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The Best $1500 High-End Gaming PC Build – September 2022

Your Ticket to High-End Gaming!

Do you want to build the best high-end gaming PC possible for $1,500? Then you’ve come to the right place! The build we profile here offers the best balance of CPU and GPU power you’ll find in any build on the ‘Net, along with high-end yet cost-effective parts in every other category. The goal: maximum frames per dollar without skimping on the stuff everyone else does, like a quality power supply and a big solid-state drive. The last thing you want is a hot rod engine in an old beater chassis, so we make sure your gaming PC build checks off all the boxes!

This Month’s Build, an All-AMD Rig!

For September 2022, the $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build continues to harness the power of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X six-core, 12-thread CPU to drive an absolute beast of a GPU, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB. This GPU has plummeted in price, making it an exceptional deal among high-end offerings. Frankly, it’s simply in a different league than GeForce GPUs at the same pricepoint.

But this build is about more than a fast CPU and GPU. It is also equipped with a fast 1TB PCIe solid-state drive and 16GB of high-speed DDR4-3600 RAM. For the case, we recommend a sleek tempered glass model from Corsair, which is the best-selling case on the market for good reason! Finally, the build is anchored by an ultra-efficient 650W fully-modular power supply.

One quick note on new releases: while AMD has recently announced a new Ryzen 5 7600X coming at the end of September, it will be $100 more than the 5600X and require about $150 more in platform costs (motherboard and RAM), putting it well outside the budget target for this build. We therefore still strongly recommend the 5600X for the $1500 high-end gaming build!

Parting Thoughts

If you want to accessorize your new build, check out our top keyboard, mouse, and monitor recommendations at the end of this build guide. We update this build monthly, as prices and components in this market change quite frequently, and a few dollars here or there could buy you a lot of performance. Throughout our guides, we provide links to Amazon or Newegg for our US readers, and our Amazon links will auto-convert for readers in Canada, the UK, and parts of the EU, with substitutions made based on regional availability. Your use of these links helps support this site, allowing us to continue to update this guide regularly.

  • CPU –

    AMD Ryzen 5 5600X


    AMD’s Zen 3 architecture made a huge splash in the PC industry. Beating Intel on a clock-for-clock basis for the first time in decades, and with far lower power consumption, the Ryzen 5 5600X is the perfect CPU for this build. And it brings along with it an advanced yet cost-effective platform, which will provide upgrade potential down the line should you wish to drop in an even more powerful CPU.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This CPU comes with a cooler, and while it’s effective, it’s a bit loud, so we’re recommending an upgrade later in this guide.

  • Motherboard –

    MSI B550-A Pro


    This feature-packed board gives you everything you need for a PC build at a great price. That includes dual M.2 PCIe slots for high-speed SSDs (the top slot being Gen 4), a PCIe Gen 4 graphics card slot, and eight USB ports (including a Type-C port).

    The Guru’s Tip

    This board even has a Type-C header, allowing you to use the advanced Type-C port included on this build’s case.

  • Video Card –

    PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB Red Dragon


    It’s time to get gaming again! This Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB has impressive gaming power, beating the GeForce RTX 3080 10GB, while also packing in an extra 6GB of VRAM, making it far more future-proof. PowerColor gives its Red Dragon model a powerful 3-fan cooler to keep heat under wraps.

    The Guru’s Tip

    The 6800 XT debuted at an MSRP of $650, and was considered an incredible deal at that pricepoint. It’s now below that price, which makes the deal even sweeter!

  • Memory –

    G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3600 16-19-19


    To get the most out of DDR4 memory, you want high frequencies, and G.Skill’s Ripjaws V 2x8GB DDR4-3600 CL16 kit delivers! DDR4-3600 is the sweet spot in terms of compatibility with the majority of DDR4-based systems, but most kits have weak timings. This one, on the other hand, is the real deal: 16-19-19 at 1.35V, to be exact.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Due to some unique aspects of the AMD platform, even CAS timings (like 16), work better than odd timings, making this the perfect kit for an AMD setup!

  • Solid-State Drive –

    WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe


    WD knocked it out of the park with its high-performance yet bargain-priced SN570. Optimized for excellent real-world performance thanks to WD’s years of SSD development, it easily keeps up with much more expensive drives. This 1TB model can provide sequential read speeds of 3500MB/s and write speeds of 3500MB/s. Note that you’ll need a jeweler’s-type screwdriver to affix it.

    The Guru’s Tip

    While the 1TB NVMe market is very competitive, this drive clearly stands above the rest in terms of performance per dollar!

  • Case –

    Corsair 4000D Airflow


    The 4000D is simply the best performance-oriented case you can get for the money, thanks to its fantastic airflow design, dual 120mm fans, and a plenty of builder-friendly touches, like excellent cable routing, captive screws, and plenty of fan mounts.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This is the best selling case in the US, passing up the long-running record holder, the NZXT H510!

  • Power Supply –

    EVGA Supernova 650 P5


    EVGA offers a ton of high-end value in its Supernova line, and the 650 P5 is a perfect example of that. You get an impressive 650W of Platinum-rated power, fully-modular cables, and a zero RPM mode under low loads for silence and increased lifespan. Even when the fan is spinning, it’s quiet thanks to its fluid dynamic bearings. The best part: an incredible 10-year warranty and EVGA’s unbeatable customer support.

    The Guru’s Tip

    EVGA has recently dropped the price on this premium Platinum model below its Gold models, so jump on it before it’s sold out!

  • CPU Cooler –

    Arctic Freezer 34 eSports Black


    Maximize the performance of your PC with this powerful but affordable cooler from Arctic. Featuring a 120mm fan equipped with hydraulic bearings, it’s both quiet and capable. Learn more about this awesome cooler in our massive 120mm cooler shootout!

    The Guru’s Tip

    The CPU comes with a cooler, but we recommend this model to keep things not just cool, but quiet!

  • Operating System –

    Windows 11 Home USB


    Windows 11 take everything people loved about Windows 10, and then takes it to 11! It adds significant under-the-hood changes to make it faster and more secure, and of course, the interface is sleek too!

    The Guru’s Tip

    It took Microsoft a while to launch the retail version of Win11 after releasing the upgrade version, but now that it’s here, this is what you want on your new PC build!

The Pre-Built Option
  1. The High-End Gaming PC –
    Skytech Shiva 5600X/RTX 3070
The DIY Build
  1. CPU –
    AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
  2. Motherboard –
    MSI B550-A Pro
  3. Video Card –
    PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB Red Dragon
  4. Memory –
    G. Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3600 16-19-19
  5. Solid-State Drive –
    WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe
  6. Case –
    Corsair 4000D Airflow
  7. Power Supply –
    EVGA Supernova 650 P5
  8. CPU Cooler –
    Arctic Freezer 34 eSports Black
  9. Operating System –
    Windows 11 Home USB
Optional Products
  1. Wireless Card –
    TP-Link Archer T5E AC1200/Bluetooth 4.2
  2. The Budget Gaming Keyboard –
    Corsair K55 RGB Pro
  3. The Pro Gaming Mouse –
    Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless
  4. The 27″ 2560×1440 Gaming Monitor –
    HP X27q
  5. The Mainstream Gaming Headset –
    Corsair HS60 Pro Surround

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Best PC Builds for Gaming: From Sub $500 Budgets to $3000+

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While you can buy one of the best gaming PCs and resolve your dilemma about whether to buy or build a PC that way, putting together your own system is almost always more rewarding. When you build a gaming PC yourself, you get total control of everything from the exact make and model of motherboard to aesthetics of the chassis and how many RGB fans you want. 

Depending on what type of computer you create, you may also be saving a few hundred dollars over the cost of buying a prebuilt system, For example, right now, getting a  desktop with similar specs to our $1,000 PC build will cost you $1,399 at Best Buy .

To help you assemble the best PC build for gaming or productivity on your budget, we’ve created a set of recommended parts lists below for different builds. We’ve identified budget builds that cost less than $500 and less than $1,000, along with mid-range, high-end and super high-end gaming rigs.  

Caveats for Best PC Builds

Prices change so rapidly that we are only trying to come up less than a specific price point with the $500 and $1,000 builds. Note that the prices we list below were current at publication time but could be different right now.

We are also going to recommend GPUs rather than specific makes and models of graphics cards. For example, we’d recommend an RTX 3080 Ti and link to a list of available cards rather than, for example, the Zotac RTX 3080 Ti Trinity OC Given stock issues, you should get whichever third or first-party card is available with the GPU you want for the best price at the time you read this.

Also note that we don’t include the cost of an operating system, because you can get Windows for Free or Cheap. Nor do we include the price of peripherals such as the best gaming monitors, best gaming keyboards or best gaming mouse.

Best $500 PC Build for Gaming

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Sub-$500 Gaming PC
Component Type Model Price (at Pub Time in USD)
CPU Ryzen 5 5600G $154
Motherboard ASRock B450M Pro4 $71
RAM TeamGroup T-Force Zeus DDR 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB) 3200 MHz $47
Storage TeamGroup MP33 (1TB) $64
Case Zalman S3 $59
PSU Cooler Master MWE 450 $34
Cooler N/A, comes with CPU
Total $429

We hate to say it, but if you can’t go over $500, you probably shouldn’t consider using a discrete graphics card (you can do just barely but at the expense of other key parts). Because of that, we’re recommending that you go with the best possible integrated graphics you can afford. On the CPU side, that means an AMD Ryzen 5 5600G . The Ryzen 5 boasts AMD Radeon Vega 7 graphics, 6 CPU cores and a boost clock of 4.4 GHz. That APU also comes with AMD’s Wraith cooler in the box, so that’s one place where we’ll save some money.

We don’t expect fantastic frame rates in games, but you should be able to game at 720p and perhaps step up to 1080p with low-to-medium settings on some less-demanding games. You can always save your pennies for a future GPU upgrade.

For the motherboard, any budget B450 or B550 board with an M.2 slot should do, but we’ve chosen the ASRock B450M Pro4 because of its relatively affordable price more than any of its features. If you can spring for a B550 board, you’ll get better GPU bandwidth and also get the ability to someday upgrade to a speedy PCIe Gen 4 SSD, something that’s way too expensive for this build and not at all a priority.

To milk the maximum performance out of our integrated GPU, which relies on system RAM, we need relatively-fast, but inexpensive RAM, so we’re going with a TeamGroup 16GB (8×2) kit running at 3200 MHz. Any pair of two 8GB DIMMs running at 3200 MHz will do, but this kit was cheapest when we wrote this. 

For our storage drive, we’ve chosen the TeamGroup MP33, which is an incredible value, considering its speed and capacity. For $64 (at pub time), the drive offers rated sequential read and write speeds of 1,800 MBps and 1,400 MBps respectively which is way faster than a SATA drive and really strong for this price range. This is a DRAMless drive so it’s not quite as fast as one which has the memory, but in our tests, it was just a tiny bit slower than pricier drives. For example, it loaded a Final Fantasy XIV level in 11.42 seconds while the WD Blue SN550, which costs more than $100 for 1TB, loaded the same level in 11.04 seconds.  Most importantly, if you’re installing more than a couple of games, you’ll need 1TB of storage.

Our case is the Zalman S3, because it provides a tempered glass side panel and premium looks for less than $60 (at pub time). It comes with three fans (one rear and two front intake), which should be more than adequate for cooling this build. Any decent 450W PSU should be able to handle this build and the Cooler Master MWE 450 not only comes from a very reputable brand, but also is 80+ Bronze certified for added efficiency. 

Best $1,000 PC Build for Gaming 

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Best $1,000 PC Build for Gaming
Component Type Model Price (at Pub Time in USD)
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (AMD) or Intel Core i5-12400F (Intel) $194 / $174
Motherboard ASRock B450M Pro4 (AMD) or Gigabyte H610M S2H (Intel) $71 / $89
GPU Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT $369 — $499
RAM TeamGroup T-Force Zeus DDR 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB) 3200 MHz $47
Storage Samsung 970 EVO 1TB $99
Case NZXT H510 $86
PSU Thermaltake Toughpower GX2 600W $49
Cooler N/A, comes with CPU
Total: $850 — $1000

If you can stretch your budget up to around $1,000, you can build a PC with the ability to play games really well at 1080p and competently at 2K. At press time, we could find an Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti card for as little as $469. When running our 8-game test suite at 1080p resolution with ultra settings, the 3060 Ti averaged a strong 97.3 fps. It even managed a smooth 74.6 fps when we conducted the same tests at 2K ultra.

If you can’t stretch your budget above $400 or you just prefer AMD, consider the Radeon RX 6650 XT, which starts at around $369. In our tests, the 6650 XT had a good 1080p frame rate of 86.2 fps and a playable 2K rate of 61.3 fps.

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2K Gaming Performance

Our recommended CPU for this build is the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X. This 6-core, 12-thread CPU can operate at up to 4.6-GHz and uses a modest 65W of juice.  We’re pairing it with the same B450 motherboard we used on our $500 build, but any B450 or B550 AMD board will get the job done. It comes with a decent air cooler in the box so you don’t have to spend money on one of the best CPU coolers.  

Give or take, the Ryzen 5 5600X is about the same speed as the Intel Core i5-12400F, which is about $20 cheaper but requires a more expensive motherboard. So, if you prefer Intel, you can grab the Core i5-12400F and an H610 motherboard. However, if you get pair a Radeon GPU and the Ryzen CPU, you get up to a 15 percent performance boost thanks to AMD’s Smart Access Memory (SAM) feature, which allows the processor faster access to the GPU memory.

We’re also sticking with the same 16GB of RAM as our less-expensive build. There’s no real need to go faster or increase the capacity at this price point.

For storage, we’re stepping up to a 1TB drive and a faster one in the form of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus. The 970 EVO Plus boasts read and write transfer rates of 3,300 and 1,700 MBps respectively and a 1GB DRAM cache which is a nice step up from the DRAM-less WD Blue SN550, which claims speeds of 2,400 and 1,750 MBps respectively.

Our case is The NZXT H510. We like the clean, classy aesthetic of this case, which is available in black, black and red or white. It also has a USB-C Gen 2 (10 Gbps) front-panel connector, along with a Type-A connector and a headphone jack. It comes with two case fans and has room for a 240mm front radiator if you want to go that far. 

