Why Spending A Little More, Gets You A Lot More
So, a cheap gaming PC should really only be thought of as a system for casual use or as a starting place for anyone new to the world of PC gaming to build upon. That being said, are you not better off saving a little more? After all, you’ve managed to save $500 so what is another $200? Well, most of us are impatient and want it now! The reality is, if you can save yourself an extra few hundred, you can enhance your gaming experience a phenomenal amount but then you start to wonder.. where it will end.
Why Bother Building A Cheap Gaming PC?
If we all had enough money to build a high-end gaming computer, then I’m fairly certain we would do exactly that! The reality is that PC gaming can be quite an expensive hobby and it makes a lot of sense to set yourself a budget.
With this in mind, the obvious savings you generate from building an affordable PC over buying a prebuilt alternative start to present themselves, giving you more money to spend on better components rather than the extra costs of labor that PC building companies factor into costs.
Aside from getting more performance out of your cash and learning a new skill, you can handpick every component, with total control over how your PC looks.
A big factor in whether you should your own gaming PC or not is your individual needs. If you are a casual gamer or love games that aren’t particularly taxing on the CPU/GPU, a cheap gaming PC may be all that you need. On the flip side, if you want to play AAA games in max settings at high resolutions, things may be a little tricky down in this price bracket.
What To Prioritize In A Cheap Gaming PC?
For anyone new to building a PC, cheap or otherwise, it can be a daunting task. When building the best budget PC, every penny counts and you ideally want to ensure you get the most bang for your buck when down in the lower end of the scale. Unlike high-end builds which give you the freedom to choose whatever components you want, a budget PC is much less forgiving. You must prioritize and sacrifice key hardware components to ensure you stay within your budgetary limits.
We advise you to select your graphics card first to meet your gaming needs then build up the rest as best you can while sticking to your budget.
Budget Gaming PC Build Vs Prebuilt
We always recommend that you build your own computer here at WePC and that is for one simple reason – value. It is no secret that you can squeeze in better hardware for your cash when building your own gaming rig, with the markup on prebuilt computers usually costing the same amount as an entire component ($100-$300).
While the performance of this PC is never in doubt, when building your own, you could in theory include a better CPU or GPU into your computer for less. This means you could get even better performance for your hard-earned cash, get better in-game results, and future-proof your investment for longer.
The main selling point behind prebuilt gaming PCs is that it saves you the hassle. We understand that not everyone knows how to build a computer and may not even have the time to learn this new skill, so the convenience of a prebuilt makes a lot of sense. Of course, there are many more benefits to buying a prebuilt PC from manufacturers, obviously, it takes the stresses away from finding all the compatible components, while also preventing damage to said components when the time comes to build it.
With a prebuilt PC, you are going to be able to send it back to the manufacturer if anything goes wrong. Furthermore, if you feel you need an upgrade, suppliers will often do this for you or at least insist you send it to them for an upgrade. Manufacturers will also dish out a warranty, usually covering parts and labor for around a year but some companies offer impressive warranties and you can always spend extra on insurance, giving you a lengthy/ lifetime warranty.