The Best Custom PC Builders of 2018
Here at Custom PC Review, we love building our own custom PCs and as long as you’re up for it, we’d 100% recommend you do the same, but sometimes it’s just better to leave the PC building to the pros. Whether it’s because you lack the time or your friend who can’t even put together a desk from Ikea asks if it’s a good idea to build a custom water cooled gaming system, there’s plenty of reasons to go with a custom PC builder.
Today we’ll be sharing a few of what we think are the best custom PC builders on the market today.
AVADirect is an Ohio based custom PC builder founded back in 2000. True to being a custom PC builder, AVADirect is capable of producing any custom PC you want with options such as custom watercooling loops, premium cabling, out of the factory overclocking and even adding custom automotive paint jobs.
Selection-wise, AVADirect’s website has a very wide selection of components to choose from and prevents selection overload by showing only five of the most common component options and hiding the rest. This is important as some components such as memory has as many as 180 options to choose from.
In terms of pricing, AVADirect is actually one of the lowest priced of the bunch, but is slightly higher priced than CyberPowerPC for a comparable system. Of course, as you’d expect custom paint jobs are a “contact for quote” type of deal, so pricing will vary significantly based on the buyer’s requirements.
AVADirect warranties their systems between 1-3 years depending on the system purchased. For systems that feature only a 1-year warranty out of the box, a 3-year warranty option is available for a fee. All AVADirect systems also feature lifetime technical support and lifetime labor.
CyberPowerPC is a California based custom PC builder founded way back in 1998. CyberPowerPC is known for having one of the widest selections of components available with over hundreds of options to choose from. While this may create a bit of overload for those unfamiliar with PC components, those who’ve done the research and know exactly what they want will appreciate the ability to customize their system just the way they want.
Among the custom PC builders, CyberPowerPC is also the most competitive in terms of pricing with regular offerings of deals and bundles which make it seem like they’re running a sale almost every single day. In terms of special service offerings, CyberPowerPC offers some basic overclocking, cable management and water cooling options, but don’t expect an automotive grade paint job from these guys.
CyberPowerPC’s warranty covers desktop systems for 3-years labor, 1-year parts or for laptops 1-year labor, 1-year parts. All systems also feature lifetime technical support.
Falcon Northwest is an Oregon based custom PC builder founded back in 1992 making the company one of the oldest custom PC builders on the market. Falcon Northwest is known for their unique custom PC cases along with the beautiful custom paint jobs that can be ordered to go with them.
Unlike other custom PC builders, Falcon Northwest only offers a select few systems, each of which feature an exclusive case design from the company. Selection of components are relatively slim as well, but all components are all high quality, well reviewed and work well together.
In terms of pricing, Falcon Northwest systems without the custom paint jobs fall at the higher end of the price spectrum, but fall short of Maingear’s even more premium pricepoints. Those who want a custom paintjob will likely be shelling out somewhere close to $1000 for the privilege.
Falcon Northwest offers a 1-3 year warranty depending on the product purchased along with lifetime technical support.
Maingear is a New Jersey based custom PC builder founded back in 2002. Maingear is well known for their high performance custom PCs and their top notch customer service.
Like several of the other top custom PC builders, Maingear’s online system configurator is well designed to offer just a few systems with limited component offerings to ensure customers get a system with components that make sense and work well together. Many of Maingear’s systems also feature options for out of the box watercooling and other specialty custom work, but it does cost a pretty penny.
Speaking of cost, Maingear systems rank as the most expensive of the custom PC builders with a simple Rush Z270 Core i7-7700K paired with a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti costing over $2,000. For a well equipped version of the system with a Core i9 7900X, 64GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and Samsung 960 PRO 1TB, expect to pay over $5,000 and that’s without even adding watercooling or a custom paint job.
Maingear systems are warranted for 1-year out of the box with the option to extend to 3-years for a fee. All Maingear system also feature lifetime technical support and lifetime labor as well.
OriginPC is a Florida based custom PC builder founded back in 2009 by former employees of Alienware after it was acquired by Dell. OriginPC is known for their unique case designs, their top notch warranty and customer service.
While OriginPC doesn’t boast the insane selection like you’d find at CyberPowerPC or AVADirect, OriginPC does offer exclusive case designs like the Genesis or the Omni that you simply wouldn’t find anywhere else. Additionally while Origin PC doesn’t boast a super wide selection of components, each of the components offered are well suited for the build making it easy for both seasoned professionals and first time buyers to walk away with a properly equipped system.
Pricing on OriginPC systems is somewhere in the middle between the least and most expensive. While there are some custom PC builders that will build a comparable system for cheaper, none can build an identical system due to the unique products OriginPC offers.
OriginPC systems carry a 1-year warranty out of the box with an option to extend to 3-years for an additional fee. All OriginPC systems also get a lifetime of free technical support and free labor as well.
Who’s Your Favorite Custom PC Builder?
These are just some of the custom PC builders we’ve had great experiences with, but there are bound to be hundreds more we haven’t had a chance to work with. Do you know a custom PC builder that needs to be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!