Finally, we’ve stepped up to a 600-watt power supply and we’re  going with Thermaltake’s GX2, which is both 80+ Gold certified but not modular. You can get a modular PSU for $20 more, but that seems like money you don’t need to spend.

Best Mid-Range PC Build For Gaming

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Best Mid-Range PC Build for Gaming
Component Type Model Price (at Pub Time in USD)
CPU Intel Core i5-12400F $174
Motherboard Gigabyte H610M S2H $89
GPU RTX 3080 or Radeon RX 6800 XT $635 — $799
RAM Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 32GB (2 x 16GB) 3200 $94
Storage SK hynix Gold P31 2TB $198
Case Phanteks P360A $89
PSU Cooler Master MasterWatt 650 $69
Cooler N/A (included)
Total: $1500 — $1700

As we step up to a build that should be brilliant at 1080p gaming really strong for 2K gaming, we’re looking at around a $1,500 budget, depending on the current price of the GPU. We recommend going with either an AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT or an Nvidia RTX 3080. 

At press time, 6800 XT cards selling for as little as $635 on Amazon and RTX 3080 cards for as little as $739. In our GPU benchmarks hierarchy, AMD’s card outranks its Nvidia competitor, achieving average frame rates of 123 fps at 1080p Ultra and 99 fps at 2K Ultra to the 3080’s rates of 116 and 95 fps. However, if you plan to play games with ray tracing, Nvidia’s card is a better choice, achieving 66 and 43 fps at 1080p and 2K Ultra resolutions where the 6800XT got 46 and 29 fps.

Our CPU for this build is Intel’s Core i5-12400F, which was our alternative choice for the $1000 build but is an even stronger choice here where we’re using an Nvidia GPU and so can’t benefit from AMD’s Shared Memory Access.

The Core i5-12400F has 6 performance cores and 12 threads, but none of the efficiency cores we see in most Alder Lake processors. The 12400F cannot be overclocked and tops out at a boost speed of 4. 4 GHz, but at this price, we’re not looking to overlock anyway. Intel’s processor comes with its own cooler in the box so you don’t need to pay for a third-party one. 

We’re going with a relatively-inexpensive motherboard with Intel’s mid-tier H610 chipset. The Gigabyte H610M doesn’t have PCIe Gen 4 SSD support and it only has two DIMM slots but it should work well enough for this build.

With our increased budget, we’re stepping up to 32GB of RAM with the well-known and respected Patriot Viper Steel series. We’re also going to a 2TB SSD that has really strong performance in the SK hynix Gold P31. This M.2 drive promises sequential read and write speeds of 3,500 and 3,200 MBps respectively.

Our chassis of choice is the Phanteks P360A, which offers excellent thermals, a premium tempered glass side panel and two included RGB fans. Our power supply is a 650-watt Cooler Master MasterWatt. This 80 Plus Bronze certified PSU is fully modular so you can only attach the cables you actually need.  

Best High-End PC Build for Gaming

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Best High-End PC Build for Gaming
Component Type Model Price (at Pub Time in USD)
CPU Intel Core i5-12600K $277
Motherboard ASRock Z690M Phantom Gaming 4 $151
GPU RTX 3080 (12GB) $749 — $849
RAM Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 32GB (2 x 16GB) 3200 $94
Storage Kingston KC3000 (2TB) $222
Case Fractal Design Meshify 2 $184
PSU Corsair RM750x $149
Cooler Corsair iCUE h200i PRO XT RGB Liquid CPU Cooler 240mm $119
Total: $2000 — $2200

At a current price of $2,000 to $2,200, our high-end gaming PC build should provide enough performance to play games at 2K ultra settings with strong frame rates, and 4K ultra with playable frame rates. The system gets its GPU muscle from an RTX 3080 (12GB) card, which currently goes for $799 to $899, backed by the Intel Core i5-12600K, which is one of the best CPUs for gaming.

In our tests, an RTX 3080 card with 12GB of VRAM achieved an average frame rate of 66 fps at 4K resolution with Ultra settings. If you drop down to 2K resolution or 1080p, those numbers jump to 104 or 124 fps respectively. With ray tracing enabled at 2K,  the average was 47 fps, which is only a few frames behind the more-expensive RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090.

The Intel Core i5-12600K has 6 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, which make it capable of using 16 threads at once (two for each P core). It carries a top boost frequency of 4.9 GHz and can be overclocked to higher frequencies than that.  We easily overclocked it to 5-GHz where it averaged 186 fps on our Windows 11, 1080p gaming suite (which uses an RTX 3090 card). That’s only a little bit behind more expensive CPUs such as the Core i9-12900K and Ryzen 7 5800X3D.

In order to make the most of our CPU overclock, we need a Z690 motherboard and the ASRock Z690M Phantom Gaming 4 fits the bill. This Micro ATX board has a 7-phase power design, support for PCIe 4.0 SSDs and Nahimic audio. 

Our CPU doesn’t come with a cooler in the box and we plan to overclock it to more than 5-GHz anyway, so we’re using the Corsair iCUE h200i PRO XT RGB, a 240mm AIO liquid cooler, to keep its temperature down.  We’re using 32GB of Patriot’s Viper Steel DDR RAM again, but this time our kit is 3600 MHz rather than 3200 MHz.

To take advantage of our motherboard’s PCIe 4.0 support, we’re throwing in Kingston’s blazing-fast KC3000 NVMe SSD in a 2TB capacity. Thanks to its Phison PS5018-E18 controller, the KC3000 can both read and write at up to 7,000 MBps making it one of the best SSDs.  At present, the KC3000 is even cheaper than the. Samsung 980 Pro 2TB NVMe SSD, but latter is perfectly acceptable if you find it for less money. 

Our case for this build is the $159 Fractal Design Meshify 2, which combines fantastic thermals, a classy design and strong cable management. It also comes with three non-RGB case fans and plenty of room for our radiator. 

To power all these high-end components, we’re using a Corsair RM750x PSU which is 80+ Gold certified and fully modular. You might be able to economize by going for a slightly-cheaper unit that 

Best Super High-End PC Build for Gaming

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Super High-End PC Build for Gaming
Component Type Model Price (at Pub Time in USD)
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D $384
Motherboard Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi $329
GPU Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti or AMD RX 6950 XT $1250+ / $950+
RAM TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB 3600MHz 64GB (2x32GB) $289
Storage Kingston KC3000 (2TB) $222
Secondary Storage SK hynix Gold P31 2TB $198
Case Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB $399
PSU Corsair HX1000 $246
Cooler Coolermaster MasterLiquid ML360R RGB $224
Total: $3500 — $3700

For our super high end build, we’ve got a system that’s capable of playing high-end games in 4K at ultra settings and delivering smooth ray tracing. This is made possible thanks to the RTX 3090 Ti card which serves as our GPU. This is the top card on our GPU benchmarks hierarchy when it comes to both 4K gaming and ray tracing.  In our tests, the RTX 3090 Ti averaged 75 fps at 4K Ultra resolution, 113 fps at 2K Ultra resolution and 57 fps at 2K Ultra with ray tracing enabled. If $1,250+ seems too expensive, consider AMD’s RX 6950 XT, which is a relative bargain at about $949. It has the highest 1080p Ultra (137 fps) and 2K Ultra (115 fps) frame rates, though its 4K rate (70 fps) and its 2K Ultra ray tracing (36 fps) are not nearly as good as those from 3090 Ti.

Our CPU is AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which uses 96MB of cache memory to dominate our gaming benchmarks. It’s a modest $449 and yet overpowers Intel’s top-of-the-line, Core i9-12900KS to lead our list of best gaming CPUs. In our tests, this chip averaged 201 fps in 1080p gaming and 177 fps at 2K resolution (tested with RTX 3090 graphics).

We’re building the system around an Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi motherboard. The board has a 14-phase voltage regulator that should allow you to push the CPU to its limits. It provides 12 different USB ports, 8 of which can run at 10 Gbps and it even has built-in Wi-Fi 6 connectivity should your desktop not be close enough to your router to use the 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port.

To cool the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, we’re using a Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R ARGB AIO cooler. The cooler has a 360mm radiator and offers an impressive light show.

Because we’re fattening our budget for this build, we’re going with 64GB of RAM, specifically TeamGroup’s T-Force Xtreem 3600 MHz ARGB RAM. Unfortunately, AMD’s platform doesn’t support DDR5 so we have to go with DDR4 memory for now.

We can’t do much better than the Kingston KC3000 SSD that we also recommended for the high-end build. However, because 2TB is may not be enough storage for a gamer with a lot of titles, we will add in a secondary 2TB SSD for data, the SK hynix Gold P31.

Our chassis choice is the Corsair iCue 5000T, which comes loaded with three brilliant RGB fans and plenty of room for our 360mm radiator. It also has a great selection of ports on the front panel, including four USB Type-A connectors, a single USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It had excellent airflow in our tests.

With these high-end components, we don’t want to skimp on the power supply, and having something that’s fit for a future graphics card upgrade makes sense. We’re going with a full 1000-watts of power and the Corsair HX1000. This power supply is 80+ Platinum certified and fully modular.

Finding Discounts on the Best PC Components

With shortages of key components and prices on the rise, locating discounts on everything from cases to RAM is more important than ever. To find savings on components of all types, check out our lists of the best PC hardware deals, along with the latest Newegg promo codes, Corsair coupon codes, Best Buy promo codes, and Micro Center coupons.

Avram Piltch is Tom’s Hardware’s editor-in-chief. When he’s not playing with the latest gadgets at work or putting on VR helmets at trade shows, you’ll find him rooting his phone, taking apart his PC or coding plugins. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram developed many real-world benchmarks, including our laptop battery test.


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Build a killer gaming PC for $100: Craft the perfect rig

Building your own computer from scratch allows you to craft the perfect rig for your needs, but if you’re on a super-strict budget, a shiny, new, custom-built PC isn’t always feasible.

So it’s a good thing you don’t need one of those to play games.

Sure, $400 or $500 might build you a decent budget gaming PC, but if money is tighter than that, your best bet is to go with something used. You might get lucky and find a cheap gaming PC on Craigslist, but you’ll get better bang for your buck going with something more common and less specialized: a decommissioned office PC.

That’s right—with a few choice upgrades, those Dell towers that litter office buildings ‘round the world can actually make decent gaming rigs. And your town is probably crawling with them, since schools and businesses often get rid of them in large batches.

Their loss is your gain—let’s bring one of those suckers back to life.

Related: Best gaming laptop: Five things to consider

What you’ll get

Before you start hunting for hardware, you’ll need to set your expectations. Even with a few upgrades, a low-end PC such as the Dell Optiplex I found won’t be playing all the latest triple-A titles at high resolutions with beautiful, ray-traced graphics. It will, however, handle a lot of lower-requirement esports titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Fortnite, Overwatch, and Rocket League. Depending on the upgrades you make, higher-end games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider might be playable if you’re willing to turn the resolution down to 720p. (If you run into any trouble, though, YouTube channel LowSpecGamer has a lot of tricks for playing newer games below the minimum system requirements.)

It doesn’t look like much now, but with a little love, this baby will help you win hundreds of battles. Whitson Gordon

Of course, you’ll also be able to grab games from a couple years ago during a Steam sale and play them without much issue, for super cheap. And since “Gaming” doesn’t just mean playing the latest graphical behemoths on launch day, you can also dig further back to classic masterpieces on stores like GOG.com.

Finally, know that this PC probably won’t be a long-term investment, so consider it a stopgap until you can afford a more powerful build. After all, we’re talking about pretty old, well-used hardware, and you can only upgrade it so far before it makes more sense to build a new PC from scratch. It also may require a bit more maintenance, so be ready to tackle problems if they happen—and make sure you have a good backup solution handy for your data.

If all that sounds palatable, it’s time to start deal hunting.

Where to find your parts

You can find used cheap PC parts all over the web, but the best deals are probably right in your neighborhood. I recommend pounding the pavement and finding your local electronics recycling centers, office liquidators, and thrift stores—give them a call or pay them a visit to see what kind of used PCs and PC parts they have. Alternatively, if you know people at local schools and businesses, ask them if their IT department is looking to offload any old gear.

It might go without saying, but you should always test the PC before handing over any money. Whitson Gordon

You’ll be able to find a lot of the components you’ll need this way, but not necessarily all of them. For anything you can’t find at an e-waste center, you’ll want to scour Craigslist, OfferUp, LetGo, and other similar apps. You can also try eBay, but the platform has a much larger audience, which means stuff tends to sell for its fair market price. But you’re scraping together a PC on the lowest budget possible, so market price is not what you want: you want a local seller who’s willing to negotiate a killer deal just to get it off their hands. (You can even try to find some gaming PC parts for free, but I wouldn’t bank on that too hard—especially if you want stuff in decent working order.)

Buying local also allows you to test the equipment before you hand over your money. When negotiating the sale, ask the seller to have it plugged in and ready to try when you go to pick it up. That way you can see if it boots into Windows, run CrystalDiskInfo to see if the hard drive is still in good shape, and make sure it doesn’t reek of smoke (seriously—this is more common that you’d think). If the PC doesn’t have a hard drive—it’s common for companies to destroy them for security reasons before they dispose of their computers—see if it boots into the BIOS, or bring a flash drive with the Windows installer on it and see if it boots into that. If everything looks reliable, you can take it home and start working on your upgrades.

Online sales like eBay do offer buyer protection, though, which is handy if you get a defective component. Craigslist doesn’t usually have any recourse for that, so you’ll have to weigh your risk tolerance with your budget and go from there.

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What to look for

As with any PC build, it helps to plan things out before you actually go shopping. (We’re assuming you already have a general idea of what goes into building a gaming PC—if you don’t, you should definitely become acquainted with our PC building guide first.) Lay out your budget, figure out which computer parts will fit into it, then start your hunt. My goal was to build something for only $100 (because hey, I like a challenge), but I’ll lay out parts in a few different price ranges for those who have more to spend.

