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Simple Budgeting Tips for Building a New PC

by Steve Longfields

Picking out your components is the easy part when it comes to building a PC the hard part is trying to fit all of your desired components into your budget.

General Budgeting Tips

You first need to determine what you are going to be using your PC for. A gaming PC does not always equal a great multi-tasking PC and vice versa. You need to determine what you are going to be doing on your PC most of the time. This makes it easier to determine what you should prioritize and spend the most money on.

 

If your goal is to build a gaming PC with a discrete GPU, a general rule of thumb to follow would be to allocate around 50% of your whole PC budget to your GPU. The GPU is usually the most expensive component you are going to buy and it is what matters most when it comes to gaming.

When building a multi-tasking PC, it is best to put most of your budget towards your CPU. More cores and more threads will benefit you a lot and make your work be faster and smoother. The Ryzen 7 2700 is a great work-oriented PC because of its 8 cores and 16 threads.

For mixed gaming and productivity oriented PC builds, a good combination to buy would probably be the Ryzen 5 series and a RTX 2060 equivalent or higher GPU since the CPU has enough cores and threads to be able to get some work done quickly and the GPU is powerful enough to run the latest games at 1080p.

Use PC Builder Websites

Using PC builder websites will help you a lot when budgeting for your build since they usually display current prices and some would even tell you if your parts are compatible or not. A good PC builder site is PCPartPicker’s system builder since you can choose a variety of countries and almost every brand and part can be found on the site. It also displays an estimate of your system’s Wattage consumption which can help you pick your power supply.

You can check out PCPartPicker here: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/

Performance > Aesthetics

This rule is especially important for PC builder on a very tight budget. It can be very easy to spend a little more and buy that component that looks better or has some colorful RGB but at the end of the day, the specs and performance of the components are what counts the most. It is not important that all your components match or that all of them have RGB, especially since most manufacturers charge you a premium just for a simple recolor of that specific component.

Now obviously, you don’t have to listen and you can still go ahead and prioritize looks before performance, it’s your money after all. But I really do not recommend prioritizing aesthetics unless you have a relatively large budget.

Don’t Fall for the “Gaming” items

For the most part “gaming” items are just slapped there by manufacturers to cater and attract to gamers. Manufacturers also claim that “gaming” labeled items are faster and help you get better frames or win more games but for the most part these components are just the same or in some cases actually perform worse than their non-gaming counterparts. So be careful and make sure to check the specs or watch some benchmarks on YouTube before proceeding to purchase these gaming products.

Make sure to buy components that are appropriate to what you need and what you want and not just because it’s “built for gamers.” PC building and budgeting can be a fun but difficult task, but nothing is as satisfying as buying all the parts, building the PC and playing on it for the very first time.



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