Six Invaluable Online PC Building Tools

A healthy chunk of the Game Front readership has some level of PC building experience, be it upgrading pre-built machines with more gaming-friendly hardware, or slapping together a rig from scratch.

Of course, for every one of us who’s capable of building a PC in a matter of hours, there’s someone intrigued by the thought of a DIY machine, but doesn’t have the slightest idea of where to start…some sort of analogy involving deer and headlights comes to mind.

So you’re interested, and you own a Phillips-head screwdriver…but where do you start? Like any other hobby, PC hardware takes time, effort, a fair amount of research, and even more time. There are hundreds, even thousands of sites that can fill you in the on DIY PC scene, but scanning through pages of Intel versus AMD flame wars can be exhausting. What kind of CPU do you need? Will a 600W power supply be enough? What if you want to SLI or CrossFire? The questions and opinions never end!

Thankfully, there are inflammatory-free sites and tools out there with one singular purpose: Making the PC building/upgrading process a breeze. We’ve put together a small list of such sites that will make the experience, and the research that goes along with it, as simple as possible — short of someone else building a PC for you.

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2 Comments on Six Invaluable Online PC Building Tools


On March 9, 2013 at 7:50 am

Even though ocz and pc power and cooling “do not control their own manufacturing”, their power supplies always test extremely well. There is nothing more important than reviews.

Devin Connors

On March 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm


Thanks for reading! I wasn’t implying that OCZ or PC Power and Cooling are bad brands – I have an OCZ ZX 1250W unit in my tower – just that the world of power supplies is trickier to navigate than one might think…

-Devin Connors