The tower

You’ve basically saved this poor PC tower from endlessly running Excel. Whitson Gordon

There are a few different types of office-oriented PCs out there, but the Dell Optiplex is one of the more common and the one I’d recommend for this conversion. If you can find a Lenovo, HP, or Compaq machine with similar specs for a good price, you can use those too, but they’re a bit harder to come by. You’re looking for something that, ideally, has a second-generation Intel Core i5 processor (in which the four-digit number after i5 starts with a 2) or newer processor—an i3 might get you by, but avoid Core 2 Quads and other lower-end CPUs if you can.

These office PCs also come in different forms. I recommend getting a larger “mini-tower,” rather than one of the smaller, slimmer machines—you’ll have an easier time fitting in a graphics card, power supply, and other upgrades. If you find a small rig for a price that’s too good to pass up, it’ll work, but you’ll need to either shop for low-profile graphics cards or jury-rig it into the case using a PCI-express riser.

Finally, think about your upgrade plans for this machine. If you’re just building a cheap PC to get you by until you can build a new, high-end rig in a few months, you don’t need to worry too much about compatibility with future upgrades. But if you’re planning on adding a bit more power to this build, you may want to narrow your search to models that use a standard 24-pin power socket on the motherboard. Some of these office PCs use a smaller, non-standard 8-pin power connector, which means you won’t be able to upgrade your power supply in the future. It isn’t strictly necessary—many people will be just fine with the included power supply and a low-power graphics card like I’ll be using here—but it’s nice to have the option in the future. (There are 8-pin to 24-pin adapters out there, but I’m hesitant to use power supply adapters like these since many are cheaply or incorrectly made.)

That sounds like a lot of caveats, but as you browse through the shelves at the e-waste center (or through photos on Craigslist), you’ll be able to spot these things pretty quickly. I found a few contenders here in the San Diego area where I live, but eventually went with a Craigslisted Dell Optiplex 9010 that hit all my requirements for only $50. It didn’t have a hard drive, but even with that caveat, it was the best deal I could find—a hard drive is a pretty cheap addition.

Remember, patience is key—you may not find a killer deal tonight, tomorrow, or even next week, but if you monitor things closely and negotiate your butt off, you’ll eventually find the perfect system for an unbeatable price.

The graphics card

For little money, the NVIDIA GTX 650 can get you a long way. Whitson Gordon

An office PC can handle day-to-day tasks just fine, but we’re gunning for a gaming rig here, which means you’ll need to pop in a dedicated graphics card. Again, you’ll want to hunt the used market for the best deals, and this is one area where e-waste centers probably don’t have what you need—but eBay just might.

On the low end, you can probably find an NVIDIA GTX 650 for cheap, as they usually sell for around $35 on eBay. It’s a bit long in the tooth, but you’d be surprised what you can get away with playing on a card this affordable—titles like CS:GO, League of Legends, and Dota 2 should run beautifully at 1080p, while games like Fortnite, Overwatch, and Rocket League may require ratcheting down the resolution a bit to stay at 60 frames per second. Something like this ASUS model is a good one to buy, since it doesn’t require a 6-pin connection to the power supply—which most office PCs won’t have.

If you can find it, an NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti would be even better, and is a good sweet spot for a build like this. It can crush most esports titles, and scrape by just enough in higher-end triple-A games. I found this Zotac model listed for $50 on OfferUp here in San Diego, which I negotiated down to $30—a pretty great deal. Again, the lack of a 6-pin socket is key if you don’t want to upgrade your power supply.

If you’re using a smaller PC, you’ll want a low-profile card—the NVIDIA GT 1030 is a popular one, and lies somewhere between the above two cards in power. It has a market price of around $50 for the less expensive models, but you might be able to get it for cheaper if you’re patient and buy locally.

The further you step up in cards—say, an AMD RX 460 or 560 for around $65, or a GTX 950, 960, or 1050 Ti for around $100—the more you can play. The 1050 Ti is also available without a 6-pin connector, and in a low-profile shape for slimmer desktops. At this point, though, you’ll need to consider adding a beefier power supply, which will increase the total cost of your setup. Still, a $200 rig powered by a GTX 1050 Ti is a fantastic value proposition.

You can go higher up the chain than that, but soon the old CPU in your salvaged computer will likely become a bottleneck, meaning your performance won’t increase enough to make the cost worth it. Plus, at that point, you’re probably better off building a PC from scratch rather than using the old office rig as your base anyway.

Other hardware (and software)

For security reasons, companies tend to destroy hard drives before disposing of their computers, so you’ll likely have to get a new one. Whitson Gordon

If you have more to spend—or your computer comes missing a few components—there are a few other things you’ll need to consider:

  • Storage: Many of these used PCs won’t come with a hard drive, meaning you’ll have to add one yourself. You have a few choices: you can grab a new 500GB HDD for around $25, though it’ll be a little slow. If you’re efficient with your storage, I’d recommend buying a lower-capacity, higher-speed SSD like this 128GB PNY model for $20. Or, if you have enough money, get one of each: use the SSD for your boot drive, your spinning drive for your files, and live your best life. If you find a tower that does come with storage, make sure to test its health with CrystalDiskInfo—if it’s starting to fail, see if you can negotiate the price down further to make up for the drive you’ll have to buy.
  • An operating system: You’ll need a 5GB flash drive to install Windows—if you don’t have one, borrow one (you’ll only need it for an hour or two). Almost all of these PCs should come with Windows licenses in the form of a 25-digit key printed on a sticker somewhere on the tower. If yours doesn’t have a Windows license, it’s probably not worth buying, since Windows costs about $100 on its own. If you plan on running Linux instead, you won’t need to worry about this, but since most people will probably want Windows for gaming, make sure it has that sticker.
  • A keyboard, mouse, and monitor: As with most PC building guides, we’re only focusing on the tower itself here—we’re assuming you have an old monitor, keyboard, and mouse lying around. But if you don’t, you can often find old office peripherals in the same e-waste centers and classified apps where you found the tower (you’ll just need to budget for them). There are also plenty of affordable “gaming” mice and keyboards on Amazon, from brands like Velocifire and Redragon, if you’re willing to spend a bit more.
  • A network connection: My machine didn’t have Wi-Fi, which was fine since I planned on using the more reliable Ethernet connection to access the internet. If Ethernet isn’t an option for you and your PC doesn’t have Wi-Fi, you’ll want to find a PCI or USB Wi-Fi receiver to access the web, either used or new on Amazon.
  • A better power supply: while I found the 295-watt power supply in my Dell Optiplex was adequate for my GTX 750 Ti, it’s definitely borderline. If you can afford a nicer model like this EVGA 450-watt unit, it’s a worthy upgrade. Your system will be more stable since it will have more wattage headroom for your hardware, and you’ll have a wider choice in graphics cards, since it has a 6-pin connector.
  • Some extra RAM: If your office PC only comes with 4GB of RAM, you’ll be able to get by, but it’s really at the edge of what I’d recommend on a Windows system today. Luckily, those old PCs use the older DDR3 standard, which means you can probably buy another 4GB for $10 (or less) on the used market. You’ll be glad you did, particularly if you plan on opening a lot of browser tabs or playing higher-end games.

You shouldn’t need much else, though some rubbing alcohol may be useful for cleaning the case, and a cloth for cleaning any dust off internal components.

Make your upgrades and install Windows

Once you’ve got your hardware in-hand—remember, patience is a virtue if you want the best price possible—it’s time to build your PC. We’ve already run through how to build a PC in this guide, so I won’t hold your hand every step of the way, but I will note a few things you may want to watch out for with Optiplex-like office PCs.

Let’s get the hard(ware) part over with. Whitson Gordon

I ended up with a $50 Dell Optiplex 9010 housing an Intel Core i5-3470 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and no hard drive. I added a GTX 750 Ti I got for $30 and an SSD I got for free from a friend who was leaving town—although let’s assume I paid $20 for the sake of a fair comparison. That comes out to $100 even for my final setup—though again, I’d recommend a bit more RAM and a new PSU if you have an extra $50 to spare.

My Optiplex was decently clean, though I did give the case a once-over with some rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth, especially where there was some leftover sticker gunk on the front. (Be careful not to remove that Windows license sticker, though.) I also removed the side panel, evicted some dust bunnies with a dust blower, and gently wiped off the fans with a dry cloth. If you have an electric air duster, all the better. (Canned air works too, though it’s terrible for the environment, so I don’t recommend it.)

Ventilation fans tend to accumulate a lot of dust and are usually gross. Give it some tender love and care by cleaning it. Whitson Gordon

If you have a new power supply, you’ll want to install that before any other hardware. Unscrew the four screws surrounding the power cable on the back of the PC, unplug all the rainbow cables from the motherboard and hard drive (if applicable), and swap in your new one.

Next, grab your hard drive or SSD and insert the SATA cable, along with the SATA power cable from your power supply. I’m using an SSD, so I kind of just let it hang out where the DVD drive used to be, but if you’re using a traditional hard drive, you’ll want to screw it into the hard drive caddy and slide it into the cage. (Strangely, my particular Optiplex didn’t come with the blue caddy, but they’re available on eBay for $4.)

If you’re using a hard drive, don’t leave it hanging—you’ll want to secure it to the caddy with a couple of screws. Whitson Gordon

Finally, stick your graphics card in the top PCIe slot on the motherboard, making sure it’s firmly in place, and—if you bought extra RAM—put it in a free slot. Note that your RAM needs to go in the proper slot in order to work, so check your PC’s manual if you aren’t sure which slot to use—you can usually find it on the manufacturer’s website, e.g. Dell.com.

Yes, this all can look a little intimidating. If you need help, look for your PC’s manual online. Whitson Gordon

Before you continue, you’ll want to use another Windows PC to burn the Windows installer to that flash drive using Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool. It’ll take a bit of time, so get the process started now and let it run while you perform the next steps.

Now you can plug your computer into the wall, connect your mouse, keyboard, and monitor, and fire ‘er up. Look for anything on-screen that says something like “Press DEL to enter Setup” or “Press F12 for Boot Options.” Press the key in question and enter the UEFI/BIOS menu—you’ll want to double check a few settings in here first. Make sure it’s set to boot using UEFI, not Legacy, and that Secure Boot is turned on (unless you’re using an operating system not supported by this feature). You’ll also want to make sure your SATA drive is set to AHCI, not IDE or RAID.

Get yourself comfy—there’s going to be a lot of booting and rebooting at this stage. Whitson Gordon

When you’re satisfied with your BIOS settings, insert your Windows flash drive and reboot the computer. It should boot automatically into the Windows installer. Choose a custom install, erase your hard drive of choice, and format it for Windows usage just like you would any other new PC. When prompted for a Windows key, enter the one on your computer’s sticker. Even if it’s for Windows 7 or 8, it should work for Windows 10 as well.

The installation process may take a while, so make yourself a cup of coffee and try to contain your excitement. You’re almost there—once Windows drops you into the desktop, you can head to the support page on your PC’s manufacturer site (e.g. Dell, HP, or Lenovo), look up your PC model, and download any necessary drivers—usually Windows will install generic drivers to get you by, but grabbing the chipset, network, and audio drivers may be necessary if those functions don’t work (or if you want extra features contained in the manufacturer’s driver). You’ll also want to head to NVIDIA or AMD’s website to install your graphics card’s drivers, since they can improve gaming performance.

You’re almost there, but nothing will work unless you get your drivers. Go to the manufacturer’s website, download and install them. Whitson Gordon

Once that’s done, I recommend running a CPU stress test like Prime95 to make sure your computer doesn’t have any power management or stability issues, preferably alongside HWiNFO so you can keep an eye on your CPU temperatures. If it can handle an hour with Prime95 running and staying under 80 degrees Celsius (176 degrees Fahrenheit) or so, you should be golden. (If you do have problems, you may want to have to do some troubleshooting—you might need a new power supply, or your CPU may be dying.) You can also run a GPU benchmark like Heaven for a couple hours to make sure your graphics card is in good shape.

Congrats! Now you have a new PC to play with. Your productivity might drop a little, but hey—you’re going to have a blast. Whitson Gordon

I know it’s hard to delay the fun, but if you can get through those stress tests, you can be much more confident that your PC is ready to game. When they’re finished, though, it’s time to play. Download your games and start with the graphics on their lowest settings, slowly ramping them up until the game becomes too choppy for your tastes. With a bit of careful tweaking, you’ll be mowing down alien invaders in no time.

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Best Gaming PC Build For Under $1000 — September 2022

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With this build, our main goal was to provide the best gaming PC for under $1,000! It’s at this price range that you start needing to make fewer and fewer compromises and can instead focus on raw performance and excellence. You’re officially out of the mid-range category and have entered into the realm of premium builds where maxing out AAA titles at 1080p becomes a doddle, with some 1440p performance too.

The great thing about this build is how versatile it can be if performance levels become under par in the distant future. Everything in this build is interchangeable, meaning you can easily swap out a CPU or GPU, add extra RAM, and storage to keep up to speed with the latest technological advancements.

Overall, we believe this is one of the best all-round builds we have put together so far. Please note that prices of the hardware do fluctuate daily, our team works tirelessly to try and ensure the price is as close to $1,000 as possible.

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  • CyberPowerPC Gamer Supreme with RTX 3070 Ti & AMD Ryzen 7 – was $2,089.99, now $1,599.99
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What You Get For Your $1000

At this price point, there is a little bit more planning required to get the absolute best experience out of the system. That being said, you are still going to get a high-end gaming PC for your $1000. Our AMD build provides you with a serious amount of gaming performance with overclocking potential and upgradability.


As previously mentioned, both the AMD and Intel builds perform at a similar level, with there being only subtle differences to separate the two. Both processors will only enhance your gaming experience. However, the AMD CPU is one of the best on the market and handles multitasking in a much more efficient way.

Graphically, you can expect excellent results in 1080p while playing in max settings or with a high refresh rate monitor.

With our, AMD build you are going to get a 1TB SSD, which is more than enough to store your operating system and games on. This SSD will not only give you quicker boot times, but it will also improve the gaming performance too. While we are talking about performance, it is important to mention the 16GB RAM kit in this build too. While having a high-capacity memory kit installed, it is worth noting that it features a clock speed of 3600MHz, again increasing your gaming performance and future-proofing the build.

