How Much Does a Gaming PC Cost in 2021?

How Much Does Building a Good Gaming PC Cost?

Being a hardcore gaming aficionado does not come cheap. It entails tons of hours on the computer perfecting your craft, massive tournament fees, and yes, the highest level of gaming equipment possible. For most gamers, the journey starts off with a quality computer.  

Choosing what model to buy is a seemingly impossible task since there are a million things that need to be considered before buying the perfect gaming device. However, one thing’s for sure, it need not be expensive to be excellent. There are a lot of options on the market that provide great quality features that come at a reasonable price.

In this article, I’ll be narrowing down these factors to just one: the price. How much something costs is usually a major considerations when choosing to buy something or not. People tend to work within a budget and want to know exactly what they’re getting themselves into. That is why I’d like to further examine how much would a gaming PC cost exactly and reflect whether or not this is really a necessary transaction to make.

The Most Basic Requirements

No matter how low you’re willing to go, there always needs to be a rock bottom. This means that you should always be prepared to have a list of non-negotiable characteristics that you aren’t willing to give up. Personally, here are the bare minimum requirements I look for in a gaming PC.

Firstly, I want a computer that emits clear and vibrant images. I don’t need it to be top of the line, just sharp enough to see the basic details when I play. I don’t want to have to squint just to see the minuscule features on the screen.

Second, I’d like the sound to be crisp and authentic. Audio is very important to me because it adds a different dimension to my gaming experience by helping make everything feel more real.

Lastly, I want to go for a gaming PC that is practical. Basic features like having multiple digital ports, user-friendly controls, and the ability to conserve energy would already do the trick for me.

Now that we’ve gone over the most basic necessities a gaming PC should have, lets move on to enumerate some of it price ranges.

High-End Models

For those immensely hardcore gamers who have bottomless pit-like budgets, and won’t settle for anything less than the highest rated products on the market, a working budget of $1600 to $2000 seems like a fair estimate. Of course, you could go higher but that would already be bordering on unnecessary.

High End PC

The first two aspects you need to focus on when constructing the perfect gaming PC are the motherboard and CPU. Both these accessories are responsible for ensuring that your whole system runs smoothly and all other parts work well together. Once you get these off your checklist, half your problem is essentially over. That is why I’d suggest you allot maybe 35 to 40 of your budget to these.

The rest of your money should be split up between buying a quality graphics card, memory storage, and aesthetically pleasing case. Complete the purchase by adding a solid set of headphones and you’ll be ready to roll.

Putting together this setup would be a gamer’s dream. It would give you processing speeds at 4 milliseconds or less, provide you with realistic in-game graphics and sounds, and the capacity to play for hours upon end without much problem.

But as I’ve said, an investment like this is more suited for those users who are seriously invested in gaming. If you are, and you don’t have a problem spending this much, this is an ideal price range to work with

Middle-Market Models

On the other hand, if you’re a serious gamer, but has a tighter budget to work with, a middle-market model would be just right for you. A realistic price range for these gaming PCs would probably be between $1200 to $1500.

Middle Market Model

An ideal strategy for this would be to invest more in the functionality of the computer rather than the design or the graphics. Focus on the essentials and try to tighten on the other aspects that don’t seem as important. You could also cut loose on buying a few extra accessories to save some money.

Overall, you’ll still be getting a high-end piece of equipment that provides you with an incredible gaming experience.

‘Budget’ Models

Finally, for those working with a tighter budget, but aren’t willing to compromise on the quality or performance of the computer, an ideal scope to target is between $800 to $1000.

Budget Models

Options like this are appropriate for users who enjoy playing video games on your PC and want the full experience, but are ok with medium to slightly above settings. Having a budget model, in my estimate, would still give you features like 1080 screen resolution, 6 to 8 GBs of memory, and a really good processor and motherboard.

Moreover, you can choose an air type cooling system instead of a liquid one, or source a cheaper graphics card just to get under your allowed expense.

There are a lot more ways to cut corners, but it will greatly depend on what aspect you’re willing to compromise it. But generally speaking, you could do much worse than thi


The budget of users can be commonly classified into these categories, each with a estimated range to work with. All these options provide you with specific advantages of varying levels, and choosing what to purchase is an undeniably difficult decision. Just be sure that whichever you buy and it suits your needs as a gamer. Ultimately, it is about you and your needs that need to be addressed.

About the Author Jeonghwa Seo

I'm Jeonghwa Seo – part time gamer, part-time blogger, and a full-time tech enthusiast. I mostly work online. That is why I'm both interested in gaming and office gear. I'm a big fan of League of Legends, so please forgive me if the majority of my posts have LoL references.

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