How Much Does a Gaming PC Cost?

There’s no doubt that PC gaming opens up doors to endless hours of action, immersion, and entertainment. But if you’re new to the game or you simply want to upgrade your current battle station you may be curious how much does a powerful gaming PC Costs?

So the big question is how much you have to spend to build a good gaming PC – $500? 1000? $2000? 3000? or 4000?

It’s hard to know whether it’s worth it. To spring for that higher-tier component without first-hand experience of how the extra gaming PC cost is going to affect your gameplay

In this post. I will look at answering that very question. If you do want to get the most out of your money and maximize gaming performance this post is for you.

Do your research on what you need in your gaming PC

It’s very important to have clear thoughts that what actually required in your Gaming PC before measuring the cost of building a gaming PC. There are many parts to a gaming PC but I put them into three categories:

1. Visual

A visual component is fairly self-explanatory and is designed to make your system look even better.

RGB, Tempered Glass, and custom cables are clear examples and there are loads of options available. The thing to remember is that none of these will make a difference to your gameplay, no matter how bright that RGB shines.

2. Enabling

Enablers are perhaps the most interesting ones and not just because I have given them a fancy name. Examples include motherboards, coolers, and power supplies with each part allowing your PC to function as intended.

Cheaper components will often be perfectly acceptable as for the most part they don’t impact your performance. They merely enable you to use more expensive components or to get the most out of them. It’s about buying the right enablers for your performance part.  

3. Performance

As you probably guessed it will directly impact the performance of your PC. The critical parts are the graphics card, processor, RAM, and storage.

These four components will dictate how powerful your computer is and the tasks it can be used for. The faster the storage the faster things will load and the more RAM you have the more programs you can open simultaneously. 

Now there is no doubt that a PC will benefit from having 16GB of RAM and an SSD

But when it comes to gaming two components, in particular, will directly impact your frame rates and the processor and the graphics card.

Processor and the Graphics Card

Fire up a game and both will be put to very good use as games can be very taxing.

The processor handles the core instructions of the game while the graphics card will conduct the heavy lifting. Calculating the exact color and position of millions of pixels many times a second. 

In the vast majority of scenarios, it’s these two things that will determine your frame rates. The more powerful they are the higher your frame rate will be but remember that cranking up the in-game settings can bring this tumbling back down. 

These components are expensive though and they’ll probably take up a very large chunk of your budget.

Gaming PC cost is all about How much PC components will cost you?

You know better what are you looking for. So a gaming PC’s cost will depend on its components. You can check the table below to estimate your gaming PC cost:

Let’s take a look at the all component costs you may require for your Gaming PC

Components NameLowerMediumPowerful
Processor$60+$150+$300+Check Price
Cooling System$20+$40+$60+Check Price
RAM$30+$100+$1000+Check Price
Motherboard$60+$150+$300+Check Price
Power Supply$20+$50+$120+Check Price
Monitor$60+$200+$400+Check Price
Storage (SSD)$40+$80+$350+Check Price
Graphics Card (GPU)$100+$200+$600+Check Price
Speakers$30+$100+$200+Check Price
Case$20+$40+$90+Check Price
Keyboard$30+$100+$400+Check Price
Mouse$20+$40+$50+Check Price
Total Average Cost$500+$1300+$3800+

Let’s see some other PCs with their configurations that could run some games

if You want to minimize your cost then these PCs can be very useful for you.

EL CHEAPO

CPUAMD ATHLON 200GE (COOLER INCL.)$60Check Price
GPUN/A
MEMORYPATRIOT SIGNATURE DDR4 4GB (1 x 4GB)$18Check Price
MOTHERBOARDGIGABYTE A320M-S2H$50Check Price
STORAGEKINGSTON 120GB A400 SATA SSD$19.99Check Price
POWER SUPPLY400W BUILT-INN/A
CASENZXT H510 – CA-H510B-W1$89.99Check Price
MONITORACER SB220Q 21.5 INCH – 1080P, 75Hz, IPS$89.99Check Price
KEYBOARDBASICS KEYBOARD  + MOUSE PACK$13.07Check Price
MOUSEINCLUDED ABOVEN/A
Total$309.05

I have used it though, it’s not great but it runs at 90fps, the league’s graphics don’t look amazing at the best and this is particularly not amazing. So that helps you save money if you would want to go with this and if you’re not looking for a great gaming experience. 

