The Ultimate Guide To Buying A Gaming PC on a Budget

Thinking about spending some hard earned cash on a new system? In this post I'll show you what to look for, what to avoid and how to make sure you get the most "bang for your buck"

Specifications:

When it comes to buying a new gaming rig specification is everything, when looking at specification try to bear in mind the types of game you want to be playing and your budget.

Graphics:

A good graphics card is a necessity for most games, try to avoid anything with "integrated" or "onboard" graphics as these are usually not very powerful instead try to aim for machines with a dedicated graphics card (separate to the processor). Bear in mind that this will increase the cost of your machine significantly so expect to take a hit on your budget.

Ram:

Ram is in simple terms the computer equivalent of a turbocharger and the more you have the faster your computer will run. Try to look for "ddr4" ram and if you are intending to do any serious gaming at least 8gb (gigabytes) is advisable.

Processor:

When shopping around for a budget gaming pc you should aim for a mid range processor, try to look for an A6 or A8 if the processor is made by AMD or an i5 if the system uses an intel processor. Using a mid range processor will ensure you have the power to run the games you want without being as prohibitively expensive as a top of the range processor like the i7.

What to avoid:

Mislabelling:

Always be thorough when considering a system, many cheaper "gaming" pcs available on ebay etc will often not be up to gaming specification either missing a dedicated graphics card or with too little ram, you can use the specification guide above to help you.

Going overboard:

Before starting to look for a new system look at what you want to use it for. Do you really need a £2000 top of the range ultimate gaming machine if you're only planning on using it to do coursework and play candy crush?

By working out what you will be wanting to use it for and matching the specification of the computer to it you will be able to bring the overall cost down and better stick to your budget.

Upgrades, Upgrades, Upgrades:

Most importantly before buying a new machine look at your current one and decide if you really need a new one. We live in a world of constant upgrades but sometimes just taking a moment to pause and realize you might not need that new machine after all can save a lot of money.

Make a budget:

Last but not least and probably obvious but always set out a clear and realistic budget before starting to look at new systems. This will help you avoid the temptation to spend more than you can afford. I

t's easy enough to get that more expensive system because its "only" £50 more but a preplanned budget will help you stay within your means and help avoid that awkward conversation with your parents about why you need to borrow money because you just spent your months food budget on your pc.

Summary:

Hopefully this has given you a little more knowledge to help you make an informed decision when buying your shiny new gaming pc.

Follow this guide, always stick to your budget and you may well find that you end up getting that pc you wanted for a little less than you thought.