AMD: How To Build A Gaming PC on a Console Budget

Can an inexpensive gaming PC made from AMD parts compete with an Xbox One or PlayStation 4? Watch to find out!

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doubletapgaming
doubletapgaming

is there an updated version of the gpu bc the power color is no longer available

deadrabbit35
deadrabbit35

i currently have a radeon 7700 in my current pc (only has 3gb's of ram, desperately need to upgrade), and wanted to know if i absolutely need to upgrade my gpu (building as cheap as possible)

ogara0c9
ogara0c9

Would probably prefer dual channel memory in place of one stick.  The motherboard looked to have 4 slots, so plenty of room for upgrades. 
Good choice for the remaining components though.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Don't forget about the fact that games are much cheaper, for instance you can pre order watch dogs for less that 40 bucks on PC right now, it will be months before you can get that price on consoles. O and gaming on PC is just plain better :)

mars_marty
mars_marty

Don't know where they got these prices. In my country the cost of would be like 50% more. Also the machine won't run games this good for the whole cycle.

Mercaptan
Mercaptan

i5 is the way , amd kinda sucks at cpu but excels in gpus :)

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Replace the Win8 with SteamOS. Then you have the money for 8gb ram, mouse, kb and maybe a gamepad

abumosa
abumosa

If you're a student and your school is registered with Microsoft's DreamSpark program, you could get Windows for free and use that money to buy more RAM and KB/M.

shauneepeak
shauneepeak

Good build but it is going to be really hard to build this for this cheap unless you rely on Ebay luck and Mail in rebates. I got this build in cart for around $620 on Newegg with it being $580 with rebates. So if someone found a Windows license for $70 like you managed to this is doable, with rebates it would be slightly above $550 by only a few cents. This is all without tax however.

But if you managed to get that 7850 without rebates I sure would love to see where. XD

naz99
naz99

@holtrocks  Yeah i picked up watch dogs for $27,a total bargin.

holtrocks
holtrocks

@Infinity_Gauntl  How? Nearly all software comes from PC's and hardware is designed on a PC everything requires a PC now days.

Kinthalis
Kinthalis

@mars_marty  They will run them better than consoles will for the rest of the cycle.


Sure, if you want to be on the cutting edge for the next 8 years you're going to have to upgrade, but that's an OPTION. Not a necessity, and it's an option that only exists on PC. With consoles you're stuck with 2011 technology for the next better part of a decade.

brande77
brande77

@ArchoNils2 In the video he said they didn't do that, because of all the games that still require Windows.

Jkouw
Jkouw

@shauneepeak  if you're shopping for deals you can't just look in one place, as something that is full price on Newegg could be cheaper somewhere else

brande77
brande77

@shauneepeak There is no need to chase a $550 figure anyway. An Xbox 3 or PS4 + a non-gaming PC total will be around $1000. How many homes that have a current gen console, don't also have some kind of non-gaming PC in them. The gaming PC is still a PC and can fill both roles. You can replace both units with just this one.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@holtrocks @Infinity_Gauntl  Designed on a PC FOR consoles. I mean GTA V was designed on a PC wasn't it? Not even been released on the PC yet though.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

@brande77 @ArchoNils2  yeah and I think that is a stupid argument. If it is all about getting the most bang for your bucks compared to console games. Even with Steam OS you have a wider selection of games than the PS4, xBox One and WiiU combined. This video is all about how a PC can outperform a console, wasting so much on a OS is just weird.

Does not mean I wouldn't do that. I just think for what they want to achieve with this video it was the wrong decission

shauneepeak
shauneepeak

@Jkouw

Oh IK Newegg just tends to have the best price and I was simply trying to match the prices in the Video which I managed to. Only one I couldn't match was the 7850 which now that the full article is posted turns out was an open box special which is always a great deal if the site offers a money back guarantee and the Windows 7 which I knew I could probably match if I looked.

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

@brande77  You can get a "non-gaming" PC for under 500 easy..... Hell Chromebooks are only 200 bucks. 

Kinthalis
Kinthalis

@Dannystaples14 @Kinthalis @mars_marty  Yeah. Runs them like ass. Just like last gen. Jeebus, screen tearing, sub 720p., horrible textures, 15 to 30 FPS. What a mess.


In the meantime, a 2007 PC still runs games as good as a console, and you had the option of upgrading at some point and enjoy 1080p 60 FPs gaming, for YEARS, something that even these new consoles STILL struggle to do.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

@LordCrash88 @ArchoNils2 @brande77  Using ebay as reference isn't fair as those systems will be used cheaper as well (not sure if there aready are some). Also especially with Win8 you can't be sure it is a legit version

brande77
brande77

@sargentpsgamer @brande77My estimate of $450 (not $500) is to take in account ANY random desktop or notebook PC someone is likely to own, along with a console, not just a few particular models or types.