The 10 Best Custom PC Builders of 2021

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.

Origin PC

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

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

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.

CyberPowerPC

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.

iBuyPower

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

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

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.)

BLD (by NZXT)

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

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.

Computer Upgrade King (CUK)

Computer Upgrade King is a newer custom PC company, but they have quickly made a name for themselves. You can find a lot of their system’s on Amazon, but they have even more offerings on their website.

They offer a variety of base model desktops and laptops and all of them can be customized to a certain degree. Their desktops start at $479 and their laptops start at start at $549, easily making them one of the more affordable options on this list.

And, like many of the other custom PC builders on this list, they offer financing through Affirm on all of their products to make easier to acquire a higher-end system.

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:

  1. Hi Brent. I am trying to get a custom PC using Xeon but not a game PC. Lo0oks like nobody on your list is giving a good price.
    wonder if building myself is a better option?
    Thanks

  2. Matty Kay from tik tok (yeah I know) actually recommended using Build Redux because of the $75 flat build fee. Everything else is no mark up.

  3. cyber power pc is the worst company ever…. you need correct this, no online support, no customer care, wont respond to messages, sending aftermarket parts and broken pc’s… they are the worst company ever

  4. Take cyberpower off this list. That company is truly, and I mean TRULY pathetic as far as ANY kind of business goes. They don’t maintain communication, they do not, I REPEAT DO NOT, work in a timely or even realistically excusable manner. Just had to cancel my order today: Ordered February 26, 4-6 week wait time, AND THEY STILL HAVEN’T EVEN STARTED on working on the thing. By the way, they claim to have the cpu and gpu, which are the 2 hardest pc parts to get a hold of right now, so there is NO EXCUSE.

  5. Is there a reason why Velocity Micro is not on this list? I’m about to build a laptop and was considering them.

  6. I am willing to build my own PC and I have finalized few things like which motherboard to go for and what processor to buy. But Apart from that I wonder what other peripherals I should buy that suits the motherboard-processor combination I am willing to buy. Sir, can you please guide me on this? Happy to ready such a detailed article from you. Thank you very much!

  7. I suggest looking at very different NZXT reviews. Reviews on the NZXT website are nearly all five stars. Perfect. The independent review site (can I say their name?) shows literally more 1 star reviews than 5 stars. Terrible. One guy on the independent review site said he wrote a negative review and NZXT didn’t post it. Sketchy. I got my $3,800 USD NZXT delivered today after a month wait. The mobo gets power but nothing else has power. It’s a paperweight, and customer service wasn’t available during NZXT’s posted hours. All I’m asking is to check reviews that are not posted on the NZXT website.

  8. Brent, great list! Falcon Northwest is my favorite, but I’m going to call and ask if they any Wi-Fi 6 chipsets in yet. I would also like an RTX video card as the advertise Thredripper CPU’s. Keep up the good research and drop the sub-par assemblers who push out 366-day machines 😉

  9. It would be helpful to have the locations of those that are listed. I have found that one has to pay a premium to have work done in certain regions and it would save me some time to not have to go through the list to find where they are headquartered.

    • I have never seen any difference in pricing because of your location. If you are within the states, there will not be a difference in pricing. Only in taxes, based on your state.

      If you’re outside of the U.S. that makes a lot more sense. But you can probably take the 3 minutes needed to find out yourself. =P

  10. I remember when Radio Shack used to sell electronic toy kits you could put together yourself, ham radio kits, and even transistor radio kits (yeah, I’m THAT old now).

    From my experience, most people who don’t go to school to learn how to build or repair computers, don’t know anything about them, other than how to turn them on and type something on the keyboard and hope the pc knows what it is they want.

    I’m not technically inclined, but it’s hard finding a home pc with the exact features you want.
    The main problem is, I don’t know what goes with what or what works with what. I might want THIS feature, but it doesn’t work with the other features on the pc, etc….

