You Have The Best Gamer’s PC You Can Build On A Budget
Computers can be an expensive endeavor, costing an upwards of $1000 for a good, high-quality, general-use desktop machine. If you think that price tag is bad, a gaming PC
can at least cost double that bill. Most machines sold in big box retail stores simply don’t have the power to be used as gaming devices, and any machines that do are priced simply astronomically.
What if you don’t have that kind of money, but would still like to play higher-end PC games
, such as Titanfall, or Watch Dogs? Luckily, with a bit of ingenuity, you can put together a system that can play both of those games for under $700. It’s simply a fact that most machines sold in stores take their fair share in the form of pre-assembled convenience, and anyone with the willingness to strike out on their own with a screwdriver and some patience will reap big rewards in savings.
In this article, we will build a computer that has the capacity to play all kinds of high-end PC games, as well as have enough wiggle room to upgrade in the event that you’d like a bit more power down the road. A custom-built machine such as this has all sorts of opportunities for personalization to your every need, which is something that an off-the-shelf device just can’t boast.
The Foundation: The Case, the Motherboard, and the Processor
High Performance Is The Goal
For the case, you will want to use a mid-ATX case that has enough room inside of it to fit all of the components, and has enough space for reasonable cable management. Skimping on this piece will leave you paying for it down the line in the form of overheating, overcrowding, and generally being a tangled, unreasonable mess. Mid-ATX cases such as the Rosewill Challenger Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower case will be more than suitable for what you will be using it for, and the price tag of $49 is very reasonable indeed.
The motherboard that we will be using is the ASRock model found here (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157482). It’s a solid motherboard that will suit a gaming PC well, and at a cool $50, the price is very nice.
The video card is a piece of hardware that is probably the most important part to any gaming PC, as it handles all of the graphics. Video cards can range from low-end to mind-bogglingly high-end (some can reach the range of $1500 and up). However, for your part, it is recommended you use the MSi model found here (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127699) for $179 ($159 after the rebate). It may not be the best card that is out on the market today, but it will be able to handle any of the newer PC games out there with ease, and won’t send your budget plummeting into the red.
Because your machine isn’t power-hungry, you can hold back a little bit on the power supply. For the power supply, the Corsair CXM500W priced at $70 ($35 after rebate) is a solid choice. 500w will be able to power the machine, and have enough left over for the upgrades down the road.
Hard Drive, Optical Drive, and Operating System
Make Sure You Have The Best Components
The final leg of your build is here. The hard drive will be a Western Digital 500GB
for $50, and the optical drive (DVD Drive) will be $20. Any type of drive will serve its purpose, and there aren’t many differences between them. The operating system will be a Windows OS, preferably Windows 7. You can get an OS license for $100.
The Final Product
Enjoy The Game!
$658 is the final total for this build, and it will be able to handle any PC video game
that you try to throw at it with ease. All parts were purchased through newegg.com, and a computer of this caliber at retail could easily cost an upwards of $1200. However, because you bought the parts individually and built it yourself, you were able to save close to $500.