Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by caperatlarge, Aug 14, 2015.
wheres the best place to get a great price on a great Gaming PC ...
building it yourself is the only way to get one for a good price
not techie enough to do
Buying a pre-built system is a surefire way to pay more than you have to
What's your budget?
500 to 750
Do you have a console ? PS4 or Xbone ?
pc is better
Its easier than you may realize.
http://www.ncix.com/ Like ouird said it is much easier than you think. Some of us have been building our gaming rigs since the late 80's. With your price tag you might wish to consider putting an AMD system together.
Hard part for any budget gaming PC is the video card. $750 would build a decent gaming rig though.
I'm not a PC gamer but out of curiosity what would the lifespan be on a $750 dollar gaming PC? Would you not be able to play games 2 years down the road?
You'd get away with 2 years, and maybe a video card/ram/ssd upgrade down the road. Game developers don't seem to be pushing the current generation of hardware as much now a days. That combined with smaller indie devs pumping out smaller games, and from my opinion better/more enjoyable games than the big name AAA companies, there isn't a need to upgrade to the newest cpu/gpu every(other) year.
Tom's Hardware is a good place to do a bit of reading and find reviews and benchmarking on low/mid/high range hardware, and they usually give a recomendation for the best bang for your buck.
I'm on year three of my current PC build, only thing I plan to upgrade is my GTX 760 to a GTX 960 sometime in the near future. CPU's haven't really seen that much growth other than multicore and other little features, clock speeds seem to be stalling around 3.5 to 4ghz. Or get an unlocked CPU and overclock it to get a few more years out of it. I'm running an i7-4770 and it's still plenty fast for my gaming needs.
Never really thought the CPU/cores was all that important, seemed RAM and video card was the two key pieces. Likely SSD drive helps too if there is much IO.
Choosing a mid ranged unlocked CPU can help you future proof, and you'll save a $100-200 by not ballin out and getting that i7. Use that money to for more storage/ssd or sink into a GPU
I picked up a i5-4670k last year and overlocked from 3.40 stock to 4.40GHz w/ air cooling. Should last me for a bit.
I have a GTX760. From what i read breifly (maybe I'm wrong), I thought I'd have to jump to a 970 to see any major gains. Can't justify spending that coin for a couple extra FPS when the 760 handles anything I throw at it
Wayne - I don't think there are many games out right now that will take any major advantage of anything over 8GBs of RAM, and even less taking advatage of an i7's hyperthreading. Even AMD's 8 core CPU is kind of overkill at the moment.