Building a PC in 2017/18 can be a challenge if your not sure what to get. Will you be using it mostly for the games? applications, graphics intensive software? or just plain average mainstream home use? There are several ways at approaching building your power house PC, you can work within a budget and stay within your limits or you can build according to the preferred system configuration the manufacturer of the games or software suggests for performance. Otherwise if you want to make sure you can run anything and everything just build an Enthusiast PC.
Below PCWizKid has setup by category from Mainstream to Extreme Gaming Rig configurations some recommendations for you to chose from and decide from there. To makes things easy for you, PCWizKid has put together 3 main configurations to meet each budget and category. If money is not an issue then check out PCWizkid's Extreme Dream Machine at the bottom of the page.
Remember the pricing for each configuration is approximate and in USD* but will give you a good idea on what to get and what works well together. For the most recent pricing and hardware list click the links beside each hardware component below. Please note the prices may not include the LCD/LED monitor, peripherals or the operating system, so check the description details of each system.
This entry level system (Intel or AMD) is for someone who has a tight budget and cannot spend more than about $1000 USD roughly. Or perhaps you just need a fast , stable PC for the home office and not for gaming. Yes you could always get something better if you spend another $50 here and there and before you know it the initial system that you had planned to only spend $500 is now $750. If you dont mind play games at lower graphic settings and you just want to watch movies surf the net, its all good. Anything can be changed for more expensive better components later on also. These are quality performing entry level parts for the price $800+ USD approximately.
Intel Core i5 Gamer Mainstream Level - $800 USD
AMD Ryzen Gamer Mainstream Level - $800 USD
Gamer System - Price range $900 - 1300
This Gamer system (Intel or AMD) caters to those who want higher performing parts that can take advantage of the latest technologies and software. For example, a system like this can do video editing, play directx 12 games, run Windows 10 smoother and multitask better while watching movies, surfing the net and doing more than average. With a system like this you have the option to later upgrade easier to a more extreme system easily. A gamer system will extend the life and usage of it for a longer period than a entry level system without the need for immediate upgrades, so in the long run this is the most popular choice.
Enthusiast System $1500 to $2200 USD
An enthusiast gaming rig system by definition is a high end PC. The hardware components are premium parts which are on priced higher as you would expect. A system like this takes the Gaming system to the next level by pushing the boundaries of the hardware beyond the default advertised limitation. These systems outperform and exceed expectations making them the top performers in every category. However, owning an enthusiast system does not have to be costly. Even though you may find many so called enthusiast gaming rigs out there, the cost of owning one averages at aprox $1500+ USD. It all depends on what you want to customize and add. Do you want 2 Video cards in crossfire or in SLI? Do you want them to be lesser performing AMD RX 460, step up to a RX 560 or go all the way to the high end AMD RX 580 or do you have the $$$ to get several Nvidia GTX 1070's or the top of the line GTX 1080? Will you use water cooling throughout or just modify (mod) the system case fans? Do you want one hard drive or several, or even do you want a SSD drive? These are examples of what an enthusiast will go through to kick it up a notch. Every upgraded part means more $$$!!! The rewards in speed and performance are really noticable though as seen in PCWizKid's benchmark reviews.