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Building personal computers has been a hit trend for many years now, but what is actually making this crazed bunch get all geared up and stuck in themselves?

PCs are where gaming began and the gaming PC is the bonafide mother of gaming. Over the years building a gaming PC has given way to buying consoles but if anything, the rise of Steam and the recent slew of PC exclusives have shown that PC gaming is anything but dead.

Today, we’re going to talk about a budget build that will cost less than $750 and lets you play most recent games at high quality and with a respectable FPS.


Picking out parts for a new PC seems to scare the bejeezus out of people who want to build their own computers. I don’t blame ’em though — once you start looking, you’ll need to find out and parse a myriad of abbreviations for truly mysterious technologies, check compatibility charts and then pore through reviews to make sure that everything checks out. This is compounded by the fact that the hardware landscape is in a state of constant flux. Tiresome work!

So, to help you, dear reader, in this quest for PC greatness, we’ve come up with our very own PC builder’s guide. In this quad annual affair, we’re going to do the hardwork for you and come up with the components you’d need to build a kickass PC. Let’s get started after the jump!