Chapter 14. Building a Budget PC


Frugality is the mother of virtue.

 --Justinian, Corpus Juris


If you built (or just read along with) the previous two projects, you saw that their price tags were a bit on the high side: $1,700 for the high-performance PC (Chapter 13) and $1,900 for the killer gaming PC (Chapter 14). Those aren’t cheap PCs, but in both cases I made significant compromises to keep the prices down! With top-shelf components throughout, these machines would have had our credit cards smoking thanks to price tags in the $4,000–$5,000 range.

One of the key things about a PC that many system builders forget ...

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