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Maingear custom built laptops & custom computers for the home
Build a desktop online to increase performance and experience higher speeds for your home or home office.
You don't have to be a gamer to enjoy the improvements in performance that a custom build computer can provide.
im 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 and social networks like Facebook. 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:

Thoughts on the CPU choice as you build a computer:

If you're not flat out looking for the fastest custom built PC, 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 from AMD or Intel.

intel core i3 & i5
Intel's Core i3 and i5 processors also bring tremendous performance for the dollar and are a good Intel alternative to these AMD processors for the price.
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!
Have a few more bucks to spend or need some extra horsepower for video editing or CPU-intensive tasks? Intel's Core i7 series processors are speedy and extremely popular in a MAINGEAR custom built computer.
Custom built computers allow you to choose the components that work best for your needs, whether it's video editing, running a database, or other functions essential to your home or office.
The "best of the best" experience can be found with our Super Stock configurations.
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 the ecosystem when you build your own computer. 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 Blu-ray playback to transcoding video for your mobile device, the GPU is quickly becoming as important when configuring a custom PC as any other choice.
memory for your custom pc

Memory is an important and often overlooked component in a custom build computer. In today's computing environment, a custom computer with less than 4GB is 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 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 a new type of hard drive technology is beginning to mature and reduce in price. Solid state hard drives have no moving hardware, are completely silent and run much cooler than mechanical hard drives with rotating platters. The only downside is they're more expensive. For the price of a high quality 128GB SSD, you could buy a premium 2TB hard drive. That's why our customers who build a computer online for the home are buying more and more SSD caching solid state drives to speed up a large, slower mechanical drive of one to two terabytes. SSD caching works by seamlessly storing copies of your most often used files on a speedy SSD hard drive that’s invisible to you and managed automatically. That way, when you boot up your computer and launch your favorite applications, it feels much faster than a stand-alone mechanical drive, and it doesn’t add that much to the price! It's a killer combination that puts a smile on peoples' faces when they try it out for the first time - it's really a shift in performance that must be experienced.
so good you’ll want to touch it

You know the feeling. That moment when your eyes gleam and widen. Your lips part just a bit. A paint finish that is so vivid, so accentuated, so perfect, that you want to drag your finger across it. That’s the paint quality that MAINGEAR achieves with its new finishing technique, the same technique that’s found on luxury automotives. It’s the kind of quality that you actively start conversations with. It is a work of art. MAINGEAR has the combination of talent, equipment, paint, and dedication to make its products beautiful.

Custom built laptops now offer great performance and can run most any application seamlessly. With advanced graphics, Blu-ray options and extended battery life, these laptops can keep you entertained for hours.

If you're still not sure how to build a computer online, don't hesitate to give us a call. None of us are 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, 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. We often refer to ourselves as a customer service company that just happens to build high performance custom PCs,and award-winning ones that! Our custom computers win Editor's Choice awards at an astonishing rate and have the customer service record to prove it. 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 computer online with Maingear allows you to choose the components that work best for your needs, whether it's video editing, running a database, or other functions essential to your home or office.