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Best PC Hardware Brands That You Need to Know

When you are new to the PC building scene it can be a little intimidating when you see how many manufacturers compete for your money in today’s market and getting good and reliable components for your PC is crucial because it is very frustrating to spend a fortune on a PC and not getting a reliable machine.

But don’t worry in this article I will tell you which are the most reliable manufacturers of PC parts on the market that I worked with in my 20+ years of PC building/repairing experience.

Our recommended brands for each PC component are:

Intel

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Recommended for:

CPU, SSD, and Network Card

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Mountain View, California/ Malaysia, China, Costa Rica, and Vietnam

Customer satisfaction/ support: Very good/ Good

Intel is the biggest processor manufacturer in the world, with a market share of about 75%. They are the market leader for years when it comes to gaming CPUs and is renowned for producing some of the best SSDs on the market, not only that they are reliable but they are lighting fast as well.

There are many Intel fanboys out there and for a good reason, Intel’s CPUs always delivered great performance and they are more than reliable, the only complaint was that in the past there wasn’t a great performance boost between CPU generations (around 10%) but this changed with the launch of Intel’s 12th generation CPUs.

Intel is for you if:

  • you want great CPU overclocking capabilities
  • you want the best CPU for gaming
  • you are comfortable paying extra for CPU overclocking capability
  • you desire lighting speed and increased reliability on an SSD
  • the longivity of your SSD is a must for you
  • you want a stable and high performing network card

AMD

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Recommended for:

CPU & GPU

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Sunnyvale, California/ Taiwan

Customer satisfaction/ support: Very good/ Decent

AMD is the only competitor for Intel in the CPU market, they are renewed for producing some of the best CPUs for multitasking that can handle great workloads at once, so they are preferred for work PCs.

In the past, they couldn’t compete with Intel in the gaming department because they had far weaker single-core performance, this isn’t the case anymore. Some of the newer AMD CPUs can compete head to head with their Intel counterpart and in some cases even offer better performance.

AMD CPUs are renowned for offering a great price to performance ratio, so they are very often used on budget PCs.

Let us not forget that they produce very good GPUs but they aren’t sold separated, they are part of graphics cards so we will not speak about them in this article.

AMD is for you if:

  • you are on a budget
  • you want a CPU than can be overclocked in the future without paying extra (like on Intel’s K CPUs)
  • you need a CPU that excel at multitasking and is perfect for a workstation

ASUS

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Recommended for:

Graphics card & Motherboard

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Taiwan/ Taiwan, China, Mexico, Czech Republic

Customer satisfaction/ support: Very good/ Decent

Asus is one of the biggest and one of the more renowned PC hardware manufacturers in the world, their products are packed with features and offer top-of-the-line performance. They are present in the premium components market and they also have solutions for budget PCs.

They are renowned for offering top-of-the-line graphics cards and motherboards that are designed for overclocking.

Asus is for you if:

  • you have a larger budget
  • you like overclocking your GPU and CPU
  • you like products that are features rich
  • you like flashy designs (you want to brag with your beast of a PC)

EVGA

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Recommended for:

Graphics card & Motherboard

Important to know


Origin/ Production: United States/ assembled in USA

Customer satisfaction/ support: Very good/ Good

EVGA is present in the PC scene since 1999 but they start producing graphics cards and motherboards in 2010, over the years they established a good reputation due to the high durability and quality of their products.

The main advantage of EVGA over its competitors is the customer service, the support reps are patient, polite, and charming.

They are considered a premium brand when it comes to graphics cards but they only offer products based on the NVIDIA GPU. Due to their great product quality and customer service, you will find many EVGA fanboys out there.

EVGA is for you if:

  • you aren’t on a tight budget
  • you value customer service
  • you what very reliable products
  • you aren’t focused on flashy designs because they offer a more minimalist design when it comes to graphics cards

MSI

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Recommended for:

Graphics card & Motherboard

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Taiwan/ China

Customer satisfaction/ support: Very good/ Less than decent

MSI is a well-recognized brand in the gaming world, their customer-focused development strategy put them in the high recommendation category when it comes to graphics cards and motherboards designed for gaming.

Their constant desire for innovation and their 100% focused attention to the gaming scene made them one of the biggest and most renowned hardware manufacturers for gaming PCs.

If you want to read an in-depth comparison between MSI and EVGA, you can read this article!

MSI is for you if:

  • your main goal is gaming
  • you like flashy designs
  • you are into overclocking

Gigabyte

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Recommended for:

Graphics card, Motherboard, Network card

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Taiwan/ Taiwan

Customer satisfaction/ support: Good/ Less than decent

Gigabyte is a well-known brand in the PC world for its feature-rich, reliable, and affordable motherboards. Many PC gamers on a tighter budget opt for their graphics cards because they are more affordable and comparable in features with the premium brands.

Practically they are renowned for the good price to performance ratio of their products, keep in mind their network cards are considered top quality.

If you want to read an in-depth comparison between MSI and Gigabyte, you can read this article!

