This site allows you to pick a bunch of components, gives you a price based on your preferences (tries to look for the lowest prices including coupons unless you blacklist/whitelist specific retailers, etc.), and lets you know if any compatibility issues arise. In other words, do you have the correct motherboard for a specific CPU, do you have a big enough power supply unit, etc.
The components you will probably need are:
- Fan aka CPU cooler (new AMD CPUs tend to come bundled with these)
- GPU aka graphics card
- Primary storage (hard drive or solid state drive)
- DRAM aka memory (this component is massively overpriced right now)
- Power supply unit (PSU). These have a number and ratings that give you an idea of their efficiency. So a 500 Watt PSU with an 80+ Bronze rating can reasonably be expected to supply up to 400 Watts to the whole system (80% of 500). You'll have to look up the difference between 80+, 80+ Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium, etc. but in general you want to make sure that you have a PSU that can deliver more power than your other components need, and even more if you plan to do an upgrade in the future such as upgrading from a 100 Watt GPU to a 200 Watt GPU or whatever.
You may also need a:
- Display aka monitor. Some people even use TVs for this purpose.
- Keyboard and mouse (for the mouse, I tend to go with the Logitech M705 which is wireless, cheap, but pretty good)
- Networking card (for Ethernet or Wi-Fi). More desktop users are adding Wi-Fi these days because it is convenient.
- Secondary storage or USB storage device (for example, have your operating system and most applications and games installed on an SSD, and other stuff on an HDD).
In general, if your purpose is gaming, you want to spend more money on the GPU than the CPU.
Solid state drives seem very cheap this Black Friday.
Edited by jaxa, 21 November 2018 - 08:47 AM.