While the media likes to focus on Xbox One X and the PS4, something else rather interesting is happening in parallel in the world of gaming PCs.
Ever since Apple released the Mac One back in the 1980s, the PC has long been a platform for games. Since then, computers have become millions of times more powerful (literally), able to display games in fabulously high fidelity with a level of realism most didn’t think possible.
Prebuilt gaming computers aren’t just something for people who want something special: they’re for anyone who loves gaming – which means most people.
The reason for this is how PC gaming combines utility with low-cost components. While the absolute price point of chips hasn’t changed much over the last twenty years, the price per dollar has fallen substantially. You can now spend just a few hundred dollars and buy something that is fifty, or perhaps one hundred times as powerful as it was twenty years ago. It’s astonishing the progress we’ve seen.
The gaming PCs that you buy through VRLA Tech are affordable, customizable, and extraordinarily powerful. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on gaming PCs to get something that performs. Many of today’s GPUs are so powerful that they dominate standard HD resolutions, even at low price points. You can get the buttery-smooth gameplay that you want without having to shell out big bucks.
While there are GPU-CPU-motherboard combinations that will run larger screens, it’s not a requirement. Plus, neither of the two leading consoles on the market can run higher resolutions at acceptable frame rates. Therefore, gaming PCs will always be a better bang for your buck when it comes to frames per second (FPS).
Our cheap gaming PCs also lend themselves to specific types of games, enhancing the overall experience. For instance, it’s challenging to play online first-person shooters on consoles. You don’t get the magic combination of a keyboard and mouse that you get on the PC, slowing the pace of the game down and, arguably, making it less responsive. The best console gamer will never out aim the best PC gamer. If you’re a real-time strategy fan, consoles generate issues too. Total War, for instance, is best played on the PC.
VRLA offers several cheap and ideal custom PCs, designed for gaming (though you can always use them for other tasks as well). Here they are:
Our prebuild Vulcan gaming PC is an example of what we mean when we say that you can get a console-like experience on the PC for a similar price point. The rig features a powerful Intel Core i5 and comes with the Nvidia GTX 960 – a powerful graphics card from just a few years ago. You get more than a terabyte of storage and over 8 GB of DDR3 RAM (in a DIMM configuration of your choosing).
With our pre-built custom gaming PCs, like the Vulcan, you don’t have to worry about ensuring that all the components work together. We choose combinations designed to work every time and ensure that the BIOS is set up before shipping. The incredible thing about the Vulcan is that it comes in at a low price point but can play demanding games like Rainbow Six Siege at an impressive 60 FPS.
The Rogue is a mid-range system that comes with some classic components that have provided gamers with ample performance for many years. The most interesting choice of components is the Intel Core i7 2600. This chip has been a workhorse in gaming rigs for a long time, owing to its single-thread performance and ability to communicate effectively with the GPU.
The Rogue comes with the impressive and popular GTX 1060 that provides more than 3 GB of GDDR5 RAM and operates at a base clock of more than 1485 MHz. Because the GTX 1060 is such a powerful card, this gaming computer can push 60 FPS at 1080p with even the most demanding games, giving you the experience you want.
The Legacy is the next level up and uses Ryzen 3 chip technology to provide not just gaming performance, but streaming and multitasking fluidity too. What’s more, because the Legacy uses a mini-ITX motherboard, you get a much smaller form factor than you do with standard custom PCs. All of the components fit neatly in the high performance Cougar QBX case.
The Apollo is a high-performance gaming PC that uses the AMD RX 590 alongside a Ryzen 5 processor. If you’re looking for performance versus value, this is the sweet spot. What’s more, the Apollo comes in an attractive case with tempered glass on the front and sides, allowing you to see the lights and fans whirring.
If you want to get some serious gaming power, then the Titan is the custom build for you. The computer comes with e Ryzen 7 2700 and Nvidia’s latest generation RTC 2060, one of the most powerful GPUs in the world. This PC will run most games smoothly on resolutions higher than 1080p.
The Eclipse is our idea of a high-performance gaming PC in a small package. We pack an RTX 2070 and an AMD Ryzen 5 into the Phanteks Evolve Shift mini-ITX case, providing you with both performance and style. When you consider the quality of the components in the Eclipse, the value for money is extraordinary. Plus, you get the integrated NZXT liquid CPU cooler system, making it an excellent rig for overclocking.
The Centaur is our ultimate gaming PC and features the high-end Nvidia RTX 2080 with ray-tracing technology. The CPU is the top-of-the-line Intel Core i7 9700, and you get 16 GB of G-Skill’s customizable RBG RAM.
If you’re sick of waiting for games to load, the M.2 SSD on the Centaur has you covered. You can store all of your most-used games on it, letting you get on with playing as fast as possible.
Custom gaming PCs the best ways to experience what the gaming industry has to offer. You get a level of fidelity and clarity that you just don’t get with consoles. What’s more, all our rigs are exceptionally affordable. Is it time you tried PC gaming for yourself?