Pricing for custom builds
Have you got a budget? Looking at what components you might typically find at each price point? Here’s a list of guidelines we have put together – if you complete a custom order with us, here is what you can expect.
Please note: These are based pricing and availability as of July 2020. We’ll update this price guide whenever we can, but do reach out to us as well!
We are transparent with our pricing, and we help you understand the costs involved. We use online tools like PC Part Picker to share lists with you, and we explain your options to you in plain English. Our Terms and Conditions of service are available for you to peruse, too.
Table of Contents
Entry Level Systems
Price range: $500—$1,000
These economy/budget builds will carry you through for the next few years. Beyond a few years though - you may be looking for an upgrade again. They can typically play last year’s games quite well, and this year’s games reasonably well. However, playing games at high framerates (FPS) may require low graphics quality settings, and vice versa.
Affordable entry-level gaming systems: Popular parts in this price range include -
- Graphics cards such as GTX 1060, GTX 1650 Super, or Radeon RX570/RX580
- New budget CPUs with 4-6 cores such as Ryzen 3300X, Ryzen 1600AF, i3-10100, or i3-9100F
- Older midrange CPUs such as i5-6500, i5-7500
- 300-500W power supply (PSU)
- 8GB-16GB of memory (RAM)
- Likely a medium-sized (mATX) PC
- Some basic LED lighting, such as a fan or LED strip
Capable office PCs: You might be after -
- A Ryzen APU (combined CPU with relatively good graphics) such as Ryzen 3200G/3400G
- New budget CPUs such as Ryzen 2600, Ryzen 1600AF, i5-10400F, etc
- Older mid-high range CPUs such as i7-3770K, i7-4770K, i5-6600K
- Usually a very basic graphics card, or none at all
Refurbished parts: Consider a system containing refurbished parts; these will allow you to take advantage of cheaper prices on the used market, including top-end parts from previous years which still perform very well in the present day.
Upgradeability: Some entry-level builds are upgradeable, since there are better CPUs and graphics cards that are compatible with rest of the hardware. Later on, these better parts can usually be found on a 2nd-hand market. However, if a build contains refurbished and older, unsupported hardware, there may not be any upgrades available for that anymore.
Mid Range Systems
Price range: $1,000—$1,800
With a balanced approach to most things, your mid-tier build will power through your desired usage. Achieve great results in your gaming performance and other tasks, without overspending on components. In games, you’ll reach high framerates (FPS) with high graphics performance on a standard 1080p (1920x1080) resolution. You should be able to comfortably play 1440p and ultrawide-resolution games at framerates of 60-100 FPS.
Balanced mid-range gaming systems:
- Ryzen 5 or 7 CPUs such as the Ryzen 3600 or Ryzen 3700X
- Intel i5 or i7 CPUs such as i7-10700K, i7-9700K, i5-10600K
- 16GB of memory (RAM)
- A solid-state drive (SSD) for your operating system, 240GB-512GB
- A large hard drive for games storage or cold storage, at least 1TB
- 500W-750W power supply (PSU)
- Black or sleeved cables for internal components
- Tempered glass transparent side panel
- RGB or other coloured LED lighting - fans and LED strips
- All case sizes ranging from small form factor (SFF) through to large full-ATX tower cases
Refurbished parts: For gaming, consider a refurbished high-end graphics card from 2015-2019, such as a GTX 1070, GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Ti. A refurbished Intel CPU is also a good option for mid-range gaming, such as i7-6700K to 9700K. These parts are subject to availability - we may have them in stock.
High End Systems
Price range: $1,800—$2,500
In this category we include high-density small-form-factor (SFF less than 7L) requests, and high-impact custom LED lighting requests. High refresh rate (high FPS) gaming also falls into this category.
Research is vital for high-end custom builds. In these builds, you want to stick to best-in-class components, and quality and longevity of your system is of great importance. Your high-end system is an investment that will carry you comfortably over the next few years, and potentially perform multiple roles - gaming and streaming, media creation, professional work, software engineering, simulations, and more. You may wish to overclock the components of a high-end system, in order to produce even better performance.
Your professional workstation most likely has high-speed, low-latency and parallel-compute requirements. Consider system features such as high-core-count CPUs, PCI Express (PCIe) Gen 4, and NVMe SSDs. It is also easy to overspec your system, and spend money on features/processing power that will go unused. By carefully assessing the requirements, we aim to “rightsize” your custom build.
Powerful high-end gaming systems: Diving into the details -
- Fast new CPUs with 6 cores such as Ryzen 5600X, Intel i5 10600K
- Unlocked CPUs with 8 or more cores such as Ryzen 7 3700X, Ryzen 9 3900XT, or Intel i7 or Intel i9 K-CPUs
- Liquid cooling for your CPU, appropriate for the heat output
- High-speed DDR4 memory, especially brands known to produce better tuning results
- High-spec graphics cards such as AMD Radeon RX 5700XT or Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super, GeForce RTX 3080
- Motherboards with more features and better power delivery solutions (VRMs)
- 600W+ power supply with cables for extra cards
- Appropriate amounts of LED lighting to match, if you like the look of it
- Noctua fans throughout the system - silence is beautiful
- A high-core-count CPU such as Ryzen 3900X (12 cores) or Intel i9-10900K (10 cores)
- Fast SSD storage, such NVMe SSDs; Samsung EVO/Pro, ADATA XPG Pro, and similar premium SSD lines
- Large amount of HDD storage, 4TB or more; RAIDed disks
- More than one GPU (Nvidia NVLink/SLI or AMD CrossFire) for parallel compute
Ultra High End Systems
Price range: $2,500+
You want best-in-class components, no compromises. 4K gaming, insanely fast video rendering, case mods, fully lit custom-loops — let’s go.
Your system may consist of:
- Intel i9-10900K (10-core gaming), AMD Ryzen 5900X (12-core latest gen) or AMD Ryzen 3950X (16-core render job killer)
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super/RTX 2080 Ti, or the latest GeForce RTX 3080
- AMD Radeon RX 6800XT
- Corsair Dominator or GSkill Trident-Z Royal memory - best binned memory
- Solid-state drives (SSDs) for all storage, including 1TB+ of cold storage
- Complex custom-loop liquid cooling
- AMD Threadripper or Intel Cascade Lake-X HEDT
- Beautifully themed cases with sleeved cables, colour coordination and software-controlled lighting
High-end system build portfolio available upon request – contact us.
The following retailers sell pre-built PC systems that can be used as a price reference.
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