If you are looking for the most up to date pc builds for 2018, then please visit the monthly pc builds updated page here. However, since you are here you will find the monthly gaming pc build archive from previous years, which have all been posted below.
Visit the Best Gaming PC Builds for 2018
What you need to know
Above you will find the up to date gaming pc builds that are posted monthly on the site (so click through above to view the most recent builds or check below for the previously posted ones.). There are several gaming pc build 2017 setups posted every single month in several budget categories with available upgrades and alternative hardware examples included. Building a gaming pc can be fun, more economical and a sure way to play the games you want maxed out. This is why there are three builds posted here every month for the year 2017 and previous – the first budget build starts at $600 and is generally for those wanting to game at 1080p in most games reasonably well on higher settings. The second is a $1000 build for those that for the most part, want to max any game out at 1080p and even play any game out at 1440p into the higher setting ranges. The final $1500 build is for those that want to max any game out up to 1440p no problem and even play into 4K if they so wanted.
So please check out the up to date pc builds and please be sure to check back if you’re planning on building in the coming months to put together a 2017 Gaming PC Build. Also feel free to leave a comment with any questions you may have or share in a build that you’re planning – I’ll try my best to respond and help you out, best of luck!
If you are are new to pc building and want to learn more about choosing your hardware, how and why you should build your own gaming pc, then please visit the How to Build a Gaming PC – Step by Step Guide to Choosing Your Hardware article here at Newb Computer Build.
The 2017 Gaming PC Builds Hardware Overview Video Playlist
The following are the hardware overview videos for each of the pc builds of the month. I try to post videos providing a quick synopsis of the hardware involved with each build, their cost and any news related to newly included hardware. Check out the full channel here.
Newb Computer Build – Building a Gaming PC Resources:
Here at Newb Computer Build I have a collection of resources available to you to help you choose your own individual hardware parts for your gaming PC build. Please visit the How to Choose Your Gaming PC Hardware page to get a better understanding on how you can go about choosing your computer hardware including: how to choose a processor, motherboard, graphics card, hard drive, power supply unit, and memory. As well, I explain how Newb Computer Build tries to help you as a newbie (or even a second third or tenth time builder) trying to build or upgrade a gaming pc.
Useful External Resources
When researching hardware for your new gaming pc build, it can sometimes take a lot of research in order to choose not only the proper hardware to put in, but to find the best, most cost efficient hardware to match any goals you may have in terms of what games you may want to play and at what settings. Below (in a non comprehensive list) are some useful resources that some may want to check out if they are looking for hardware news, new releases or for ways to research what hardware is best for you.
Tomshardware – An online publication focussing on technology with news, price comparisons, videos and reviews on computer hardware. This can be a great resource for getting up to speed on the newest hardware and even reading on benchmarks for things like newly released graphics cards fro example.
Hardware Canuks – Is a similar technology / hardware website providing reviews and articles on the latest pc hardware. I tend to like their overviews of things like new cases, because they make phenomenal videos that do a great job in capturing the look and feel of what they are reviewing or doing an overview of.
bit-tech – Yet another hardware website that provides information on hardware with reviews, hardware information, gaming news and pc modding. bit-tech describes themselves as “…UK’s leading online destination for tech enthusiasts, early adopters, modders and gamers. We cover computer hardware, modding and technology, as well as games – whether on PC, console or mobile.”
3DMark (the Gamers Benchmark) – Is a PC benchmarking tool that was created by Futuremark that determines a pc’s performance of 3D graphic rendering and CPU workload processing capabilities. The benchmark provides a user with a 3DMark score that is meant to compare many different PC hardware configurations signifying a users overall performance on their gaming pc. This can be a useful tool to determine what pc hardware setups should perform better then others when determining which you should buy. It can also provide useful to benchmark your final build and then even compare your own builds performance difference should you decide to overclock any hardware.
LinusTechTips – Is primarily a YouTube channel dedicated to PC hardware unboxings and reviews. They provide videos daily and are generally really well done. So if you are a more visual person, you may want to peruse this channel and / or website forums and see what more you can learn.