AMD vs. Intel

At this price range, the lines begin to blur between the build paths, but we feel the AMD build is the way to go. The Intel build is superb and will give you high levels of gaming performance; however, the AMD build path features better value and certainly protects your system for a longer amount of time. Regardless of which you choose, you are going to get some serious enjoyment out of this $1000 gaming PC.

How We Choose

Our team has years of experience behind them building PCs for a range of needs and budgets. All this knowledge combined with hours of research, user feedback, and onsite benchmarking is what goes into choosing the best components for our builds.

We look for value for money, how the components perform together and focus on gamer’s needs to make sure our builds are the best your budget can buy.

We build all these PCs ourselves, in-house, so trust us when we say we want to make them as good as possible. We actually use all these builds ourselves day-to-day in the WePC offices.

How We Test

We build each of our selected PC’s from scratch to make sure all the parts we recommend work well together, fit into the selected case, and provide the best performance possible for the price range.

Once built, the PCs are used in the office for everyday work as well as a range of games from light to heavy-duty. While we test, we also run benchmarking tests to see how well our builds perform, all while keeping an eye on the temperature of the components themselves.

We know how much some of our readers enjoy overclocking their PCs, so we made sure to test that out too. So, you can feel safe knowing that these machines can be pushed beyond their basic capabilities. But, please make sure you know how to overclock before trying to over-task your builds.

NOTE: Due to the ongoing effects of the global coronavirus pandemic, some retailers are experiencing stock issues. WePC constantly updates our pages to reflect current availability, so if the PC you want shows as out of stock, check back later or check out these alternatives.

Best Budget Gaming PC 2022

Cheap gaming PCs for new PC gamers

By Kevin Lee, Danielle Abraham

Updated: Sep 8, 2022 7:26 am

Posted: Aug 24, 2022 3:18 pm

PC Gaming might seem prohibitively expensive to get into, but budget gaming PCs offer a surprisingly affordable way into the hobby. You don’t have to spend a full (or multiple) month’s salary to afford a gaming PC to play the best PC games. You can easily get a capable rig with a shiny new CPU and graphics card for a grand or less.

An affordable rig is all you need to get you through the PC gaming door to play AAA and indie games. You might get a rig with a small SSD or only one stick of RAM, but you can easily upgrade or replace these components down the line. The same goes with your gaming experience, if you want to upgrade to a 4K gaming monitor you can always buy a more powerful GPU in the future. With that said, these are the best budget gaming PCs to get your PC gaming life started – and click here and to find them in the UK.

TL;DR – These are the Best Budget Gaming PCs

  • Lenovo Legion 5i Tower Gen 7
  • HP Omen 25L Gaming Desktop
  • HP Victus 15L
  • Corsair Vengeance a7200
  • NZXT Streaming PC


Lenovo Legion 5i Tower Gen 7

Best Budget Gaming PC

Lenovo Legion 5i Tower Gen 7

CPU: Intel Core i5-12400 | GPU: Nvidia RTX 3060 | RAM: 16GB DDR5 4,800MHz | Storage: 256GB PCIe 4.0 SSD, 1TB HDD (7,200RPM) | Weight: 35.27 pounds | Size: 16.54″ x 8.07″ x 15.57″ (W x D x H)

The Lenovo Legion 5i Tower Gen 7 might be a tick over $1,000 but the small added expense is well worth it for Intel’s latest 12th Generation processor. That new CPU gives this gaming PC a ton more processing headroom and excellent efficiency when you’re not gaming. Additionally, you also get fast DDR5 memory and a PCIe 4.0 SSD too, even though the drive is a bit on the small side with only 256GB of capacity.

Another great thing about the Lenovo Legion 5i Tower Gen 7 is it’s just a fantastic gaming PC build overall. It has two front intake fans behind a mesh facade and an exhaust fan at the back. Internally, it also features a standard micro ATX motherboard and a sizeable heatsink to keep your CPU cool. The graphics are no slouch either, the Nvidia RTX 3060 onboard will see you through plenty of 1080p gaming.

2. HP Omen 25L Gaming Desktop

Best Gaming PC Under $1000

HP Omen 25L Gaming Desktop

CPU: Intel Core i5-12400 | GPU: Nvidia RTX 3050 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 3,200MHz | Storage: 256GB PCIe 3.0 SSD | Weight: 30.45 pounds | Size: 6.50” x 15.59” x 17.64” (W x D x H)

The HP Omen 25L Gaming Desktop is a fantastic gaming PC if you have a hard budget limit of $1,000. It packs a 12th gen Intel Core i5-12400 processor, which is a fantastic midrange gaming CPU with six P-cores and 12 threads that can overclock like it’s nobody’s business. You’ll have no issue cruising through everyday tasks, and it’s a gaming workhorse. Of course, pairing that processor with Nvidia RTX 3050 graphics makes this machine a 1080p gaming champion, though if you want to game at higher resolutions, it’ll cost you the frame rate.

This gaming PC isn’t quite full-featured, with only DDR4 RAM and a PCIe 3.0 SSD, but you have everything you need to start playing PC games with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage space. If that doesn’t seem like enough, the HP Omen 25L offers plenty of custom upgrades you can make when purchasing, or it totes a pretty cavernous PC case, so you can easily swap your components later on.

3. HP Victus 15L

Cheapest Gaming PC

HP Victus 15L

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G | GPU: AMD Radeon RX 5500 (4GB GDDR5) | RAM: 8GB DDR4 3,200MHz | Storage: 256GB PCIe 3.0 SSD | Weight: 13.91 pounds | Size: 6.1” x 11.71” x 13.27” (W x D x H)

The $549 HP Victus 15L is the absolute cheapest PC we could find that was actually worth buying. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G is a fantastically powerful CPU and the AMD Radeon RX 5500 has a surprising amount of graphical grunt. You can easily achieve 60fps gaming on AAA titles at a 1080p resolution and your visual quality set to high.

The HP Victus 15L is a tiny little rig, so it’s perfect if you also don’t have much space for a desktop. The only downside is it comes with a baseline of 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage, but that’s all you need to start playing games.

4. Corsair Vengeance a7200

Best Budget PC for 1440p Gaming

Corsair Vengeance a7200

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | GPU: Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | RAM: 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz | Storage: 1TB PCIe 3.0 SSD, 1TB HDD (7,200RPM) | Weight: 13.96 pounds | Size: 17.8″ x 7.99″ x 18.35″ (W x D x H)

1440p gaming might seem impossible on a budget, but the Corsair Vengeance a7200 is a fantastic, albeit limited, deal we could find for $1,649. This gaming PC comes fully loaded with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X and Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti to make your QHD gaming dreams a reality. It’s also fully loaded with 16GB of memory and a 1TB SSD, as well as a 1TB hard drive.

Best of all this PC comes in Corsair’s gorgeous 4000D with a ton of cooling including three intake fans and an all-in-one liquid CPU cooler set to exhaust heat through the top of the system. Corsair’s prebuilt PCs are well built and use only standard PC parts, so it’ll be incredibly easy to upgrade and replace components when you’re ready to add more power.

5. NZXT Streaming PC

Best Budget PC for 1080p Gaming

NZXT Streaming PC

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | GPU: Nvidia RTX 3060 | RAM: 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3,200MHz | Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD | Weight: 14.55 pounds | Size: 16.65″ x 8.27″ x 18.11″ (W x D x H)

If you don’t want to sacrifice frame rates, 1080p is the way to go when gaming on a budget, and the NZXT Streaming PC offers stellar performance at that resolution for a fair price. Toting a capable Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card, you can enjoy playing games at a silky 1080p with the highest settings. It’ll even handle a bit of gaming at 1440p, though not nearly as well as the ​​Corsair Vengeance a7200. That GPU pairs perfectly with the midrange AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor to chew through most games with ease.

Beyond its processors, the NZXT Streaming PC also comes with 16GB of memory and 1TB of speedy SSD storage, which is plenty for anyone just starting in the PC gaming space or casual gamers. Of course, the “streaming” in the name also entails a smooth stream over Twitch while you play and plenty of ports for all your peripherals. And to ensure all the computer’s components keep up top performance, a powerful liquid cooler with some RGB lighting is included, while the roomy case provides ample space for component swapping.

Where to Get the Best Budget Gaming PC in the UK

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HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop


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What to Look For in a Budget Gaming PC

The best gaming PCs will invariably be pricey, especially if you plan to play graphically-intensive games at high or ultra settings, but finding a decent and affordable gaming rig isn’t impossible.

Just take our picks above as an example, it’s entirely possible to find desktops to help you get started with PC gaming without having to spend more than $1,000. The most important thing is you need to find configurations with a strong enough processor and graphics cards to meet your needs. We’ll break down what to look for on a per-component basis.

Discrete GPU

Thanks to the renewed competition between AMD and Nvidia (and Intel soon), graphics cards have never been more powerful and affordable. The downside to this is that there are a lot of options out there, and it can get pretty overwhelming to choose when you’re not familiar with them.

On the budget spectrum, the Nvidia RTX 3060 has become the defacto graphics card for most people. Of course, you can shoot a little lower with the Nvidia RTX 3050 for a bit more savings, but this GPU is best for competitive like CS:GO and League of Legends.

As for AMD, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT and AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT — or their new slightly updated successors — often come with even lower-priced rigs. If you’re looking for something dirt-cheap, the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT is a solid bargain-basement performer.


The second thing you should consider about your gaming PC is the processor. While the CPU doesn’t directly drive how your games will look, they do determine how well they will run.

Having the latest processor is less important than having the latest graphics cards, however, Intel’s 12th Generation and AMD’s 5th Generation CPUs represent the largest CPU improvements we’ve seen in years past. So it’s worth seeking out the newest chips you can find if you can afford them.

With that said, you should ideally find a gaming PC with either an Intel Core i5-12400 or AMD Ryzen 5 5600X. While shopping for a budget gaming PC you also might also come across configurations with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600G or Ryzen 7 5700G. These are essentially AMD’s APUs that offer great performance, amazing integrated graphics, and often extra savings, so there’s no reason to avoid options with these CPUs.


The speed and amount of RAM you have in your gaming PC is the third most important factor. At the very least you want to have a minimum of 8GB of DDR4 RAM, but most gaming PCs these days come with at least 16GB of memory. Also keep in mind that it’s usually cheaper to upgrade your RAM then to do it at check out, so you might find it more economical to pick a configuration with less memory and buy a separate kit to install.

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Looking to build your best gaming pc build this 2022? These builds are updated every month in 2022 and this guide has the best pc builds at various budgets put together based on the best performing hardware per dollar spent. 2022 has shown to be the best year to build a PC in a very long time, so what better time to get started building your own computer?

Building your own gaming pc has many benefits including the ability to customize/personalize your pc, a greater appreciation for your gaming pc build investment and it’s really fun. Even though building your own pc can be more budget-friendly, we all have a budget to adhere to, which is where the following pc builds come into play.

The best gaming pc builds you see below are updated every single month and are split into the most popular budgets and gaming performance categories that allow you to easily plan your next pc without the hassle of doing all of the research yourself.

The following builds are based on popular performance benchmarks and are put together with a specific budget in mind while using aiming for maximum gaming performance. What this means is maximum performance while trying to limit the fluff (ie. flashy hardware that is not needed). Should you have a more exorbitant budget, there are also hardware upgrades included in each of the pc budget categories.

These gaming pc builds below are for new pc builders and experienced builders alike.

If you have any questions leave a comment below, or if you want to learn more about the specifics of the hardware in each of the pc builds budgets, or want upgrade ideas if you have a tad more to spend, then you can visit each budget’s page directly:

  • The Best $1500 Gaming PC Build for 2022
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  • The Best $800 Gaming PC Build for 2022
  • The Best $500 Gaming PC Build for 2022

The Best $1500 Gaming PC Builds for 2022

Looking for a really high-end gaming pc? If you are interested in building a high-end gaming pc, then the $1500 budget is probably where you should start. These builds typically include hardware geared towards higher resolution gameplay at high frames per second.

Considering 1400p gameplay? How about gaming into 4K resolutions? Then these gaming pc builds are for you.

1. CPU: Intel Core i5-12400

*Newer addition and faster than the previous Ryzen chip in this build.

  • 6 Processor Cores and 12 Threads
  • 4.4 Max GHz, 2.5 base GHz
  • Compatible with Intel 600 Series Chipset based motherboards
  • Intel UHD Graphics 730 included
  • Intel Laminar RM1 Cooler included

Amazon Price: $193.95

2. Cooler: Intel Laminar RM1 (*Included with CPU)

The Intel i5 12400 comes with the Intel Laminar RM1 Cooler included. This cooler will work just fine, however, if you want to really get the most out of overclocking (should you choose to), then you may want to purchase a better CPU cooler.

3. Motherboard: ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming 4

    • Dual Channel DDR4 Memory Technology
    • 4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
    • Supports DDR4 non-ECC, un-buffered memory up to 5000+(OC)

    Amazon Price: $148. 99

    4. Graphics Card: MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 LHR 10GB

    The RTX 3080 is a FANTASTIC gaming card and will crush ANY game you throw at it. In fact, it may be too much card for most gamers, but it is a phenomenal graphics card for gaming and will push your gaming performance to be able to play at the highest settings with high FPS into 1440p and plays very well at 4K.

    Cost (Amazon): $729.99

    5. RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 X 8GB) DDR4 3600 MHz

    16GB of RAM is the perfect spot for any high-end gaming pc — included is a 16GB kit of Corsair Vengeance LPX.

