Is it really possible to build a gaming grade desktop rig for under $1000? I mean think about it; gaming computer sold these days are no less than $2000, so how could you possibly make a computer that could be as good as Alienware, but at the same time less than half as much?
I asked these questions when I was in the process of buying a gaming computer for myself this year. I personally just love computer games. I am just fascinated by how far the gaming industry has come. It’s literally a miracle in its own right. What’s even more intriguing is the graphics engine these days. Seriously, sometimes it gets difficult for me to tell the difference between 3D graphic and the real world. I have never liked playing games on low or even medium graphics. I always want the games to be running on high graphics on my computer.
But what’s the problem? Well, it is quite simple. In order to support games for ultra high graphics and ultra smooth gameplay, you need to build a good gaming computer and for that you need to have some cash on you. How much exactly? Well it’s definitely not $3000, not even $2000. I found a way to build my gaming computer for less than $1000.
Well it required a bit of research, but I am more than happy with the end result. I am not a computer hardware engineer but I know how each computer component at least helps gaming. For example, I know that graphic card is the brain behind all of it and the processor speed determines how well it can communicate with the graphic card etc. I also know that processors need to be good enough to keep up with the power of the graphic cards and graphic cards in turn need to be good enough to keep up with the graphic engines on games. The key to creating my new gaming computer was “balance”. The components need to maintain a balance among each other. I mean if I was to buy a very powerful graphic card but I did not have a processor that could cope with all the information, then I just wasted my money.
Motherboards play a vital role in gaming computer, but in the end I feel it all depends upon the type of configuration you want such as dual video card support or multi-core processor support. I personally don’t like to spend as much on motherboards as on graphic cards or processor. I tend to spend most on graphic cards, then processor and then motherboard. Also, I have never underestimated the role of a good power supply. After all, my heavy duty gaming rig must be hungry for power.
In the end, I came up with the following configuration for my PC and I am proud to say that there hasn’t been a single game yet that my computer can’t support on ultra high graphics with ultra smooth gameplay:
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30 GHz Motherboard: Gigabyte P67A-UD3 Graphics: Galaxy NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 1GB RAM RAM: 2x2GB Kingston Hyper X DDR 3 Power Supply: Gigabyte Plus 500 Watts Case: Don’t waste your money on tower cases. Any well ventilated case would do.
I bought the components from many shops and assembled them in the end all by myself and guess what it cost me less than a $1000!
So you still think building a gaming grade computer for under $1000 is a joke? Think again my friend. With careful planning you could definitely build yourself a computer powerful enough to support all kinds of games.