When it comes to PC gaming and console, each has their own advantages and disadvantages; one of the main disadvantages of PC gaming has always been the cost. Gaming PC’s are expensive to buy compared to consoles, generally speaking. However, you can save a lot of money if you simply build one yourself.
I know many of you are afraid of building your own PC for yourself, however, I do think a lot of people have false impressions that it’s too technical and therefore not worth the time. Well, believe me, it’s way cheaper, easier, and genuinely more fun to build one yourself. In this Gung-ho Gaming! guest post I am going to discuss why you should be building a gaming PC yourself.
Every single PC gamer out there wants a high-end gaming PC which can run games like Crysis 3 or Battlefield 4 in ultra-settings at rates above 60+ fps. But, unfortunately, there is once big stumbling block in the process, the steep price. A lot of people visit online gaming PC stores and get freaked out after checking the prices of some of the higher-end rigs available. Well, with this in mind, I have both good and bad news for you.
The bad news is that first PC gaming rigs are generally pricey compared to consoles – in most cases at least. The good news, however, is that it’s not as expensive as you’ve seen in stores.
Don’t Buy a Pre-Built Gaming PC from Retailers
The reason gaming rigs are cheaper than most people think is because prebuilt models everyone sees online are way, way overpriced. They are not balanced at all and often there’ll be bottlenecks in some components of the PC. Depending on what resolution you want to play in, it’ll be way cheaper building a gaming PC yourself.
You have 4 main resolution options; 720p, 1080p, 1440p, and 4k. If you have a 720p display then a well-balanced $500 PC is enough for you. If you have a 4k display, perhaps even a $1000 PC would not satisfy you. So, it’s all about getting the right gaming PC to suit your own personal needs. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all in the gaming PC industry.
Build a Gaming PC Yourself
Now, let’s say you want to game on your 1080p display. You just need to buy the components that will play the games at 60 fps at 1080p high definition – you do not need top-of-the-line hardware costing thousands of dollars. Set aside $250 on an Intel CPU, about $500 for a decent GPU, and about $800 for the rest and you’ll have a more than capable 1080p gaming PC. Now, if you buy a pre-built system that includes all of those components and parts, it’ll likely to cost you $300-$500 more than what you need to spend if you build it yourself.
Once you do a real comparison between the hardware and components in a retail sold gaming PC versus the average price of the hardware bought alone, you’ll quickly see the difference in price. Save yourself some cash and don’t give into buying pre-built systems that retailers advertise.
But What About Upgrading My PC?
Unfortunately, the #1 enemy of a PC gamer is that hardware gets outdated far too quickly. You spend hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars on a high-end machine and 2 years later it is performing on par with newer mid-range machines. It’s a sad reality you have to accept as a PC gamer.
Despite this disadvantage, you should not worry too much. Consoles will naturally put a road block in place with regards to hardware specifications in that video game developers will not create video games which stray too far away from the hardware used in the current generation of consoles. If they did, they simply would not be able to host their products on the Xbox or Playstation 4 platforms. So, think of it this way: as long as your PC is more powerful that the modern generation of consoles, you’ll be able to run the vast majority of releases.
Upgrading Your Gaming PC Every so Many Years
The beauty of PC gaming is you don’t have to buy a whole new PC to get to the top again; you can just upgrade parts that need to be updated. For example, if you buy a high-end CPU and motherboard now, it wouldn’t require any upgrade for at least another 3 or 4 years. If it does, you can always overclock your CPU and get another 6-12 months out of it.
GPUs, however, outdates a little faster than other components. 2-3 years go by and then you’ll need to buy a whole new GPU to run the very latest PC games at their pinnacle of performance. Plus, depending on the power requirement, a new PSU might be needed. But as GPU’s are getting more and more power-efficient, a new PSU may not be absolutely necessary.
If you build a gaming PC yourself, you won’t have any problem upgrading your hardware because you’ll already have the experience necessary. You learned to handle things from scratch when you first built your new gaming rig. But that just shows another major disadvantage of buying pre-built gaming PC, you won’t learn any of these useful skills.
There’s Always Someone Ready to Help You Build Your Gaming PC
The main take-away from all of this is that you should never buy a pre-built gaming PC if you do not want to overspend. Building a gaming PC is genuinely much easier than most people think.
If you need help buying the right CPU, GPU, or any other required piece of hardware, just check out forums such as r/pcmasterrace. You can even find some guides on what PC parts to buy to build a PC to suit your needs, as well as walkthroughs on how to build it step-by-step.
Building a gaming PC is something everyone interested in PC gaming should attempt; what do you really have to lose?
Why not check out our guide to the best budget PC gaming monitors 2017? It’s especially helpful if you’re looking to start building a gaming PC.
This article was a guest post from Chris Barkley. Chris is an avid PC enthusiast who is constantly on the lookout for bargains on cutting-edge PC gaming hardware. His favourite video games are the Civilisation series, Dark Souls II, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.