We already covered how to find an affordable gaming pc, this time we’re going to focus on how you make it even more affordable, building it yourself! Building a gaming PC is often a time consuming and can be slightly challenging in the beginning, but in the end, it’s both a fun and affordable way to get your next gaming rig.
Before we go through some tips about the components, let’s go through some general advice. First off, don’t be afraid to build with older parts. You don’t have to buy the latest hardware, often a bit older components will still be potent enough to run current games. If you already have some hardware, you can in some cases use it in your new computer and save some money on that component.
Graphics card: The graphics card is the most important component in a gaming PC. If there’s one thing to spend a bit more on it’s the graphics card. Consider what games you want o play and at what frame rates you think ålaying those games are acceptable. You should also consider if you want to update the graphics card at a later point. If you get a lower end graphics card now you can still play some games and upgrade later. Make sure, however, that the system can support the graphics card you’re thinking of upgrading to. Not all graphics card works with all computers.
Processor: The processor is the component that is most likely going to be the bottleneck if you are going to upgrade the graphics card. Aim to get a CPU that can run the games you want to play and supports the graphics card you aim to get.
RAM: A common mistake in buying RAM is getting either too little or too much. Sure, more ram is nice but there are often better things to spend money on in gaming PCs. Too little RAM will make the computer too slow and you’ll have trouble running some games. Aim for 8GB ram, more is often excessive and less is often too little.
Chassis: Don’t spend too much on the case. A chassis with enough space for your components and good airflow is all you need. Some chassis have inbuilt fans, so you don’t have to spend extra on additional fans and is often a good budget-savvy choice.
Power Supply: You often don’t need a massive 750+ watt power supply. In some systems, 300 watts is good enough. There are many good options when it comes to the best power supply for a budget gaming PC. You can often find affordable power supplies that are good enough for most games. But don’t get the cheapest one you can get; you need enough juice to run the whole system and the wrong power supply can in the worst case brick your entire system.
HDD and optical storage: If you are building an affordable gaming PC, it’s often on these components you can save the most. These days you can usually skip the optical drive. Almost all games are found online on services such as Steam or Gog. You also won’t need a massive hard drive. If you run out of storage, you can always easily buy more.
Motherboard: When getting a motherboard, make sure it fits your build. Every component won’t work with every motherboard! To save some money on the motherboard, you can skip out on features you will rarely use such as overclocking functionality.
Now that you have some ideas about what hardware to get, it’s time to start assembling the PC. Some companies will assemble a PC that uses the components you selected, but you can often save money by building it yourself. We won’t go into details on how to build it but there are many excellent tutorials on building a PC all over the web.