Building your own computer? Need a PC cost breakdown? This article covers the expenses of constructing your own PC to help you budget.
There are two sorts of computers: productivity and gaming. How much a computer system costs depends on the sort of computer you require.
This article doesn’t address productivity systems. In part, this is because If you operate in a sector that requires high-end CPUs and other components, you should create your own system. In certain use situations, “larger is better,” placing the typical cost of such systems beyond someone who doesn’t earn a career off a computer workstation.
Gaming PC components include:
1. GPU (Abbreviated as GPU)
2. CPU (Abbreviated as CPU)
4.RAM (Abbreviated as RAM)
5. SSD/HDD Storage (HDD)
6. UPS (PSU)
Because they’re the most crucial parts of a system, the GPU and CPU take up most of the cash. Together, they’re responsible for nearly every process that a modern computer is responsible for handling, making them the focus of this article.
Together, they’re responsible for nearly every process that a modern computer is responsible for handling, making them the focus of this article.
1. Graphics Card (GPU)
The Graphics Card is frequently the most costly component. This is especially true now. I highlighted a “worrying pattern.” This tendency affects GPUs.
NVIDIA and Ryzen both just introduced their top-tier Graphics Cards. There’s little incentive to acquire a different Graphics Card. What’s wrong?
Some. The COVID-19 epidemic has caused a worldwide chip scarcity, which has affected GPUs. With the current crypto mining frenzy, where people benefit from owning and buying Graphics Cards in bulk, the GPU market has been flipped upside down.
The $700 3080 is currently advertised for $1,500 on Amazon. The $600 3070 is now $1,100 on Amazon. Even four-year-old cards have been selling for more than their original price.
Unless you get a card from NVIDIA, you’ll spend more. This assuming the cards are in stock; fresh batches sell out quickly. So, what’s next?
A reseller is an option. Hopefully, you’ll pay the same. When feasible, hardware enthusiasts purchase in quantity to avoid scalpers. The surplus cards will be resold at a low to no markup. Some nice person will sell the card at its original retail price, but these folks are the exception rather than the rule.
If you’re prepared to sacrifice performance, try the aftermarket. You don’t always require top-of-the-line gear. 2D platforming games work nicely on older GPUs, for example. Sometimes you don’t need a GPU (more on that later).
Graphics card price? Graphics cards cost $200 to $3,500. Normal market figures would be lower.
2. Central Processing Unit (CPU)
In fact, the kind of CPU in a system often dictates what that system’s ultimate function is. The CPU executes most of a system’s processes, and various CPUs have distinct tasks.
In rare cases, a CPU may even replace a GPU. CPUs with integrated graphics (abbreviated as iGPU). If you only want to browse the web, don’t get a ‘standard’ CPU. Depending on the game, the integrated GPU may frequently provide a good gaming experience. A CPU with an iGPU may cost as low as $100 for online browsing, while one that can run games costs $250.
If you’re searching for a gaming CPU (with a GPU), the 5600x starts at $300 USD. Prices peak about $900. To prevent bottlenecking your GPU and saving money, examine how powerful your CPU needs to be.
CPU price: A CPU may cost between $100 and $900.
3. Motherboard (MOBO)
A computer won’t operate without a motherboard. It distributes electricity and connects PC components.
Make sure your motherboard works with the other parts.
Ensure your motherboard and CPU are compatible. Most other components are globally compatible.
Depending on the board you choose, update the BIOS. It’s straightforward, however you may buy a suitable motherboard without updating.
Compatible motherboards cost $125 if you can upgrade the BIOS. Most of these motherboards’ final upgrade cycle is now, thus if you update your CPU later, you may need a new motherboard. A future-proof motherboard costs $200-$300.
Motherboard price: A motherboard should cost between $120 and $300.
RAM capacity and speed are measured (clocked in mHz). More RAM means more applications, and quicker RAM means faster processing. There are several configurations. Important ones are below.
