Welcome, NAGlings, to the bi-monthly System Builder’s Guide. Today’s edition concentrates on mainstream parts, the budget builds that most of us can afford. AMD controls most of the mind share for the budget market these days, but Intel’s Coffee Lake family still offers good value for money for mainstream users. While the crypto market is waning, most distributors and retailers are still wary of the popularity of mining going up again – even at $6,200, it’s still profitable if you’re mining in exchange for Bitcoin. We also have this whole trade war thing to worry about, as other countries start increasing import tariffs on the United States in retaliation to President Trump’s tariff increases. As part of the EMEA, South Africa may be affected by higher prices of imports of American goods, including processors. We’ll see how that plays out in the long run, but for now, it’s a good time to build a PC.