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, office applications and social networking. 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 and are looking for the best home or office PC for you:
If you're not flat out looking for the fastest custom built computer, 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.
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!
Intel's Core™ i3 and i5 processors bring tremendous performance for the dollar and offer good performance for those seeking a computer used mainly for internet browsing, moderately-intensive applications and some gaming.
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 MAINGEAR’s custom built computers. The "best of the best" home computer or home office computer experience can be found with our Super Stock configurations.
Even if you’re not a gamer, you should look to your graphics card as an important part of your computer’s ecosystem. 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 streaming video playback to transcoding video, the GPU is quickly becoming as important when configuring a custom PC as any other hardware choice.
Memory is an important and often overlooked component in a custom built computer. In today's computing environment, a custom computer with less than 4GB is now 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 in memory frequency can only be felt in the wallet.
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 solid state hard drives the faster type of standard hard drive technology has seen reductions in prices. Solid state hard drives have no moving hardware, are completely silent, and run much cooler than mechanical hard drives which contain rotating platters. Also, we have seen the rise of hybrid drives that combine SSD and HDD technologies which offer larger capacities and substantial read and write speeds. Consider these options when configuring the best home PC for you.
MAINGEAR uses auto-quality finish paint, the same that goes onto the likes of Porsche and BMW.
All of our paint is applied in-house at MAINGEAR. While others may send their product out to third parties to apply sub-standard paint jobs, at MAINGEAR we take paint so seriously we built our own in-house team utilizing the only finest in automotive paints and premium hardware. To top it off, our staff has over 30 years individual experience in painting the world’s super cars and hot rods – meaning your system shares a thing or two with the finest automobiles in the world aside from just raw horsepower.
Our custom built laptops offer great performance and portability. Run most any application wherever you take your laptop. Many of our customers use our custom built laptops as their high performance home PC also. We offer thin and light as well as full desktop replacement laptops.Learn about our Gaming Notebooks
If you're still not sure how to build a computer online, don't hesitate to give us a call. We do not work 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, we 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 and even ourselves. We often refer to ourselves as a customer service company that just happens to build high performance custom PCs, and award-winning ones at that! Our custom computers win Editor's Choice awards at astonishing rates and have the customer service record to prove it. In addition, 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 high performance computer, office PC or media center PC online with MAINGEAR allows you to choose the components that work best for your needs, whether it's video editing, running a database, checking emails or other functions essential to your home or office.
Every MAINGEAR system comes with a standard 1 year warranty with the option of an upgrade to a 2 or 3 Year. MAINGEAR Service is a premium blend of common sense options to keep your system running smooth and to keep you a happy customer. This means on-line resources, virtual on-site remote desktop support, US-based telephone support, and even an on-site option (at our discretion on a case by case basis - United States and Canada ONLY!) We'll even cover shipping both ways for the first thirty days in North America. Just another way we differentiate ourselves from the competition.Learn about our Warranty and Return Policy
All MAINGEAR systems are hand built and supported in the US. As an Elite member of reseller rating with a score of 9.9 out of 10 and rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, MAINGEAR service and support continues to be recognized with excellence in customer satisfaction. Our expertise with our customer’s is demonstrated in helping them customize, setup, and support when needed.
MAINGEAR systems have ZERO Bloatware installed. We do not offer any 3rd party software that can make your system unstable or may conflict with software you wish to install unless selected. At MAINGEAR, we build PCs designed for the best performance, reliability and longevity that fit your needs.