So as I’m sure most of the listeners are aware I have built my own gaming PC, (well built is a bit of a stretch, as I had a lot of help from a good friend of mine to complete it) what surprised me the most was how uncomplicated it was, even for a novice like me who has never even thought of building a PC before.
First of all I need to thank Rafinch who gave me the prod I needed to finally take the plunge and build one, so to the first part of the question, how expensive is it?
Well here is the list of components and yes it is more expensive than a console, but it also serves as your household computer, so it is more than just for playing games on, in addition it is also worth shopping around, as prices seem to change on a weekly basis, so don’t just go for the first thing that you see.
Here we go:
Motherboard – Asus M5A78L-M/USB3
Processor – AMD Six Core FX 6100 3.3Ghz
Ram – PATRIOT 2 x 4Gb 1600Mhz DDR3 Memory
£166 for the bundle
Case and Power supply – MARS BLUE GAMING ATX CASE PC COMPUTER TOWER & LCD TEMP DISPLAY + 650W PSU
SSD Hard Drive – SanDisk 128GB SSD 2.5 SATA Hard Drive Solid State Drive 128 GB
HDD Hard Drive – 1 TB Samsung
Additional LED fan
GPU – EVGA Nvidia GTX 650Ti SuperSuperClocked
Win Ult 7 SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD (This OEM software is intended for system builders only) (Software)
So added up that comes to – £538.73, but if you already have an operating system and don’t bother with an SSD, it would have only cost £399.79, which is pretty good for a gaming PC and is not a lot of money, when you think how much more than gaming you are getting.
Other GPUs are available at slightly more expensive but have also got a little more power the AMD Radeon HD 7850/7870 or Nvidia 670Ti for example and if you want to pay a little less the AMD Radeon HD 7770 which are all reasonable cards, I guess it comes down to how much you want to spend and the power supply you have, for me, I was quite happy with middle to upper, which will run most games on high settings on my 32″ TV.
So that’s all the bits, what about building it then? Well the power supply has all of the leads that you need and to be honest, most of the plugs will only go into one socket, all the leads also came labeled, here is a good guide from YouTube Click For Link watch the videos carefully and away you go, it really isn’t that scary, the most complicated part was installing the operating system and ensuring that the slave drive was allocated correctly, as I don’t have an optical drive, so we had to plug in my friends in to install windows, but apart from that it was pretty straight forward, and as most people have an old PC you can re-use the optical drive from that.
Why bother you may ask, well there are plenty of cheap games to be had on the Internet many of them for free (legally of course), and who can resist when Steam has a sale, especially now that they have added Big Picture Mode!
Below is all of the stages in picture format: