumbnail

    MC MC

    It is for gaming It is for gaming
    $1,358.91
    js2017
  • Glorious thumbnail

    Glorious Glorious

    I built it originally to give my older PC to my wife. This one has everything I wanted and still has room to improve. I’ll... I built it originally to give my older PC to my wife. This one has everything I wanted and still has room to improve. I’ll upgrade next year.
    $1,367.84
    Brian A
  • Get me Thru Covid Desktop thumbnail

    Get me Thru Covid Desktop Get me Thru Covid Desktop

    Built out of desperation to get through pandemic on hardware that could run modern games and wouldn't crash when a bunch of... Built out of desperation to get through pandemic on hardware that could run modern games and wouldn't crash when a bunch of tabs were open in chrome while a game was running. Minimalistic build to run games at 1440p.
    $1,369.94
    Kevin B
  • Sir Bacon's Bajatimous Blasticus thumbnail

    Sir Bacon's Bajatimous Blasticus Sir Bacon's Bajatimous Blasticus

    I game, I consume content, I occasionally stream (mostly for friends on Discord or the occasional Jackbox Party Pack games),... I game, I consume content, I occasionally stream (mostly for friends on Discord or the occasional Jackbox Party Pack games), I create/edit multimedia for work, I perform certain QA tests and automation from home. It's an every-build for the modern renaissance PCMRtist. Pictured is a side view w/ the Baja Blast Zero can for reference, and one of my favorite adult mixed beverages: Malibu coconut rum, Baja Blast Zero, and frozen pineapple slices.
    $1,512.90
    thelordbac0n
  • JD's build thumbnail

    JD's build JD's build

    This is my son's first gaming computer. We built it together. He mainly plays Fortnite, Roblox, some Steam games, and keeps... This is my son's first gaming computer. We built it together. He mainly plays Fortnite, Roblox, some Steam games, and keeps Discord open on monitor 2. The PC averages about 30 deg C at idle. He has seen peak temps of 70-75. Future upgrades may include 32 more GB of RAM, and maybe a few additional RGB fans for the top and rear. We are in search of a larger desk so we can elevate the rig and show it off!
    $1,589.92
    Fotosbystu
  • The Space Heater thumbnail

    The Space Heater The Space Heater

    I built this rig because I was using a laptop with a GTX 970M as my main machine and it was really starting to show its age... I built this rig because I was using a laptop with a GTX 970M as my main machine and it was really starting to show its age in games and general use. I play a lot of Forza on this rig now and just started RDR2 and I have been extremely satisfied with its performance. I also use the computer for my school work as I am a college student, and I really enjoy photography and photo/video editing as well (hence the hard drives for extra space).
    $1,809.90
    Nick S
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    Potato Potato

    I built it for games, general use, and playing around with VM's. Games: Apex Legends, Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite I built it for games, general use, and playing around with VM's. Games: Apex Legends, Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite
    $1,849.94
    Andrew T
  • Corsair's Dream #Bitwit thumbnail

