Up For Debate - How Much Do You Prefer To Spend When Buying A New Gaming PC

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Feb 7, 2015 6:00 PM

Spending the cash on a new gaming PC is a big deal. Most of us get plenty of upgrades along the way, but there usually ends up a moment where certain components have fallen so far behind that you’re in need of buying practically a whole new rig.

We’ve never had so much choice as to what can go into our gaming PCs as we do now, and we’re lucky enough with the number of digital distribution platforms and retro gaming services like GOG.com, that even the most basic of PCs has near instant access to a library of thousands of games.

Low-end PCs can be had for a few hundred quid now with relatively decent integrated graphics that can crank out older games in some style. This is offset by towering beasts costing upwards of $2000, loaded with a SLI or CrossFire configurations and featuring a processor that puts other rigs to shame.

When buying a new PC do you tend to go for the best of the best with the intent of having the longest lifespan, or do you start off smaller and pick up regular mid-range upgrades to keep up with the pack? How much do you look to spend on a brand new gaming PC from scratch, and would you consider yourself a low, mid, or high-tier PC gamer?

How much do you spend on a new PC?

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14:30 Feb-09-2015

I'm in this category: "go for the best of the best with the intent of having the longest lifespan". Well, not quite the best and most powerful, let's say very good and very powerful.

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06:21 Feb-09-2015

Any other budget gamers out there? XD

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06:39 Feb-09-2015

:D

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03:56 Feb-09-2015

id say 600$ is about the sweet spot for value per performance

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22:41 Feb-08-2015

It depends on how much money i have to spend. If it's a $1000-$1500 budget gaming PC, then i'll make sure i get the best performance out of that budget.

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20:10 Feb-08-2015

I just look for what i want then save up for it then make sure its not stupid (like getting a fx 9590 and the R9 295X) just for gaming

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20:24 Feb-08-2015

But that 5Ghz though... :P

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19:48 Feb-08-2015

I got it for 650€ not counting monitor, keyboard, mouse nor speakers

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18:01 Feb-08-2015

I've got around $2600(CAD) into my rig. That's including my Mouse/Keyboard, G27, and Harmony Remote. Also, I know I've paid extra in some places to stay with my Red/Black color scheme.


I'm eventually going to upgrade my GPU though. Right now I'm liking the MSI 290x 8GB Gaming Edition, but that may change by the time I'm ready to upgrade. I really want to go with an 8GB GPU tho for future games

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16:47 Feb-08-2015

around 1500 when a new pc, otherwise a new vidcard from around €300

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15:00 Feb-08-2015

Well unfortunately it also depends on the country u live in, i spent 1500 euros for my pc, and i feel sad when i see some1 who spent like 1000 euros and has a better pc, lot of websites dont even ship to my country so it's more expensive.

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15:09 Feb-08-2015

My rig new cost about 3K Euro, But in the US it would cost 3K USD :/

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15:55 Feb-08-2015

In US everything is cheeper. I spent alot, and still didnt get what i all wanted, have a good cpu, but using a stock cooler -.-

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12:55 Feb-08-2015

Well I will upgrade in 7-8 months and go with a 4790k an asus matrix platinum edition 780ti a 1000w platinum certified psu 16gb of ram 1 Tera of storage
A corsair 750d Case a good 150ish euro mobo and maybe some fans for less than 1600€ ! What do you guys think?
Your opinions can be really helpful! :-) peace!

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13:06 Feb-08-2015

you got the wrong rig active man :D


1000w is way to much since you could use that gpu cpu combo with a 500-600w psu

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13:29 Feb-08-2015

Well that happened with my current rig where my 650w was ableto work with a 7870 and and 8350 cpu but now that I added one more 7870 my psu can barely handle it so I have performance drops! Maybe in the future ill sli two 780ti s

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14:49 Feb-08-2015

I'd rather buy a computer with a medium to high tower, a very fast processor that will last a long time while having the capacity to upgrade storage bays, random access memory and graphic processing units in the long run.

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09:14 Feb-08-2015

i dont buy new pc i just updgrade components

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08:39 Feb-08-2015

-500€, that's how much i am ready to spend!

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08:33 Feb-08-2015

I've spent around 1800$ on my pc.

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08:11 Feb-08-2015

usually the best price/performance products....around 1k Euro every 4-5 years...but now that i cannot i wiil buy in a week a 970 gtx and next winter probably ill upgrade to next gen pc(2011-3 , ddr4 , 5820 k....)

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07:37 Feb-08-2015

Gather for as much time as needed to get a rig capable of over 60 fps at 1080 on max settings that will still work after some years. Current build was around $1,800 and I don't plan on upgrading soon.

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07:05 Feb-08-2015

I'm on low. as I can't afford all the news bells and whistles . . for me playing a game in 1080p medium-high setting is good enough. . but If I had a lot of money I'd buy all the best parts out there.

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06:15 Feb-08-2015

what if i dont have enough money so what i do

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06:13 Feb-08-2015

I had to pay an amount equivalent to $1400 for my rig in this overpriced country :/

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06:08 Feb-08-2015

I'd prefer to spend 5 bucks. How much I'll actually spend is another question.

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03:54 Feb-08-2015

in philippines you cannot build a rig for 500 USD :D it cost me about 700 + in this stupid rig

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