So, are you wanting to put together your own PC? What kind of PC do you want to put together? Will you choose Intel…or AMD? Not sure which to choose, or why? These custom build pages should help you to decide what you want to build.
One of the most important questions you need to start with is…how much can you spend on a build? Before you do a whole lot of digging, research, comparative analysis and etc. you really should answer this question first. It’s going to drive your entire build. If you can spend only $500 on a build, you probably don’t want to go all out buying a brand new Threadripper or Intel i9. If you can spend two thousand dollars but don’t need 1080p resolution, that’s something worth considering too. So the first differentiation is cost – how much can you spend.
So, what’s your number? $200? $500 ? Or more?
I can spend $200.
OK, let’s say you can spend $200. Now, the next question is – what do you want to do with the computer? Let’s take a look and analyze what the usual situations are for building a computer:
- I want to browse the web.
- I want to do word processing, use excel, or other Office programs.
- I want to play video games.
- I want to do video editing.
- I want to do other graphical intensive related editing, such as autocad, graphic design, civil engineering work, architecture, or other blueprinting.
So, these are the first two important things – how much you can spend, and what the functional purpose is for building a computer.
Now, let’s go back to the concept of having $200 to build a computer. Is it doable? Yes, however you may have to buy some used parts; and some older parts at that. Let’s take a look and see what we can buy or build for $200.
The board mentioned in the above link is an FM2+ board for $45, then you put an AMD A6-7400K CPU on the board for $59.55. The RAM, DDR3 8 GB is $49.99. This in itself is $150, then you just need a power supply and a hard drive.
Usually, if you’re going to go with a less expensive build, you’re going to get by with onboard video. If you want to purchase an entry level GPU (video card), take a look at the Geforce GTX 1050ti 4 GB. This however costs about $160-$200 and will wind up doubling your target of $200 spend.
Be sure to read through the rest of our custom builds to find one that suits you, your budget and the intended operations you wish to perform. Good luck!