If you’re in the market for a new gaming computer and you’re not looking to build your own system, these seven custom PC builders will allow you to choose a custom PC that should meet your needs.
I‘ve been building my own computers for a while now. And, I’ve been trying to convince others to do the same for almost just as long. There are many reasons why you should build a PC. However, there are also many reasons why I should change the oil on my car myself.
But, I don’t. I don’t know how to change the oil on my car and regardless of how much money it would save to change the oil myself, I just don’t feel like learning how to do it. I’m completely content paying someone else to do it for me.
And, some people feel the same way about building a computer. They’d rather avoid the hassle of learning how to build a computer (although, it is a much easier process than you might imagine!) and they’re completely fine with paying extra to have someone build it for them. If you’re one of those people, you’ll be happy to find that there are many custom PC builders out there that will build you a computer that you can be happy with.
In this post, we’re going to go over the seven best custom PC builder websites currently out there and detail what makes them an option you’ll want to consider if you are looking to have a custom PC built for you.
A few years after Dell acquired popular custom PC builder Alienware, three former Alienware employees left to found their own custom PC company, Origin PC.
Origin PC offers custom-built computers and laptops for gaming and professional use and all of their models and classes of PCs and laptops are ‘configurable’ to match the specs you want. They offer custom PCs in small form-factor cases, mid-tower cases, full tower cases, and super tower cases. And, they have laptop options that come in a lightweight case, as well as laptops that come with single and even dual GPUs.
Origin PC doesn’t have lower-tier systems available, with their least expensive gaming computer starting at $1,343. They do have financing options, though, so if you don’t quite have the budget to drop over a thousand dollars on a system right now, you can opt for lower monthly payments instead. And, they do have a small selection of their systems available on Amazon if you are looking for quicker shipping options. They offer 1-year warranties on their systems (you have the option to extend that to 3-years) and free tech support on your system for life.
Xidax is not quite as well-known as companies like Origin PC, MainGear, CyberPowerPC, and iBuyPower, but they might actually be the best option among custom PC builders. For starters, their custom PCs start out at $565, which is the lowest pricing option on this list. They also offer higher-end desktop, workstation, and laptop options for gaming or professional use.
Through their customization options, and of Xidax desktops can be upgraded to have better core hardware, as well as customization options like RGB lighting, CPU & GPU overclocking, CPU delidding, engraving, faster shipping, etc. Xidax also offers financing through Affirm, so you can make monthly payments on their systems, too.
All of Xidax’s desktop computers come with an industry-leading lifetime limited warranty and their laptops come with a 2-year limited warranty.
MainGear has been building custom computers for over 15 years now. Founded back in 2002, MainGear has a decent selection of computers, laptops, and workstations that can be used for gaming or for professional use.
And, like the other options on this list, all of MainGear’s system’s are configurable, with the option to choose everything from the CPU and graphics card in their systems, to adding RGB lights, a custom paint job, multiple storage devices in RAID configuration, and upgraded warranties (among others). You can find MainGear systems on Amazon as well if you are looking for a Prime-eligible PC that can be shipped to you quickly.
MainGear does have systems that start at fairly decent prices (at least, for a custom pre-built PC website). Their base gaming computer model, The Vybe, starts at $825. All of MainGear’s custom PCs come with a 1-year warranty with the option to upgrade to a 3-year warranty through their configuration options.
Perhaps no custom PC builder website offers a wider range of base models and configuration options than CyberPowerPC does. CyberPowerPC was founded all the way back in 1998 and they sell both custom PCs and custom laptops.
They also have the lowest starting prices among the other options on this list, with gaming desktops starting at $769 and gaming laptops starting at $799. However, you can find even less expensive options from CyberPowerPC directly on Amazon, with options as low as $499. And, their $779 gaming computer listed on Amazon is such a good value that it even rivals the kind of performance you could get if you built your own system for ~$700-$800.
And, like MainGear and Origin PC, CyberPowerPC also offers financing options through Affirm, so there is the potential to make monthly payments on their systems.
All of CyberPowerPC’s systems come with a standard 1-year warranty with a 3-year service plan and lifetime tech support. They do have slower shipping times, with custom systems taking a couple of weeks to be sent out, but you can pay for rushed shipping in as little as 3-days. However, their options on Amazon are Prime-eligible, which means they can be shipped to you in as little as 2-days for free.