    It’s also difficult trying to find a custom home pc builder that has a site that non-techy people can understand, so it scares them away.

    I’d love to have my old HP Envy updated and added to, but it’s usually cheaper to just get a new pc……even if it doesn’t have all the features I want.

    Custom jobs are nice, but over priced….just like the assembly line factory made stuff for sale online.

    • A whole lot of assumption going on here.
      I work for an electronic retailer (a big one) and I sell computers, so I think I may be qualified to to speak on what “most people who don’t go to school for [computer repair or tech]”.

      You said “It’s difficult trying to find a custom home pc builder that has a site that non-techy people can understand, so it scares them away.”
      This is the point of this article. It also says under BLD (NZXT) that they have a questionnaire to help build it for you. I am sure most of these sites wouldn’t offer parts that don’t work together, and would require everything needed to complete the build.

      Last, for you, go to Best Buy. I am only saying this because you can talk to somebody there and they will ask what you’re going to use your computer for and then help you find the right one. You just need one that will do what YOU are going to use it for.

    • One, It’s too far away, and two, you have to deal with Decepticon incursions, so factory building times and therefore shipping is often delayed.

    • There shady AF, and I believe they also copied the website design of CLX gaming

  11. how do you even build your own computer? I can’t find any kits to.

    • 1. Figure out what you need.
      2. Buy The parts.
      3. Read the docs (very carefully).
      4. Put it together.
      Note: Today, it is almost plug-n-play. Understand what each part is for and do not force any part.
      techwizard

  12. I wish there were more builders for “creative professionals” who have no interest in gaming. For example for what I do I have zero interest in lights, glass sides, etc. But I do need two optical drives–most of these builders don’t even offer one.

    • Same with me. From what I’ve seen on the web pugetsystems.com seems like a good place to contact. DISCLOSURE: I’m not involved with pugetsystems.com in any way.

  13. very interesting. thanks much for the helpful info. someone had to look in lots of corners to round up all this stuff. I appreciate your time spent to put it together. w.b.

  14. For true custom gaming PC builds, check out these guys, https://mnpctech.com/mnpctech-case-mod-gallery.html
    They do custom gaming pc work for the PC hardware companies and game publishers.

  15. CyperpowerPC ripped me off hard, sent me a DOA system and refused to refund a single cent. Upon examination by a local IT guy it was discovered a mobo power cable had been installed incorrectly and apparently shorted the system, killing the board and processor. They also used substandard parts and straight up lied to me about the manuf. of the various parts. This article lost all cred to me when I saw them on that list. Next incarnation try looking through customer reviews and comments, not hard to find horror stories about them.

    • I totally agree with this. CyberPower is shady AF! Their sales agent banned me over the phone from being able to make purchases from their website because my credit card payment didn’t go through since the billing address is an APO (a military post office…I am in the Air Force). They refused to allow me to speak with a manager or provide me with any instructions on how to file a complaint. Then they told me that the only way they would lift the hold on my account would be if I made a direct payment to their account via wire transfer. I called my bank to ask them about this and my bank strongly discouraged me from doing so because it is very fishy for an internet company to be asking for wire payments and that there is a high chance for fraud. I would steer-clear of CyberPower!

    • I was looking at Cyberpower, but have read way too many posts on the Power supplies in their products causing major damage when they fail, sometimes a few days after the PC is received. This apparently has been an issue for years with that company.

  16. I see AVA Direct did not make your list – I have no personal interest in AVA but I’ve been using them for a long time now and found them to be very completive with probably an even wider range of component choices than the 7 builders featured in your article – They even have the manufactured and exact models listed so you research the component in detail before deciding.

    • 3 years later I have to agree. Ive never gone through a building site before, and AVA definitely has the widest range of parts ive seen. A lot of these sites offer like 4 options for each component, and while 2 or 3 of the different components i could live with, there is always one or two that just isn’t good enough.