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Build your own Computer Recommended Parts Lists

We've been teaching people how to build computers for 10 years.  Our goal is to educate you to the point where you can choose your own parts list to build your own computer from scratch.  This method has worked for thousands of customers.  However we are often asked for a place to start. Some recommended parts.  Components we would use to build a PC today.  

Keep in mind that this is just a starting point.  We encourage you to choose different parts. 
Our video lessons will give you the knowledge you need to make yourself a truly custom computer.

You can use an AMD CPU and motherboard as well.  Again, this is only a starting point for creating your parts list.

All Lists Updated March 21, 2014

$250 Computer Upgrade, using parts from your current computer

Tech Specs

  • Processor (CPU)
    Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core
  • RAM Memory
    4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM at 1333MHz
  • Video Card 
    On-board video

Integrated Sound and Networking

Uses your current hard drive, DVD drive, monitor, keyboard/mouse and speakers.

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$500 Computer, that you build yourself

Tech Specs

  • Processor (CPU)
    Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core
  • RAM Memory
    4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM at 1333MHz
  • Hard Drive 
    1TB Serial ATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
  • Video Card
    On-board video
  • Optical Drive 
    24x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
  • Monitor
    Asus VS239H-P 23" IPS 5ms Widescreen

Integrated Sound and Networking

Complete with Speakers, Mouse and Keyboard

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$800 Gaming Computer, that you build yourself

Tech Specs

  • Processor (CPU)
    Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 4MB L2 Cache
  • RAM Memory
    4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM at 1600MHz
  • Hard Drive
    1TB Serial ATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
  • Video Card
    Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • Optical Drive
    24x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
  • Monitor
    Asus VS239H-P 23" IPS 5ms Widescreen

Integrated Sound and Networking

Complete with Speakers, Mouse and Keyboard

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$1200 Gaming Computer, that you build yourself

Tech Specs

  • Processor (CPU)
    Intel Core i5 4670K 3.4GHz 6MB L2 Cache, 1333FSB
  • RAM Memory
    8GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM at 1600MHz
  • Hard Drive
    1TB Serial ATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
  • Video Card
    EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster Z 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz
  • Optical Drive
    24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
  • Monitor
    Asus VS239H-P 23" IPS 5ms Widescreen
  • Speaker
    Logitech Z623 200 watts RMS 2.1
  • Mouse
    Logitech G600 MMO Wired 3200 dpi Gaming Mouse
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G510s Silver & Black USB Standard Gaming Keyboard
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$1800 Gaming Computer, that you build yourself

Tech Specs

  • Processor (CPU) 
    Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz LGA 2011 Six-Core
  • RAM Memory 
    16GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM at 1600MHz
  • Hard Drive
    1TB Serial ATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
  • SSD
    128GB Samsung 840 Pro
  • Video Card
    XFX Radeon R9 280x 3GB 256-bit GDDR5   PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster Z Channels 24-bit 96KHz
  • Optical Drive
    24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
  • Monitor
    Asus VS239H-P 23" IPS 5ms Widescreen
  • Speaker
    Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1
  • Mouse
    Logitech G600 MMO Wired Gaming Mouse
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G510s Silver & Black USB Standard Gaming Keyboard
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$2000 Workstation Computer, that you build yourself

Tech Specs

  • Processor (CPU)
    Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz LGA 2011 Six-Core
  • RAM Memory
    16GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM at 1600MHz
  • Hard Drive
    1TB Serial ATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
  • SSD
    128GB Samsung 840 Pro
  • Video Card
    Several options
  • Sound Card
    Several options
  • Optical Drive
    Several options
  • Monitor
    Asus VS239H-P 23" IPS 5ms Widescreen
  • Speaker
    Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1
  • Mouse
    Several options
  • Keyboard
    Several options
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$2300 Gaming Computer, that you build yourself

Tech Specs

  • Processor (CPU)
    Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz LGA 2011 Six-Core
  • RAM Memory
    16GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM at 1600MHz
  • Hard Drive
    1TB Serial ATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
  • SSD
    128GB Samsung 840 Pro
  • Video Card
    Asus Radeon R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster Z 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz
  • Optical Drive
    24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
  • Monitor
    Samsung B350 27" 5ms  Widescreen
  • Speaker
    Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1
  • Mouse
    Logitech G9x Black 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser 3200 dpi Gaming Mouse
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G510s Silver & Black USB Standard Gaming Keyboard
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Comments  

 
0 # bob 2009-04-10 06:29
were do you get your parts??;-);-):cry:
 
 
+3 # MichaelC 2009-04-10 06:32
We almost always buy from Newegg.com
 
 
-8 # l0rd12 2009-06-10 08:17
this place is awsome how many people know aboute it it took me 2 weeks just to find it but i am not going to tell any one at school it will make me looke very smart and prosteges and start my own computer company were i bild sell fix and update peoples computer ill be rich i say rich
 
 
0 # erasor101 2012-01-21 21:19
January 15, 2011? When will you be updating the lists for 2012?
 

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