For many enthusiasts, part of the fun of building a PC lies in not spending a penny more than necessary. Whether you’re building a basic everyday computer (go.pcworld.com/diybudgetpc300) or trying to eke out a $500 gaming rig (go.pcworld.com/diygamingpc500), shopping smart lets you do more with your money or, well, just plain save some cash on a purchase that’s already pricey enough.

Good news: Costs savings abound, especially if you’re not in a rush. You just have to know where—and how—to look. These tips and tricks will help you save money on your next PC build.


Measure twice, cut once. That timeless advice applies to PC building too. Think through every aspect of your build before picking up even a single component to ensure that you’re not buying too much, or too little, power for your needs—and that everything you buy works together. Planning is the most important part of building a

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