NZXT wants to BLD a PC for you

The gerbils in TR's comments section always have the answer when it comes to the best selection of PC components, but not everyone wants to do a lot of digging around for information about graphics cards and CPUs when building a gaming system. NZXT's BLD program is intended to make it easier for newcomers to join in the PC gaming fun.

NZXT says it has put together a PC game performance database based on "over 10 million counted and analyzed gaming hours," perhaps recorded using user installations of its CAM PC monitoring utility. Prosepective buyers can enter the names of up to three games they intend to play from NZXT's list of 18 popular titles, along with a choice between $1500, $2000, and $2500 budgets, and the tool will provide benchmark data for a PC that can be built with the specified budget. The user can customize the system somewhat and click the buy button. NZXT says a system will be custom-built and shipped out within 48 hours.

A sample build at the $1500 price point includes an Intel i5-7500 CPU mounted to a Gigabyte B250 motherboard, an MSI GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of onboard memory, 8 GB of 2666 GT/s G.Skill Ripjaws memory, a 275 GB Crucial MX300 SSD, and a 1 TB WD hard drive. Stepping up all the way to the $2500 tier nets a build with an Intel Core i7-7700K CPU atop an Asus Maximus IX Hero motherboard, an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW ACX 3.0 graphics card, 32 GB of G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4 memory, and a 525 GB Crucial MX300 SSD. NZXT support staff indicates that all builds include a Cryorig H7 CPU cooler, and that NZXT-built options will be included in the future.

All of the available configurations at this point in the program use Intel CPus and Nvidia GeForces, though NZXT's support department did say AMD CPUs and graphics cards may be offered in the future. It should go without saying that all systems come in NZXT enclosures.

The listed prices include a $350 line item for labor and shipping costs. Windows 10 Home comes pre-installed, and there's an upgrade option available for Windows 10 Pro. A monitor and peripherals are not included. NZXT backs up the BLD PCs with a two-year warranty.

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    • southrncomfortjm
    • 2 years ago

    Great that there is a service. I would still recommend doing the research, or just post on a forum like TR’s requesting help, watch some tutorials on how to build a computer (be sure you pushed the ram down far enough…) and be happy you got way more system for $1500 than going through this service.

    • Fieryphoenix
    • 2 years ago

    I hope their other design decisions are better than the one to make your VR headset into a dust cup.

    • Star Brood
    • 2 years ago

    If someone is too dumb to select their components in a GAMING computer, they deserve to get ripped off.

    The dumb people should have their tech friends set them up or if they have no friends buy a console.

      • MrJP
      • 2 years ago

      That’s rather harsh. Everyone has to start somewhere.

      While these are expensive, at least they’re relatively well-balanced builds unlike a lot of pre-built desktops.

    • TwistedKestrel
    • 2 years ago

    NZXT becomes a system builder… ??????

    Didn’t we prove this isn’t profitable like a decade ago

    • ron_nelson
    • 2 years ago

    I’ve been kind of impressed with what Microcenter’s PowerSpec line of builds offers for the price…

    • slowriot
    • 2 years ago

    $1500 on that doesn’t add up. Ryzen 5, GTX1070, 16GB RAM, more storage, case, PSU etc. is all achievable in that price range with the cost of Windows 10 included for $1500. No reason a person should be settling for a i5 7500 or GTX1060 when spending that much money.

    EDIT: Playing around with it they do have some builds with a 1070 included but they’re still limited to 8GB, based around an i5 7500 which is just a dated choice post-Ryzen 5 IMO, etc. And the added cost for the build going in seems a bit higher than say CyberPowerPC.

    I’m not surprised NZXT is trying to go this route. See Corsair also entering the pre-built realm. PC gaming is rapidly growing, its got a lot of youth appeal these days so these companies are trying to cash in.

      • WayneManion
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, but it adds up to about $1100, which is the price after removing the $350 build fee and the cost of a Windows license.

        • Voldenuit
        • 2 years ago

        You can build a 6700 + 1070 system for $1100.

        • slowriot
        • 2 years ago

        Ok that makes more sense. $350 still seems high to me but I’m really just going on my general perception of what companies like CyberPowerPC charge who are also using entirely off the shelf components.

          • DancinJack
          • 2 years ago

          50-100 (at least) for shipping the whole thing, and the end result isn’t a TON, but it’s still not even close to something I’d recommend.

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