Gaming PCs are arguably the most flexible way to play games because they offer endless customized ability and they allow you to play your way. But getting into it can be quite expensive so I wanted to put together a little guide to help you put together a more budget-friendly PC and to help you avoid some of the mistakes that might cost you a little bit in the long term. Building a budget PC can be quite an art it’s all about cutting the right corners shaving off unnecessary costs while keeping performance sky high, any aesthetic items should be the first to cut back and spending less on parts that don’t directly affect your frames per second is a surefire way to save yourself some cash.
GPU (Graphic Card)
The most expensive component you’ll be buying is the graphics card and this directly correlates to the performance and how the game feels. Once you actually get playing your favorite titles the exact card you go for will vary depending on price and availability though. The more expensive third-party cards that offer slightly higher clock speeds and better cooling will offer lower temperatures and slightly faster performance but they often represent poor value for money especially as these cards don’t actually need super high-end cooling solutions in the first place.
The processor is probably the next thing you’re going to want to look at and you’re going to want to get something that can keep up with your graphics card and keep your frames a second as high as possible. But if you spend too much you’ll be getting extra performance that your games won’t actually be able to take advantage of. On a budget PC I’d probably advise sticking with the stock cooler for now and then upgrading later.
The motherboard that you go for doesn’t really need to be anything fancy and at this sort of price point you really need to be looking at what is the best value. A ryzen chipset should be paired with a 350 motherboard for value overclocking. If you don’t want to overclock you can pick up a cheaper H or B series motherboard but if you do you’ll need to pick up a pricey Z series motherboard. It’s definitely worth researching the chipset before buying and both the AMD and interweb sites will have all the information you need so that you know exactly what it is you’re getting.
Storage is a little bit trickier because I think you’ll hear a lot of different things from different people but basically at this time you’ve got SSDs that are super super fast and they make such a big difference to your overall PC performance. They increase game load times but they won’t increase your frames per second my advice is if you’re just getting started pick up something like a 250 gigabyte SSD and then by the time you’ve actually owned enough games to fill it you’ve probably got the money to pick up a large capacity hard drive (HDD). If you’re migrating from a different system though again get that SSD and then just use the hard drive that you already have for your mass storage.
PSU (Power Supply Unit)
Power supply though these are days is easy enough to buy and at the budget end you really don’t need much in the way of wattage the main thing is to buy from a reputable brand as I’ve had cheaper ones just flat-out dying. Some power supplies can be quite loud and some are more energy efficient than others so you will need to do a little bit of research but not really too much.
RAM (Random Access Memory)
As of the RAM this is also quite unexcited and if you want the most powerful PC that you can get then you’re going to want to buy a really fast set of RAM however at the budget end it’s pretty much a case of just going on to part picker and finding something that has a fast speed at the lowest possible price. If you’re really struggling then I wouldn’t say it is that much of a detriment to your game performance if you get a slower speed of ram but it’s all about balance.
A Case won’t have any impact on how your PC performs but it shouldn’t mean that you need to get something that’s really unattractive, grab something that matches the size of your motherboard and try to make it something that’s got plenty of expandability options. If it does come with a fair few fans that’s great but if it doesn’t it’s not the end of the world and you can always add in some fancy ones later when you have picked your parts.
This is pretty much everything you need to know in order to build a Budget Gaming PC yourself, do note that actually assembling it can be quite difficult therefore if you have never done it make sure to take your PC Parts into a PC Shop and get it setup properly.