The PC gaming industry is growing. In fact, its revenue stood at $29.17 billion in 2021 and it is predicted to reach $31.5 billion by 2028.
This has led to more people building their own gaming PCs, as some of the more popular games today—like Elden Ring, Apex Legends, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt—play much better on these dedicated models than on universal PCs. Even ‘The Witcher’ actor Henry Cavill himself is in on this mania, showing off his own PC build on his Instagram.
Like him, anyone can build a gaming PC—even on a budget. There are certain parts such as graphic cards and keyboards that you can get for a lower price but still allow a quality gaming experience. Keep reading to find out more.
A monitor’s screen size and picture quality can make or break your gaming experience. Fortunately, many of the best monitors today are very affordable and high quality. One is the 24-inch ViewSonic VA2456-MHD, which costs $160. It’s color-accurate and has great contrast so you’re sure to enjoy your game’s graphics.
Meanwhile, the 27-inch Asus ProArt Display PA278CV retails for $434, which is pricier but not too bad considering its competitors can cost more. The good thing about it aside from color accuracy and size is that it has the necessary ports needed to connect a laptop if you prefer.
Choosing a gaming monitor all depends on your priorities. Of course, expect a higher price if you want better quality such as HDR and a deep color gamut for a broader color spectrum.
Compared to a regular keyboard that prioritizes ergonomics for comfort, a gaming keyboard needs to provide a fast reaction time for competitive playing. This is a vital PC gaming accessory and a good model can be quite expensive.
Luckily, there are some budget gaming keyboards like the SteelSeries Level Up Gaming Bundle, which only costs $79.99 but has quiet gaming switches. On the other hand, the Razer Huntsman V2 Red Linear Optical Switch Wired RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard goes for $199.99, featuring a 100 million keystroke lifespan.
A truly amazing gaming keyboard, however, is one you should be prepared to spend a little more on. For instance, one feature to look out for is the N-Key Rollover. This ensures that every keystroke is registered, which is crucial for fast-paced gaming.
This is the backbone of your PC as it is responsible for the quality of visual elements and graphics on screen. The important thing to remember when buying a graphics card is the type of games you’ll play.
A more powerful card is best suited for power-hungry games like PUBG and Battlefield 1. However, an entry-level graphics card can handle games like League of Legends and Dota 2. There are only two players in the Graphic card market—AMD and Nvidia.
The AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT only costs $199 and it gives you 1080p gaming, high clock speed, and a 4GB memory. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super goes for $299.99, and it’s a popular option due to its 1080p performance, 60 FPS average, and 6GB memory.
Because a central processor unit (CPU) serves as the brain of your PC. A good quality one is one that will allow you to play games and perform multiple tasks at once (such as chatting and internet guide browsing). An i5 or Ryzen 3 CPU is good for budget games.
They’re moderately powerful and have 4 cores, meaning that they can run up to 4 processes seamlessly—such as Steam, Discord, and Google Chrome—at a time. An Intel Core i5-10400 or an AMD Ryzen 3 3300X CPU should be around $130.
Building a gaming PC requires you to shell out quite a lot of money, but these are the best and most affordable options out there. With this guide you can start building your budget gaming PC today.