    Amazon Price: $63.99

    6. SSD: Crucial P2 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Up to 2400MB/s — CT1000P2SSD8

    • Capacity: 1TB but Up to 2TB with sequential reads/writes up to 2400MB/s/1900MB/s
    • NVMe PCIe interface, marking the next step in storage innovation
    • Includes SSD management software for performance optimization, data security, and firmware updates
    • 5-year limited warranty

    Amazon Price: $71. 99

    7. Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 Ga, 80 Plus Gold 850W, Fully Modular

    • 80 plus Gold certified, with 90% efficiency or higher under typical loads
    • Fully modular to reduce clutter and improve airflow
    • 100% Japanese capacitors, LLC resonant circuit design DC-DC converter design to improve 3.3V. 5V. Stability
    • Double ball Bearing fan and EVGA eco mode for exceptional reliability and quiet operation

    Amazon Price: $109.99

    8. PC Case: Corsair 4000D

    • Combining innovative cable management, concentrated airflow, and proven CORSAIR build quality, the 4000D is a fitting choice for an immaculate high-performance PC.
    • The CORSAIR RapidRoute cable management system makes it simple and fast to route your major cables through a single channel, with a roomy 25mm of space behind the motherboard for all of your cables.
    • Includes two CORSAIR 120mm AirGuide fans, utilizing anti-vortex vanes to concentrate airflow and enhance cooling.
    • A spacious interior fits up to 6x 120mm or 4x 140mm cooling fans, along with multiple radiators including 360mm in front and 280mm on the roof (dependent on RAM height).
    • Put modern connections within easy reach with a front I/O panel including a USB 3.1 Type-C Port, USB 3.0 port, and a combination audio/microphone jack

    Amazon Price: $104.99

    ESTIMATED PRICE (September 2022): $1424

    The Best $1000 Gaming PC Builds for 2022

    Looking for a gaming pc build that plays any game maxed out at standard HD resolutions and even higher? If you are in the budget for a $1000 gaming pc, then you can expect to max out games at standard HD resolutions and even higher.

    These $1000 pc builds are compiled using the best performing hardware for their cost, while minimizing the cost of hardware that is un-needed.

    $1000 is the perfect budget for those wanting a well-rounded pc that will last for a while and play way better than any gaming console on the market.

    1. CPU: Intel Core i5-12400

    The Intel Core i5 12400 replaces the previous Ryzen 5600X in this spot and is on average better overall in both single-core and multi-core performance and in gaming.

    Amazon Price: $193.95

    2. Cooler: Intel Laminar RM1 Cooler (Included)

    This is the stock cooler for the Intel Core i5 12400. It would be recommended that if you want to overclock upgrade this to an after-market CPU cooler (see hardware alternatives for options).

    Price: *Included 

    3. Motherboard: GIGABYTE B660M DS3H DDR4

    This is a great budget B650 motherboard with the following specifications:

    • Intel LGA 1700 Socket: Supports 12th Gen Intel Core Series Processors
    • DDR4 Compatible: Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs
    • Sturdy Power Design: 6+2+1 Phases Hybrid Power Design, Premium Choke and Capacitors, 8-pin Solid Pin CPU Power Connector
    • Comprehensive Thermal Design: M. 2 Thermal Guard
    • Next Gen Connectivity: PCIe 4.0, Dual NVME PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, HDMI 2.0,
    • Fast Networking: 2.5GbE LAN
    • Dynamic Audio: High-End Audio Capacitors, Audio Noise Guard
    • Fine Tuning Features: RGB FUSION 2.0, Supports Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips, Smart Fan 6, Q-Flash Plus Update BIOS without installing, CPU, Memory, and GPU

    Amazon Price: $109.99

    4. Graphics Card: MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 12GB 15 Gbps GDRR6

    The 6600XT is a great graphics card for most standard gaming and is faster than previous cards in this bracket.

    Price: $379.99

    5. RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 X 8GB) DDR4 3600

    Included is a total of 16GB in the best $1000 gaming pc build, which will be plenty of memory for this rig.

    Amazon Price: $63.99

    6. SSD: Crucial P2 1TB 3D NAND NVMe

    • Capacity: 1TB with sequential reads/writes up to 2400MB/s/1900MB/s
    • NVMe PCIe interface, marking the next step in storage innovation
    • Includes SSD management software for performance optimization, data security, and firmware updates
    • 5-year limited warranty

    Amazon Price: $71. 99

    7. Power Supply: EVGA 220-G5-0650-X1 Super Nova 650 G5, 80 Plus Gold 650W

    The sweet spot for this build is 650W of juice, and the EVGA 650 Ga 80 Plus Gold does the trick.

    • 80 plus Gold certified, with 91% efficiency or higher under typical loads
    • Fully modular to reduce clutter and improve airflow. Input Voltage:100 — 240 VAC
    • 100% Japanese capacitors, active clamp +DC-DC converter design to improve 3.3V./ 5V. Stability
    • Fluid dynamic bearing fan and EVGA eco mode for ultra-quiet operation and increased lifespan

    Amazon Price: $69.99

    8. PC Case: NZXT H510 — CA-H510B-W1 — Compact ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case (White or Black)

    • Front I/O USB Type-C Port and Tempered glass side panel with single screw installation
    • Enhanced cable management: Our patented cable routing kit with pre-installed channels and straps makes wiring easy and intuitive
    • STREAMLINED COOLING: 2 Aer F120mm fans are included for optimal internal airflow and the front panel and PSU intakes include removable filters, a removable bracket designed for radiators up to 240mm — simplifies the installation of either closed-loop or custom-loop water cooling
    • Motherboard support: Mini-ITX, MicroATX, and ATX

    Amazon Price: $79. 99

    Estimated Cost (September 2022):  $970

    The Best $800 Gaming PC Builds for 2022

    Looking for a gaming pc that will get you up and playing any game on the market better than a console hand-down? The $800 gaming pc build budget is for those who just want to get up and gaming on typical HD resolutions and do it far better than any gaming console.

    The $800 budget is a very versatile starting budget as it gives you better than expected performance right off the bat, and provides plenty of room for growth should you ever want to upgrade.

    1. CPU: Intel Core i3 (12th Gen) i3-12100

    A top-of-the-line gaming CPU is in this price range — beating out its competition in gaming performance, even in the higher cost ranges.

    • Intel® Core® i3 3.30 GHz processor uses less power and the hyper-threading architecture delivers high performance for demanding applications at an affordable price
    • 12 MB of L3 cache rapidly retrieves the most used data available to improve system performance
    • Built-in Intel UHD Graphics 730 controller for improved graphics and visual quality. Supports up to 4 monitors.

    Amazon Price: $138.99

    2. Cooler: Intel PCG 2020C Laminar Cooler (Included)

    Price: *Included

    3. Motherboard: GIGABYTE B660M DS3H DDR4 Motherboard

    • Intel LGA 1700 Socket: Supports 12th Gen Intel Core Series Processors
    • DDR4 Compatible: Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs
    • Sturdy Power Design: 6 plus2 plus1 Phases Hybrid Power Design, Premium Choke and Capacitors, 8-pin Solid Pin CPU Power Connector
    • Comprehensive Thermal Design: M.2 Thermal Guard
    • Next Gen Connectivity: PCIe 4.0, Dual NVME PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, HDMI 2.0,
    • Fast Networking: 2.5GbE LAN
    • Dynamic Audio: High-End Audio Capacitors, Audio Noise Guard
    • Fine Tuning Features: RGB FUSION 2.0, Supports Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips, Smart Fan 6, Q-Flash Plus Update BIOS without installing, CPU, Memory, and GPU
    • Amazon Price: $109. 99

    4. Graphics Card: MSI Gaming AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT 128-bit 8GB GDDR6 DP/HDMI Dual Torx Fans FreeSync DirectX 12 VR Ready OC Graphics Card (RX 6600 XT MECH 2X 8G OC)

    The $800 gaming PC build now future a more powerful RX 6600 Xt graphics card, which offers top-of-the-line $800 gaming PC performance, blasting through the previous card offerings in this spot and providing very high 1080p FPS gameplay.

    Price: $319.99

    5. RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 X 8GB) DDR4 3600

    16GB of RAM is the sweet spot for any gaming pc out there and should be all you need — however there is always room to upgrade!

    Amazon Price: $63.99

    6. SSD: Crucial P2 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

    • Capacity: 500GB with sequential reads or writes up to 2400MB/s/1900MB/s
    • NVMe PCIe interface, marking the next step in storage innovation
    • Includes SSD management software for performance optimization, data security, and firmware updates
    • Backed by a limited 5-year warranty or up to the max endurance rating of 150 TBW

    Amazon Price: $39. 99

    7. Power Supply Unit: Apevia ATX-PR600W Prestige 600W 80+ Gold Certified, RoHS Compliance, Active PFC ATX Gaming Power Supply

    • Supports Dual/Quad/multi-core CPUs. Supports single 12V output for higher power usage
    • Dc to DC converter design, provides superior dynamic response, greater system stability and maximizes the 12V DC rail output
    • Multi-gpu technologies supported; 6 pin and 8 pin PCI-E connectors support all GPU platforms. Built in 1 x auto-thermally controlled black 135mm fan
    • Connectors: 1 x 20/24pin main power, 1 x 4/8pin 12V, 2 x PCI 6+2pin, 4 x SATA, 4 x peripheral. All protections
    • Apevia ATX-PR600W Prestige 600W 80+ Gold Certified, RoHS Compliance, Active PFC ATX Gaming Power Supply, 3 Year Warranty

    Amazon Price: $51.99

    8. PC Case: Zalman S3 ATX Mid Tower Computer PC Case

    • Luxurious Hairline Front Panel Design & Dual Intake Design with Metal Finish
    • Full Acrylic windowed side-panel applied
    • Dual line front ventilation with metallic Decoration
    • Top & Bottom Dust Filter (smooth Air Circulation & Protect the case from dust)
    • Zalman’s Optimized Cooling Solution (up to 8 fans can be installed)
    • Convenient Interface (USB 3. 0, 2.0, Reset Button)
    • Front Radiator Max 120mm (VGA Card Max 330mm)

    Amazon Price: $54.99

    Estimated Price (September 2022): $780

    The Best $500 Gaming PC Builds for 2022

    If you are in the market for a $500 gaming pc build, then you are simply looking for the most affordable gaming pc that simply gets you up and running with your favorite pc games.

    The best possible $500 gaming pc build will get you up and playing at standard HD 1080P resolutions with game settings scaled back for optimal FPS gameplay. So if you are looking for the best bang for your buck $500 builds, the following are posted and updated every month here at Newb Computer Build.

    Below is the best 2022 $500 gaming pc build.

    1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G

    (*You don’t need a graphics card with this CPU as it comes with Integrated Radeon Graphics for smooth 1080p gaming)

    • Features best-in-class graphics performance in a desktop processor for smooth 1080p gaming, no graphics card required
    • 6 Cores and 12 processing threads, bundled with the AMD Wraith Stealth cooler
    • 4. 4 GHz Max Boost, unlocked for overclocking, 19 MB cache, DDR4-3200 support
    • For the advanced Socket AM4 platform

    Amazon Price: $163.27

    2. Cooler: AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler (Included)

    This cooler is included with the AMD Ryzen 5600G CPU

    3. Motherboard: GIGABYTE B550M DS3H Motherboard 

    This motherboard is a quality budget Micro ATX sized board, that features everything you’d need in a $500 PC, including:

        • Supports 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors
        • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
        • 5 plus 3 Phases Pure Digital VRM Solution with Low RDS(on) MOSFETs
        • Ultra Durable PCIe 4. 0 Ready x16 Slot
        • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4. 0/3. 0 M. 2 Connectors
        • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard for Ultimate Audio Quality
        • GIGABYTE Exclusive 8118 Gaming GbE LAN with Bandwidth Management
        • Rear HDMI and DVI Support
        • RGB FUSION 2. 0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design
        • Supports Addressable LED and RGB LED Strips

      Amazon Price: $99.99

      4. Graphics Card: *Integrated Radeon RX Graphics Included

      The Ryzen 5 5600G comes with integrated Radeon Graphics at a graphics frequency of 1900 MHz and a graphics core count of 7.

      *Alternative discrete graphics cards if you want future upgrades or better performance:

      • GTX 1650 Super (~$450)

      5. RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 X 8GB) DDR4 3600 MHz

      16GB is an upgrade to the $500 gaming PC build, and might even be more than you actually need. However, at the moment 16GB kits are close in cost to 8GB ones at the moment anyhow — so it only makes sense.

      Amazon Price: $67.99

      6. SSD: Crucial P2 250GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe 

      • Capacity: Up to 2TB with sequential reads or writes up to 2400MB/s/1900MB/s
      • NVMe PCIe interface, marking the next step in storage innovation
      • Includes SSD management software for performance optimization, data security, and firmware updates
      • Backed by a limited 5-year warranty or up to the max endurance rating of 150 TBW

      Amazon Price: $34. 84

      7. Power Supply Unit: Thermaltake Smart 500W 80+ White Certified PSU, Continuous Power with 120mm Ultra Quiet Cooling Fan

      500W is plenty for this pc build and the Thermaltake Smart 500W RGB does the trick perfectly.

      • Delivers 500 Watt Continuous output at plus 40 degree. Compliance with Intel ATX 12 Volt 2.31 & EPS 12V 2.92 standards
      • 80 PLUS Certified, 80 percentage efficiency under typical load
      • Supports (2) PCI E 6+2pin Connectors. Active (PFC) Power Factor Correction, MTBF: 100,000 hours
      • Industry Grade Protections: (OPP) Over Power Protection, (OVP) Over Voltage Protection, (SCP) Short Circuit Protection
      • High Quality Components
      • Equipped with a powerful plus 12 Volt rail, superior performance under all types of system loading
      • 5 Year Warranty

      Amazon Price: $34.99

      8. PC Case: Zalman S3 ATX Mid Tower Computer PC Case

      • Luxurious Hairline Front Panel Design & Dual Intake Design with Metal Finish
      • Full Acrylic windowed side-panel applied
      • Dual line front ventilation with metallic Decoration
      • Top & Bottom Dust Filter (smooth Air Circulation & Protect the case from dust)
      • Zalman’s Optimized Cooling Solution (up to 8 fans can be installed)
      • Convenient Interface (USB 3. 0, 2.0, Reset Button)
      • Front Radiator Max 120mm (VGA Card Max 330mm)

      Amazon Price: $54.99

      Estimated Price (September 2022): $452
      (*Using integrated graphics)

      Step by Step to Building Your Gaming PC this 2022

      Looking for the steps to actually build your gaming pc — then look no further. The below video takes you through a complete hardware setup for a gaming pc build.

