A lot of people ask me how to choose a gaming computer. Because there is a lot of misinformation out there from bad retailers! They will tell you to focus on the CPU, or size of the hard drive, or the speed of the RAM, the size of the power supply…or even the fan!
But the reality is that like most things, it comes down firstly to how much you want to spend. For example, if you want to spend over $2,000, then follow the advice of those dodgy retailers, and you will probably end up with a pretty good computer! But if you want to spend $1,000, you are in the worst position, because one of those dodgy retailers will probably sell you a computer for that price that WILL NOT deliver what you need.
The really good news is that for around half of that price you can get a very good ‘part-new’ computer from a lot of good retailers. These retailers focus on what is really important, to deliver you a gaming computer that is not too far from the $2,000 one from the Dodgy Bros, and probably way better than Dodgy Bros will sell you for $1,000. It’s a lot like buying a car. New computers are very expensive, and they depreciate in value VERY quickly once you have bought them. But the difference between computers and cars, is that computers don’t fail much, and even if they do, they can usually be fixed very cheaply. Whereas cars cost thousands to fix. So you can ‘take the risk’ of buying a second hand computer, without having to worry the way you might if you bought a 5 year old car.
In summary, if you have a big budget of over $2,000 for your computer, go to a respected gaming PC dealer, and make sure you get a warranty, and you should be OK.
If your budget is lower, probably stick to getting a ‘part-new’ or a refurbished or second hand PC, that’s a few years old. Around $500- $800 will get you a terrific gaming computer, and you can always ‘upgrade’ some components later!
If you would like to know more about which components are important in a second hand or part new gaming computer, read our article here: