The gaming world market is nothing like what it used to be ten years ago. By then, computer games were not so common, and the options available were limited. Building a gaming PC was not easy.
Today, more people are playing computer games, and the number keeps growing every day. The market is no longer limited, and this has made it much easier to build a gaming PC. But not without challenges.
The idea is to exploit the market to get the highest performance possible at the lowest possible cost. Here is where most people fail. With a wide range of options, the market is very competitive; it’s so difficult to strike a balance between the two.
In this article, you will discover the options available and the average cost of building a gaming PC in Australia.
- So, What are Your Options?
When it comes to your gaming PC, you have two options.
Buying a prebuilt PC
The Australian market has some of the best and most affordable prebuilt gaming PCs in the world. With just $750, you can get a high-performance prebuilt machine that can handle most games in high settings. This option is ideal to find a cheap but powerful gaming pc and avoid the hassle of building one.
Building one from scratch
If you prefer to build your gaming PC from scratch, you need to make sure that you get value for your money. You do not want to get disappointed with the machine after spending so much on it.
Similarly, you do not want to compromise the performance by focusing on the price alone. Make sure you research the market to identify the perfect mix.
- And, how much do you need?
Considering everything you need, the mouse, ram, processor, GPU, etc. building a gaming computer can be very expensive. The cost can go as high as $3000 or even more for a standard PC depending on where you are.
But this is not always the case. In some places, the cost is much much lower. Australia is one of those places. Here the total cost varies between $750 and $1200 for a complete standard gaming PC.
To better understand, below is the breakdown:
Please note: this only includes the cost of buying the main components of a gaming PC. You will have to spend some little cash on top to buy any other parts that you might need.
Here you have to choose between AMD and Intel CPUs. Both of them are reliable, but they are a little bit different from each other. In terms of performance, Intel CPUs are slightly better, and the price is a little bit higher than AMDs. They are the ideal option if you are not on a limited budget. But if you are looking for a cheap gaming pc, AMD is the best choice.
In this case, we go with AMD Ryzen 5 2600, which will cost you $229 or below. Alternatively, you can go for Ryzen 3100 or 3300X, which is also well within that price range.
Another vital part you need to pay attention to is the GPU. And you have several options to choose from in the market. However, Radeon RX 580 8GB is the best choice to get good performance at an affordable price. Only $325 or below, and you are good to go.
With a good CPU and GPU, a compatible motherboard is the next obvious thing. Again the options are many, but MSI B450 Gaming Plus is the best and the most affordable at only $250 or below. It supports;
- Memory speeds up to DDR4-3466.
- Supports SLI/ Crossfire compatibility
- Has M.2 support for quicker SSD compatibility
For that price range, this is a good deal. Of course, there are AM4 motherboards, which are much cheaper, but their performance is not as good.
To enjoy your gaming, you need a good memory that will not slow you down. For that, you need at least a 16 GB DDR4-3000 memory, which costs $ 150 or lower. Anything under that is unacceptable. You can go higher, depending on your budget.
Choosing the perfect SSD can be very tricky because new products keep coming by the day.
Generally, newer SSDs are more expensive, and you are better off going for the older models if you intend to save some cash. For now, a 512GB M.2 NMVe SSD is the best option and will cost you $150 or below.
A good case will cost between $50 and $100. Here, you have a variety of options with Thermaltake, Cool Master, and Corsair brands at the top of the list.
The Power Supply Unit
Last but not least, you need a power supply unit that can match your gaming needs. For any price between $50 and $ 100, you can get a good PSU that can serve you for a long time.
As time goes by, the gaming industry continues to grow, with more people opening up to the idea of playing computer games. And in particular, in Australia, the growth is much faster compared to other places.
As the year 2020 comes to an end, we can only expect more and better options in terms of cost, performance, and even more game advancements.