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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add another 400-500 on to that
no monitor 100-150 at least
no keyboard mouse $50
no speakers or head phones $50
im tired of these posts 400 pc to beat ps4 when thy lie and dont include the rest of the stuff its more like 800-900 all toghter.. tired of the pc gamer lies
I've been searching around for some time now and come to the realisation that the PC promise of gaming utopia (higher performance at cheaper price) is not true. These videos always pull a fast one, scaling back the resolution or framerate of games to try and create pricing parity... which defeats the point and proves what I've always known: that the benefits of PC gaming are sometimes mutually exclusive. You can't have everything the PC utopia promises without sacrificing price. It's bullshit. And I don't say that as a fanboy. I say it as a platform agnostic who feels like he's been lied to.
If you are going to build a gaming PC you might as well raise your budget a bit and do a proper job of it.
There hardly seems a point to me unless I can get better performance across the the entire generation, price point and sound profile at the same or lower price than the console. And despite what people claim... that's simply not possible. There's always a give. The idea you can get the entire console experience on PC, but for less across an entire generation and taking into account sound profile (something every single pc builder out there seems to ignore) simply isn't true.
A more useful video would be a way to cheaply get a PC that has a small sound profile and price, but is primed for updating. That way the buy in price is small and the the long-term utility high. So a video that focuses on the big essentials (PSU/Motherboard/Case/Cooling) for maximum long-term return. Graphics cards and memory can be improved upon later on.
Gamespot, can you please use the footage of building the gaming PC to show us how to build the gaming rig
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)
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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
@holtrocks Yeah i picked up watch dogs for $27,a total bargin.
@Infinity_Gauntl How? Nearly all software comes from PC's and hardware is designed on a PC everything requires a PC now days.
@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.
@Mercaptan Xeon is the way, dude... ;)
@ArchoNils2 In the video he said they didn't do that, because of all the games that still require Windows.
Very good to know!
@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
@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.
@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.
@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
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.
@brande77 You can get a "non-gaming" PC for under 500 easy..... Hell Chromebooks are only 200 bucks.
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.