Assembling a good and cheap gamer PC should be the desire of many users. For less than $ 3, 000, it is possible to create a new computer to run current games with updated, good quality components. To help you save money, TechTudo has separated three hints of CPUs with Ryzen or Intel's eighth-generation CPUs, as well as graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia to handle heavy gaming in Full HD resolution.
It is worth mentioning, however, that the following revenues consider only the PC itself - that is, the costs with monitor, keyboard and mouse are not included. Follow the suggestions and price of each hardware below.
READ: PC gamer 'monster' from Dell arrives in Brazil; see price
Five Important Tips Before Buying a Notebook
Want to buy a cheap gamer notebook? Find the best prices on Compare
Configuration 1: Ryzen 5 2400G - R $ 2, 160
The proposal is a very affordable gamer computer and will have a sufficient profile for games in HD resolutions and Full HD (720p and 1080p therefore). The idea is to cut costs to the maximum - this means that there are impacts on the machine's capacity. The Ryzen 5 2400G has speeds of 3.5 to 3.9 GHz and 11 graphics computing units with 704 stream processors.
The main highlight of the suggestion is the Ryzen 5 processor 2400G which, for prices in the range of $ 800, condenses a quad-core processor with good performance. In addition, the component features integrated graphics Radeon Vega, which should be enough to run games in an acceptable manner in Full HD resolution.
Ryzen 5 2400G is quad-core, has a maximum speed of 3.9 GHz and Radeon graphics card
For RAM, 8 GB of DDR4 at 2, 400 MHz is enough for $ 400. For the motherboard, the AsRock AM320M-HD, which costs around $ 360, is more than enough. In storage, the best value for money still comes with a 1TB HD, which can be found for about $ 280 for Seagate drives. Finally, the user needs to consider a power source for $ 200 and a simple case for $ 120.
The computer is simple, but its weakness is the integrated video card. An idea for future upgrade may be to purchase a dedicated graphics card for entry - which should substantially improve the performance of the PC, since the motherboard will have a PCIe slot for that purpose. In addition, the board has socket AM4, which can receive all the Ryzen processors released so far.
If you are in the process of putting together a computer with Ryzen APU from AMD, another idea might be to go from Ryzen 3 2200G. This is a competent processor, although slower than the Ryzen 5 2400G, in addition to using a slightly simpler integrated graphics card. This will sacrifice a bit of computer graphics performance - Full HD games will not be commonplace. But the good news is that the 2200G comes out at $ 550 on average.
Configuration 2: Ryzen 3 1200 + Geforce GTX 1050 - R $ 2, 610
GTX 1050 is the cheapest gamer video card from Nvidia today
In the previous proposal, the suggestion was to build a computer without a video card, using the Radeon GPU capabilities built into the Ryzen G series. In this new configuration, you can choose another path: use an input graphics card to give to the PC.
In the processor, the suggestion is the Ryzen 3 1200. Quad-core, the component of 3.1 to 3.4 GHz brings a performance generally superior to a seventh generation Intel Core i3. In the other configurations, it is possible to opt for the same elements of the previous package: the motherboard is the AsRock AM320M-HD (R $ 360), there are 8 GB of RAM (R $ 400 ), Seagate's 1 TB disk ($ 280) plus cabinet and source for $ 120 and $ 200, respectively.
The big difference is in the video card. The choice is in GeForce GTX 1050 from Nvidia. Very popular, the board has values that leave the $ 650 and has a multitude of different versions - many of them with factory overclock. The GTX 1050 will give the computer the ability to run games with good performance and full HD resolution, sacrificing some image quality options.
In this package, the weakest element is the processor. But using the AM4 platform, the consumer will be able to find a wide variety of options from other, stronger Ryzen CPUs. Other fronts may be to invest in an SSD, more RAM and consider a higher performance video card.
Configuration 3: Core i3 8100 + Geforce GTX 1060 - $ 2, 850
GTX 1060 is more robust graphics card and to play games in Full HD with slack
In this budget, the choice is an Intel processor and a faster video card - two choices that necessarily make the price get higher. The big gain is that the chosen video card gives the PC muscles to run newer games in Full HD resolution with some slack - a feature that can be obtained in previous packages only with sacrifice.
In the processor, the choice lies in the Core i3 8100 quad-core Intel input in the eighth generation and reaches 3.6 GHz without turbo at prices in the house of $ 650. In the video card, the choice is in the GTX 1060, in the version of 3 GB of RAM, which costs around $ 1, 200.
Opting for an Intel processor also means choosing a different motherboard. The MSI H110M Pro-VH Plus is a quality card that comes out for $ 300. In the remaining - RAM, storage, source and enclosure - the user can buy the same pieces suggested in the other assemblies, totaling a value of R $ 1 thousand.
The video card is by far the most expensive element of this suggestion and can be replaced by other options in the market. The GTX 1050 Ti, also from Nvidia, has prices in the range of $ 1, 000 and is a substantial upgrade to the GTX 1050 chosen in the previous package. Another option is the Radeon RX 580, from AMD, the most popular graphics card among the manufacturer's current intermediaries, which can be found for R $ 1, 100 today.
A good strategy to plan your inexpensive gamer computer is to consider a number of factors, which were listed below:
- What you're going to play: If you're planning to run MOBAs and older games, away from the big releases, you can think seriously about the options with AMD APUs without a dedicated graphics card. If, on the other hand, you enjoy more fun and demanding games, it is important to study an option with a dedicated video card;
- What's your resolution: if the monitor you have in mind has low resolution - 1280 x 720 pixels, for example - the need for a more expensive graphics card drops a lot. You can probably get high performance and good graphics quality with the GTX 1050 and even with Radeon that goes aboard the Ryzen 5 2400G. If the monitor is Full HD (or even 900p, like some models a few years ago), a graphics card becomes more important and can be a deciding factor, depending on the type of game you want to play.
- And the processor? Processors are very important, but in gamer computers, they stay in the background. The big tip is not to fall into the temptation to spend less on the modest lines of AMD and Intel (Celerons, Pentiums and Athlons, in addition to AMD APUs prior to Zen architecture). Escape dual-core processors and keep an eye on very low prices: they can hide CPUs released a few generations ago. This may disappoint the user because of poor performance or general compatibility issues with older processors with newer motherboards.
- Plan: You can use services like CraftMyBox to test different configurations until you find the best balance between price and performance. Thus, the user can create their own ideal cheap computer recipe in 2018.
How to build a PC gamer in 2018? Check out more tips in the Forum