Are You Joining The PC Master Race?
Considering your inexperience with PC hardware… You’ll probably be looking at the realm of $1,500 for a very solid gaming system. If you’re willing to get a little dirty & go DIY with the build (but still get some advice on components), you could get down to the $1,000 range.
The specs I’m using as a guideline is running GTA V at 1080p at 60 fps under default settings. This may be a little overpowered based on the games you’re planning on playing, but it’s better to go overpowered & squeeze a couple more years out of the hardware than go underpowered & be forced to upgrade later.
Typical items I’m looking at for components are…
* Recent generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor (or AMD equivalence)
* Nvidia GeForce 1060 graphics card (or AMD equivalence)
* 8 – 16 GB of RAM
* 500 GB SSD (boot) + 2 TB 7200 RPM HDD (storage)
* 2×2 WiFi.ac card (more for laptops)
The storage drives is may be up for some debate, but having an SSD for your boot drive is very nice as it minimizes system start times (to about 5-15 seconds verses a minute with traditional HDD’s). Having a traditional HDD for storage on top of the SSD is mostly to provide a dumping ground for files that may not be accessed as frequently or changed constantly (as SSD’s have lower write-cycle durability than HDD’s).
A good WiFi card that’s dual-band & running on the 801.11ac standard is more important for laptops than desktops as most computers nowadays have Ethernet connections (for wired networking) built-in.
As mentioned above, getting all the necessary components & a case will run you around $1,000. If you’re going to having an expert build the system for you, that’s going to run about an extra $150 – $500 in labor (as the expert will install the OS & get all the necessary drivers so it’s ready to run). Support with your expert may vary, but they’re going to go bargain hunting on components since they can take a cut on the savings… assuming they’re reputable.
Going factory-built will run an extra $500 – $1,000, depending on the configuration (as PC makers won’t go bargain hunting)… but you’re getting a unified warranty in the process.
How you go with getting your PC is up to you, but I hope this provides some guidelines to help.
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