Everyone keeps telling me to build one rather than getting a custom or buying a prebuilt. Problem is, I don't have any dedicated computer parts stores nearby let alone any knowledge of this kind of venture. How do I do this without going over a 1k budget or seriously messing something up?
2. Look up some benchmarks and decide based on your budget. If $1k is your ceiling then an Intel i5 would likely be your best bet.
3. Put a parts list together. Make sure the motherboard, RAM, and CPU all match what is specced. Grab the best video card you can get and the rest of the necessary goodies.
4. Spend a couple hours getting it all together and Windows installed.
5. Play some games!
For parts, use the Internet. Newegg.com is your new best friend. You can get excellent parts for $1000. Here are some suggestions:
Your subtotal is $984. This system is capable of playing all the latest games at max settings up to 1680 x 1050. This rig will not need upgrading for another 2-2.5 years, which is pretty good considering the budget.