My current specs:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $174.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H110M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $69.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $45.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $45.98 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $38.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB GAMING X Video Card $264.99 @ B&H
Case Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Tower Case $42.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $106.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor AOC G2260VWQ6 21.5" 75Hz Monitor $119.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1010.65
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-07 14:03 EST-0500

Description of what pc parts do:

The CPU:

The CPU, or the processor, is the brain of a computer. Have you ever heard or seen the terms i3/i5/i7? Those are processors made by a company called Intel, and AMD makes CPUs similar to those such as the Athlon and FX series. They have certain amounts of cores that work together to process tasks at differing speeds. If you look at the Intel i3 4170 for example, you will see it is part of the LGA 1150 group of CPUs. This means it is only compatible with LGA 1150 motherboards (I will explain what a motherboard is below). When choosing a CPU make note of this! Also note that most CPUs come with integrated graphics. The graphics is good for low end builds not for gaming, but you will want a mid-range graphics card if you are gaming.

The CPU Cooler:

When a processor is put through lots of tasks, it gets hot, and can overheat, causing damage to your PC. That is why every PC has a CPU cooler to keep the processor nice and cool. Intel and AMD include stock CPU coolers with their processors, but they do not perform too well, and are only meant for lower end builds that aren't meant for overclocking. That is why some people by aftermarket coolers. There are two kinds, fan and liquid. Fan coolers use standard fans mounted directly on top of the processor to blow away the hot air. Liquid coolers use liquid to cool CPUs much more efficiently, but note that liquid coolers are very expensive.

The Motherboard:

Motherboards act as highways to bring together different components. A motherboard connects your power supply, RAM, storage, CPU and in some cases, the GPU. Motherboards come in different sizes and shapes, so when choosing your system you need to make sure it is compatible with everything. Remember how I spoke about LGA 1150 before? When you choose a motherboard, you will see that the motherboard is a specific socket, for example, LGA 1150. This means all LGA 1150 processors will be compatible with that motherboard. Two other things to note is how many RAM slots you have (RAM will be explained later) and how many PCI - E slots you have (PCI slots are where your graphics cards go).


RAM, or Random Access Memory, stores data that is being used by the CPU. More RAM means more tasks that can be handled. Standards for today's average store bough PCs are 4GB, for gaming you will want 8GB, and for rendering/graphical production you will want 16GB. There are two main types of RAM that is used in today's age, DDR3 and DDR4. DDR4 RAM was introduced for the LGA 1151 line and DDR3 RAM is for pretty much everything else. DDR4 RAM is slightly faster, but is more expensive. RAM also has a CAS Latency and frequency, but it can get a little complex, so I'll leave it out for now.


This is the easiest part. There are two kinds of storage, hard drives and SSDs. Hard Drives are cheap, very large, and are used to store large amounts of files. SSDs on the other hand are expensive, small, but are blazing fast and are primarily used to store operating systems on them. For example, if you boot windows 10 from a hard drive, it will take ~30 seconds to boot to the sign in page. If you boot on an SSD, it will take 5 seconds. That is pretty much all you need to know for storage.


A GPU, or a graphics card, is the tank of the PC when it comes to gaming. Whilst specs such as VRAM and cpu cores are good to know, the main thing that you should be looking at are the actual in game benchmarks. If you see that your card performs as you want it to, and there is nothing better for cheaper, go for it. Remember, no matter what the specs are, benchmarks will show how good the GPU is and what it can do.


A PC case stores everything PC component inside of it. You can get really good looking cases with windows and LEDs, or you can get cheap normal cases that work fine. Cases are not something you should be spending a fortune on unless you want your PC to look good. Nothing much else to know about them unfortunately.


A PSU, or power supply, regulates power coming in from the wall into your PC. For example, if your PC requires 300W of power to operate, and 325W is coming from the wall, your PSU will regulate that and make sure the right amount of power is coming into your system. I'd recommend looking at JonnyGuru for PSU reviews, because he gives good and easy to understand information that will help you in your decision to choose a PSU. And always avoid cheap units such as Diablotek, Coolmax and Logisys. They are actually dangerous and will harm your system.

I hope you take all this information well, and I will say it again, welcome to the PCPP community. It’s great to have you :)

Shout out to rhali8 for letting me copy this :)