Build a Gaming Computer

Build a Gaming Computer A breakdown on the costs to Build a Gaming Computer

This is a general guide on the cost in U.S. Dollars of the various components used.

To Build a Gaming Computer, the price can range anywhere from around $500.00 to over $4000.00.

To build a computer as cheaply as possible, determine how much money you want to spend, and what components are most important to you. For example, you may want to put more money into a CPU or graphics card, and not as much into a case or sound card.

You also can put in used parts from a older pc, and replace them at a later date. Such as drives or cards.

Build a Gaming Computer with a barebones kit, or start from scratch?

Barebones computer kits usually includes the case, power supply, motherboard, and CPU already installed and set up by the retailer. All you have to do is install the drives, cards, and memory.

This may be best option if you want all of these components new. If you can't find a barebone kit that you like, then assembling from scratch is the only other option.

Component Costs to Build a Gaming Computer

Barebone kits - Made by many different companies. Prices range from $100.00 to $3000.00 For around $300.00 you can get a AMD Athlon 64 with 512MB ram and 450 watt power supply.

Processors - The two main Processor makers are Intell and AMD. Prices range from $70.00 for a AMD Sempron to $1200.00 for a AMD Athlon 64 FX. This can sometimes be the most difficult choice when you build a gaming computer. The more expensive PC's use the AMD Athlon 64 FX or the Intel PD 8xx Dual Core Processor.

Cases - ATX Cases with power supply range from around $30.00 for a basic mid-tower case to $180.00 for an aluminum atx mid-tower case with 500-watt power supply.

Video Cards - The two main graphics card makers are ATI and GeForce. A 256MB AGP videocard is probably the minnimum that a game machine would want to use. This all depends on what kind of games you play. Prices range from $60.00 to $600.00.

Sound Cards - Most sound cards are sound blaster compatible and have Channel 5.1 Surround Sound. Prices range from $10.00 to $400.00

Power Supply - The amount of components added to pc should determine how large of power supply to get. The more drives you add, the bigger power supply recomended. Prices range from $20.00 to $160.00. A good 500 watt ATX power supply will cost around $80.00

Cooling Products CPU - Liquid cooling products for CPU range from $90.00 to $240.00. CPU Fans range from $3.00 to $60.00

Cooling products Case Fans - Case fans range from $4.00 to $30.00

Motherboards- This component is often overlooked by most PC Shoppers. Things to consider are how much memory will it hold, the type of chip set it has. Does it have SATA interface? You may want to put in a SATA Hard Drive when you build, or at a later time as an upgrade. Motherboards are made by many different companies. Asus, MSI, and Intell are all popular with gamers. Prices range from $30.00 to $300.00

Memory /Ram- Made by different companies. Most gamers would want 512 MB. Prices range from $30.00 for 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory to $440.00 for Geil Dual Channel 2048MB PC8000 DDR2 1000MHz. The average price for 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory is around $90.00

LCD Monitors - 17" LCD monitor prices range from $140.00 to $450.00. 19" LCD monitors range from $180.00 to $600.00

CRT Monitors- CRT Monitors range from $40.00 to $120.00

Hard Drives- SATA or "Serial ATA". Serial ATA is the replacement for the Parallel ATA physical storage interface. Faster than the older Parallel ATA. Prices range from $35.00 for a 40GB to $330.00 for a 500GB

Hard Drives- IDE Hard drives range in price from around $30.00 for a 40GB to $100.00 for a 250GB

CD ROM Drives- 52x CD ROM Drives range from $15.00 to $30.00

CD Burners- 52x32x52x CD-RW average around $40.00

DVD Drives- 16x DVD Drives range from around $20.00 to $100.00

DVD Burners- Prices range from $35.00 to $150.00

Floppy Drives - 1.44MB internal floppy drives are around $20.00