      Or if you are looking for a really in-depth how to choose your hardware, tips for choosing your hardware and steps to building your gaming pc, then check out the A Step by Step on How to Build a Gaming PC this 2022 here at Newb Computer Build.

      Best of luck Building Your Best Gaming PC Build this 2022

      Thank you for visiting us for the best 2022 gaming pc builds of the month over here at Newb Computer Build. These gaming pc builds are updated every month to give you the most up-to-date builds in and between three main budgets giving you a range of the best gaming pc builds to choose from.

      If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below. Prices and hardware are constantly being updated and released, so if you find you need some clarification on your specific build, or want to know you have chosen the best possible hardware please leave a comment and I’ll try my best to help you out. Building the best gaming pc build for you may look a little different than anyone one else depending on multiple factors, such as your usage (do you do more than game?), your budget and your personal style. So when investing in your new build, keep up to date with the latest hardware and get what’s right for you!

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      Setting the date and time on the computer • Remove errors, install software, connect equipment

      How so. With each update of the operating system, it becomes more and more difficult to find already familiar computer settings. So many possibilities appear, and the most basic settings are hidden in such a way that you can’t find it.

      While it used to be very easy to set the time — you just need to click on the date and time in the lower right corner and select change the system time, now it’s a little more complicated. But let’s take a look at where these settings can be found in various operating systems.

      Windows XP

      Double-click the left mouse button on the date and time.

      Or go to the control panel and select «Date and time»:

      After that, a window is displayed where you can set your time and date, select the time zone and enable or disable synchronization with the time server (it is recommended to synchronize with the time server first specify today’s date and only then click «Update now». When synchronization is enabled, the time and date you set is automatically changed).

      Windows 7, Windows 8

      Once with the left mouse button, click on the date and time (which are located on the right-bottom).

      Click «Change date and time settings».

      Click «Change date and time» and enter the current values.

      Click OK. To synchronize the time automatically, you need to go to the «Internet Time» tab.

      Click «Change settings» and check the box, according to the following figure:

      If the synchronization did not work, try setting today’s date and update the synchronization.

      Windows 10

      On the time or date (right-bottom), right-click, and select «Set date and time» in the drop-down list.

      Optionally, the items «Set the time automatically» and «Automatically set the time zone» can be enabled. Then you don’t need to set the time manually.

      If there are any discrepancies with time, check Windows updates. If the updates are all installed, but the time is still behind or in a hurry, install it manually. To do this, disable «Set the time automatically» and click the «Change» button.

      Then enter the current date and time and save the changes.

      And although a dead battery does not affect the performance of the computer in any way, nevertheless, due to an incorrectly set date, the browser may report an invalid certificate, and in some cases even restrict access to the Internet.

      If you cannot change the time and date using the above methods, you can try changing it through the BIOS.

      If the computer requires administrator rights when changing the date and time, you can try to display the administrator account, log in, and change the necessary data there.

      Although the time and date on your computer are set during the installation of the Windows operating system and are synchronized over the Internet, there may be times when these settings need to be set manually.

      There are two ways to get to the date and time settings: using the control panel and using the time indicator directly in the notification area.

      Consider these two methods using Windows 7 as the most common system at the time of this writing. Setting the time and / or date in Windows 8 and Windows 10 systems is similar.

      Setting the time and date on the computer using the Windows Control Panel

      By clicking the left mouse button on the «9» button0007 Start «We will call the main menu, in which we select the item» Control Panel «.

      In the panel that opens, switch the view mode to “ Large Icons ” to make it easier to find the desired setting item.

      In the control panel on the left we find the “ Date and time ” we need and by clicking the left mouse button on it we open the settings window.

      In the window that opens, you can set your time zone or proceed to setting the time by clicking on the button “ Change date and time «. In the next window, you can set the time by direct keyboard entry or by clicking the up or down arrows. Set the date in the calendar field by selecting the day and month with the cursor. Having finished the installation, close the settings windows by clicking on the buttons « OK » and « Apply «.

      Set the date and time on the computer using the clock in the notification panel

      This is a faster installation method. Here, to call the settings window, you need only two mouse clicks. The first click on the clock indicator in the notification panel will bring up a calendar window with a clock, in which you need to click on the line « Change date and time settings ”.

      As a result, we will get to the previously considered settings window, where we will set the time and date according to the instructions given above.

      Additional settings for the date and time on the computer

      The settings windows have tabs for advanced settings where you can set the display of time for different time zones. To do this, click on the tab « Additional hours «, check the box next to « Show this clock ”, select the time zones and confirm with the buttons “ Apply ” and “ OK ”. Now, when you click on the clock indicator, a window will be shown with the time in the time zones you set.

      The « Internet time » tab allows you to enable or disable the clock check with the exact time server. By clicking on the “ Change settings ” button, we will call up the Internet time settings window. A checked checkbox indicates that the time on the computer is checked against the exact time server. It is recommended not to disable this feature.

      As you can see, there is nothing complicated in setting the time and date on the computer.

      Setting the date and time on the computer is one of the simplest settings. In general, the time and date setting does not need to be permanently adjusted, as it is enough to set the date and time once and forget about this setting 🙂 But there is a need to correct it, for example, canceling the transition to winter time in Russia.

      In this article, I will show you step by step how to set the date and time in windows 7 on your computer, what other settings you can do with time. How to turn off time synchronization, or how to change the date and time display format.

      And since there are several ways to access the date and time settings, I will show you a simple way and a more difficult one.

      And so, let’s get started.

      First, let’s look at a simple way to set the date and time:

      Step 1. On the taskbar, in the lower right corner, click once with the left mouse button on the date and time. In the window that appears, click Change date and time, as shown in the figure:

      Step 2. Next, in the appeared Date and time window, click on Change date and time settings … as shown in the figure:

      To change the date and time on the computer, your account must have administrator rights, otherwise you will not be able to make changes. How to find out if your account has administrator rights.

      Step 3. In the time and date setting window that opens, use the arrows to select the desired month, year and date. And under the clock, set the desired time.

      After selecting the correct date and time, press OK. That’s it, you have set the date and time.

      Additional date and time settings on the computer

      Another time and date setting that you can do is to change your time zone, choosing the time zone where you are. If you need to set the time zone, then in the date and time tab, left-click on change the time zone:

      In the Select time zone window that appears, select your time zone from the drop-down menu, or whichever you need.

      With the adoption of the law on the abolition of the transition of Russia to winter time, in the automatic transition to winter time and back in windows, the meaning is lost, uncheck the Automatic transition to winter time and vice versa, if something changes, then put it back 🙂

      If you have Microsoft update is installed, then your time zone setting will look like this:

      Another date and time setting that you can perform is to change the time synchronization execution and change the synchronization server from the proposed list.

      Step 1. Go to the Internet Time tab and click the change settings button (Administrator rights are required):

      Step 2. and select any server you like from the list, as in the picture:

      After setting, click on the OK button!

      Now let’s look at another way to access the time and date settings, this is through the control panel. So, let’s begin.

      Step 1. Click on Start, in the left corner, left-click, in the Start menu that opens, click on Control Panel as shown in the figure:

      Step 2. region, if you do not have such a window, in the upper right corner, select from the drop-down menu, the Category item:

      Step 3. A window will open, select Set date and time:

      That’s it! The time setting is completed, how to set the date and time in windows 7 you can now easily do it when you need it.

      Many users of personal computers and laptops very often face the problem of knocking down the time and / or date settings. Every time you turn on the computer, you have to adjust the time settings, because if this is not done, then some programs and even the Internet may not work.

      In this article we will tell you how to set the time and date on your computer so that they do not go astray, as well as the reasons why this happens.

      Not everyone knows that every computer and laptop has a special battery that is responsible for saving PC settings when it is turned off. Among these settings is the date / time setting.

      The cause of cmos checksum error defaults is a dead battery

      If your date and time get lost after turning off the computer at night, then most likely there is a problem with the battery. She needs to be changed. Very often this is accompanied by the inscription «cmos checksum bad» when turned on.

      The second equally common reason for knocking down time on a computer is an incorrectly selected time zone.

      Entering the date and time settings in Windows 10

      If you go to the time settings, you can see the time zone there. Many rely on the presence of the name of their country in the name of the time zone when choosing it. In most cases they match.

      Setting the time zone in Windows 10

      A much more important parameter is not the name of the time zone, but its numerical designation (+3, +2, -1, etc.). If your time is constantly behind by an hour or two, or, on the contrary, is in a hurry, then you should change the time zone by one or two in case of a delay, or by -1 if it is in an hour in a hurry. And so on.

      On a normally functioning computer, the user does not even have to change or re-set the date and time, on the contrary, all clocks in the apartment or office are checked against computer time. If the date and time on the computer spontaneously change, this already indicates some kind of breakdown. Next, we will look at how to set the date and time on a computer with the Windows 7 operating system and the main reasons for the occurrence of spontaneous date and time changes.

      There are not so many reasons why the date and time on the computer can change, and you can easily find out everything with a simple elimination method. If the computer boots and works normally, but the date and time change, there may be a virus in the system. After checking with a normal antivirus, we discard this reason and check the next one. And the next reason we have is the incorrectly set time zone. By default, each computer is configured to synchronize the date and time with the Internet time, and even if you correct the time on the computer, after the next synchronization it will be set in accordance with the selected time zone.

      If the BIOS gives some kind of error during the boot of the computer, and after loading the operating system, the time and date are displayed incorrectly, then the battery located on the motherboard is most likely dead. This problem is solved simply by installing a new battery. If the problem is not solved by this, most likely there is a breakdown in the motherboard itself, which can only be replaced.

      Now let’s look at our main question, how to set the date and time on the computer? There are two ways to get to the settings we need. The standard way is to search for the required item through the control panel «Control Panel \\ Clock, language and region \\ Date and time \\ Set date and time», and the shortest way is to click once with the left mouse button on the clock in the tray and select «Change date and time settings».

      First, we check the correct choice of the time zone. If it is selected incorrectly, in the «Date and time» box, select «Change time zone …».

      After setting the time zone, set the correct date by clicking on the «Change date and time …» item.

      The Time and Date Setting box provides a calendar and clock. In the calendar, you must select the appropriate year, month and date, and in the clock, specify the required time using the keyboard, which will start after pressing the «OK» button.

      To select the desired year and month, it is not very convenient to use the left and right arrows, especially if you need to scroll through several years. You can click once with the left mouse button on the displayed month and we will already be shown all the months and the current year, and if you now click on the current year, a certain interval of dates will be shown in increments of one year.

      In principle, if you have an Internet connection, then after setting the time zone, you can immediately go to the «Internet Time» tab and click the «Change settings» item. In the «Internet time settings» window, check the box «Synchronize with an Internet time server» and click «Update now». If there is a connection with the selected server, the correct time will be automatically set and will be periodically checked and corrected in the future without your participation.

      If you wish, you can set the date and time on your computer by going into BIOS, but again, if the time zone is incorrectly selected in the operating system and synchronized with the Internet, it will change again.


      Time in Windows: installation, update and synchronization, display settings (date, clock, etc.)

      Greetings to all visitors!

      On the one hand, setting the time is an extremely simple operation, just click the mouse in the tray. (and all business). On the other hand, nuances sometimes “emerge”. 😢

      In general, in this note I have collected several typical questions on setting the time (which I periodically received both by mail and in comments, and so on. ) and compiled them into a small note. I think this should be enough to solve all the «typical problems». 👌

      Setting the time

      How to set and change the time in Windows

      Method 1

      Setting the date and time (Windows 10)

      After removing the sliders from automatic detection of time and time zone and setting them manually (this is especially useful if the computer is not constantly connected to the Internet).

      Method 2

      This is a universal method! First you need to click on the combination Win + R (the «Run» window will appear) and use the command timedate.cpl . See example below. 👇

      timedate.cpl — time setting

      Change date and time (UEFI).

      How to enter the BIOS (UEFI) on a computer or laptop [instruction]

      As a rule, it is enough to click on the time icon on the main (on the first) UEFI screen and set the value that you need (I used to always set it to +10 min. , so as not to be late 👌).

      Time will now advance by 10 minutes.

      How to set up synchronization (or disable it altogether)

      And so, first you need to use the combination Win + R , and in the window «Run» enter the command timedate.cpl , press Enter.

      Next, check your time zone (and update it if it’s set incorrectly).

      Change the time zone

      Next, go to the tab «Internet Time» and open the window for changing the settings.

      Internet time — change

      There is another universal way to disable synchronization

      In the list of services, find «Windows Time Service» and open it.

      Windows Time Service

      After you change its startup type to «disabled» mode and stop its operation. After that, time synchronization will not be performed on the PC! How to change the display: only hours and minutes, or days of the week with date made 3 different versions.

      By the way, the recommendations below are relevant for Windows 10.

      How to display the time in the TEA

      to set up the display:

      How to change the display (time)

      Yes, by the way, by the way, by the way, by the way, by the way, by the way, by the way, by the way, by the way, by the way, by the way, by the way. in order for Windows 10 to display not only the time (but also the days of the week, date) — you need to go to the OS settings (Win + i) and in section «Personalization / Taskbar» disable the use of small buttons on the taskbar (this thing on some laptops on automatically). 👇

      Use small taskbar buttons

      What to do if the time is reset (flies)

      Reason 1

      years). What is typical in this case: time flies after turning off / restarting the PC (in the process of work — everything should be fine.).

      What does the battery look like on the mat. board

      You can buy a new battery in almost any computer store (and even order it in China 👇).

      reason 2

      Another option: combination of Win+R -> Team TimeDate.cPL

      Change the time zone

      Reason 3

      CASE COMPLED IN incorrect Work Synchronization synchronization (for example, due to some system failures of the OS, or an incorrectly set time zone, or, for example, due to the use of an outdated version of Windows (from folk «craftsmen»)).



