Building a new Gaming PC is probably one of the most exciting aspects of PC Gaming for enthusiasts as well as one of the most daunting at the same time. With a veritable plethora of options in almost every category users can spend literal days looking at reviews, specifications, compatibilities, and aesthetics before settling on a final build. For some of us, that is heaven. For others, it is hell. Either way, it always seems like time is short (or we just lose track of it in the process).
So, today at The FPS Review, we are putting together an Intel budget gaming PC buying guide as an idea of what is out there and what would make for a truly enjoyable gaming experience with time for you, the reader, to spare. So, welcome to our “Live” Intel Budget Gaming PC Build Guide for a next-gen gaming PC build. This guide will be “Live” in that we will update it quarterly. What you see today you might not see in the Fall, or Winter, or Spring, or Summer! So, be sure to stop back each quarter as we will update this guide for your new build ideas!
With today’s build, we are looking to hit a price point of ~$500-600 which is about half of what we did with our Intel Mid-Range Gaming PC Build Guide recently. Certainly, this is a budget number that will be palatable to almost all gamers as we are looking at a system that costs as much as a GPU or CPU did in some of our higher-end build guides. Yet, in this build, we are still going to be looking at an Intel build that will let users have a good gaming experience with most everything currently on the market at resolutions up to (and mostly including) 1080p, but also providing some flex options for when you have that corner, or two, that you may need to cut for some reason rather than going higher end.
That means while quality components are all we are going to use, no X Series over the top build here today or exotic case/cooling combination that costs more than a Buick. No, today, we are looking at what we would reasonably expect an Intel Budget Gaming PC Build to look like for a significant market segment of gamers. So, let’s dive in!