NEW Nov 2013 ! Quick Buyer’s Guide to Build A Custom PC for $400-$1500

The configurations here are essentially based on the votes of local customers and online audience of Custom PC Guide .net.

You probably find your final build different to what you see here, but that is OK! The point is to getting the best system for the budget, and for your needs (home use, media streaming, video games, multimedia production, making money online, etc…)

Because it is just like giving everyone a box full of LEGO bricks and ask them to build a mini house figure. We will surely have all different looking buildings at the end of the day. Perhaps, what matters most is what  everyone has learned from the project and how it benefits us to achieve better and greater results in the future. Isn’t that what building your own custom computer for, too ?

Enjoy the builds and please leave us a comment of suggestion or feedback for future updates !

Saving Tip ! If you live close to a Micro Center store, look for the special combo motherboard and cpu deals – as well as Samsung 840 SSD and Crucial memory using these two $20 OFF coupon codes : SAM + last-3-digit-of-sku (eg. SAM436) and CRU + last-3-digit-of-sku. They will save you a lot of money.

Resources :

Basic Home-Use

Note: this build is a newer update of the $300 Custom Home and Work Computer

Processor 


$34.99 USD
AMD A6-5400K APU 3.6Ghz Dual-Core Processor AD540KOKHJBOX $34.05

Motherboard

Memory


$63.95 USD
Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit 4GBx2 DDR3 1600 MT/s PC3-12800 CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $59.99

Hard Drive


$16.30 USD
Western Digital 160 GB Caviar Blue SATA 7200 RPM 8 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD1600AAJS $12.13

Case

Optical Drive


$19.89 USD
LG Electronics 24X SATA Super-Multi DVD Internal Rewriter with M-Disc Support Black GH24NS95B $9.99

Note: this build is an upgrade from the $400 Entertainment / Productivity PC

Processor 

Intel Core i3-3225 Dual-Core Processor 3MB Cache, 3.3 GHz Intel HD Graphics 4000 $360.30

Motherboard

Memory


$63.95 USD
Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit 4GBx2 DDR3 1600 MT/s PC3-12800 CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $59.99

Hard Drive


$52.95 USD
WD Blue 500GB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD5000AAKX $48.95

Case


$44.90 USD
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case VL80001W2Z Black $33.50

Power Supply

Optical Drive


$19.89 USD
LG Electronics 24X SATA Super-Multi DVD Internal Rewriter with M-Disc Support Black GH24NS95B $9.99

Work and Entertainment


Processor 

Intel Core i3-3225 Dual-Core Processor 3MB Cache, 3.3 GHz Intel HD Graphics 4000 $360.30

Motherboard

Memory


$63.95 USD
Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit 4GBx2 DDR3 1600 MT/s PC3-12800 CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $59.99

Hard Drive

or

Case

Power Supply

Optical Drive


$19.89 USD
LG Electronics 24X SATA Super-Multi DVD Internal Rewriter with M-Disc Support Black GH24NS95B $9.99


Processor 

Motherboard

Memory


$63.95 USD
Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit 4GBx2 DDR3 1600 MT/s PC3-12800 CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $59.99

Hard Drive

or

Case

Power Supply

Optical Drive


$19.89 USD
LG Electronics 24X SATA Super-Multi DVD Internal Rewriter with M-Disc Support Black GH24NS95B $9.99

Note: this build is a combination update of

$600 Work Computer
$600 Work / Play PC

Processor 

Motherboard

Memory


$63.95 USD
Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit 4GBx2 DDR3 1600 MT/s PC3-12800 CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $59.99

Video Card

Hard Drive

Case

Power Supply

Optical Drive


$19.89 USD
LG Electronics 24X SATA Super-Multi DVD Internal Rewriter with M-Disc Support Black GH24NS95B $9.99

Pure Gaming and Workstations