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      How to change the date and time in Windows 7

      Stages of dental implantation — Dental Center «Glorious Smile»

      In our center there is a promotion «Discount for dental implantation». Details on the link

      During dental implantation, you need to go through certain stages: preparatory, orthopedic, surgical, rehabilitation.

      The number of stages, their duration depend on the type of operation and are individual for each patient.

      Dental implant placement is virtually painless. It is performed by an implantologist in a dental clinic in compliance with all the rules of sterility.


      • Stage 1. Preparation for implantation.
      • Stage 2. Bone augmentation.
      • Stage 3. Implant placement.
        • Implant placement steps
      • Step 4 Place the Healing Abutment.
      • Stage 5. Taking impressions of future prostheses.
      • Stage 6. Prosthetics.
      • Stage 7. Rehabilitation period.
        • Implant Denture Care
      • Patient testimonials
      • Frequently Asked Questions
        • Is there a guarantee for the installed implant?
        • Is implantation suitable for me if I lost my teeth a long time ago?
        • How long does dental implantation take?
        • Does it hurt to install dental implants?
      • Advantages of implantation in our clinic


      The patient came to our clinic with complaints of missing teeth, some mobility and an aesthetic defect. Together with the orthopedist, a treatment plan was developed.


      We removed all the teeth in the lower jaw during the same visit, installed 6 DENTIUM implants (KOREA) and made a temporary fixed prosthesis for the lower jaw. The patient was satisfied! After 4 months, after the installation of the implants, the temporary prosthesis will be replaced with a permanent one.

      The duration of all stages of dental implantation is from 6 months to a year. In difficult cases, if it is necessary to build up a bone, install a large number of implants, this period can be extended up to one and a half years or more.

      The duration of the preparatory phase is from several days to 2 months.

      It is mandatory no matter how many dental implants you are going to have.
      First, you have to make an appointment with a dentist-implantologist. It is this specialist who will perform the operation to install the implants and monitor their engraftment. After the examination, the doctor will draw up a treatment plan and refer you to a dentist-therapist for oral hygiene before surgery.

      At the preparatory stage, it is obligatory to carry out:

      • X-ray examination, panoramic X-ray and computed tomography of the entire jaw. Thanks to the pictures, the condition of the bone tissue, its thickness and size are determined. Methods allow to reveal hidden granulomas, cysts, to determine the future location of pins. Based on these studies, a decision is made on the need to increase bone tissue.
      • Professional cleaning and sanitation of the oral cavity. It is necessary to cure all carious teeth, pulpitis, remove tartar and plaque. If inflammatory diseases of the gums are found in the oral cavity, they are subject to treatment.
        Particular attention should be paid to the presence of previously installed prosthetic structures in the oral cavity. Be sure to specify the prescription of their installation, the material from which they are made, since there may be a risk of incompatibility between the implant and these prostheses. In this case, the specialist may recommend that you replace existing structures with others.
      • Laboratory research. Before the procedure of dental implantation, you will need to pass a general analysis and blood sugar. Get tested for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis. Women are encouraged to get tested for hormones. If necessary, the blood type and Rh factor are determined. If an exacerbation of chronic diseases, unstable sugar is detected, the implantation of implants is postponed until a more favorable period.

      Treatment duration from 40 minutes to several hours.

      With prolonged absence of teeth after their loss or removal, there is a decrease in the thickness and volume of the jaw bone both in height and in width. The longer the period of absence of teeth, the more pronounced this process. The lack of the required bone volume makes the implantation procedure impossible.
      To solve this problem, they resort to surgery — osteoplasty. This stage of implant placement allows artificial growth of atrophied bone tissue.
      The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. As a material for engraftment, one’s own bone structures in the form of bone blocks, animal bone chips or synthetic materials are used.

      The following methods are used to replenish bone volume:

      • sinus lift;
      • transplantation of bone blocks;
      • guided bone regeneration;
      • splitting of the alveolar process.

      The choice of method is carried out strictly individually, depending on the clinical case and the severity of atrophy of bone structures.

      Engraftment of donor material lasts an average of 2 to 6 months. With severe degenerative processes, this period can be extended.

      Until the moment when the bone material is completely engrafted, implantation cannot be performed.

      After osteoplasty, you will need to visit an implantologist to evaluate the effectiveness of bone tissue regeneration.

      The installation time for one dental implant is 40 to 60 minutes.

      After a successful bone augmentation, you will be assigned a day and time for implant placement.

      Stop eating and drinking 2 hours before the procedure. An hour before the operation, sedatives prescribed by your doctor are applied, and teeth are cleaned.

      The procedure is performed under local anesthesia or sedation in the dental office in compliance with all the rules of sterility. The duration of the entire procedure will depend on the course of the operation and the number of implanted pins.

      Stages of implant installation

      The following order of dental implant installation is distinguished:

      • Anesthesia.
        The nerve endings are completely blocked, and the procedure itself becomes almost painless.
      • Gingival and periosteal flaking.
        The oral cavity is treated with antiseptic solutions. With the help of a laser or a scalpel, the tissues are exfoliated to the bone. Places of fixation of implants are marked.
      • Drilling out the implant site with special burs.
        Holes of the required depth and diameter are drilled. Upon completion, the holes are washed, dried and treated with antiseptic preparations.
      • Screwing in implants.
        Pins are installed in the resulting holes. In some cases, they can be covered with a special varnish to quickly relieve the inflammatory process in the tissues.
      • Installation of special plugs on top of implants.
        Plugs are used to protect implants, preventing tissue growth deep into the pin.
      • Suturing.
        All tissues are returned to their place and sutures are applied, which are removed 5-7 days after the operation.

      When implanting multiple implants, in order to reduce trauma and improve healing, special templates are used, on which the places of their future location are marked. The creation of templates is carried out before the operation using computer simulation.

      The time of installation of dental implants is strictly individual and depends on the number of implanted pins, individual characteristics, and the complexity of the case.
      It takes an average of 40-60 minutes to install one implant.
      Engraftment of implants lasts from 2 months to six months. In the upper jaw, this process proceeds more slowly than in the lower.

      The operation is performed under local anesthesia. Its duration is 30 minutes.

      After the implants have taken root, it is necessary to visit the implantologist again. After examining the oral cavity and implantation sites, you will be sent for an X-ray examination of the jaws to assess the degree of engraftment of the pins. With a good result, gingival shapers are installed on them. The shaper is necessary to give a more aesthetic gingival contour. Its mechanism of action is aimed at pushing the gum tissue in the form of a hole, which will ensure its tight fit to the lower part of the teeth.

      Stages of the operation:

      • tissue excision over the plug;
      • implant exposure;
      • plug removal;
      • screwing in the gingiva former;
      • suturing.

      The duration of wearing the shaper is 10-14 days.

      This is a painless procedure that takes 30 to 40 minutes.

      During impression taking, a transfer is put on the implant and taken to the dental laboratory for crown fabrication.

      Dental implants can be fitted with bridges, permanent or temporary crowns, a single prosthetic structure for the upper or lower jaw.

      The prosthesis is carried out 2 weeks after the installation of the abutments.

      Once your dentures are ready, you need to visit a doctor to try them on.
      The doctor will assess the degree of fit of the crowns, the convenience of dressing and wearing, and if necessary, will give them for adjustment.
      As soon as the products are ready, we will call you and invite you to the final installation of prostheses.

      The first 2-3 weeks after implantation are the most dangerous. During this period, the development of most complications occurs, which means that it is no less important than the operation itself.

      In the postoperative period, the implantologist will prescribe you antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antihistamines. Pick up the necessary analgesics and vitamins. Write down and explain the frequency of taking medications and their dosage.

      Recommendations in the first 7 days after surgery:

      • you can eat and drink 3-4 hours after the procedure;
      • drink through a straw;
      • consume only soft, liquid food in the first three days after surgery;
      • is strictly forbidden to chew on the side of the operation, this can lead to suture separation and infection of the surgical wound;
      • sleep on the back or on the side opposite the operation site;
      • after each meal, rinse your mouth with antiseptic solutions;
      • take medicines prescribed by a doctor;
      • do not play sports;
      • On the 4th-5th day, you can start brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled brush.

      For 3 weeks it is necessary to give up alcohol, smoking, visiting baths, saunas, it is not recommended to fly an airplane during this period.

      Caring for implant-supported dentures

      After prosthetics, you need:

      • brush your teeth twice a day;
      • use dental floss and irrigator;
      • after each meal, rinse your mouth with antiseptic solutions;
      • to carry out professional cleaning of the oral cavity in the dental clinic 1 time per year.

      Timing of dental implantation is strictly individual and depends on each specific case.


      The patient came to the clinic complaining of missing posterior teeth 4.6. Treatment with a dental implant has been proposed. 15 minutes of time and the implant is installed!


      You can see the gingiva former in the mouth. There is no open wound. After 2 months, the shaper will be replaced with a permanent orthopedic crown.

      Dmitry, 26 years old

      Everything went great, a very competent doctor, he told and explained everything, so there was no reason to worry. Feeling great! Thank you!

      Doctor — Isaev Murtazali Omarovich

      1. Is there a guarantee for the installed implant?
        The manufacturer gives a lifetime warranty on the implant.
      2. Is implantation suitable for me if I lost my teeth a long time ago?
        Dental implants can be performed regardless of the age of tooth loss.
      3. How long does dental implantation take?
        The duration of all stages is from 6 months to a year, depending on the method and the number of implanted pins. In some cases, it can be extended to one and a half years or more.
      4. Does it hurt to install dental implants?
        The procedure is performed under the influence of anesthesia, and you will not experience pain.
      • Experienced doctors.
        Our doctors have over 5 years of experience.
      • Treatment Guarantee.
        Crown warranty — 1 year.
        Implant warranty from the clinic is 1 year (in case of non-osseointegration of the implant, the clinic installs a new implant free of charge instead of the previous one).
      • Work with official distributors of implants and materials in Russia.
        We have relevant certificates.
      • Highly qualified specialists.
        All doctors of the clinic have confirmed medical certificates. Constantly attend refresher courses.

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        Computed tomography of teeth is an important part of diagnostic measures in the dental field. This is a very informative method that allows you to see the structural features of the jaw, dentition, and also to identify pathological processes. Previously, X-rays were used for this, but CT is a more advanced diagnostic method that allows you to get the most accurate picture.

        3D diagnostics of teeth is carried out using a tomograph. In one procedure, you can get detailed information regarding the state of the dentition. The main feature of this method is a three-dimensional image, which allows you to see the object under study in full. This is extremely important for making an accurate diagnosis and drawing up a detailed treatment regimen.


        • Main advantages of dental tomography
        • Indications for CT
        • Main contraindications
        • Is dental CT harmful?
        • How often can a CT scan of the teeth be done without harm to health?
        • Basic training rules
        • How is dental CT done in specialized clinics?
        • What does this procedure show?
        • Computed tomography after implant placement
        • Which is better — CT or X-ray?
        • Computed tomography of the jaw in St. Petersburg

        Main advantages of dental tomography

        Compared to other diagnostic methods, computed tomography has the following advantages:

        • The entire procedure lasts no longer than 1 minute.
        • High level of information content.
        • CT is safe for the patient’s health, therefore, if necessary, it can be performed repeatedly.
        • The high quality of the image in the picture allows you to clearly see the features of the structure of bone tissue.
        • Radiation dose received is minimal.

        At the end of the procedure, the resulting 3D image is recorded on a CD with universal software, which is installed automatically on the computer of the attending physician for the purpose of further diagnosis.

        Indications for CT

        The information obtained after a CT scan is necessary to solve a number of problems in the field of dentistry.

        The procedure is carried out in the following cases:

        • Jaw injuries after minor injuries. It is with the help of CT that dislocations and fractures can be determined.
        • Detection of pathologies in the structure of the dentition. This procedure is commonly used before any kind of orthodontic correction.
        • Compilation of a computer model of the jaw for the manufacture of an individual bracket system.
        • As a preparatory procedure before an upcoming operation.
        • The presence of neoplasms in the jaw.
        • Diagnosis of latent caries.
        • Complications in the dental canals.
        • Monitoring the success of previous treatments.

        CT is performed before dental implantation, because on the basis of a 3D image, a suitable implant is selected, it is installed and the quality of the procedure is checked.

        Main contraindications

        During the procedure, the body is exposed to a certain dose of radiation, so computed tomography is not performed during pregnancy. As for women during lactation, the procedure is possible, but after it is over, it is forbidden to breastfeed the baby for 24-48 hours.

        It is forbidden to do a CT scan of the teeth of preschool children. In this case, alternative diagnostic methods are used. The same goes for pacemaker patients.

        Is dental CT harmful?

        Computed tomography is based on the principle of the passage of x-rays, with the help of which a series of layered images is taken. Accordingly, a certain dose of radiation during CT of the jaw is present. It depends on the number of images and the total area of ​​the study.

        When examining the chest and abdominal cavity, this figure is 11-14 mSv. The critical level for one procedure is 50 mSv (the maximum allowable annual dose is 150 mSv). If this figure is exceeded, then there is a high risk of developing cancerous tumors.

        So is it harmful to do a CT scan of the teeth? The study of this area is considered the most sparing, because the radioactive dose during the procedure is only 0.1-0.3 mSv. Therefore, computed tomography is absolutely safe for the health of patients (with the exception of contraindications).

        How often can dental CT be done without harm to health?

        Despite the fact that during CT of the teeth the minimum dose of radiation affects the body, this procedure should not be abused. The frequency of carrying out depends on the extent of the need for this, but it must be borne in mind that radiation can accumulate in the human body. Therefore, the standard frequency of procedures is — no more than 2 times a year.

        But there are times when it is necessary to exceed the allowable limit. Based on the permissible radiation exposure, CT of the face and jaw should be performed no more than once every 2-3 months.

        Basic preparation rules

        There are no special requirements that must be strictly observed before tomography of the dentition. Before the procedure, it is better not to eat for three hours.

        The rest of the requirements are standard, as in the case of x-rays. You will need to remove all jewelry and objects containing metal. This is necessary to obtain the most accurate results of the study.

        How is dental CT performed in specialized clinics?

