Budget gaming PC spec

This is the first post in a (hopefully) weekly feature where I’ll use the excellent PCPartPicker website and spec a PC.

This week it’s the turn of the budget gaming PC…

You don’t need to spend shed-loads to get a decent gaming computer, but it will cost more than an Xbox One/PS4. On the plus side you can use the PC for practically anything; internet browsing, office applications, watching movies, video conferencing etc. Yes, you can do some of those things on Xbox One/PS4, but you have so many more choices on PC.

So, on with the spec…


Then you’ll need to add an operating system onto it. Really, as this is a gaming build, Windows is your only viable option. Yes, Steam is on Linux, but Windows is where the gaming action is. You can pick up a copy and key of either Windows 7 or 8.1 (you’ll get the upgrade to Windows 10 with either) off ebay for about £40. You’ll also need a monitor of some kind – if you’ll be using it like an Xbox One/PS4 then you’ll probably hook it up to your TV.

That’s the build for this week. If you’d like to see something specific (I’ve got a few ideas lined up) then please let me know below.


Had an interest in technology all my life. Network Manager by day; Techspert, husband and daddy by night/weekend. Currently the proud owner of a Huawei P20 Pro paired with a Huawei Watch 2, HTPC hooked up to the telly and Android tablets everywhere.

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