Cheap DIY gaming computer
The Fast Enough Computer: Built and Tested
Frugal gamers with some tech savvy, this one's for you: a cheap DIY gaming computer. The expert at Benchmarkreviews.com set out to determine if you could build a penny-pinching system that handily manages the newest games and is open to upgrades as hardware evolves. In fact, mission accomplished. The expert's choice of critical components include an AMD processor, a Sapphire video card, and a Corsair power supply. The total cost for these three comes to less than $400, and for that you get a frame rate of at least 30 frames/second and resolution of 1680x1050. For most gamers, even totally committed gamers, that level of performance is just what you need to keep you on target.
"Recently, I wrote an op-ed piece here titled "The Fast Enough Computer". I argued that for gamers, low- to mid-range components provided the most bang for the buck and could readily play most modern games. The metric I used was "30 frames per second at 1680x1050". In this follow-up, I build a system based on the components I thought would be adequate and test the result with several modern games..."