        Compared to the old X-ray machine, the tomograph is much more compact. Computed tomography can be performed lying down, standing or sitting. The choice depends on the physiological characteristics of a person, his age, as well as the type of pathology itself.

        In a CT scan, the patient’s head is placed between two scanners. Jaw, chin and temple restraints are provided for maximum immobility. To understand how a CT scan of the teeth is done, we will describe the procedure in stages:

        1. The procedure is performed while standing, the platform for fixing the jaw, chin and temples is set in accordance with the height of the patient, a protective lead vest is put on before the procedure. The head is placed on a special tomograph stand and pressed against the equipment rack. And in this position it is fixed by means of stabilization.
        2. After preparing the patient, the specialist turns on the tomograph. The moving part of the device rotates around the patient’s head. For the whole procedure, about 200-300 pictures are obtained, which are immediately displayed on the monitor.
        3. During the procedure, the patient may hear noise — this is quite normal and should not be feared. When it subsides, you do not immediately remove your head from the site or make other movements, you must wait until the X-ray laboratory assistant announces the end of the study and asks you to leave the scanning area.

        During the procedure, the patient does not experience pain or any discomfort. The only discomfort is the forced need to remain immobile. Also, for the duration of the image for 10-20 seconds, the patient may feel heat emanating from moving scanners.

        CT scan of the jaw: what does this procedure show?

        The resulting CT image of the teeth is a three-dimensional image of the jaw, which is obtained using hardware positioning and the use of a three-point fixation system.

        Computed tomography of the teeth allows you to clearly see all the pathological processes and disorders in the structure of bone tissue. With this study, you can see:

        • Crowns and fillings.
        • Condition of the paranasal sinuses.
        • Location of canals, roots and impacted molars.
        • TMJ condition.
        • Various pathologies of the jaw.

        The high accuracy of the results obtained allows you to accurately determine the nature of the pathology. If CT is performed for implantation of teeth, then layered images allow you to get the most clear picture of the state of the maxillofacial region in different projections. The specialist sees the maxillary sinuses, canals, TMJ and vessels.

        This type of study is the most accurate source of information about the dentition. Only with the help of CT it is possible to correctly plan the upcoming implantation procedure. If CT is not used, then there is a high risk of installing a smaller implant, which will lead to excessive stress on the bone tissue.

        Computed tomography after implant placement

        Quite often the question arises — is it possible to do CT with dental implants? Unlike magnetic resonance imaging, when foreign bodies can “glow”, there is no such problem when performing computed tomography. Moreover, it is not only allowed, but recommended after implantation.

        CT is needed in the following cases:

        • Identification of the cause of the unsteadiness of the installed structure.
        • If you need to determine whether the artificial root has taken root or not.
        • Determination of the quality of the performed implantation. This is especially necessary if at the preliminary stage there was no computer modeling of the jaw.
        • Revealing complications hidden by visual examination.

        If the patient has metal crowns, then a preliminary consultation with a specialist is necessary. The fact is that metal elements can create unwanted optical effects in the pictures, which will complicate the diagnosis and diagnosis.

        Which is better, CT or X-ray?

        Computed tomography is considered one of the most informative diagnostic methods used in dentistry. Using this method, it is possible to obtain a multilayer image of the study area. A 3D image is much more informative than a conventional x-ray, which only gives a planar image.

        From the point of view of affordability, X-ray is preferable, but it does not always provide an accurate picture of the state of the dental and jaw system. As practice shows, if a CT scan is performed, then at 9In 9% of cases, it is possible to accurately determine the cause of the toothache and other symptoms that have arisen.

        Computed tomography of the jaw in St. Petersburg

        If the doctor has ordered a CT scan for you, but you do not want to wait and sit in queues, then the LUCH X-ray centers will offer you to undergo this examination on their latest tomographs. The procedure takes less than a minute, is absolutely painless and effective.

        Today we told you how CT of the jaw and teeth is done without negative consequences for your health. You can also record the results of the examination on a CD, send by e-mail and make an online appointment. For more information, please call +7 (812) 770-42-23.

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        Can an implant be placed immediately after tooth extraction?

        A lost tooth can be restored with a bridge, removable dentures or implants. Traditional prosthetics immediately after removal is not carried out, since healing of the hole and tissue repair are necessary. It is possible to insert an implant in place of an extracted tooth if the patient has no contraindications to simultaneous implantation. Otherwise, the implantologist will offer classical implantation with healing of the hole and subsequent implant placement.

        Methods of implantation after tooth extraction

        Implantation of teeth after extraction is carried out according to two protocols:

        1. One-stage — provides for the installation of the implant immediately in the socket of the extracted tooth. There are techniques that allow not only the installation of an implant, but also the fixation of a crown on it.
        2. Delayed — requires complete healing of the socket and restoration of bone tissue after removal. Bone regenerates in 2-5 months depending on the health of the patient. Only then is implantation performed.

        Is the implant placed immediately after removal?

        Immediate implantation is the dream of all patients. But its implementation is possible with a sufficient amount of bone tissue, otherwise the implant will not take root or grow together with the jaw bone incorrectly.

        Before the procedure, the jaw bone is assessed according to the results of computed tomography. The final decision is made after deletion by a second image and after evaluating the size of the hole. In some cases, its dimensions do not allow one-stage installation of implants.

        In addition, for instant implantation, the following conditions must be met:

        • There must be no inflammatory processes on the root of the tooth to be extracted.
        • Removal should be as careful as possible so as not to damage the alveolar ridge.
        • After extraction, the gingiva should be in close contact with the bone.

        Is it possible to put an implant if the tooth has been lost for a long time?

        Is it possible to put an implant if the tooth has been removed for a long time, only the surgeon decides after a complete diagnosis. As early as 3 months after removal, the bone is resorbed to such an extent that it may not be enough to install an implant and an extension will be required. The recommended implantation period is no later than 2-3 months.

        In case of bone atrophy, osteoplasty is performed:

        • Guided bone regeneration. More often performed on the lower jaw, bone materials, biomembranes, bone growth stimulants are used. It is used when the width and height of the patient’s bone is not enough for implantation. If the atrophy of the bone tissue is insignificant, it is possible to perform NKR simultaneously with the installation of implants. Otherwise, it is carried out as a separate preliminary stage. It takes 3-4 months for the implanted material to fuse with the bone.
        • Sinus lift. Intervention in the bone structure of the upper jaw in the area of ​​the maxillary sinuses. With the help of instruments, tissue is punctured to raise the bottom of the sinus. The resulting space is filled with osteoplastic material. The operation can be closed or open type. Closed sinus lift is performed with slight bone atrophy at the same time as the installation of implants. Open — with atrophy of moderate and critical degree as a separate stage.

        Alternative options for tooth restoration after extraction

        After extraction, doctors recommend restoring the tooth as soon as possible. This is due to bone tissue atrophy, which begins in the absence of chewing load, which complicates recovery in the future.

        If for some reason the patient is not ready for implantation, alternatives can be offered:

        • Bridge. Represents a non-removable construction of interconnected crowns. For installation, two abutment teeth are depulped (removal of the nerve, canal filling), grinded under the crowns. At the same time, the load on the support increases, mobility develops, because of which the bridge will need to be changed. The bridge structure is not able to completely prevent bone tissue atrophy, but it prevents rarefaction, displacement, and curvature of the dentition. The rate of bone atrophy, the development of mobility depends on the health of the patient.
        • Removable dentures. They represent a construction of artificial gums with soldered crowns, attached to adjacent teeth with hooks. Abutment teeth are ground if the fasteners are metal. The prosthesis has a range of mobility, requires careful care, since food particles can fall under it. Removable prosthetics do not stop atrophy, but prevent displacement of neighboring units.

        Implantation prevents all problems, including bone tissue atrophy. An implant is an artificial root on which a crown is placed. Neighboring teeth are not ground, not damaged. Chewing load is maintained. The percentage of survival of dental implants — 9eight%. Implantation is considered the most reliable way to prevent bone resorption.

        schedule, price, terms, procedure, at whose expense it is done, where to apply

        From January 1, 2022, only smart meters will be installed in new old houses. It is not necessary to transfer data to the management company, the meter will do this automatically. You also do not need to pay for them: installation and replacement must be carried out by electricity suppliers¹.

        The innovation applies only to electricity meters, but for water and gas meters, everything remains the same: accredited organizations must calibrate and change them.

        How to replace an electric meter

        From July 1, 2020, you can not pay for the replacement of metering devices. There is such a requirement in Federal Law No. 522-FZ (dated December 27, 2018) and Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 950 (dated June 29, 2020). We will tell you what the procedure for replacing electricity meters looks like in 2022.


        The meter is changed before December 31, 2023, if on April 1, 2020 (and before this date too!) The device was absent, out of order, its service life has expired.

        If the calibration interval has expired on April 1, 2020 (and before this date too!) Then change it until December 31, 2021.

        Please note that the calibration interval and service life are different concepts. In the first case, this is the period within which the device can be examined by a specialist and conclude that the meter is working, it can be used further. Another thing is that such a service is rarely used, because its price is comparable to the price of a new device. Useful life is the life of the device. After its completion, the device is automatically considered faulty. All data is in the documents for the device.

        If after April 1, 2020 the meter breaks down, its calibration interval or service life has expired and you notify your company about it, the device will be changed within six months.

        Until the device is replaced, you will have to pay at average rates — we will talk about this in the popular questions block. For those who don’t want to pay the average rates, you can replace the meter with your own money without waiting six months or the end of 2023.


        Companies in each region make their own schedule for the replacement and installation of metering devices. Firms should inspect all their facilities and find out when and in which house to change appliances.

        Contact your network service provider or guarantee supplier for a replacement schedule in your area. Some publish information on their website.

        Another important point: in 2021, companies could install any metering devices for consumers, and from 2022, power engineers are required to install only “intelligent” metering systems. New buildings are already equipped with them. The «smart» meter itself transmits readings. Please note that if in 2021 you changed the meter to a standard one, then until its service life has expired, you do not need to change it to a “smart” one.


        When the electricity meter is replaced, the master will draw up an act of admission to the operation of the meter. This is the only document for the counter, which remains with the consumer. Another important point is the numbered seal and (or) signs of visual control on the counter.

        Where to contact to replace the electricity meter

        Your network organization or supplier of last resort. Network organizations more often serve private houses and settlements, and guaranteeing suppliers serve multi-storey buildings. But in fact, the average person does not need to distinguish between these structures. Simply put, whoever sends you payments for electricity should be contacted to replace the electricity meter.

        If you are far from communal niceties, just look at the latest receipt or ask your neighbors. Each bill has a phone number. Modern companies have websites with all contact information. As a last resort, call your management company and ask which company is responsible for the electricity in your home.

        How to replace the electricity meter

        In old houses, the device can be placed on the landing. In this case, the company itself will make the replacement according to the schedule. You may not even know about the work until you decide to look into the shield yourself. Although the receipts usually indicate the new expiration date of the counter. We will analyze how the replacement of the electric meter in the apartment takes place.

        Date negotiation

        The network organization or the supplier of last resort will send you a request with the date of the work to replace the meter. This can be done by letter or phone call. Agree on a date: you must be at home to let the electrician in.

        Carrying out work

        A company representative will come to you with all the necessary equipment and tools. Usually the work is completed quickly in 30-40 minutes.

        Check that the device is connected and working

        Even a person who is not versed in technology can handle this: the device has a rotating disk or an operation indicator — a colored light bulb.

        Formal part

        The employee will draw up an act of admission to operation and seal. It may be that the sealing needs to be ordered separately for another day.

        How much does it cost to replace an electric meter? It will be produced by a network company or a guaranteeing supplier — we wrote about the timing and schedule above. The main thing is to report your problem.

        Why do we say the replacement is «shareware»? Because here and now you don’t have to pay anything. But companies may include their costs for the device on future receipts.

        — Organizations have the right to install, replace metering devices for a fee before the expiration of their verification or operation period in cases not related to the loss, failure or malfunction of the metering device, when contacting the consumer, — adds Sergey Sizikov.

        For example, if you want to install a multi-tariff meter that separates electricity in the morning and evening, you can order this service. Or they decided not to wait for the replacement schedule, but to change ahead of schedule.

        Frequently Asked Questions

        Do I need to change electricity meters?

        The device must be replaced if:
        — it is out of order;
        — electricity meter lost;
        — verification or operation period has expired.

        In any of these situations, call your network organization and report the circumstances.

        At whose expense is the electricity meter replaced?

        Now electricity meters are changed by grid organizations and guaranteeing suppliers at their own expense. Expenses for devices are taken into account as part of the sales allowances of last resort suppliers, tariffs for electric power transmission services and payment for technological connection, — responsible CEO of Donenergo Sergey Sizikov .

        Simply put, suppliers change meters at their own expense, but the cost of devices is included in payments.

        When will the electricity meter be replaced free of charge?

        This is already happening. Grid organizations and guaranteeing suppliers will replace meters free of charge from July 1, 2020.

        How are accruals carried out from the date of failure to the replacement of the electricity meter?

        First you need to set the date of failure. Suppose you immediately noticed a malfunction and reported it to the company. Until the counter is repaired or a new one is installed, they will count as follows:

        the meter worked for more than six months : they will take readings for six months and calculate the average values ​​for the month — they will charge a fee on them;

        the meter worked less than half a year but more than three months: the average readings will be calculated for all previous months;

        the electricity meter has been in operation for less than 3 months : use the consumption standard in your area.

        For legal entities, i.e. companies and firms, the mechanism is different. The power grid company will rely on consumption data for the same period last year. That is, if the meter broke down in May 2021, then they will look at the numbers for May 2020.

        If it is impossible to set the date of failure of the meter, then the beginning of the billing period in which the equipment broke down is taken as it. For example, the billing period is from May 20 to June 10. When exactly the device stopped is impossible to find out. So the date of failure will be considered May 20.

        Can I replace the electricity meter myself?

        Without calling a representative of the network organization or a guaranteeing supplier, the consumer cannot replace the electricity meter. He has the right to replace the electric meter at his own expense on his own if the calibration interval has expired, but the metering device has not failed. That is, formally the counter works, but according to the documents it is time to change or do verification.