Even though gaming consoles are quite attractive and simple to use, gaming desktops are still the most loved ones amongst gamers. The gamers are well aware that nothing beats the quality of gameplay than a desktop specifically developed for gaming. And, thanks to the advancement in technology, it is within the grasp of every determined PC shopper to get a PC with the graphics power that drives the latest games on a Full HD monitor.
Is it possible to find a budget gaming desktop computer? The answer is yes; you can find a gaming desktop that is budget-friendly. But for that, you need to check out certain criteria, which I have discussed in this blog.
Let me go straight to the criteria to make it easier for you to select the best gaming desktop for your needs.
1. Graphics card
Most gaming desktops will come with a single midrange or high-end graphics card. The higher priced ones will have better cards as their purchase price correlates with animation performance and visual quality. Go for graphic processors from AMD and NVidia or GPUs, as they are the pioneers in manufacturing graphic processors.
2. Opt for 4K gaming and VR
If you opt for a high-end GPU, your cost will increase by a few hundred dollars per card. Apart from adding extra power to your gaming experience, I would suggest you to go for multiple graphic cards in case you are looking to enable multiple monitor setups. This will help you to run a maximum of six displays. However, certain cards can power a maximum of four, and a few gamers go beyond three!
One of the primary reasons to opt for a high-end graphics card is to power 4K and virtual reality gaming. Monitors with 4K resolutions and the displays built with the latest VR headsets have much higher pixels than a simple 1080p HD monitor. You will need a minimum of a single high-end graphics card to drive a 4K display at top quality settings. This is a bare minimum criterion for smooth gameplay on VR headsets.
To purchase a graphics card for VR, you need to consider an altogether different criterion, which are not as demanding as 4K play on recent AAA games. VR headsets have their very own graphic requirements.
However, if you opt for the two biggest brands, i.e., HTC and Oculus, you will need a bare minimum of a GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 or Radeon RX 580. Those are older generation cards. Hence, you need to check if they support a given NVidia GeForce Turing/Ampere or AMD Radeon Navi card if this is what you are selecting.
Generally, a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or a Radeon 5600 XT/6700 should be enough. Now VR and 4K gaming are undoubtedly high-end matters. I would recommend you to opt for a desktop with a single yet robust middle-tier video card and gaming at 1080p or 1440p for a richer gaming experience at an affordable price.
Today, 1,440 pixels has become quite a popular native resolution for gaming monitors. If you are less concerned about antialiasing and esoteric lighting effects, you can even go for the less powerful graphics cards, and GPUs will give you a lot of oomph for pretty little money.