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Building your own PC is a great way to make sure, piece by piece, you’re getting exactly the computer you want. From complete customization to ensuring the quality of all components, building a rig from scratch is a rewarding, in-depth experience.

You’ll want to make sure the heart and soul of your build, your CPU, is the best in the game. With the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 Extreme Edition processor you can be positive your build is starting off strong. But what comes next? What do you prioritize, and what’s most worth putting money and time into? Do you focus next on a cooling system? Power supply? Graphics cards? With all these choices to make it’s important to keep your priorities straight. So I want to know: What’s the one thing you shouldn’t skimp on when building your own rig? Let me know in the comments below.

Do you prioritize your CPU first? Do you have big thoughts on power supplies? Hot takes on cooling systems? Shout us out in the comments, and check out the video below to see how Xidax is putting together their dream rig with the Intel Extreme Rig Challenge, where Intel gave nine system builders one of their most extreme CPUs, one of the fastest drives on the market and an ASUS motherboard then set them to task building the coolest, best performing gaming PC they could imagine. Need more ideas on how to build your own rig? Check out the link, vote for your favorite, and win some great prizes.

Giaco Furino is a Senior Writer for Studio@Gizmodo.

This post is a sponsored collaboration between Intel and Studio@Gizmodo.