In terms of affordable custom PC options, iBuyPower is the main competitor to CyberPowerPC. They have gaming desktops that start as low as $899 and they offer financing options through Affirm as well, so monthly payments are an option.
iBuyPower was founded in 1999 and they currently offer a range of custom desktops and laptops that can be configured to meet your own specific needs. And, also like CyberPowerPC, iBuyPower sells pre-built systems on Amazon for as low as $549. So, if you don’t want to wait for iBuyPower to build you a custom system, you can always opt to get your computer delivered to your faster by purchasing through Amazon.
Customization options through iBuyPower’s configuration system range from custom RGB lights, to upgraded cases, CPUs, GPUs, CPU coolers, to advanced warranty protection. Their Easy Builder is perhaps one of the best custom configuration features as it simplifies the process down to finding a PC for you based on the types of games you play.
All iBuyPower custom systems come with a standard 3-year warranty and are ready to ship within 5-10 business days (but rush shipping/production is available).
Digital Storm has been around since 2002 and they offer a range of custom desktops, workstations, and laptops for gaming and/or professional use. While both CyberPowerPC and iBuyPower offer a wider range of base models to choose between and they have less expensive options available through Amazon, Digital Storm offers the cheapest base model system among all of the other options on this list. Their Vanquish base model starts at $699 and has plenty of options to be upgraded.
All of Digital Storm’s models come with 3-year limited warranties, with the option to upgrade to 4- or 5-year limited warranties as well. Their systems also come with financing options if you are looking to make monthly payments instead of paying the full price upfront.
Falcon Northwest has been around since 1992, making it the oldest custom PC builder on this list. If you’re primarily looking for a more budget-friendly custom PC, then Falcon Northwest won’t be an option for you. However, if you have a large budget and you need a high-performance desktop or laptop, then Falcon Northwest might be the custom PC builder you’ll want to consider.
Falcon Northwest has desktop options starting at $2,200 and laptop options starting at $2,500. All of their systems come with a standard 3-year warranty and offer customization options on the hardware and on the aesthetics (custom painted cases),
Unlike the other options on this list, though, Falcon Northwest does not offer financing on their systems and so there are no monthly payment options (unless, of course, you use a credit card.)
NZXT is a very popular name in PC hardware and peripherals and so they deserve recognition in their latest venture into custom-built PCs. Because they have had success and earned a solid reputation in the PC hardware industry, you should expect a quality experience in their custom PCs as well.
Unlike some of the other custom PC builders that offer different pre-configured builds (that can be reconfigured to your liking), BLD asks you to go through a step-by-step questionnaire to help you find the best system for your needs and budget. You choose the main game you want to play, how much you want to spend, and whether or not you want an Intel or AMD-based system.
From there, BLD gives you a recommended build and you can further configure that system to your needs. You can configure everything from the core hardware (CPU, GPU, amount of RAM and storage, PSU, etc.) to peripherals like the case (NZXT cases only), cooling, color schemes, and RGB lighting.
Their 2-year warranty isn’t the longest warranty of the custom computer companies on this list, but it also isn’t the shortest (at least, without paying extra). They also guarantee that their systems will ship within 48-hours and you have the option to pay ~$200 extra to get the system to shipped the same day (as long as you order by 11AM EST).
AVADirect might have the most robust catalog of among all of the options on this list. From high-end gaming desktops, to custom-built gaming laptops, to workstations, to mini-PC builds, to even extreme tablets, AVA Direct has a ton of different system options and configurations to choose between.
AVADirect also sellls individual components as well, with the option to buy everything from desktop hard drives to headsets, keyboards, and mice.
They have custom-built gaming desktops starting at $919 and custom built laptops starting at $1,099. And, they offer financing on all of their systems if you’re looking to split your investment into smaller amounts.
Don’t Want to Build Your Own PC? Try These Custom PC Builders Instead
While I will always recommend that gamers build their own computers (rather than purchase them pre-built), I realize that not everyone wants to take on the challenge of building a computer. And, of course, that’s completely fine. The seven custom PC builders listed above are good alternatives to building your own system.
If you do want to build your own computer you can check out our following build guides to help you find the right parts for your system: