PC gaming accounts for 25% of the forecasted $106 Billion gaming industry as of 2017 and is said to reach a staggering $30 billion in 2018.
It will grow more in the future thanks to new and exciting developments such as Cloud Gaming Technology such as PlayStation Now and Nvidia GeForce Now.
Normal PC sales are falling over the past years; this has made the PC Hardware manufacturers streamline their effort towards PC Gaming industry.
According to Steam Hardware and Software Survey 20 % of its users do not have separate graphic cards for their PCs.
This statistic is shocking! For it makes one question why are these users on Stream when they do not have a discrete graphic card on their machines.
The only reason for that is the high price that accompanies Custom Gaming PCs and its components.
Most people cannot afford a top of the line gaming PC .e.g. the starter card in the latest generation of GPUs from Nvidia costs around $250 and some of the users just cannot afford to invest so much money into their systems.
Instead then opt for cloud gaming or play heavy games on low graphics and less speed.
I am going to tell you how one assemble a Cheap Gaming Pc for under $500!
Custom gaming PCs vary with the components that the machine has.
Their prices go high as the user installs new components and upgrades the already present.
There are also many companies to choose from for each of these individual components give each Customized gaming PC a unique character.
There are many services out there such as Pugetsystems which lets one assemble his/her own pc from a variety of options for each of the machine’s component.
The components include:
Video Card(Graphics Processing Unit)
Keyboard and Mouse
For a cheap gaming PC one should not have the expectations of breaking performance records, or run at a much higher FPS.
Basically, one compromises on many other things and spends the huge chunk on the GPU and SSD category.
I will mention the components that would require majority of the budget the rest of the components one can choose from the remainder of the budget.
GPU: AMD Radeon RX 470
Starter GPU for companies such as Nvidia would have to be overlooked due to their higher price.
The best option is to opt for AMD’s Radeon RX 470 or RX 480 given its high performance per dollar at a mid-tier price point (price range from $150- $200), also because of the capability to go beyond 60fps at 1080p.
It sure is the best buy for our cheap gamer rig.
Motherboard: Asus H110M-A/M.2
I will be straight with you on this one, the Motherboard Asus H110M-A/M.2 does come with a lot of back draws: it has only one fan port; it does not support overclocking and the slots are enough only to accommodate the GPU nothing else.
Despite its back draws it still is one of Intel’s reliable lines of motherboards and it fits well with our low cost gaming PC.
Crucial’s MX300 SSD
SSD is crucial if you want to boost up your booting speed compared to HDD with a price range of $70- $80.
One can go for the 525GB and increase the number of stored games, but on our budget 275 GB is enough.
It sure is not the fastest but it is still one of the best-budget SSD.
CPU: Intel Pentium G4560
Why not an i3 you ask? Our requirement for a very cheap gaming PC does not let us afford a processor around the price range of $120-$140. Compare to that, the Intel Pentium G4560 costs around $65-$70!
This processor does bottleneck higher GPUs but since we are using the RX 470 with which it is very compatible, so that won’t be a problem.
Power supply: PSU: EVGA 450W 80+ Bronze PSU
With the following system built and our budget restrictions one can provide all the components enough supply with its power.
Of course one can always upgrade to better ones like SeaSonic G Series 550W 80 Plus Gold but that will cost you extra bucks.
All the important components are covered that would cost you a huge chunk of cheap gamer PC’s budget.
An 8 GB RAM within the range of $40 – $ 50 will do just fine for you and a standard case to build the components in which should come at below $30.
Other than that there is the question of installing the components and loading them.
This can be done manually through various self-help books, or one can easily get access to various tutorials online.
My advice to you is that you should build as much of the custom gaming pc as you can and upgrade as you go forward.