A typical gaming PC will cost you between $700 and $1,000. However, if you want to run high-end games, with a 60+ frame rate on max settings, you may need to pay as much as $2,000. The final cost depends very much on what it is you’re looking to get out of your new rig. Virtual reality will be more demanding, for example, than World of Warcraft or League of Legends. The type of gaming you do and the type of performance you expect, will directly affect price.
Table of Contents
- How Much Does a Gaming PC Cost?
- Cost of Prebuilt Gaming PCs
- Budget Gaming PC Build for 2019
- How to Build a Gaming PC
The best gaming PC can run you as much as $3,000 or even $4,000 – depending on what you’re looking to do with it. If you want to run high-end video games on max settings expect to pay at least $2,000. If you are willing to put together your own computer, you can get away with spending as little as $1,500 for a high end build (depending on whether you need accessories like a monitor).
|PC Tier||Total Cost|
The above costs were obtained by consulting data from Logical Increments. The price takes into account: a graphics card, CPU, heatsink and fan, Motherboard, RAM, hard drive, solid state drive, power supply and case. Before you ahead and start trying to estimate the cost a computer, you should clearly lay out what you expect to use it for. If you’re only playing Fortnite or League of Legends, you can get away with having a good/very good tiered computer. However, if you have ambitions of streaming or playing virtual reality games at high settings, you’ll need a machine with more fire power.
For example, the Oculus Rift team recommends you have an Intel Core i3-8100, RX 570 or GTX 1060, 8 Gigs of RAM and Windows 10. All-in-all, such a build would cost you around $1,000.
You don’t have to build your own gaming PCs. If you rather buy something that will work outside of the box, the safest thing to do is buy a prebuilt one. Given the extra labour cost involved, you will likely pay more for such a computer. Note that this isn’t always the case. Some retailers can give you a cheaper price because they order computers in bulk – meaning the individual price of any given part for them is significantly cheaper. The most popular retailers are: Best Buy, Cyberpower, iBuyPower and Alienware. We compared prices for a given computer across these retailers. Check out the costs below:
|iBuyPower||Revolt 2 Z390||1299|
|Best Buy||HP – Omen By HP Obelisk Desktop||899|
|Microsoft||Alienware Aurora R7||1199|
Is it Cheaper to Build a Gaming PC or Buy?
There isn’t a straightforward answer. It used to be that building your own PC was always the cheaper answer – at least if you were looking for quality parts. However, today it’s possible to find a good deal and get an affordable gaming PC from a place like NewEgg or even Amazon.
So what should you do? We recommend you compare prices. Once you find a prebuilt gaming PC that you think would be good for you, check out the cost of the individual pieces. If they are less expensive, consider buying the parts and putting things together yourself.
You can buy a cheap gaming PC build for as little as $700 (not counting the price of monitors and accessories). We realize many gamers are operating on a tight budget. To help you figure out costs, while still being able to enjoy the best things games have to offer, we wanted to show you what a budget computer would look like. Check out the following parts.
|Graphics Card||RX 560||RX 570||GTX 1660|
|CPU||R5 1600||R5 1600||R5 2600X|
|Motherboard||GIGABYTE B450M||MSI B450M Gaming||MSI X470 Gaming Plus|
|RAM||4GB DDR4||4GB DDR4||8GB DDR4|
|HDD||Seagate Constellation 1TB 7200 RPM||Seagate Constellation 1TB 7200 RPM||Seagate Constellation 1TB 7200 RPM|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX450M||Power SupplyCorsair CX450M||SeaSonic M12II 620|
|Case||Challenger||Corsair 200R||Cooler Master HAF 912|
|Total||$ 454||$ 522||$ 765|
After reading this cost guide, we expect most readers will be interested in building their own computer. We’re no experts at creating PC building guides, but there are plenty of great resources online. For picking the right parts for you, we recommend readers check out Logical Increments.
Once you order all your parts, check out YouTube to learn how to put together your PC. Be careful. A lot of these parts are delicate. If you have a friend who is at least somewhat familiar with IT, we recommend asking for help.