BUILD A KICK-ARSE BUD­GET GAM­ING PC

Ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy aren’t lim­ited to the high end, as Alan Dex­ter‘ s com­plete gam­ing rig for around $1,000 proves.

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Ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy aren’t lim­ited to the high-end, as our com­plete gam­ing rig for around $1,000 proves.

For all too many of us, a truly top-end In­tel X-se­ries or even Ryzen sys­tem is well out of our price range. The hangthe-cost at­ti­tude has made for some in­cred­i­ble sys­tems in the APC Labs, and this year’s is no dif­fer­ent, but what if cost is a fac­tor? What if you can’t af­ford to drop north of a grand on the cool­ing sys­tem alone? What if you want a ma­chine that costs a frac­tion of what we dream up ev­ery year? What if you want a sys­tem that’s as pleas­ing to your pocket as it is to use?

Our bud­get ma­chine aims to of­fer just that: an im­pres­sive all-around ex­pe­ri­ence for a frac­tion of what we nor­mally look at in these pages. As the ti­tle sug­gests, that in­cludes be­ing able to han­dle games as well. Think of it as a con­sole that you can ac­tu­ally do use­ful things on, as well as keep­ing your­self en­ter­tained. It is a PC, af­ter all. And if you have a bit more cash to hand, you can use this sys­tem as a start­ing point for some­thing that an­swers your needs much more specif­i­cally.

A quick note: When we built our bud­get ma­chine a year ago, it had the sub­text of be­ing a pow­er­ful ally for VR as well, which you’ll find lack­ing from the sales pitch of this year’s bud­get ma­chine. That is sim­ply be­cause VR isn’t quite the driv­ing force that it was. You can still play VR games on this setup, al­though if you’re se­ri­ously into VR gam­ing, you may want to up­grade the graph­ics card.

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