We’ve said it a thousand times, or at least a half dozen anyway, but shopping for computers remains a daunting task for many. There’s a lot you need to know before buying a computer, and even more mistakes you can make shopping for a computer. Matters only get more complicated when you set your eyes on a buying a gaming computer. In order to play the latest video games on a computer, your rig is going to need to have at least a graphics card on top of the other hardware a typical PC needs.
Of course if you have a fat wallet, you can check the system requirements and buy yourself a top-notch rig that meets those requirements. But assuming you don’t have a fat wad of cash that you can freely blow on the most expensive machines on the market, let’s consider good value PCs that balance price and performance, both pre-built and projects you want to put together yourself, and clear up some of the easy mistakes you can make that are specific to gaming computers.
1. Buying a gaming PC because it looks cool
This mistake is quite similar to the idea that bigger is better. A gaming rig with a cool looking case and snazzy lighting can easily fail to have the high-end components inside necessary for the best gaming experience. In fact, a simple black box could easily outperform a fireworks display of a gaming PC as long as it has the right components.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy a stylish computer, as having something flashy and original is one of the fun parts of having a gaming PC. Just know that all the visuals of the machine are going to be a superfluous cost and should be last in line for your consideration. If you want a solid machine, think about putting your money into the machines guts and not its face
- The MSI Aegis picture above might be a reasonable buy for some who need exactly the barebones setup it offers, but for many, the aesthetic is going to cost them money that could have been spent elsewhere.