One of the biggest barriers to entry for anyone wanting to get into PC Gaming is cost. If you search for Gaming PCs online, you will be met with a list of futuristic looking computers, many of which sport remarkably high price tags. If you feel compelled to spend thousands of dollars on a new machine, then there are plenty of options available to you, as it is entirely possible to spend over a thousand dollars on individual components. Nvidia’s 2080ti Founders Edition for example will cost you $1500. We are not saying that you should never spend that much on hardware, we think you should build exactly the computer that is perfect for you, and if cost is not an issue then that is great. This article is intended to demonstrate the fact that if you are on a budget, you have options, and if you are smart about it, you can pack a lot of performance into a very cost effective build.
With that in mind, we decided to see exactly how much performance we could get for the cheapest possible price. We needed some kind of benchmark to make sure this system was good enough to run the most demanding games available right now, so we landed on Crysis Remastered. This seemed like the perfect game because of the series’ reputation for being hardware intensive, and based on it’s steep system requirements, if this build can run Crysis Remastered, it can run anything else available today.
Starting with the processor, Crysis Remastered requires at minimum an i5-3450, or a Ryzen 3 processor, we found something better than that, and for much cheaper. Check it out:
Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W BX80637i53570 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 – $68.99 from here.
Up next was RAM. Crysis Remastered requires 8GB DDR4, here’s what we chose:
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Desktop Memory Model F4-2133C15D-8GVR – $36.99 here..
According to the website, Crysis Remastered needs 20GB of hard drive space to install. Here’s a great budget option:
PNY – 240GB Internal SATA Solid State Drive – $26.99 from here..
Arguably the most important component is the Graphics Card, this 1050ti is exactly what is recommended for the minimum spec:
ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB PHOENIX Fan Edition DVI-D HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (PH-GTX1050Ti-4G) – $139.99 from here.
Asus has a great affordable, yet quality motherboard for this build:
ASUS PRIME B365M-A LGA-1151 Support 9th/8th Gen Intel Processor with Aura Sync RGB header, DDR4 2666MHz, M.2 support, HDMI, SATA 6Gbps mATX motherboard – $79.99 from here.
Finally, this power supply will do the job nicely:
EVGA 80+ WHITE 500W Power Supply – $49.99 from here.
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