I generally recommend saving money and it’s the cheapest. And compared to older when the cheapest possible motherboard had no upgrade options but this one has an upgrade option. You can throw in more RAM, a better CPU, a graphics card, and much more. 

You have an upgrade option for that. So, I’d probably recommend used hardware over a brand-new $200 tower but maybe that won’t be the case at our next price point.

The Athlete

Opening windows and launching applications on this one is the snappiness. This is a much faster machine program that loads properly. Let’s look at the configuration and the price for the same

CPUAMD RYZEN 3 2200G$86.99Check Price
GPURX 580$175.86Check Price
MEMORYPATRIOT VIPER SERIES 8GB (2 x 4GB)$36.99Check Price
MOTHERBOARDASROCK B450M mATX$75.71Check Price
STORAGEKINGSTON 240GB A400 SATA SSD$19.99Check Price
POWER SUPPLYCORSAIR CX550 80+ BRONZE$64.99Check Price
CASETHERMAL TAKE VERSA H17$49.56Check Price
MONITORACER SB220Q 21.5INCH – 1080P, 75Hz, IPS$89.99Check Price
KEYBOARDLOGITECH K120$8.99Check Price
MOUSERazer DeathAdder Essential Gaming Mouse$18.99Check Price
$622.06

This one is pretty darn good and even looks better. It’s got dust filters on the fans, the mouse is considerably better to like, just more comfortable, and even though the keyboard is cheaper and the built quality is not special. 

The Logitech keyboard is still better than some other cheap keyboards from my experience. So it doesn’t matter what the hardware is, for some people they just can get it done. 

So the next one is a lot fancier, it’s 

The Mid-Ranger

CPUAMZ RYZEN 5 2600$174.83Check Price
GPUNVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1660 Ti$300Check Price
MEMORYTEAM T-FORCE VULCAN 16GB 3200 (2 x 8GB)$73.99Check Price
MOTHERBOARDASUS PRIME B450M$79.99Check Price
STORAGESamsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB NVMe M.2$67.99Check Price
POWER SUPPLYCORSAIR CX550 80+ BRONZE$64.99Check Price
CASEFRACTAL DESIGN FOCUS G MINI$45.52Check Price
MONITORASUS VX248H 24INCH – 1080P, 1MS, EXTRA INPUTS$160.99Check Price
KEYBOARDLOGITECH K840$59.99Check Price
MOUSELOGITECH G203$27Check Price
$1028.29

The Mid Ranger has got much more features, you’re exchanging a little bit of fresh rate for versatility but the other ones could work in this build as well.

But the disadvantage of this monitor is that it uses a TN panel which means worse viewing angles and worse color fidelity but improved pixel response time. So this exercise is more about sort of the performance in the experience and you could, of course, choose a different monitor you see fit for yourself. 

Once again there is a rise in 3rd gen upgrades that could make a ton of sense. Another 50 bucks to go 3rd gen that could yield as much as a 25% improvement in performance but this is also really good at the games. 

I have to use Battlefield 5 at high preset 1080p and it still produces 65-75 fps. This is really playable. So if you’re looking to upgrade you have to think about whether that extra performance you would get is worth the money you pay.

The Gentleman

CPUAMZ RYZEN 5 2600Check Price
GPUEVGA GeForce RTX 2070Check Price
COOLINGCorsair iCUE H100i RGBCheck Price
MEMORYTEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 3200MHzCheck Price
MOTHERBOARDASUS STRIX B450-FCheck Price
STORAGESamsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB NVMe M.2Check Price
POWER SUPPLYCORSAIR 650W 80+ BRONZE SEMI-MODULARCheck Price
CASEFRACTAL DESIGN FOCUS GCheck Price
MONITORASUS TUF Gaming 27″ 2K HDR Gaming MonitorCheck Price
KEYBOARDLOGITECH G413Check Price
MOUSELOGITECH G MX518Check Price

This is a noticeably better gaming experience and the animations are much smoothers. Runs at about 80fps and the game looks pretty good. A high refresh rate monitor makes a huge difference. 

