I know that some of my readers are gamers and for you guys I found the perfect article and this tip is for you. This article on Tom’s Hardware titled ‘System Builder Marathon: Performance & Value : Is Spending More Justified?‘ is a great starting point if your thinking of building that PC of your dreams. I personally just built a gaming PC that I’ll write about in detail and spec it out for you.
In this article the budget values examined are $625, $1,250 and $2,500. These are pretty typical costs for build your own PC’s depending on the level of performance that your looking for. I recomend that you read the whole article but here is the conclusions of the article author;
As we’d hoped, performance scales directly to dollars spent, but not proportionally. Performance increases are almost linear whereas build-cost increases are exponential. Doubling our $625 PC budget produced a 78% performance gain in the $1,250 PC, but doubling the $1,250 budget gave our $2,500 PC only a measly 13% gain. Overclocking helped the $2,500 PC more than the rest, but the value of high-end systems is always somewhat questionable.