How to Build a PS4-Like Gaming PC for $600 (or Bust)
The Grand Total
The final total for all our hardware choices (which can be seen in this Newegg public wish list), is $636.93, and that includes the rebate on the MSI HD7850. That’s about 6.2 percent over the $600 target, and we’re walking away with some competent, future-friendly tech. The FX-8120 will keep you gaming and multitasking for years to come, and the AM3+ motherboard should also hang around for a while – knowing AMD’s love for keeping new CPUs compatible with older motherboard sockets keeps us hopeful, at least. The MSI HD7850 – and the three pieces of top-shelf software it includes – is a formidable card on its own, and can always double up once that next Christmas or birthday comes around. Opting for 8 GB of RAM seems to be the norm for PCs these days, too, so the only real compromise here is the 500 GB hard drive, which might seem a little skimpy compared to the 1 TB-plus drives you’re used to seeing in 2013.
Obviously, this budget rig isn’t going to tame the likes of Crysis 3 — not on Ultra settings at 2560 x 1600, anyway. But our build will run any game available right now, many on High setting presets, while playing Crytek’s latest at more…modest settings and resolutions. You should be able to squeak out 60fps on High Settings for Battlefield 3, too.
Once you factor in Windows 7 ($100), a mouse, and a keyboard, you’re looking at a final price of around $775. While it’s a serious bump up from the presumed $500-$600 PS4 price point, its upgradability, access to non-gaming applications, and ease of troubleshooting make up the difference.