Three Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Gaming PC:
I would advise you to keep several things in mind when choosing your new gaming hardware. For One: Keep in mind your budget. When looking at these recommend builds keep in mind that you may be able to cut corners (perhaps you do not need that full 1TB SSD), or need 16 GB in total of RAM etc. Two: What games do you play? Take a look at the minimum and suggested hardware requirements for the games you are actually going to use on your gaming PC, because what’s the point in buying the most expensive CPU or Video Card if it will never be used? And Three: Get a second opinion from a friend; do they think its a good pick? Do you like the way your gaming PC will look? Sometimes choosing a case simply comes down to picking what looks best to you (assuming everything fits of course).
The Newb Gaming Builds of the Month for 2017
The Newb Gaming Builds of the Month for 2016
The Newb PC Gaming Builds of the Month: 2015
*No builds were posted this month.
The Newb PC Gaming Builds of the Month: 2014
July / August 2014
January & February 2014
The Newb PC Gaming Builds of the Month: 2013
The Newb PC Gaming Builds of the Month: 2012
The Newb PC Gaming Builds of the Month: 2011
Even Older Builds:
The following builds are older ones (Before the Gaming Builds of the Month) and are here for reference. I have provided these because allot of these builds can give you a great idea of what builds were good, and perhaps some of the hardware can still be valuable to your new PC build. If you ever have any questions about a gaming pc build then let me know; perhaps you want to know what additions you want for your current build, or I would love to hear what pc build you currently have!
The Best $2,500 Extreme 4K/VR Gaming PC Build - September 2020
By Ari Altman
Published September 16, 2020
Updated September 16, 2020
If you're looking to play all the latest games on a 4K or ultra-wide monitor, you're going to need extreme processing power. And that's what the $2,500 Gaming PC Build delivers - every component has been selected with one and only one goal in mind: maximum high-resolution performance for around $2,500!
For September 2020, the $2,500 Gaming PC Build gets a massive upgrade courtesy of new releases from both Intel and Nvidia. On the CPU side, we go with the Core i9-10850K, a 10-core, 20-thread beast from Intel that simply cannot be beaten in gaming. In this build, it's cooled by a massive 360mm liquid cooler. The 10850K is backing up a true behemoth of a GPU, the new RTX 3080 10GB from Nvidia, which thunders into the ring with performance that obliterates the old RTX 2080 Ti for around half the price! That means there's plenty of room left in the budget for upgrades all around: you get 32GB of ultra-fast DDR4-3600 RAM, a massive, ultra-fast 2TB PCIe solid-state drive, and the new H500P Mesh ARGB case from Cooler Master.
As always, to see our previous part picks and prices, just flip to the $2,500 Gaming PC Build Archive. Also note that we highlight our favorite accessories for this build in the optional components section at the end of this guide, including the best high-end peripherals and monitor. If you're looking for more options, feel free to browse our Monitor Buyer's Guide, Peripherals Buyer's Guide, and Speaker/Headset Buyer's Guide for all our favorite picks!
Throughout this guide, we provide direct links to Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, and Amazon Germany for each product, with regional substitutions made where necessary. Our US links will also auto-route for our readers in Spain, Italy, and France. To help support the continued development of this guide, please use the links we provide if you purchase products we recommend.
The $2,500 Extreme 4K Gaming PC Build - September 2020
The Pre-Built Option
The Ultra-Compact Premium Gaming PC:
HP OMEN Obelisk 9900K/2080 Ti Gaming PC
Not ready to build your own PC? Let HP do the building for you! HP's Omen division has you covered with an amazing deal on its Obelisk. It features a liquid-cooled Intel Core i9-9900K 8-Core, 16-thread processor, a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB video card, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive, along with an ultra-compact chassis that will amaze you once you set eyes on how small it is!
The Guru's Tip:
This system also includes 802.11ac wireless networking and Bluetooth 4.2.
The Build-Your-Own Option
Intel Core i9-10850K @Newegg
Intel takes back the gaming crown with its Core i9-10850K, a ten-core, 20-thread CPU with an all-core boost speed of 5.2GHz out of the box! This chip was released as a psuedo-replacement for the more expensive 10900K, which it turns out was boosted a bit too high by Intel, leading to constant throttling. The 10850K is actually faster, despite a lower boost speed!
The Guru's Tip:
Remember, you need a new Z490 motherboard for this CPU - it will not even fit in older motherboards!
