Gaming Pcs Are Cheaper To Build
All hardcore gamers want a high end gaming pc, but anyone that has looked into purchasing one knows they arent cheap. Most prebuilt models you’ll view online are way overpriced, and look like they were built to be aerodynamic(for some reason). But upon checking the specs for these models, you’ll notice that they far exceed the requirements to run even the most modern games on their highest video settings. Maybe it’s not always best to have the “top dog” gaming PC out there.
The key to having a gaming PC that will push modern 3D applications, and not empty your bank account, is to build one. You will find that even if you take a prebuilt model, and buy the same components part by part, in most cases is cheaper. But the truth is, if you just want to be able to play today’s games on their highest settings, even with high frame rates, you don’t need all of your hardware to be “top of the line”.
But computer hardware is like fruit, it expires rather quickly. New hardware hits the market and in just a matter of months its old news. The people who bought the top of the line gaming computers will find that the price has dropped drastically on all their computer components that you can now purchase for hundreds cheaper than they did. And it will still push anything out there on highest settings for long time.
A good rule of thumb is to buy your hardware a few notches under the best out there at that time. Power supplies can be found for really cheap, and the biggest PS you will need would be a 500-550 watt. Motherboards are also fairly cheap, they can just sometimes be complicated when your trying to match all your sockets for your processor, RAM, and video card. Which most all video cards these days are PCIe, so most motherboards will match up there. Your CPU of course could be a Quad-core, and even some dual cores can be OC’d to match or exceed some of the Quad-core processors.
But for most, the CPU and video card will make up 50% or more of your total cost. It just takes a little research to get it right. Just always make sure to leave room in your PC for expansion. For example: find a cheap motherboard that has four or more RAM slots and supports 8 or 16GB of RAM and only purchase 4GB in one 4GB stick or two 2GB sticks. And keep an eye on whats going on in the computer industry. Sometimes when researching all the new technology, you can almost predict whats going to happen in the oncoming year or so.
When shopping for everything that will soon make up your new past-time, keep in mind that it doesnt have to be aerodynamic or dim the lights in your home everytime you power it up. Of course we want our gaming PC to look good, but the general shape of your case will not help your computer’s performance, other than a few rare cases in cooling purposes. So it’s what is inside that matters. And the cheaper you can get what matters, the better.