Over the past several years, PC gaming has become easier and cheaper to get. Sure you can thank Steam and the many online stores for that, but PC hardware has become more affordable as well. The cheapest way to get a gaming PC is simply building one rather than buying from a ripoff brand like Alienware for example.
But some gamers don’t wanna build a PC. They want something more straightforward. How can that happen when brand-made OEM gaming PCs are expensive as hell?
Well there is a way.
As you know, stores like Best Buy sell brand-made OEM desktop PCs, such as Dell, HP, eMachines, and ASUS. I personally think ASUS is one of the best brands out there, although I still prefer a completely custom-built PC.
So while I was browsing Best Buy, I came across this really good ASUS tower for $500.
It has an AMD A10-6700 3.7-4.3GHz processor/CPU, 8GB DDR3 RAM, a 1TB Hard Drive, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. The only thing that’s lacking is a dedicated graphics card for gaming, so that brings us to the next part.
Now you already spent $500 on a pretty good standard desktop. But with the kind of specs it has, simply installing a video card will instantly transform your basic PC into a gaming PC, and for the low, low price of $150. "But how can that be?"
Let me introduce you to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti.
This card can run a lot of the newest games in high settings. It can even run Battlefield 4 better than on the PS4 and Titanfall better than on the Xbox One. Here are some videos of what the 750 Ti can do.
As you can see, it runs games from 2014 VERY well! A constant 60fps is always a good thing! Much better than what the PS4 and Xbox One can do. Most games on the new 8th gen consoles barely run at 1080p and if they do, AT BEST they’ll do it at 1080p, 30fps. VERY RARELY do you see a 1080p, 60fps game on PS4 and even Xbox One.
And like I said before, you can get this card for just $150 on Newegg!
If you’ve never built a PC before, a video card is VERY easy to install. Just insert it into the PCI Express x16 slot, download the drivers online, and you’re good to go! Best of all, the GTX 750 Ti card doesn’t even need the 6-pin power connector from the power supply!
If you don’t wanna buy both the tower and the card right away, just buy the tower, play some less demanding games like indie games, fighting games, and maybe some older titles. Then save up some money and buy the 750 Ti later to play more demanding games.
With this + all the money you save in buying games on Steam, Humble Bundle, Amazon, G2A, GamersGate, Greenmangaming, and the various “CDKey” websites, you get a much more enjoyable experience than playing on PS4 or Xbox One for a very affordable price.
And if you’re not willing to jump ship because you’d rather sit on a couch and play on a controller while watching on a TV….you can do that on PC too.
Also, if you’re concerned about upgrading every year or two, if your PC can run demanding games like The Witcher III that’s coming out next year, it can run anything. You should be fine until sometime around the 9th generation of gaming. Matter of fact, I have a much older video card from 2011, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560. I can run Shadow of Mordor and Wolfenstein: The New Order, both of which came out this year.
Hope this blog posts helps you with your Holiday gaming purchases!
Be sure to check out Part 2 and Part 3.