Computer Building Price Guide

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 24, 2006
Updated • May 3, 2013

Are you planning to purchase a new computer in the near future? You are also someone who builds computers on their own, someone who does not rely on retail computer as you prefer to hand-pick all components that your computer should be built-with individually? The Gotfrag's price guide might be a good starting point if you answered both questions with yes.

Seven different systems are introduced ranging from budget system to high end systems. Except for the budget system which uses an AMD cpu all other categories use an INTEL and an AMD system. Next to the budget system (500$ - 700$) are the entry level systems (750$ - 1100$), the mid range systems (1200$ - 1500$) and finally the high end systems which start at 1900$. Helpful as a starting point. Unfortunately there is no explanation why the mentioned hardware was chosen by the author.

Update: It should be obvious that a guide from 2006 has no merit whatsoever in 2012. The site itself has also stopped posting news or feature articles in 2007, which means that you won't find an updated article on that site.

We have removed the link pointing to the site as a consequence. We would like to point you to an up to date step by step guide posted on Maximum PC which has all the details on how to build a gaming PC with AMD's Bulldozer cpu. While you may favor a different cpu or setup, you can still take a lot from the guide when it comes to assembling the hardware. It offers step by step instructions with screenshots, to make sure you got it all right. Plus, you find some tips included, like the best place to assemble the PC, or what to consider when installing the PC fans.

You can alternatively check out Lifehacker's guide from 2011 about the topic. It is a detailed guide offered as a pdf document that you can download to your PC and print.


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