Over the past week or so, we have been slowly putting together a guide to help interested readers select, build and now install everything necessary to build the perfect PC to compete against the new console generation.
In the first part, Josh and I discussed the new console architectures and how they were similar, and different, from modern PC gaming systems. We also discussed a couple of specific build outs that we thought were price competitive with the Xbox One and the PS4 while also offering quite a bit more performance and flexibility for the user.
|Gaming Build||PlayStation 4||Xbox One|
|Processor||AMD FX-6300 6-core CPU - $109||8-core Jaguar APU||8-core Jaguar APU|
|Motherboard||MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ - $59||Custom||Custom|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB 1866 MHz (2 x 4GB) - $80||8GB GDDR5||8GB DDR3|
|Graphics Card||Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB - $199||1152 Stream Unit APU||768 Stream Unit APU|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM HDD - $64||500GB 5400 RPM||500GB|
|Case||Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case - $59||Custom||Custom|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX 600 watt 80+ Bronze - $69||Internal||External|
|Optical Drive||Pioneer Blu-ray Reader - $49||Blu-ray||Blu-ray|
|OS||Windows 8.1 OEM - $98||Custom, FreeBSD||Custom, Windows|
|Peak Compute||2,690 GFLOPS||1,840 GFLOPS||1,270 GFLOPS|
|Total Price||$780 - Amazon||$399 - Amazon||$499 - Amazon|
In part 2, we recorded a video of me actually assembling the parts (or nearly the same parts) in the build to show users that might be intimidated by the process exactly how easy it is to build a PC from scratch.
Today, we finalize our journey with the installation of the operating system, setup of the Steam gaming platform and even how easy it is to run the PC when attached to a TV.
After briefly discussing the BIOS and UEFI on the motherboard, installing Windows 8.1 and then running the latest Steam client on the new PC, a brief demonstration of Metro: Last Light running in Big Picture Mode takes place. With that we can demonstrate the power of the PC and the flexibility it truly offers over even the latest consoles.
I hope this set of videos has been useful for our readers that might have been interested in the idea of a gaming PC but were worried or unsure of their own ability to get the job done. I think we have demonstrated that the entire process is easy, fun and rewarding - and can be done in a single afternoon as long as you order the right parts.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or feedback - and happy building!!