Gigabyte Z490 AORUS Master @Newegg
This feature-packed Z490 board gives you everything you need for an ultra-high-end PC build at a great price. 14-phase power, triple M.2 PCIe slots for high-speed SSDs, ten USB ports (including Type-C), 2.5G LAN, and built-in 802.11ax (WiFi 6) networking plus Bluetooth.
The Guru's Tip:
Intel's new socket 1200, featured on this motherboard, is required to use 10th-Gen CPUs!
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 XC3 Black @EVGA
CRITICAL UPDATE: Nvidia has launched the greatest GPUs of all time with its new RTX 3000 series, which blows away all previous video cards, including the once mighty RTX 2080 Ti. The RTX 3080, which is half the price, offers 30% higher performance, which is a simply unprecedented generational leap. The only problem: these are going to be selling out for months, so get yours if you can, direct from EVGA!!!!
The Guru's Tip:
We will be rotating through various vendors as we see stock come in, but be forewarned: when a product is this good, it does not stick around long!
Crucial 2x16GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 C16 Black @Newegg
This awesome 32GB kit will provide more than enough capacity for any game today and for years to come, and thanks to its mind-blowing DDR4-3600 speed and 16-18-18 timings, it will keep your fast CPU fed with data.
The Guru's Tip:
3600MHz is absolutely the sweetspot today when it comes to performance per dollar in high-end RAM, at least when it has the right timings, which this one does! Learn more in our recent DDR4-3600 shootout!
XPG SX8200 Pro 2TB
Harnessing the power of cutting-edge TLC V-NAND, the NVMe protocol, and the PCIe interface, this SSD provides amazing speed, along with an incredible 2TB of capacity!
The Guru's Tip:
Thanks to this drive's sleek M.2 format, it requires no cables at all! Just note that you'll need a jeweler's-type screwdriver to install it.
Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh White ARGB @Newegg
Our favorite high-performance gaming case has now been updated to with awesome ARGB lighting, making it better than ever! The H500P Mesh White is the star of high-end cases. It features a tempered glass side panel, dual 200mm front fans behind a big mesh intake, and a 140mm rear fan. It will keep your components nicely chilled thanks to a constant wall of air.
The Guru's Tip:
The case's ARGB lighting can easily be sync'd with the 3-pin ARGB header on the motherboard we recommend.
SilverStone ST85F-GS v2
COVID-19 NOTICE: Nearly all power supplies from reputable manufacturers are now completely sold out, and most cannot even be backordered. But this unit, a high-end 850W Gold-rated model, can actually be ordered, at least as of our latest update. Grab it if you can!
The Guru's Tip:
Watch out for all the cheap knock-off PSUs offering huge wattage numbers at low prices. They are low-quality, over-rated, and won't last the test of time.
SilverStone PF360-ARGB @Newegg
To run a high-wattage CPU like the one in this system, you need extreme cooling, and we suggest you go straight for this awesome 360mm liquid cooler, which offers plenty of cooling performance, low noise levels, and sweet ARGB lighting.
The Guru's Tip:
This cooler's lighting and fans are controlled by the motherboard, which has plenty of headers to hook all the necessary cables up.
Microsoft Windows 10 Flash Drive
Windows 10 represents a huge leap forward from Windows 8.1, and you will definitely want W10 for gaming. It includes the cutting-edge DX12 low-level API, which provides higher performance and better graphics in PC games.
The Guru's Tip:
As of our latest update, Windows 10 on USB is back in stock, but if it's ever sold out, go for the downloadable version, which you can simply load on a USB 3.1 thumb drive.
The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard:
Razer BlackWidow Elite Linear
For the very fastest gameplay, there's nothing better than the BlackWidoe Elite. Thanks to Razer's fast linear switches, you can't possibly miss a keystroke with this board.
The Guru's Tip:
Another nice touch: the very slick magnetic wrist rest!
The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse:
Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed Wireless
Go for the best mouse in the business, period. Featuring a 20,000dpi sensor, Razer's awesome new HyperSpeed wireless system, and a perfect ergonomic design, this model can't be beat! And in addition to its 100-hour battery life, it includes a handy charging dock.
The Guru's Tip:
This mouse is also incredibly light, at just 107g!
