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Best PC Builds 2018 Competition

Update, 10/26/18, 8:15am PT: The submission period for our Best PC Builds is over, which means the vote is now under way. Before you vote, check out all the Best PC Build submissions in our Systems forums. There are five different budget categories, ranging from $500 all the way up to $5,000. We had tons of great submissions this go around, so thanks to everyone who participated. You can vote on all five Best PC Builds in each budget category thread or by following this link

Welcome to the 2018 Best PC Builds Competition! For over two decades Tom's Hardware has brought you news and reviews of the latest in PC hardware, while the famous forum has grown to more than 2 million members. Because of their expertise and the constant requests for help with PC builds, our members have developed a talent for finding the best prices and putting together the best system builds.

For this edition of Best PC Builds were asking the Community for their optimal component choices in five different budget categories:

$500 Console Killer

$1,000 Mainstream Gaming PC

$1,500 Streaming and Gaming PC

$2,000 High End Content Creation and Gaming Rig

$5,000 Ultimate Everything RGB Build

Computer Builders had a turbulent 2018. Inflated prices for RAM and Storage coupled with unpredictable costs for GPUs made this year one of the toughest for users wanting to upgrade their PC or build an entirely new one. One healthy development was the continued resurgence of AMD and the Ryzen CPU platform. Competition between Intel and AMD, the stabilization of GPU prices and affordable SSDs makes Q4 2018 one of the best environments to build or upgrade your rig.

Here are the ground rules for this edition of PC Builds:

  • Do not go over budget.
  • Use only Amazon OR Newegg to source parts.
  • Use list prices only: coupons, rebates, bundles or any other limited-time offers will not be accepted.
  • Do not include shipping or tax in your final budget.
  • Do not include the Operating System, Monitor or VR Headset, Keyboard, Mouse or Gamepad.
  • All builds must have a name.
  • Do not put your forum handle in the name of your build, and avoid odd capitalizations & symbols.
  • Provide links to the Amazon or Newegg product pages of each component — we encourage users to use PCPartPicker's System Build for speedy construction. Do not post a link to your build, but rather please be sure to export as BBCode for a quick copy/paste to the forums.

Once all of the builds have enough submissions, we’ll close the threads and our Community team will filter the submissions for adherence to the ground rules. Next, our Editorial team will filter the builds for compatibility issues (e.g. PSU won’t fit together with graphics card in case). The remaining rigs will be put up for public vote in the forums, and the top builds in each thread will go on to become our Best PC Builds!

Throw your rig in the ring and give us your best PC build. Good luck!

  • brucebob2001
    For this edition of Best PC Builds were asking the Community for their optimal component choices in five different budget categories:

    It's we're, not were.
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  • njbmw5
    Look forward to this
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  • average joe
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI - B450M PRO-M2 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($68.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team - T-Force Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($80.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Intel - 660p Series 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill - FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair - VS 550W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($23.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $493.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when availableGenerated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-12 07:36 EDT-0400
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  • average joe
    wish me luck
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  • average joe
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
    CPU: Intel - Celeron G4900 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($52.50 @ Newegg Business)
    Motherboard: ASRock - H310M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($54.43 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: ADATA - Ultimate SU650 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($66.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus - Radeon RX 580 4GB Dual Video Card ($183.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Raidmax - Ninja II ATX Mid Tower Case ($25.98 @ Newegg Business)
    Power Supply: Thermaltake - Smart 600W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.66 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On - iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $498.53
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when availableGenerated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-12 09:58 EDT-0400
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  • Krazie_Ivan
    GL all!

    ...never participated in this before, tho i've read them forever. i tried to stick to the priorities/goals within each class, but the $5000 one is just madness! really no wrong answer to it (unless you're not a fan of RGB like myself), & the build variety from everyone so-far reflects that. and the $500 class is really rough, as the CPU+GPU can eat 75% of the budget when trying to handily out-game a console.
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  • average joe
    i probably didn't submit correctly I have no idea. the intel build blows the other away sadly but the overclocked apu doesn't have throw away components the pieces quality with fast ram and a great drive. I didn't realize shipping and tax could be subtracted. I don't know if pasting them here ruins the game or if this was correct.
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  • Krazie_Ivan
    21397334 said:
    i probably didn't submit correctly I have no idea ... I don't know if pasting them here ruins the game or if this was correct.

    ya mate, you'll want to submit 1 build per price category, which each has it's own forum thread... follow/reply to each of these links:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3800022/500-console-killer-builds-2018.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3800025/000-mainstream-gaming-builds-2018.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3800028/500-streaming-gaming-builds-2018.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3800033/000-high-end-content-creation-gaming-rig-builds-competition-2018.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3800073/000-ultimate-rgb-build-builds-2018.html
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  • shrapnel_indie
    21397334 said:
    i probably didn't submit correctly I have no idea. the intel build blows the other away sadly but the overclocked apu doesn't have throw away components the pieces quality with fast ram and a great drive. I didn't realize shipping and tax could be subtracted. I don't know if pasting them here ruins the game or if this was correct.

    Going by the price of your builds, You wanted the $500 Console Killer - Best PC Builds 2018 thread for it. Of course you got a little bit of time, exact amount? unknown. I don't know the threshold to activate the cut-off.... MAYBE a week at most.
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  • shrapnel_indie
    Once all of the builds have enough submissions, we’ll close the threads and

    IOW, there is a soft cutoff date (as to when you expect to go through the lists)... but if you fall short you may be forced to extend the time frame? (Doubtful that you'll have a problem reaching goal in the expected time frame.)
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