    Corsair's Dream #Bitwit Corsair's Dream #Bitwit

    This was the first PC I ever built back in July of 2020. I use this PC for gaming, streaming, photoshop, and premiere pro in... This was the first PC I ever built back in July of 2020. I use this PC for gaming, streaming, photoshop, and premiere pro in hopes to actually try to make some money off streaming (My Twitch is PiddleTV). First, let's start off with the gem of the build... My Ryzen 9 3900X. This CPU, although loves to suck power, is a BEAST! Multitasks effortlessly, runs decently cool considering its power draw, and rarely ULTRA FAST. I have it overclocked to 4.4GHz on all 12 cores and could go higher if necessary. Next, perhaps the most underrated part of my build is my motherboard. From ASRock, the B550M Steel Legend is a Budget Badass! Easy overclocking, 2 M.2's, plenty of SATA ports, and great RGB lighting on the board too. This MoBo is by far one of my favorite pieces of my entire build, does everything right and looks beautiful at a discounted rate. Lastly, I originally had bought a Radeon 5700XT from Gigabyte (I do not recommend it), but it artifacted countless times, even after RMA'ing it (Gigabytes support is also very bad I have learned). So after 5ish months, I decided I needed a new one and fortunately, I was able to snag this 3060ti on launch day. Works like a charm... Isn't the fastest in terms of clock speeds, but who cares... the thing tanks all games 4k Ultra @ 90+fps (one monitor active), and when streaming, it runs all games 1080p High @ 144fps (streaming and two active monitors). Presenting what the name of the build is all about... My "Corsair Theme", my build features 32 GB of Corsair Vengeance RGB 3600 MHz RAM. The only issue I have run into with these sticks is that the RGB sometimes does not want to cooperate with Corsair's iCUE software... Don't know why, just is what it is. Besides that, these sticks are fast and reliable, hardware-wise, never a doubt, never an issue. STILL staying on the Corsair Theme, my CPU cooler is the ever-so-popular, H100i RGB Platinum AiO. It's sleek, it's elegant, it's effective, it's everything. Plus I got it at a discount :) Almost done with Corsair... I promise. To power all of this, I am featuring the Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold PSU. (please comment if you guys feel like this is not enough power). As far as I am concerned, it gets the job done. Super reliable, powerful, and quiet. The last and most apparent Corsair feature of my build is the case. The Corsair Crystal 280X RGB is a popular and beautiful case. When first planning out my PC, I wanted something that was small, beautiful, and easy to build in, and this case hit every wish I could've asked for. There really isn't much else to say about this case, I just let the looks speak for themself. Onto some of the other components of my build: CableMod Custom White and Black Sleeved Cables (Absolutely beautiful) 1TB SSD WD Blue (Durable, quick, cheap) 1TB M.2 NVMe Samsung 970 EVO (lightning-quick) 500GB M.2 NVMe Samsung 970 EVO (see above) Corsair iCUE Commander Pro (Convenient for all my RGB Components) 2 Corsair SP120mm RGB White Fans (Quiet, gentle, stunning) AND LAST, but not least. My Elgato 4k60 Capture Card w/ Playstation 5. These two things were the latest additions to my collection. I waited so long to get my hands on the PS5, I couldn't believe it when I finally snagged one. Runs effortlessly and quietly (a huge contrast to its predecessor, the JetEngine4. Once again... Not much to comment on, I let the hardware do the talking. That finished my PC (and PS5), my build also features: Samsung C27HG70 27" 4k 144Hz Curved Monitor Samsung C24F390 24" 1080p 60Hz Curved Monitor Fifine USB Streaming Microphone Logitech StreamCam Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Cherry MX Speed Silver Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO SE Wireless Mouse Pecham Desk Mat For being my first build, I definitely made some mistakes along the way... Something I am going to change for my next build, whenever that is, is probably not go with Corsair... I love the company, I own a TON of Corsair products; however, iCUE just isn't cutting it for me, wayyyyyy to many issues and bugs with its software... I have troubleshooted everything, no solutions. I am also considering a new backplate for the 3060ti, so HMU if you all have any suggestions. All-in-all, I loved building it and putting it together, it brought me so much joy in the middle of an event where joy was not easily found. I am so glad I am able to be apart of this community and love for y'all to give me some feedback on my build so I can continue to improve this beaut. Thanks again and best of luck to everyone!!!
    $1,890.89
    Will G
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    Cube of Rebirth Cube of Rebirth

    Scrapped together from the ashes of my previous build. I mostly use it to play games such as Baldurs Gate 3, Call of Duty,... Scrapped together from the ashes of my previous build. I mostly use it to play games such as Baldurs Gate 3, Call of Duty, right now I'm playing the Deus Ex series. When I'm not playing it is mining me some crypto.
    $2,138.91
    hardbot2