The 4K 144Hz Gaming Monitor:
Asus ROG Swift XG438Q 43” 4K
Get the most out of your 4K gaming PC with that absolutely-massive 4K gaming monitor. Measuring in at 43", it will dominate your desk like no other monitor before it, and it packs in the specs too: 120Hz refresh rate, FreeSync 2 capability (which now also means G-Sync compatibility), and HDR600 certification for amazing brightness and colors. It is the best gaming monitor anywhere near its price, and a perfect match for the RTX 3090 video card.
The Guru's Tip:
If you simply must have the best, you can always step up to the upgraded version of the XG438Q, dubbed the PG43UQ, which offers up a 144Hz refresh rate and full HDR1000 certification!
The High-End Wireless Headset:
Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Gaming Headset
Want an awesome gaming headset to complete your system? Then go for Corsair's Virtuoso Wireless, which features solid metal construction for a seriously premium feel, subtle RGB lighting, and up to 15 hours of battery life.
The Best Free MS-DOS Games Now Available From the Internet Archive
I’ve previously talked about how the Internet Archive is a great place to play your favorite abandonware from decades ago within your browser, and it’s even better now. The archive has added 2,500 new MS-DOS titles for you to try out, and they are all free of charge.
If you’re curious about exactly how this is possible, the Internet Archive has a wonderful blog post that explains the process of getting these games working in a playable state. As digital historian Jason Scott writes:
“What makes the collection more than just a pile of old, now-playable games, is how it has to take head-on the problems of software preservation and history. Having an old executable and a scanned copy of the manual represents only the first few steps. DOS has remained consistent in some ways over the last (nearly) 40 years, but a lot has changed under the hood and programs were sometimes only written to work on very specific hardware and a very specific setup. They were released, sold some amount of copies, and then disappeared off the shelves, if not everyone’s memories.
It is all these extra steps, under the hood, of acquisition and configuration, that represents the hardest work by the eXoDOS project, and I recognize that long-time and Herculean effort. As a result, the eXoDOS project has over 7,000 titles they’ve made work dependably and consistently.”
Now, if you’d rather just get to the games, know that scanning your way through 2,500 titles is going to take some time. And you’ll probably have to do a bit of internet searching to convince yourself to try titles that might sound familiar, but you don’t really remember all that well. To get you started, here are a few recommendations we think are worth trying out (unless you want to go download and play everything).
The Secret of Monkey Island
It doesn’t get much more fun than this. Sure, you can probably pick up this game on your favorite digital distribution service for a tiny fee, or you can just go ahead and sink hours into the MS-DOS version for absolutely nothing. Say hi to Stan for me.
This is one of the earliest games I remember playing on my MS-DOS system way back when—likely a 386 or 486 computer with some paltry amount of memory (that at the time, probably felt pretty awesome). The joy of this game is in the brutality. You run around New York City, gunning down any bad guys you can get your hands on. The more evil you stop, the more money you make, and the closer you are to obliterating the mighty Kingpin. It didn’t get much more violent than this back in the MS-DOS days.
The Price is Right
I mean, how else are you going to prepare for winning big on the show, like that guy from the documentary?
I used to be terrified of this game as a kid for whatever reason. Now, it doesn’t seem quite so bad. Your goal? Set traps to help keep mysterious intruders—vampires, if I’m right—from killing a party’s worth of people. It’s a silly concept in 2019, but Night Trap was a pretty big deal two-plus decades ago.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Get in some practice flying the way things used to be—back in 1993—before you take on Microsoft’s big updated version that’s set to launch next year.
I still can’t do a good carrier landing.
The Incredible Machine 2
I’m pretty sure I convinced my parents to buy me this back in the ‘90s because I said it was educational. It is, sort of, since you’re solving puzzles in all sorts of creative ways, but it’s also a great way to spend an afternoon gaming.
The Elder Scrolls - Daggerfall
Yes. Oh, yes. I was terrible at navigating my way through this game’s dungeons, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t have the most maxed-out character in the realm—thanks to the ingenious cheat of walking into one of the game’s many shops, advancing time past the shop’s closing, stealing everything on its shelves, then selling it all back to the shopkeeper (or keeping it yourself) in the morning. Ah, Daggerfall; you taught me how to cheat with creativity, which I carried with me right into my Dungeons & Dragons years.
Star Trek - Judgement Rites
I never made it through this game, but I respect what it was trying to do way back in the early ‘90s. If you like adventures mixed with a bit of action—which is basically Star Trek in a nutshell—you’ll get a kick out of this title, which I maintain was ahead of its time.