While I also did a ray tracing, the frame rate was lower about 60 fps then I had to drop the rest of the in-game details. And it’s got nothing to do with the monitor because it’s 144 hertz. The cool thing with this setup is that you get versatility. 

You can get a million frames per second with this horsepower or you can pump the setting up a bit. If you want more of a cinematic experience. “The Gentleman” treats you right. Its water cooling makes its first appearance with a modular power supply which makes your build look cleaner and easier to manage cables.

The Glow Up

CPUINTEL CORE i7-9700KCheck Price
GPUNVIDIA GEFORCE RTX2080Check Price
COOLINGCorsair iCUE H115i RGB Pro XTCheck Price
MEMORYTEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 3200MHzCheck Price
MOTHERBOARDASUS PRIME Z390-PCheck Price
STORAGESamsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB NVMe M.2Check Price
STORAGE 2 SEAGATE CONSTELLATION ES 3TBCheck Price
POWER SUPPLYCORSAIR RM750x FULLY MODULAR Check Price
CASEFRACTAL DESIGN MESSY CCheck Price
MONITORASUS TUF Gaming 27″ 2K HDR Gaming MonitorCheck Price
KEYBOARDLOGITECH G613 LIGHTSPEED WIRELESSCheck Price
MOUSELOGITECH G703 LIGHTSPEED WIRELESSCheck Price
Total Average Cost$2505.06

So, these are the creature comforts that you can afford when your budget is this high. No matter what you’re doing doesn’t change the gaming experience but the image looks a lot sharper. You just have to upgrade everything else to keep up. 

Whether you’re going higher on refresh rate or need to pump more fps or going for the larger size. You need more resolution to keep your image sharper. What I think is that it provides you with a better experience overall if you can get a 1440p high refresh rate monitor instead of playing on a 4k frame rate. 

The animation still feels relatively smooth. As the rise of the 3rd gen is launched. There are a lot of really good options there but because we are focusing on gaming only it would be a great option.

So that was it, if you’re trying to build the best gaming PC can cost between $3000 – $4000 depending upon your requirements. 

However, if you want to play the most demanding games, care about features like RGB as I mentioned above. This might cost you a bit.

Conclusion

Above mentioned configurations are specifically for gaming PCs though you can make further changes if you want to upgrade them even more. It’s hard to know whether it’s worth it. 

To spring for that higher tier component without first-hand experience of how the gaming PC cost is going to affect your gameplay. Some of the configurations I have experienced myself like The Gentleman and The Glow Up. 

If you find a better configuration in comparison to what  I have mentioned, feel free to share it with me. I would love to try to build one. Some components are quite expensive and they’ll probably take up a very large chunk of your budget.

I have mentioned some of the PCs above with their configurations and price that could run some high-end games. Hope this will help. Stay safe! Keep playing.

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FAQs

Do I need professional help to build a gaming PC?

Not necessary, If you are building a PC first time and are not familiar with the process you can ask a professional for help. However, there are so many helpful resources available only where you can learn to assemble your computer easily.

How long does it take to build a gaming PC?

A professional can take between 30 minutes to 1 hour to build a gaming PC. But if you wanna build it on your own then it might take between 3 hours to 4 hours if this is your first time.

What are the most important parts of a PC?

The most important part you need to look for in a gaming PC is, the CPU, GPU, Cooling system, RAM, and Motherboard. Also, there are some basic tools you will require to build a gaming computer such as Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, and Speaker.

How much does it Cost to build a Gaming PC?

On average a gaming PC cost between $500 to $3500. But the cost can be low or high depending on the PC part you choose for your gaming pc.

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