The least demanding PC, simply used for tasks that don’t really require much recourses, is obviously going to cost the least. In this case, the PC can cost as little as a few hundred dollars, but of course, there are factors to consider as well.
You should take into account that technology gets old very quickly, and that even tasks like browsing online or working with Office programs can become more demanding in the future. So if you’re buying a PC that’s already using out-of-date hardware, you might need to upgrade much sooner than you’d like.
You don’t really need to splurge on an expensive motherboard, in fact, a simple Intel Graphics HD card will more than suffice for watching movies or anything of that nature.
However, investing in an Intel i3 or i5 processor is a good idea because it simply makes everything a lot more efficient. Since RAM got much cheaper, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get 6GB of RAM, even if you likely won’t be needing as much.
Finally, the Solid State Drive (SSD) has revolutionized the PC industry, so it’s one of the most important computer accessories nowadays, since it dramatically increases load speeds.
At the low-end of the PC market, the savings of assembling your own PC might not be as significant – many companies buy older discounted computer parts in bulk and are able to sell them at relatively low prices. Of course, if you dig around, you can also find amazing deals and save even more.
Mid-range gaming/entertainment PC
The next level is a PC that just a few years back might have passed for a high-end PC, but has now succumbed to the ever-growing demands of the newest and hottest game releases. Of course, you can still use it to play most of the games, but for the most demanding ones, only medium graphics settings will be possible.
When you want gaming, the very first thing is the Graphics Card – many stores selling pre-built PCs try to pass off NVidia GT series graphics cards as gaming cards, but they really don’t stand a chance against current games, so if you plan to play any of the newer games comfortably, you should always look at the NVidia GTX series graphics cards. Also, you can check out the AMD Radeon R9 series, as they have some budget graphics cards with a lot of bang for the buck.
As for the other specs, an Intel i7 is always nice, but as far as gaming goes, it doesn’t have that much of an impact that would justify the increase in price. A SSD is also a must, and 8GB of RAM might be a good idea as well.
Gaming PCs are a huge market, and even in the mid-level, stores often jack up the prices significantly, so if you assemble the PC yourself, you can often save up to 30 percent, if not more.
High-end gaming PC
If you want a PC that will give you the ultimate gaming experience no matter what crazy-realistic graphics the game might have then buying a PC with the cutting edge technology is your only viable option.
If you want the best, you have to pay for it, and there’s no going around the fact that in order to play the best game in high graphics mode, you’ll probably have to invest in one of the newer models of the NVidia GTX cards, which won’t come cheap.
An i7 processor is also recommended at this level, as well as 8, or even 16 GB of RAM. Also, consider opting for both a SSD and an optical drive for storage, as that increases your options, since those games can take up a lot of space!