I'm not a gamer but...

We get this a lot – people looking for a quality PC that will last a long time and be supported by the best technical support team in the business. For customers like these, they may want to use a PC for basic email, photos, office applications and social networking. However, they may want to get involved with other applications that require a bit more horsepower like video editing. So what kind of hardware do we recommend for these users? Here are a few core components and our recommendations that can make the most difference in price and performance when you build a computer online and are looking for the best home or office PC for you:

Thoughts on the CPU choice as you build a computer:

If you’re not flat out looking for the fastest custom built computer, regardless of your needs and without a budget limit, you can definitely save some dollars by investing in a balanced configuration, which means not overspending on the CPU. If you’re not going to be doing intensive video editing, multi-tasking, or gaming, consider an entry-level CPU.


AMD’s Accelerated Processor Units (APUs) are popular for those on a budget, and our lowest cost solution. They can even play casual games at medium settings!

Intel Core i3 & i5

Intel’s Core™ i3 and i5 processors bring tremendous performance for the dollar and offer good performance for those seeking a computer used mainly for internet browsing, moderately-intensive applications and some gaming.

Build a desktop online to increase performance and experience higher speeds for your home or home office.

Unlock the power of the Core™ i7

Intel’s Core™ i3 and i5 processors bring tremendous performance for the dollar and offer good performance for those seeking a computer used mainly for internet browsing, moderately-intensive applications and some gaming.

But don't overload on the CPU just yet if you're working on a budget... There are considerations that may make more of an impact on your computing experience, like more memory or newer solid state hard drives.

The rise of importance of the graphics card.

Even if you’re not a gamer, you should look to your graphics card as an important part of your computer’s ecosystem. The GPU is becoming more and more important for everyday tasks, and its power is being seamlessly integrated into modern day operating systems and applications. Everything from streaming video playback to transcoding video, the GPU is quickly becoming as important when configuring a custom PC as any other hardware choice.

Memory for your custom PC.

Memory is an important and often overlooked component in a custom built computer. In today’s computing environment, a custom computer with less than 4GB is now unheard of, and less than 8GB is less than desirable. For everyone except those on an extremely tight budget, we highly recommend 8GB+ of memory when you build a computer. It’s better to upgrade to 8GB of RAM before you upgrade to a faster CPU. Also, for most consumers, quantity is better than speed. We offer some faster frequency memory that is utilized best when we do our performance enhancements for speed-freaks and benchmark junkies, but for every day computer users, the difference in memory frequency can only be felt in the wallet.

You're not going to run out of space anytime soon

Your computer’s hard drive is more than just a place to store digital stuff. It also has a tremendous impact on the responsiveness of your PC, as more often than not it’s the slowest component in your computer. The good news is that solid state hard drives the faster type of standard hard drive technology has seen reductions in prices. Solid state hard drives have no moving hardware, are completely silent, and run much cooler than mechanical hard drives which contain rotating platters. Also, we have seen the rise of hybrid drives that combine SSD and HDD technologies which offer larger capacities and substantial read and write speeds. Consider these options when configuring the best home PC for you.

So Good, You’ll Want To Touch It

MAINGEAR uses auto-quality finish paint, the same that goes onto the likes of Porsche and BMW.

4 Maingear Rush PCs in Green, Red, Blue and Purple

Luxury Auto-Quality Paint Finish in any Custom Color

All of our paint is applied in-house at MAINGEAR. While others may send their product out to third parties to apply sub-standard paint jobs, at MAINGEAR we take paint so seriously we built our own in-house team utilizing the only finest in automotive paints and premium hardware. To top it off, our staff has over 30 years individual experience in painting the world’s super cars and hot rods – meaning your system shares a thing or two with the finest automobiles in the world aside from just raw horsepower.

What do the latest custom built laptops offer?

Our custom built laptops offer great performance and portability. Run most any application wherever you take your laptop. Many of our customers use our custom built laptops as their high performance home PC also. We offer thin and light as well as full desktop replacement laptops.

Maingear Nomad 17 Gaming Laptop

Build your own computer online with MAINGEAR.

If you’re still not sure how to build a computer online, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We do not work on commission and more often than not we find ourselves helping people save money on their configurations by identifying their computing needs and recommending a custom built PC that will fit their budget. As custom PC builders, we can offer that type of knowledge and insight because no matter who you talk to at MAINGEAR, we’ve all built PCs, and we’re all computing enthusiasts. We use these systems every day, and we build each one like we would for our friends and family and even ourselves. We often refer to ourselves as a customer service company that just happens to build high performance custom PCs, and award-winning ones at that! Our custom computers win Editor’s Choice awards at astonishing rates and have the customer service record to prove it. In addition, MAINGEAR is an A+ Accredited Business, a strategic partner for major component companies, and our team is committed to bringing you the ultimate in custom computers.

Building your own high performance computer, office PC or media center PC online with MAINGEAR allows you to choose the components that work best for your needs, whether it’s video editing, running a database, checking emails or other functions essential to your home or office.