1/8: 8GB; 2/8: 16GB; 2/16: 32GB; 4/8: 32GB; 4/16: 64GB
16GB of RAM is the current norm. 32GB is a premium for memory-intensive titles like Apex, Warzone, and Battlefield. 64GB is usually excessive. 8GB of RAM is fine for inexpensive computers since it’s simple to add more later. You should increase 8GB of RAM as soon as feasible.
RAM comes in sets of two or four, although 8GB sticks are available. Here’s the average cost.
18: $35; 28: $70; 216: $120-150; 48: $160; 416: $275
Four-pack RAM has greater clock speeds, therefore a higher unit price.
How much is PC RAM? Expect to pay $35-250 for RAM.
5. Solid State Drive (SSD) / Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
It may be perplexing to see two separate items mentioned here, however solid state drives and hard disk drives both perform the same purpose. Both SSDs and HDDs store data (including the system’s OS). In essence, an SSD saves data electrically whereas an HDD does it physically.
SSDs are generally quicker, quieter, more dependable, and have a longer lifetime than HDDs with the same—or even more—storage. SSDs are a “quality of life” non-essential. High-quality SSDs are inexpensive these days, therefore you should use one in your setup. Installing your operating system and games on an SSD reduces load times.
Most motherboards have numerous SATA ports for connecting multiple drives. This enables connecting an SSD and HDD viable.
The Seagate BarraCuda is popular. The 2TB model costs $50 on Amazon—sometimes less. Unless your job or hobbies need more, there’s no reason to go elsewhere. 4TB models cost $75 and 8TB models cost $150.
If you’re on a budget, an HDD is OK. If you have the money, consider it. Some SSD manufacturers have been ‘exposed’ for decreasing the write speeds of their SSDs, which isn’t the topic of this article. Consider paying extra for a reputed brand.
If you have extra cash, you may get a large SSD and skip the HDD. 2TB SSDs cost $200, while 4TB SSDs cost $400.
SSD and HDD prices? Your system’s storage might cost $50 or $450.
6. Power Supply (PSU)
Your build’s power supply has to be sized. OuterVision’s PSU calculator may help you choose the right size. 650-750 watts is often suggested to allow for future improvements.
If you can, acquire a completely modular power supply. It simplifies life.
Power supply price? Depending on wattage and efficiency, PSUs cost $60-$150. (as noted by its 80 Plus rating).
Choosing a PC case is crucial. The case you chose will decide your system. Not all cases can fit all systems. Cases vary in size and may not fit your system’s essential components.
Some cases keep your system cooler than others. A PC case with greater ventilation will cost extra.
Cost of PC case? Budget $50 to $200.
8. CPU Cooler
This one is more difficult. Liquid and air-cooled CPU coolers are available. This article solely considers AIO and air coolers. Remember that some CPUs come with an air cooler; depending on your needs, it may be sufficient.
All-in-one coolers have liquid. Installing one has dangers.
CPU cooler price? AIOs cost $80 to $200. Expect to pay $45 to $100 for an air chiller.
9. Case Fans
Case-by-case fans vary. A computer casing may or may not have several fans. Cases may also house varying numbers and sizes of fans. Size, airflow, and RGB lighting affect fan pricing.
120mm fans cost $10, while 140mm RGB fans cost $20.
10. Other Peripherals
You’ll also need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and a headset. As with components, peripherals have a broad range of performance.
Monitor costs range from $100 to the hundreds.
Keyboards, mouse, and headsets cost $20-$30 to $200-$300.
Below are links to guidelines with budget-specific component lists. These systems cannot be constructed at the mentioned prices at this time. Due to worldwide supply chain challenges and chip shortages, GPUs and other critical PC components are much more expensive than usual.
Now is still a good time to buy a prebuilt system. Prebuilt and bespoke gaming PC firms may still acquire graphics cards in bulk for close to MSRP. While we generally advocate constructing your own PC to save money, right now it’s better to buy a prebuilt machine.
So we’ve included several prebuilt gaming PC alternatives below.
A PC’s cost relies on several factors. It’s rare to find two identical computer builds.
You can create a $300 internet-browsing PC. $1000 is an excellent starting point for a budget gaming PC setup. Anything in between might range from $400 to $4000 or more. The user decides.