The holidays are a special time for getting together for family and reflecting over all that you have experienced over the past year. Thankfully, for those who would rather not remember any of their past and whose family has rejected them a long time ago, there are still holiday shopping deals to take advantage of. That’s why we have assembled a guide to help you put together your next ideal PC no matter what kind of anime fan you may happen to be.
NZXT H510 ATX Mid-Tower Case ~$80
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU ~$195
MSI B450 Gaming Plus AM4 Motherboard ~$95
G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR4 3200 RAM ~$60
EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Super Video Card ~$240
Seasonic Focus 650 Watt 80+ Gold Power Supply ~$100
Crucial P1 500GB NVMe SSD ~$65
WD Blue 4TB HDD ~$90
BenQ ZOWIE 24 inch 1080p 75Hz 1ms Monitor ~$140
The casual user will likely want to aim for a solid mid-range system that will be capable of handling a range of tasks from gaming to media consumption. This sort of system prioritizes good value, aiming for solid performance while leaving room for later expansion down the road if need be.
At the time of writing, the CPU and video card are both great value for what you’re getting. For memory, 16GB is a good sweet spot with newer games starting to use more RAM and it provides an ample amount for performing other tasks as well. An SSD serves as the boot drive with a larger hard drive present for storing large game installations and media files. Specs can be modified depending on individual needs, but such a system as is will be more than good enough to play the majority of new game releases at 1080p with solid performance.
The Seasonal Binge Addict
Thermaltake A700 E-ATX Full Tower Case ~$350
Intel Core i9-9900K CPU ~$500
Corsair Hydro Series H150i Pro Liquid CPU Cooler ~$180
Asus ROG Maximus XI Extreme LGA 1151 Motherboard ~$650
Corsair Vengeance RGB 128GB DDR4 3600 RAM ~$720
2x EVGA GeForce RTX 2080Ti Video Cards ~$2600
Corsair HX1200i 1200 Watt 80+ Platinum Power Supply ~$300
Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB NVMe SSD ~$200
6x ASUS 27 inch 2K IPS Monitors ~$2100
The seasonal binge addict has far too much anime to watch but never enough time to actually do so. Speed and multitasking is the name of the game here – no rest, no compromise. High end specs should be the aim here with a top end CPU and motherboard. Likewise, it should be paired with 128GB of RAM as the binge addict loves to show off high numbers with little real substance, like the number of completed series on their MAL profile.
The real key feature are the six monitors which will allow the addict to simultaneously consume multiple shows at once. The binge addict has no time for playing games of course, the two graphics cards are simply here to power the massive array of screens. The monitors can be arranged in a more traditional 3 by 2 grid or, if the space is available, used to completely enclose the binge addict in a circle of monitors for the added bonus of not needing to interact with the outside world.
The seasonal binge addict’s fleeting memory leaves them with little need for much local storage as each season of anime begins to blur together with the next. A solid state drive is all that’s required to get them booted up quickly and into watching their streams, not that they ever turn their computer off anyway.
The Reddit Shitposter
Acer Aspire E 15 Laptop (i3, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD) ~$350
2-Liter Mountain Dew Code Red ~$2
Hentai Stickers from Etsy ~$20
The reddit shitposter is always up to date with the latest happenings in anime. That’s not to say that they actually watch any themselves, but they have seen the memes and enough animated gifs that it’s probably close enough, right?
A computer that is portable is essential for the shitposter so that they can continue their work when their roommate has had enough of their crap and tells them to get out of the living room. The budget available to work with likely isn’t that much, but as long as the computer can open reddit threads, the shitposter will be able to serve their purpose of endlessly reposting the same jokes and image macros. They won’t be able to play much in terms of games but will more importantly still be able to make posts decrying EA’s business practices.
Energy is important so be sure to have Mountain Dew on hand at all times for late night internet sessions. Adding some “cultured” anime stickers on the computer will complete the package, letting everyone know that this computer means business.
The Visual Novel Gamer
Dell Inspiron Desktop Refurbished (Pentium, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD) ~$100
4:3 LCD Monitor (from eBay or Goodwill) ~$40
Tenga Egg Easy Beat 6-Pack ~$29
Admittedly, visual novels don’t require much in terms of hardware specs. You’re essentially viewing an interactive Powerpoint with audio clips after all.
This build is geared to a more “retro” experience than other configurations. It might seem kind of lackluster, but by not being able to play much of anything else hopefully the user will finally be encouraged to finish that 75+ hour visual novel they have had on their backlog for years.
A 4:3 aspect ratio monitor is essential for this setup as everyone knows that the best visual novels where made in a time when people ran their desktops in 800 by 600 resolutions and had to tap into their phone lines to log into online bulletin boards. Depending on the number of routes in the visual novels being played, you may also want to spring for an extra Tenga pack.
The Anime Blogger
Old Cooler Master case reused from previous computer ~$0
Intel i3-9400F CPU ~$90
ASRock H310CM LGA 1151 Motherboard ~$65
8GB DDR4 2400 RAM ~$35
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750Ti Video Card (bought from some guy on Facebook) ~$50
Rosewill 450 Watt Power Supply ~$45
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB Hard Drive ~$50
Viewsonic 22 inch Monitor ~$100
Second monitor that doesn’t match (stolen from work) ~$0
USB Mouse with broken scroll wheel (also stolen from work) ~$0
Das Keyboard 5Q RGB Smart Mechanical Keyboard ~$250
Arizona Green Tea ~$1
The anime blogger’s setup will inevitably be a confusing mess of whatever they’ve been able to gather together at the time. As such, we recommend scrounging whatever you can for free and then working up from there. Purchase the pieces bit by bit as they are on sale until something is assembled that is uniquely yours, and it will remain yours as no one will want your Frankenstein of a setup once it’s actually done.
Be sure to include a second monitor, doesn’t matter what it is or where it’s from (I’m not asking questions here) just as long as there is one. A second screen is imperative for use as a dedicated Twitter display which will be anxiously stared for hours after posting a blog update and for angsty comments at all other times.
The only exception with the budget here is the mechanical keyboard which should make up at least a third of the overall budget. As an online writer, your priorities have likely been messed up for years anyway. RGB lighting is ideal to help distract from slowly eroding fact that it’s 2019 and no one actually reads blogs anymore.