Gigabyte is for you if:

  • you want good quality products at affordable prices
  • you what feature-rich graphics cards and motherboards but you are on a tighter budget

Zotac

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Recommended for:

Graphics card

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Hong Kong, China/ China

Customer satisfaction/ support: Very good/ Decent

ZOTAC is a trusted company in the PC gaming world because they produce very good quality graphics cards at affordable prices and there are many people that had a very good customer service experience with them.

SO if you are on a budget but still need a good graphics card don’t discard them!

ZOTAC is for you if:

  • you need a good, reliable, and affordable graphics card
  • you don’t need all the extra features of the more expensive graphics cards

ASRock

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Recommended for:

Motherboard

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Taiwan/ Taiwan

Customer satisfaction/ support: Good/ Decent

ASRock was previously owned by Asus, practically they were the budget-friendly Asus products. Now they are a separate company that produces good quality products ad very affordable prices.

Their main goal is to be able to compete with Asus but they don’t share the same popularity, but still, they have a good reputation when it comes to motherboards.

ASRock is for you if:

  • you are on a tight budget
  • you don’t want to pay for the brand

Corsair

Corsair logo

Recommended for:

CPU Coolers, RAM memory, Power supply

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Fremont, California, U.S./ Taiwan

Customer satisfaction/ support: Very good/ Decent

Corsair is a very well-known brand in the PC world, they make great quality CPU Coolers but their power supplies are really top-of-the-line, practically for years now, they held the top spots on the power supply charts and the Corsair AX1600i is the best PSU that money can buy today.

Corsair is for you if:

  • you want the best power supply
  • you want products packed with features
  • you want well tested and high performing CPU coolers

SAMSUNG

Recommended for:

SSD

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Daegu, South Korea/ South Korea

Customer satisfaction/ support: Very good/ Less than decent

SAMSUNG is well known in the world of electronics but not so present in the PC hardware world but still, they make some of the best SSD drives on the market. The EVO series is the more budget-orientated SSD and the PRO series is designed with maximum reliability in mind.

As we all know SSD have a limited life and they are known to break and make you lose all the information stored on them, SAMSUNG SSDs are known to have the longest lifespan and are one of the most reliable SSDs on the market.

SAMSUNG is for you if:

  • you need a very reliable SSD
  • you want an SSD with a very long life span
  • you need a reliable SSD

Western Digital

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Recommended for:

HDD

Important to know


Origin/ Production: USA/ Thailand, Malaysia

Customer satisfaction/ support: Very good/ Less than decent

Western Digital is one of the oldest players on the hard disk drives market and now they are renowned for offering a large range of HHDs that are designed to be used in different types of environments from servers to personal computers.

Unfortunately, their customer service is less than decent but on the plus side, there aren’t many situations in which you will need it because their HDDs are really good.

Western Digital is for you if you want good and reliable HDDs.

Seagate

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Recommended for:

HDD

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Fremont, California, United States/ China

Customer satisfaction/ support: Decent/ Decent

Seagate is well known for making decent HDDs at very affordable prices, so if you want to spare some bucks then this is a great alternative.

Seasonic

Seasonic Logo

Recommended for:

Power supply

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Taiwan/ Taiwan

Customer satisfaction/ support: Very good/ Good

Seasonic is one of the biggest manufacturers of PSUs on the market and is well known for reliability and quality. It can be a great option if the top PSUs from Corsair are too expensive for you. Realy you can’t go wrong if you go with them or Corsair.

beQuiet!

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Recommended for:

CPU Coolers, Power supply, PC Cases

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Germany/ Germany

Customer satisfaction/ support: Very good/ Good

beQuiet! is a great western world solution for coolers, power supplies, and PC cases. Their main focus is to produce the quietest coolers and fans for cases.

They have one of the quietest PSUs on the market and are on every top 10 when it comes to CPU coolers. Let us not forget that they offer great customer service which is a big plus.

beQuiet! is for you if:

  • you want to build a silent PC
  • you are tired of Chinese products

Noctua

Noctua logo

Recommended for:

CPU Coolers, Fans

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Austria/ Taiwan and China

Customer satisfaction/ support: Very good/ Very good

If you want the absolute best coolers on the market that are dead silent then Noctua is the way to go. The only complaint can be that they are a bit expensive but well worth the money.

All the fans from my PC are from Nctua including the CPU cooler and I can tell you that even after 6 years of intensive use they work like new and are dead silent, I don’t even know that I have a PC in my room.

Noctua is for you if:

  • you want the quietest fans on the market
  • you want reliable fans and coolers with a long lifespan

Coolermaster

Coolermaster logo

Recommended for:

CPU Coolers

Important to know


Origin/ Production: Taiwan/ China

Customer satisfaction/ support: Very good/ Decent

It would not be fair if I wouldn’t mention Coolermaster as a great option for CPU coolers, they really are good coolers but I really wood prefer Noctua.

Final thoughts

Now you know which are the best PC components manufacturers and if you stick with the ones mentioned in this article you will end up with a stable, reliable PC that you can push to its limits.

You don’t always need to go with the most reputable brands but still in the PC world if you haven’t heard of the brand it is best to stay away because having a PC that will always break is very frustrating and time-consuming.

I started building and fixing PCs in high school. After a couple of years of offering consultancy to a PC repair shop, I became the goto guy for all my acquaintances for PC/Laptop related buying advice or troubleshooting.