First, you’ll want to decide on a budget for your PC. This is the first step for any major purchase, but it’s especially important for PC gaming.
- For someone with an average income, you’ll probably need to save up for multiple months or buy your PC whenever you get a tax return.
- For a below-average income, you may need to save for up to a year.
- For an above-average income, you might be ready to buy right now!
Think realistically about how much you’re willing to spend and how long you’re ready to save.
If the amount is at or below $300, we honestly recommend that you opt for a compatible prebuilt PC with a discrete, low-profile graphics card instead.
You can find great deals on prebuilts on sites like eBay, but be sure that you’re purchasing from a reputable seller and that the machine you’re buying can support a graphics card of your choice. If you’re going this route, we recommend investing in a low-profile GTX 1050 Ti or 1060.
You should have a general idea of how much you want to spend by now. Let’s see how this relates to your needs.